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For 2
Fri, 2/23
10:00 PM


59 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (38)
  • Neighborhood Gem (34)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Egyptian, American, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation

Lunch & Dinner:

Daily: 10:30am - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 797-0400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Host your next private event at Medaterra and make it one to remember. Allow our skilled chefs and attentive waitstaff to meet your unique needs and exceed every expectation.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (866) 752-7386
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We do offer catering, call for our special menu and pricing
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Cross street
24th St. NW
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Public transit
Woodley Park-zoo Metro Station (Red)
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Special events & promotions
Medaterra seats 120 people and we also offer close out deals
Banquet, Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 59 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.7  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

eatinggirl (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on July 24, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on April 27, 2017

Food was crap

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Noisy with head thumping was cold and tasteless

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

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!

Alexander13 (Baltimore)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2016

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

luv2eatatTheChopHouse (West Virginia)
5.0  Dined on November 5, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

the place was wonderful and pleasant. Atmosphere was incredible.

MPFM (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

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.

vipLunchmates (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on June 6, 2016

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

empow819 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 12, 2016

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.

Anna (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

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.

Bland (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2016

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.

viplovinLife (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2016

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.

viphmmm (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

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

vipElemcee (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on November 13, 2015

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.

vipCBoston (New England)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 2015

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.

Anand (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

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.

Cuda (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2015

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

Travelingfoodie2 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

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.

vippmrthird (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

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.

vipschmelke (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

The staff here were all very, very nice. and tried very, very hard. The drinks are great but the bar scene can be a bit distracting if you are dining in the restaurant. Our appetizers were fantastic, the hummous was some of the best I've ever had anywhere (including the Mideast). But the salmon main course was mediocre and to me, looked like a prefrozen portion you get at Costco, dry & tasteless.
Would go back for the appetizers and drinks alone - it's clear the staff really cares about what they are doing.

Simplyanks (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The place was packed on a snow day. There was a special valentines day menu which the server forgot. He also forgot the types of Margaritas the place offered, he was probably new. The food taste was just blah for the 3 dishes we ordered, including the appetizer. The could feed the chicken quality was poor and there was no special taste.

I would recommend this place for hangouts where someone wants cheap drinks and a super noisy environment only.

ikroumov (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2014

Great place with nice service. Outstanding martini especially if you purchase them with gin and not vodka. The owner of the restaurant will personally make sure the martinis are made the way you purchase them. and the cost is $5.00 per martini.
The food is really fresh, especially their french fries, OMGthey are awesome. Ask the waiters to substitute the ketchup with their Basel dip so you will really enjoy your fries.
Also their baklava is one of the kind, just try it yourself and you will see what I mean.

vipBrandon (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on December 5, 2014

Sat at the bar. Service was outstanding. Our bartenders was friendly, and prompt. the food came out on time and was delicious! We will be coming back!

vipGoodIndianEats (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 22, 2014

Labeled as Egyptian, this reminds me more of Mediterranean. First thing that caught our eye were the weekend drink specials! $1 margarita, $5 specialty drinks. Can't beat that. But the food was why we came and we left extremely satisfied. Two of us went and shared 5-7 appetizers. I look forward to coming back with friends!