Lebanese Taverna - Westover

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446 reviews
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The original restaurant of Lebanese Taverna, this recently renovated location is a local favorite. Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very noisy. Had not been there in a number of years and was pleased with the new version except for the noise.

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DN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I think this is the original Lebanese Taverna. We first came here in 1979 when there was just one counter and a few plastic tables and chairs. It was kind of a fast food place, but the food was good and still is... not great but good. Service has always been very personal and professional. It's a restaurant that is always a pleasure to visit.

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WB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food super friendly staff would highly recommend!!

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JL
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely, the best hummus I have ever had. The Taboulea is fresh and very flavorful as is the Baba. If you are up for Kihhba Nayeh, they do a great job. Nice wine selection. Drafts beers are a bit limited. Try to save room for dessert!!

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W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations for mother’s day. We were not sat when we arrived. We waited 10, 20, 30 minutes without being sat. We abandoned our appointment and went next door to Lost Dog and had a wonderful meal.

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MM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tasting food in a friendly neighborhood setting.

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R
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a great stop in life with good food and great service!! The pulled lamb...yum!!

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JE
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was not great. The waiter was slow and had some orders incorrect. Food tasted great, though!

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TC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sanisa was our server and she was amazing. Great food as always. We had a large group and were treated with great care and attention! Love this neighborhood spot!

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was very nice and gave us baklava.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place ruins me for any other Lebanese restaurant. Their garlic hummus is addictive and the hot fresh pitas are amazing. I really enjoy the local small cafe feeling of their Arlington location

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a late lunch at Lebanese Taverna and it did not disappoint. Excellent food, attentive service and pleasant ambiance. Since it was an off-hour it was quiet so I can’t really judge the noise level during peak mealtime. The Lebanese in Arlington has always been a reliable neighborhood restaurant for a good meal.

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LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious food, and service is wonderful. They are so nice. I had put on my open table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, and they very kindly noted that and brought over a lovely dessert with candle. We so appreciated it (have had plenty of restaurants ignore open table notes of this kind). They were also happy to switch out various items due to dietary needs/preferences. Excellent place for any occasion, highly recommend to anyone!

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Fantastic service! Small restaurant and parking is awful...

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lebanese Taverna has great food and service. The best part of the menu is the Mezza section. The bites are delicious and sometimes a pleasantly surprising mix of flavors.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lebanese Taverna is a wonderful place to go to relax in the company of neighbors and their families. Our choices were delicious, from the pulled lamb and dolmades appetizers to the chicken schwarma sandwich and the traditional lamb sharhat. The servers and staff are all warm and helpful. In all, it's a great place to sample excellent Lebanese cooking.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and service! Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Consistently good!

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PA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Saturday evening, and they struggled to get us in even though we had made reservations. We were seated about a half hour past our reservations, and it did take awhile for our food to arrive. But they were managing the crowd as best they could, and they were very courteous and continuously communicative to us throughout our stay. They were out of one appetizer, which was no big deal, but they insisted on offering a free substitution, which we gratefully accepted. We had a party of six, from age 10 to 57, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food (even the kids, who aren't adventuresome eaters). Very kind, hard-working staff. Really charming ambiance in a cozy neighborhood setting. We'll be back.

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BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and insipid food. Such a disappointment. Some items. It available on menu and waiter abandoned us most of the evening

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s
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at one of their locations outside of their original restaurant. Food quality was on par. Great to see that they were able to expand without losing their quality.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and food are amazing! You will not be disappointed! Great value great great food!!

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna is a wonderful restaurant. It has been my favorite restaurant for the entire time I've lived in the DC-area. The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable. I always take visitors here and I dine here whenever possible, but especially for special occasions. I highly and completely recommend Lebanese Taverna.

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FW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to other locations, however not this one and this is the original/first one! Food is always delicious, consistent and great service too!

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ZB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Location could be improved as it is a tad bit small but that doesnt impact their service or the quality of the food. Will definitely be back here again.

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was incredibly prompt even though the restaurant was packed. There were great non-alcoholic cocktails that I greatly enjoyed, as well as a pretty big wine/beer selection. Just don’t order too many appetizers, they’re bigger than you think! We got too many and had to take half our entrees home for an equally as delicious lunch.

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LP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The curtains closing off the door had a gap that caused a cold draft. Additional panels need to be added to ensure warmth when the outside door is opened on a cold day. Thanks.

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to this local spot for more than a year, partly because the food seemed to have fallen off a bit. We were delighted to find a refreshed menu with a wider range of offerings, including an excellent chicken shawarma salad. They have always had the best hommus around and this time the shakshouky was also exceptionally good.

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OT
Washington DC
103 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Friendly and professional service! Excellent Lebanese and Greek dishes. Look forward to return

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CO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable neighborhood restaurant with great food!

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BM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been going here over thirty years. The food is always excellent. The service usually very good. This time, at 5:30 PM on a Friday evening, they were already out of one of their main dishes (hummus special) and at the end of the evening (about 7:45 PM), they had no decaf tea. Lastly, we ordered a desert and they brought us the wrong one. It looked interesting so we didn’t send it back and shared it between the three of us. It was very good. I still recommend it but it has slightly lowered my previous expectations.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal very much. Our kids enjoy all the flavors of the fresh hummus. Things add up quickly for a family of four though.

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E
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All the food was very good. Nothing stood out a memorable but all good. Tables and seating are very packed in.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I had the beet salad but it was inedible as the dressing was completely acidic. I did not complain as we were with another couple and didn't want to make a fuss. My partner had the lamb in pitta and he left a lot of it as it was very dry. Unfortunate, as we have been here quite a few times and always found it to be very good. The waiter who served us was quite surly.

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived shortly before noon on a weekday and the dining room was nearly empty, so conversation was easy. By the time we left, a little after 1PM, it had filled up and we could hardly hear ourselves talk. I've been going to this restaurant for nearly 30 years and it never disappoints.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well crafted Mediterranean fare delivered with friendly service. The lamb and sharma will not disappoint.

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter was excellent, and my friend who grew up in Persia said it was quite authentic!!!

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JJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

With Lebanese Tavernas popping up over the Washington area, we must say we were disappointed with this one. The food is, as expected, very good. Top marks for food. The pita bread, served puffy and hot at the table, is exceptional. My lamb stew was very good and the kabobs were, as expected, very good. The restaurant was slightly off-peak, but still, the decor is old and needs badly to be professionally cleaned and even updated. The restaurant and the rest areas were nice, but not as clean and fresh as I would have expected. There is room for maintenance improvement here, but it would be worth it.

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FL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy, tasty food. Plenty of vegetarian options. Don't miss the chicken shawarma, hummus, babaganoush, lentil soup, or grape leaves! Consistently deliciously prepared. Small but good beer/wine selection, especially the Sweetwater IPA and Ksara reserve du Couvent Cabernet. Great wait staff, and cozy digs where you can hear each other in conversation. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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SP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had not been to this place in several years and were impressed that they have renovated and expanded their establishment. Things were a bit crowded and noisy on a Saturday night at 6:30 but by the time we left at 8, it had quieted down considerably. Reservations are a must -- and maybe at 7 pm or later. Nonetheless, the food was delicious and - except for a mix up on a wine order that was rectified quickly - the service was gracious and impeccable. Parking is a bit challenging. But overall, we do plan to return to this lovely restaurant.

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