Lebanese Taverna - Westover

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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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OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As long as you don’t get the very slow waiter food and everything else is fine

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal. Fresh and perfectly flavored.

JL
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy the food here. I think the hummus, baba, and tabouleh are the best around. It’s often a toss up as to whether I have a meal or just share the appetizers. The family is so friendly and very accommodating. They also frequently have the kibbeh which is also outstanding. Nice selection of draft beer and a decent wine list.

FB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has always been our favorite. We had the reservation for after my mother's funeral. The staff was very gracious and went beyond to accommodate my sister-in-laws child with Down Syndrome.
I only wish there was a Lebanese Taverna or Market in Fredericksburg. Thank you.

OG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food, comfortable setting, fine service! (and great Lebanese wine by the glass)
What more could you ask for?

L
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Top quality food and service! Menu has something for everyone.

p
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy this restaurant when in the area. Bonus was 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Only spot for improvement is the service- we ordered a carafe of sangria with 3 glasses and instead got 3 individual glasses of sangria which was not cost advantageous.

JJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food is good
Service can be good or bad
Not consistent

NC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been going to Westover Lebanese Taverna for over 20 years and this was my most unsatisfactory visit. The restaurant had one table occupied at 6:00, I requested a corner table by the window but was given a table at the opposite corner of the room away from the windows. I ordered a lamb entree, the lamb was completely over cooked - dry and tasteless. I tasted the lamb in my husband’s dish which was tender and flavorful, at that point the server asked how the food was and I told him. He shortly returned with some just cooked lamb which was good. Later the server asked whether we wanted desert, we both declined but he said I’d bring you some baklava, we declined again. But he insisted and we assumed it was complimentary due to the unsatisfactory entree. When we received our bill, we were charged for the desert. I was disappointed by the limited responsiveness to the customer. I had planned to have lunch there next week but will not based on my most recent experience.

TZ
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you like middle eastern food, this is a great spot to dine. The kibbeh, falafel, hummus and lamb shank were all prepared perfectly. The service was attentive and unobtrusive. The wine list was replete with approachable and delicious bakaa valley wines.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Service Great Food

SH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Lebanese Taverna always has excellent food at a good price and good service. We were a small group of friends who had not seen each other in a while so we were taking more time with ordering. The servers were very accommodating- attentive, but not rushing us.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always to pleasure to dine at the Lebanese Taverna. The waitstaff is excellent!

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a group of friends for lunch at Lebanese Taverna. The food was delicious and plentiful. The waitress was attentive and responsive. She took our order quickly and checked periodically to make sure we were satisfied. She also happily gave us separate checks. Furthermore, the restaurant was quiet enough that we could speak without raising our voices and still be heard. The restaurant is located in a convenient spot in Arlington. Our group will be back.

WW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We haven’t been to Lebanese Taverna for years so we were very excited to go back. We ordered mezza plates and loved most of it.
My favorite dish is Shrimp Arak - and they did not disappoint! It was delicious, although a bit more lemon forward than the last time we were there.
We got the Hummus Trio - the spicy hummus and chicken swarma hummus were delicious, but the third had ground lamb that was too pungent for my taste.
The falafel and tahini sauce was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The watermelon with mint and feta was delicious!! Such a simple dish, but very tasty and perfect on a hot summer day.
And finally, the claim to fame of LT is their fresh baked bread and olive oil & herb dip - YUM!! So delicious. I don’t know what’s in that dip but it is the best bread & olive oil dip I’ve ever tasted - hands down!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

DN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

WB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food super friendly staff would highly recommend!!

JL
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!!

W
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

MM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great tasting food in a friendly neighborhood setting.

R
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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

TC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

LA
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was very nice and gave us baklava.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

AG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and service! Highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Consistently good!

PA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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

s
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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