Lebanese Taverna - Westover

4.2
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Vegetarian / Vegan, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation


Sunday: 12noon - 9:00pm

Monday: 11:30am - 9:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Saturday: 12noon - 10:00pm



Happy Hour:
Monday - Friday 4:00pm -7:00 pm at the bar. Appetizers and drinks $4- $7.00.

Mondays 1/2 price wines with dinner service.

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Phone number
(703) 241-8681
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Let us bring Lebanese Taverna to you! Catering by LT, our full service catering division, offers our authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as seasonal American dish with Middle Eastern flavors. From the food, the rentals and the servers Catering by LT will make your event memorable. The Catering Department can be contacted by calling (703) 841-1503 or by email at events@cateringbylt.com
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Neighborhood
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4-7pm at the Bar. Featuring selected mezza plates and alcoholic beverages ranging from $4.-$6




Monday Nights - Half off selected bottles of wine.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
Reviews from verified diners
389 reviews
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
32%
Good
9%
Fair
5%
Poor
4%
4.2
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service.

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BN
New York Area
2 reviews
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Big disappointment, this is not the same restaurant I remember from years past. The service was terrible and the food nothing better than OK. Don't know if this is the same for all their locations, but I'm definitely avoiding this one.

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CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
2.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was pretty good but expensive. The service was lacking.

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TB
1 review
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have loved the Lebanese Taverna since the first time I tried it! Usually, I go to one of the other branches of the restaurant, but this one is quite near my current apartment so we decided to try it out. I have to say that the quality is consistent, no matter which one you choose to go to, which was a nice surprise!

This visit, we indulged in a wide variety of appetizers and salads. My nieces are vegan and they were very happy with the food. For the 6 year old, we chose the Falafel plate from the Child's menu and a lemonade. Her Mom ordered the Falafel salad, which was a very nice portion. I ordered lentil soup as my main and helped myself to lots of nice warm bread and delicious garlic hummus. We also ordered fattoush, warak al eineb (grape leaves stuffed with rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, onions and mint), and mezza fries - a wonderful fresh french fry with sumac, cumin and garlic sauce. Everything was so good we ordered an extra garlic hummus to take home!

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DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
2.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Took my parents and my family there on a Friday night for my dad's birthday, on his suggestion. We had all been there before and have never had a memorably bad experience. This time was different.

An older gentleman was our server, and he just didn't seem to give a darn about giving us a decent experience. He basically had a scowl on his face the entire time. He messed up my order, bringing me a Shwarma sandwich when I had asked for a salad, but the thing that bothered me was the fact that he didn't acknowledge his mistake or apologize in any way. He also didn't bring our our drinks until I had reminded him twice. The place was not busy in the least, so this was not a matter of a busy bartender or anything, and it was just a glass of wine and a pomenade. In any case, he was simply inefficient and unfriendly.

Finally, the food was not even as good as a food truck. My mom ordered a lamb shank, and instead of a tender braised shank that fell of the bone, she received an overcooked, stringy, chewy piece of meat that had clearly been cooked one or even several days earlier. The chicken on the Shwarma was equally overcooked and dry. Overall it was a very disappointing experience for everyone and we will not be going back to that location.

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DB
1 review
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, the server was new but she still did an awesome job. You can tell she was nervous but she was pleasant. The hummus was amazing and fresh. Especially the spicy hummus with veggies! Great food

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Mother’s Day menu was great.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
1.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have been coming here for years. I have no idea what was going on during our meal on Saturday evening, but the service was atrocious and the food was cold as a result. We waited almost 10 minutes just to get water at the table, had to ask about our appetizers when they did not show, and when our entrees came after a very long wait (missing one), they were cold as if they had been sitting on the counter for far too long. After our experience, we are going to think long and hard about returning anytime soon.

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DD
Washington DC
9 reviews
4.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

My husband and I took our mothers for an early Mother's Day celebration. It was very nice, but the loud music from the speakers was unwelcome for dining with elderly people.

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JM
1 review
4.0Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife is gluten free (celiac) and vegan and she was able to eat here; quinoa tabouli and humus with veggies and rice crackers. Meanwhile, the meat kabobs are fantastic and the fresh pitas are to die for. I loved the range of flavors in the chef's platter.

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W
Washington DC
14 reviews
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This small neighborhood restaurant has served high-quality Lebanese food for many years. Our dishes were excellent, including the pulled lamb shoulder and the chicken kabob. Service was friendly and attentive. There is a small but good selection of craft cocktails and a good wine list.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service, great wine, delicious food. And their heavenly bread, constantly replenished. We were not rushed even though I think we were the last to leave. And, to top it all off... When they ran out of the dessert we ordered, they gave us two others with no charge.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Would have given this 5 stars. The food was outstanding, but the service was terrible.

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MM
Washington DC
24 reviews
4.0Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A family & welcoming environment with a friendly & accommodating service & kitchen staff.

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JA
1 review
5.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The service was excellent, I was celebrating a birthday and they brought us a free big desert with a candle, that was a very nice touch. The food was very good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
1.0Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We ordered a bottle of red wine and it was hot to the touch and to drink. The General Manager was standing near by so we mentioned this to him. He took the wine and gave it back to the server who put it in the freezer for about 3 minutes and brought it back out. We said again, this is too warm do you have a new bottle. His answer was, we keep them all on the top shelve above the bar (which is also right outside the kitchen) so they were all hot. We’ve ordered wine here before and never had this issue. He offered to put it in the freezer longer, we said no thanks. He finally was able to produce a bottle that was at the end of the bar and was more room temperature, which we accepted. During our entire meal, not once did the General Manager check in with us or apologize. I did see him go around to other tables and glance at ours but never stopped by. I find this so incredibly rude and inhospitable that I will not be returning to this restaurant.

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A
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The food was great. I love this place. Thank you Taverna!

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S
1 review
3.0Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My entree was disappointing. I noticed even my guests also did not finish their meal. You hummus selection was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Go here often, lovely neighborhood spot for great mediterranean food.

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SG
Washington DC
6 reviews
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. High quality ingredients made from scratch - tasted home cooked. Absolutely loved the Fatteh. I am dreaming about it. We'll surely be back soon enough.

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DP
1 review
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Meals here are always enjoyable and I am a regular.

Food is very good and staff attentive.

Recommended.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
5.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

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SA
Washington DC
1 review
4.0Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious, with extraordinarily delicious bread. Our party was a group of 5 women and had requested a quiet table in the corner so we could chat. The staff was so accommidating and encouraged us to relax and enjoy our time together after lunch. It was wonderful.

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was terrific as usual, but the noise level was excessive; we had difficulty hearing each other at a (small) table for four. Also, the tables were much too close together, and even the servers had difficulty moving around. Between the noise and the crowding, it was a less pleasant experience than usual.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
3.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Usually our experience at Lebanese taverna is great. This meal on the other hand was under whelming. The food was not up to par and was delivered all at once even though we asked for our soup and hummus first. New waiter we have never had along with what might have been a new kitchen crew?

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant -- great food and reasonable prices. Great service. Warm bread kept coming to the table.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
5.0Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was terrific as always.

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
3.0Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was pretty good, just not fantastic. Not worth a long drive, but a good neighborhood restaurant. It seems like there was a new server who didn't really pay attention to his tables, so service was slow, but friendly.

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r
Washington DC
34 reviews
3.0Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was average and the restaurant seemed dirty, which was exemplified by the fact that the tap lines for the bar were not working and we were told they had to be cleaned... made for unappetizing experience.

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OT
1 review
4.0Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was great. The mezze platters super as usual. The restaurant was full when we arrived and they did not have our reservation. But they accommodated us and gave us a discount for waiting. They had real mint tea

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SS
Richmond
24 reviews
5.0Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm, cheerful place for delicious food that is not like anything you can prepare at home! The only problem is that it’s so hard to choose! Try a wine from Lebanon: not cheap but well paired with the menu.

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FB
Washington DC
9 reviews
5.0Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I’ve been to the sister restaurant at Tyson’s, but I believe the good here is much better. The seating was rather cramped, but I had no problem hearing my date over the drone of voices from nearby tables. Overall a very nice place to eat even though they were out of Red Sangria!!!

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
2.0Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We might have stumbled upon an “off” night. But they were out of a few dishes and way understaffed. We would order and then the staff would just to return to let us know they were or. When we arrived it wasn’t busy at all. Have had better experiences at other locations.

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OT
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nina our server was knowledgeable and delightful.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
4.0Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Seated immediately! Luv the food. Service (refills) a tad slow.

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D
Washington DC
10 reviews
5.0Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to this restaurant for years--since the mid 1980's and it is always delicious food. We recommend it for families, friends, special occasions, lunch or dinner. It is the "mother" of all of the chain Lebanese Taverna's and is so much better than all of the rest.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
4.0Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The hummus was fabulous but the falafel was a bit too crunchy-hard.

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M
Washington DC
21 reviews
3.0Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lebanese Taverna is a good restaurant and has a few locations, in which we were dozens of times. This restaurant is THE MAIN restaurant where Lebanese Taverna was born around 30 years ago. It was great always and better when owners were there or managers who knew what to do. This time the waiter was a disastrous. He brought one martini and in ten minutes a glass of wine. He could not take two plates away... Lack of training was present and lack of simple human sense what to do.

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SM
Washington DC
3 reviews
2.0Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The kitchen and service were off. There were only 2 other dining parties when we arrived, but it still took half an hour to get our appetizers. They didn’t have our favorite entree. One of the main dishes was cold.
Waiters were inattentive. When we made the reservation through OpenTable we indicated that we were celebrating a birthday. The staff never acknowledged this request. A disappointing experience.

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g
Washington DC
25 reviews
4.0Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The hummus is so good. I could eat that all day. The happy hour red wine left something to be desired but it was OK for the price.

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