Medaterra

3.8
74 reviews
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$30 and under
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Egyptian
Come experience the unique and succulent flavors that mark the food of Medaterra. A neighborhood bistro that specializes in unique twists on familiar Mediterranean fare. We have an extensive menu that is sure to please whether you seek vegetarian fare, meat, or seafood.
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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not great. Poor quality over priced food. Feels more like a casual place.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience ! Food was great plus the $2 tequila for happy hour was a bonus

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Went on a Friday night. Service was awful, though I suspect they were down 1-2 staff. They could never decide who was waiting on us so we had a different person about every time we needed something (which was often when we could get something as we weren't being served well). Service was definitely poor and unattentive. The food was mediocre at best and nothing special. Risotto tasted old and just reheated. Salmon was reheated and overcooked. Hummus was good, but not great, and obviously just store bought with some chunk chicken put on top. I would not go again, nor would I recommend going here--ever.

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TS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group dinner here while attending a conference in the Woodley Park area. The service was great and the prices were reasonable especially for dinner in DC. Would definitely recommend for a quick bite or group dinner!

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BT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped here during a conference for a Friday evening meal. Yummy food (the lamb skewers were AMAZING) and staff was attentive and conscientious.

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GD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had s good time with my mom. It was exceptionally quiet for a Friday lunch. Staff was very nice.

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h
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THIS PLACE IS SO GOOD. The happy hour is literally amazing with $8 you can get a cheeseburger with fries and a double margarita. The food is good and high quality. The staff is nice and the ambiance is good.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hummus with chicken is the best I’ve ever had. Sangria was great. My daughter got the chicken tenders and it was a very large serving, easily two meals. Hostess Princess was lovely and made sure we had a pleasurable experience. Would definitely return.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was on par with what I could have scrambled together at home (and my culinary skills is very poor). Way overpriced for the poor quality food you get. Was very loud and not the experience I was looking for. Will not be back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Friday night was very crowded and too noisy to have a good conversation. The background music just added to the loudness and sense of confusion. I had not been there for several years and the atmosphere has completely changed. The food was still good and moderately priced. The selection was limited. The wait staff was efficient and helpful. I might go back again, but not on a Friday night. Maybe better for a 20s something crowd.

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MM
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was fantastic! Food was just ok & the drink specials are highly popular.

Patio space is tight yet the friendly patrons made it worthwhile.

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We just walked in and immediately walked out as the atmosphere and overall feeling of comfort and cleanliness left a lot to be desired.

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MR
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit did not disappoint! Food was great, staff was super friendly, and don't miss the drinks; they are great as well!

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PV
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding. There was something for everyone on the menu. Really liked the Medeterra platter with a sampling of different items.

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JB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant had an interesting selection of food, some vegetarian options. Atmosphere is very casual, and the staff were very attentive. They had a large group of students come in which made it very noisy.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

We were a party of 10, where one needed no stairs, or bumps, wheelchair accessible.
The staff was more than accommodating - especially server "Princess".
The manager was excellent - directing us to their patio, accommodating the wheelchair and a slightly reduced sound level ( outside is actually quieter ).
The food was good - the appetizers being better than the entrees.
Eat the felafel, the hummus, & the calamari.
Dishes with eggplant ( all cold ) weren't to our group's liking - half onions.
The non- curried mussels we're outstanding.
The service is the star here.

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S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this spot! Right next to the metro, so super convenient location. Service and food were impeccable! Of course tried pretty much every margarita, great prices. Will definitely go again!

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e
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Medaterra serves relatively inexpensive, but routine, Mediterranean food when you need a meal near a convention hotel. The lamb was presented as one of the best options, but it was flavorless and visually unappealing when many small chunks of meat were scattered on top of a salad.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was crap

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food and the service was good. The servers were very friendly.

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OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere. Not that it's bad but it is a little noisy.

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OT
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Noisy with head thumping music....food was cold and tasteless

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We are from WV and stayed at the Omni, and we wanted to go somewhere close. We love love love this place!! We will always go back!

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Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nice atmosphere for dinner with friends. The staff were very accommodating on a very rainy and pretty quiet evening.

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TC
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised with our dinner at Medaterra. It was conveniently located to our hotel and the price was less than a similar meal in Charleston, West Virginia (where we live). I would definitely eat there again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the place was wonderful and pleasant. Atmosphere was incredible.

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Staff couldn't have been more accommodating. They were all warm, friendly and helpful, creating a comfortable setting for a group of 6 friends to meet and dine.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was good for the price. The drinks were only ok (but really cheap). It was hot inside- like the AC was not really pumping air. Also, after multiple requests to add veggies to the hummus order (we had someone with food allergies), we never did receive the cucumber slices the server offered.

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Eat outside if you can stand the street noise.
Smells so bad inside..like stale beer.
Food is average and a bit on the high side for salads.

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e
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good, and would go back, but this place is nothing special. Good outdoor dining, and happy hour specials are really good and apply all day, so it's a good place to meet up with friends if geography dictates this area. But would not choose to take an out of town friend here necessarily. There are far more interesting places for that kind of evening.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for a dinner with my friend and everything was amazing. We ordered hummus and maramar for the appetizers, the best hummus I ever tried. For the main food I ordered sea food linguine and it was very good. The service was great.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Since my meal had to be prepared without milk, cheese, or yogurt, I can understand that it might have been less interesting than usual. But my dining companion said her meal was also boring, and she ordered two appetizers as her main course that both sounded intriguing. The service was attentive and friendly, and the management bent over backwards to correct for an unclear description on their menu. The food came reasonably fast and was hot. The dining room is a bit noisy but it has a comfortable, causal atmosphere. We just expect Mediterranean food to be more flavorful.

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L
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went here with a small group of friends. Offerings ranged from small plates to full entree portions. The menu was varied so something for everyone, and everyone enjoyed their selections. This is a new favorite location! Service was friendly and efficient too.

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h
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would go back. We all really enjoyed the service and food. This restaurant is great for vegetarians.

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E
Atlanta
95 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Picked Medaterra because it is a BYOB with no corkage fee - rare in the DC area. It was crowded and energetic, but as I had a reservation I got seated immediately. Noticed lots of people drinking GIANT frozen drinks and found out about their great happy hour deals. Service was good and the atmosphere (nothing fancy) is fine. The problem is the food. Or, I should say, some of it. Appetizers of shrimp scampi (ok) and roasted eggplant (NOT ok) were underwhelming. Steamed vegetables came out cold and still way too hard, with no - and I mean NO - seasoning whatsoever. The lamb chops, however, were delicious, really fine. The lamb shank was only slightly less wonderful. I may or may not go back again, but if I do, it's for the chops.

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CB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went there for lunch on a weekday to find that the lunch menu, not posted on Open Table, is nothing like the dinner menu. It had a smattering of mezze plates as appetizers, but none of the Egyptian main dishes that attracted us in the first place. While the mezze were OK, they were nowhere as good as at Lebanese Taverna just across the street. A bit of a disappointment, to be honest.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Medaterra so much. The staff are so kind and always make sure you have what you need. One of the best parts is the $1 margaritas that are absolutely delicious. I went for Halloween with a large group of friends and we left with 3 shots each on the house. Great place! Love the atmosphere: not too fancy, not too ratchet. It's like the epitome of a neighborhood gem.

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C
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good and good selection. Not fancy. $1.00 margaritas were amazing!

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T
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was fantastic. Small area with bar up front, key draw is happy hour dollar margaritas. We didn't know this before we showed up. It was really loud but many of the folks there looked like regulars, which is always a good sign, so we stayed. Folks were friendly saying that yes, it usually is this loud in here :) I'm glad we stayed, the food was delicious. It's not fancy, plastic cups and paper table clothes. Go here for great food, not ambiance.

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p
Philadelphia
711 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate early for lunch and was pleasantly surprised by great meal. Thought it was suppose to be Egyptian restaurant and curious, well it ended up being more Greek. Regardless, staff was kind and attentive to our needs and food was great! Salmon wrap was huge and very flavorful. Shrimp appetizer was not what I was expecting but once again very good. Great for quick lunch and near metro.

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