Leziz Cafe and Restaurant

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67 reviews
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Turkish
Léziz Cafe &Restaurant offers a wide array of traditional Turkish delicacies ranging from fresh baked pastries, to savory soups and salads, and Mediterranean style dishes. Léziz Café Restaurant will open early morning to serve morning commuters, offering a selection of custom brewed coffee and a Turkish bakery that serves everything from pastries, omelets, to paninis. We serve the lunch menu which presents mezes, omelets and entrees. The brunch menu presents delicious selections of Turkish style breakfast, sandwiches and omelets. The dinner menu follows the same theme of executing a modern spin to traditional Turkish cuisine. There is a small market of Turkish brand includes cheese, butter, olive, tea, coffee, Turkish delight and many more options!

Specials

Free Turkish Coffee

When you dine with us Turkish Coffee and Turkis Tea is on us.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 18, 2019

Ends: July 19, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-6:00PM

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RC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute place! Came here for a dinner date before an event at the Kennedy Center. Service attentive and friendly; food attractively presented. Ordered the Turkish Coffee, Raki, Shepherd Salad, Muhammara, Grape Leaves, Halloumi, and Stuffed roasted Eggplant -- more than enough for two people. Muhammara was a bit under-seasoned and mild for our tastes, but still satisfying. Bonus that the cafe has a few ingredients local to the region -- we got some hot peppers to make a bit of a spicier version of Muhammara at home. Would go back!

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friend who lives close by, suggested Leziz for dinner. We trusted his culinary taste buds because he is like us. We let him pick the dishes and we had seconds and thirds! Did I say it was that GOOD? Well, it OUTSTANDING. Do you think that we are going to repeat the place? You BET WE ARE!!

Thank you for that wonderful and delightful experience.

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NI
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

There are too many great restaurants in DC to subject yourself to stale food bordering on inedible, cold appetizers that should be hot, wait staff who clearly don’t want to be there, and an overall experience that felt like we were in a movie about bad food. Spend your money for a decent meal. I will not return to Leziz.

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DK
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, delicious food rich with unique Turkish flavor combinations and perfectly grilled lamb, with excellent service.

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LK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for brunch on a Saturday as a group of 4. We tried many of the dishes and were impressed with them all. Great place to meet with friends for something a little different, yet delicious!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Lesiz Restaurant and enjoyed the Turkish food a lot. Lesiz has a great customer service and a warming setting.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A bit pricy for what it is. Went for brunch. It’s a very cute cafe and well decorated. Food was presented nicely. Coffee was delicious.

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PM
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good overall. The food was good and the service and ambiance were great.

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great, and they were able to accommodate a couple of additions to our reservation. The only downside is that there was one meze item that didn’t indicate it had wheat flour, much to the dismay of one of my dining companions with celiac disease.

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PK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Saturday brunch menu was pretty limited in variety an choice. We, a group of four, expected to have a good lunch but was disappointed. There was only one vegetarian sandwich in the Sandwich section. It is rather inconvenient to be offered such a limited brunch menu on weekends. We generally enjoy having dinner at Leziz and have recommended the restaurant to many of your friends, but would not recommend it for weekend brunch.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Even if the food is spectacular, I will always think twice about going back to a place if the service is not good. And that was our experience - the 2 girls in charge of the place were not even that busy on a Saturday night, but they made sure to be very unhelpful and impatient. The food was great, but not warm enough and it made us think twice to complain, since they were not nice at all. The whole experience failed and it is a shame.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Terrible hosts and service. The girl who served us was rude, smug, and didn't bother to check on us during our dinner. We had to ask for water refills. Truly disappointing when the food was so good.

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EO
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food is just bland. I’ve had Turkish food before and this was just so so.

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JI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Leziz is a gem. Among the many Turkish restaurants in the Washington area, it's top tier - with exquisite food, an unusually broad wine, beer and raki selection, and good value.

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JB
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC; we try to have dinner here every time we’re in town. The staff is friendly and professional, their service is very good without being overbearing, and their Mediterranean menu is excellent. I highly recommend.

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DK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall a good Turkish restaurant. Menu is limited and looks like it changes day by day. If you a special food restrictions, they don’t have any substitute dishes. Mezzes were great. Portion vs cost on higher side. Ambience and service was great.

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DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We've had good experiences in the past with Leziz and its prior incarnation, Ezme. But this visit was disappointing. We ordered numerous dishes, and most were nothing special. Several were less tasty than they had been in the past. Service was uneven and not up to their usual friendly standard. We're hoping that this was just an off night -- this has been such a nice restaurant to have in the neighborhood.

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P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and quiet restaurant. The food and service are great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Portions a little smaller than expected. Didn't have cream for coffee when I asked... but they ran across the street to buy some for me!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Splurge for the tasting menu!

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L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought it was quite good. It didn’t have a huge selection. But everything was a bit unusual and quite tasty.

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s
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious and delightful addition to the DuPont Circle neighborhood!

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J
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and portion were fine. I didn't like the bread and I thought the hummus was very bland. I'm using to other Turkish restaurants that puffy warm pides, and this wasn't that. We had three different lamb or eggplant dishes and they were all very good. The grape leaves were also good and the wine list was fine. If you're in the Dupont Circle area and want a decent restaurant and a quiet place to have a conversation, you'll enjoy it.

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f
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Cozy restaurant with authentic ambiance with real Turkish decor and small area of Turkish treats, meats and cheeses/dairy and condiments for sale.
Food and beverages were genuine Turkish, and tasty.
Service was attentive.

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MS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Fantastic foods all around. Formerly known as Ezmè (same fantasitc food).

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The hubby and I had a great meal. The staff was attentive and polite, the atmosphere was quiet and pleasant and the food was delicious. You should try it; you won’t be disappointed!

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LE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and visited Leziz Cafe, I order bronzini and my wife order salmon. Both the fishes were fresh and indeed tasty. The food is very delicious and the service is awesome. You cannot go wrong with Leziz. Highly recommend it!

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AG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately Leziz is not nearly as good as Ezme was. While the menu items remain the same, their preparation is poorer, and items that used to be 7 dollar tapas are now 18 dollar entrees - with the only noticeable difference being the addition of rice. It’s too bad, since Ezme was some of the only good Turkish in town!

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DC
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, quiet and lovely atmosphere--a real neighborhood gem! We had several tapas and everything was excellent. The humus was served with warm homemade bread, the dolma and the vegetables were fresh and tasty. We enjoyed the levraki, the shrimp special, and the kofte. Portions were generous and large enough to share. My only disappointment is that the baklava is made with pistachio nuts--I prefer walnut baklava. We live down the block and come here often--we consider ourselves lucky to have such an excellent Turkish restaurant so close by. It is worth traveling to come here--you won't be disappointed!

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasty food and courteous and caring service. Food was superior to most restaurants. Anytime that we will be visiting Washington, I will make certain to eat at Leziz.

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T
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Leziz is the latest renewal of what was most recently Ezme - it's in the same location on P Street. The chef has made changes to the menu, and the space has been remodeled (although some of the old chairs remain). The overall result is very good. Good Turkish wine options. The food is fresh and tasty. When I was there the service was a bit uneven, but they may have been short-staffed on a very busy night of holiday gatherings. I am glad the old crew is back in the space.

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OT
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a charming place. I took some coworkers there for a celebratory lunch and was very impressed. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. Cocktails were delicious. The ambiance is delightful and the noise level was very low—great for conversing. Excellent value. Would definitely return.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant close to Dupont Circle Metro; great for dinner for two. Excellent service and food. My only quibble is that most mezes arrived from the kitchen at the same time. I would have preferred to space them out a bit.

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SE
Tampa
78 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good E Street matinee followed by an elegant Christmas concert in Dupont Circle brought us to Leziz for afters. It has a simple stylish decor with picture tiles, a wall display of cobalt blue beads and rope chandeliers- the feel overall is cozy. The service was courteous as we ordered the lentil soup with kofta and bulgur pilaf -and the roasted eggplant -which was superlative. Enjoyable meal on a chilly December evening- on our anniversary too! Nice end to a beautiful day.

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R
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a party of 7 to celebrate my retirement at the end of December 2018.

Sevice was friendly and fabulous. Food was delicious, we all enjoyed the food- even my husband who is a very fussy eater.

Atmosphere great- low-key & interesting.

Was quiet enough that all 7 of us could hear each other well.

Looking forward to going back.

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NS
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Authentic Turkish food with a contemporary presentation. Best Turkish food I have had in the city thus far. Everything was fresh, the food was served hot and not over spiced. I definitely recommend this place for dates, business meals etc.

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G
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for solo dining or date night! Dinner Special for have a good opportunity to try multiple menu items with more than adequate serving size to feed 3-4. Would return!

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DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used to love Emze and we loved its successor Leziz even more. The food was delicious with a good variety of options. We had appetizers, main dishes and desert. The presentation of food was very pleasing. We tried Hunkar Begendi and Lamb Shish Kebab with Lamb. Both were fabolous. And their kunefe and katmer as desert are still the best in town. Even better than what you can find in Turkey. Great cosy, environment and lovely ambiance. Definitely recommend it.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what we were hoping—very cozy, delicious food, friendly staff. Could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

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s
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Three of us went to dinner on a Sunday night. The restaurant is really nice and felt like we were in Turkey. All of the food we tried (vegetarian mezzes, kofta, and beef) were excellent. Two of us had the dessert- filo dough with homemade cream and pistachios (I can't remember the name but it was similar to baklava but not). There weren't a lot of people in the restaurant (early 6-7:30 PM) which is a shame as it's a great place. The service was very good until when we wanted the check and no one was around for awhile. It didn't take long to catch our waitress' eye and get the check. Definitely recommend.

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