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Ela Mesa Taste of Greece, Gaithersburg, MD

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece

4.7
4.7
134 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Inspired by the Greek philosophy of "philoxenia" we aim to extend the warmth of our home to the hearts of our guests. Our cuisine is centered on traditional fresh ingredients and contemporary dishes in a fine dining setting. Come discover our heritage of great food and uncomparable hospitality.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (301) 944-3750
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Gaithersburg
  • Cross street
    109 Paramount Park Drive
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 134 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Greek

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Good for groups

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

134 Reviews
  1. MikeT

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We sat outside. The live music was a little loud but a nice touch. The food was good. The service could have been better given that there was not a large crowd.

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  2. Mamala

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent (we had the chicken kebobs and lamb chops). Service was nice and we went early when it was not busy. We look forward to dining here again!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Always amazing delicious food at this place! I think it’s the best quality food in the region. I missed our fav waiter this time, which lessened the experience a bit. No wine advice / insight and the young waiter did not know his menu, or how to share it. That said it was a memorable meal as all of ours have been, dinners and lunches.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Food is delicious, service is pleasant. We’ve been there many times and have enjoyed it each time.

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  5. LISAS

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was attentive, food was delicious. We enjoyed our visit.

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  6. ChrisE

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is 100% authentic. The flaming saganski to the pastitsio. All delicious. The wine selection was ample as were the portions. We will be back. A very nice authentic Greek gem. Υεια σας. Καλή όρεξη

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  7. SharonH

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a must visit. The food is fantastic and the service is terrific.

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  8. CLaude

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every respect! Would recommend to all!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was attentive and food was excellent and delicious!

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  10. GuyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an outstanding dining event. We had grilled octopus appetizer, beautifully prepared dinner & very good martinis. We will be going back !!

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  11. Ricardo

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall2food5service5ambience2
    major construction was in progress either above or next door. We were the only customers inside the restaurant. Near the end we went outside with the dessert.

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  12. hrsachs

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit here and it was as terrific as the first visit. Attentive staff; outstanding food; and an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Will definitely be back.

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  13. KulsumA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Neighborhood gem. Outstanding Greek food, esp the lemon roast chicken, moussaka and spanakopita. Highly recommended!

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  14. TLL13

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our food was inconsistent for our party of 5. The lamb shank special was outstanding, but the lamb chops and seafood dishes were mediocre. In addition, there were several items on the menu that were not available and our server didn't mention that until we were ready to order. Unfortunately, the service was sub par. Overall disappointing experience for the price paid.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a true hidden gem and the best Greek food we’ve had since our honeymoon to the country ten years ago

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  16. MOinMinnie

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and great service. Would definitely recommend to others.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food and even a little bit of Greek history and tourism advice.

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  18. LeeH

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was exquisite and the service was excellent! This is quite a gem of a restaurant. We will return, for certain!

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  19. DavidS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After only two visits so far this has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants. Service was great and the food was fantastic. I’ve also had an opportunity to sample Greek wine and beer. The Greek Syrah was very good.

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  20. Soup

    Washington DC

    157 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We visited ahead of the usual dinner time crowd and consequently, things were pretty quiet (yay!). The menu offers many types of entrees. The seafood pasta was quite tasty, and although they were out of mussels, they added some additional shrimp and scallops. The whole Branzini was a knockout! Truly delicious. Oddly, the roasted eggplant dip came with nothing to dip into it (the pita came out prior to ordering anything else, so was long gone when the dip arrived), and the table water had a very off-putting metallic/chemical taste to it. Easy to park (two hours free!).

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  21. gugooly33

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dining experience. Our server was wonderful and gave suggestions on what to eat. The plates were generous in size and all the food was tasty! I really liked starting with the halloumi and feta. The moussaka was really good, as was the lamb neck that had been slow roasted for 6 hours!

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  22. MikeS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love this place. Service is always fantastic, the food is top notch, and the vibe is great. It's a loud room, but that's part of the vibe best I can tell.

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  23. InmiG

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Very loud and mediocre food. Much too much oil and salads without substantial vegetables. Ugly lamb dish with much too much fat. Fish was good.

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  24. Andy

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a fairly new restaurant so the decor is all new and shiny. The restaurant has a fresh and open vibe. All of the staff and managers/owners were really nice. We shared an entree and a couple of appetizers. The Octopus was delicious and the Halibut was fantastic. We also had a beet salad to balance the meal out. Just a really nice place. Great food and great atmosphere!

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  25. AGBeecher

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Ela Mesa on a Saturday night with another couple. It wasn't empty but not crowded either. Not too loud. Food was amazing and we had a lovely night. I would highly recommend.

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  26. Mamala

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. The food was simply delicious. The server was great. Brough pita and more pita when he noticed we finished it. The restaurant wasn’t busy but we went early … before 6 and storms were looming in the area as well has half the town away for the 4th of July. If this venue was at Pike and Rose it would be packed at this time. This was the best chicken kabob I’ve had in ages at a restaurant d the veggies and rice were delicious and tasted homemade. My husband had the seafood pasta and said it was very good. We had no idea where this was but when we found it with GPS it’s across the street from the Bruster’s Ice Cream stand. The owner stopped by as well as and checked in our dining experience. Thumbs up to this venue.

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  27. PatV

    Alabama

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outside seating. Food was very good but expensive.

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  28. JenniferS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was godd but we felt it was very expensive for a small, neighborhood restaurant.

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  29. tweetgood

    Washington DC

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had live music while we ate our food. Everything was made fresh and very hot. It is a hidden gem neighborhood restaurant. They even gave a little cake to celebrate the birthday. I would highly recommend eating here. We can’t wait to come back again!!

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  30. Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What on earth can I possibly say? We got there, and the whole staff was super friendly and attentive to us. We made sure we came on an evening when there was live music. By the way, I have zero clue as to why all the negative reviews are about the live music? The whole point of going somewhere with live music is to hear it and expect volume. Anyways, We went there, got seated right away and they served us pretty quick. I ordered the salmon. My husband ordered the lamb which was a special of the day out of the waiter's recommendation. Both were just amazing flavors and cooked to perfection. Then we thought we wanted dessert but the Waiter recommended the coconut cake which had some sort of custard covered in cinnamon. It was absolutely perfect, especially for my husband's birthday. Their red and white sangria was just phenomenal for $9?! with real fruit in them too. The Music was also just the loveliest, we felt so fancy too. I recommend Ela Mesa Taste of Greece to anyone who wants amazingly cooked food.

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  31. ScottK

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal. The service was top notch and the food was excellent.

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  32. LisaM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was fantastic! What a gem! Three of us ordered, I had Greek lasagna, and my 2 companions both had fish-sea bass and salmon. We also had spanakopita as an appetizer-it was excellent! Dessert was a coconut cake that was to die for! Our waiter was wonderful, answered our questions and made recommendations. Rest room was spotless. Can’t wait to go back!

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  33. Stephen

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were impressed. Simple, spare, easily-understood menu still offered variety. Real fresh food freshly made. Lightly seasoned roast lamb literally melted in our mouths. Moussaka, served oven-baked in a clay pot, met any Greek restaurant standard. Cheese and sardine appetizers were fine--with several other choices on the menu. Sitting at a cafe table outdoors in the late afternoon-- in the small shaded courtyard patio was comfortable. Servers were friendly and attentive.

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  34. Sunny

    Washington DC

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good and the food was tasty especially the Greek lasagana.

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  35. George

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have dined here 5 times, food has been consistently good! Lemon chicken soup is delicious. Fish dishes, moussaka, spanikopita, lamb also excellent.

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  36. Lynn

    Washington DC

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Great food, we sat outdoors on a lovely evening and listened to music from nearby area.

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  37. Gordo

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This is a very nice restaurant with excellent food and excellent service. An unexpected surprise was that the tomatoes in the salad were almost as good as home grown -- something which almost never happens in any restaurant.

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  38. ChristineM

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Greek food…enjoyed by all! Gyros, kabobs, Greek salad, Beet salad, and soup!

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  39. MomofFour

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    So happy we found Ela Mesa! Had never been to this lovely neighborhood before but it popped up as an Open Table recommendation. Dinner (sea bass filet, beet salad, avgolemano soup, stuffed grape leaves) was fine dining level. Service was excellent. My only issue was the noise level (and the restaurant wasn’t packed and music was very low.) I don’t know how they could fix this or if my husband and I are just overly sensitive to it. Regardless, we will be back. Have been looking for an alternative to Mykonos for years.

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  40. surfergirl

    Washington DC

    140 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The whole branzino, lamb shank, moussaka, and sea bass were all terrific. Waiter great

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 944-3750.

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece is rated 4.7 stars by 134 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ela Mesa Taste of Greece

109 Paramount Park Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Additional information

  • Cross street
    109 Paramount Park Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Gaithersburg
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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