Maya Bistro

4.7
39 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Welcome to Maya Bistro!

Maya Bistro is a family-owned restaurant in Arlington, VA. in Maya Bistro our delicious meals can be anything from a simple snack to an elaborate multi-course meal celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey.


It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish & Mediterranean food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality.


With the 35 years of experience in a variety of cuisines, our family draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish & Mediterranean cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine.
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KL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening with delicious food, excellent service and a lovely setting

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G
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very welcome to Arlington’s restaurant scene. Well prepared dishes and tasty.

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D
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A great new addition to North Arlington--featuring Mediterranean dishes and delicious Turkish wines. The tapas for 4 was gigantic and we could barely finish it...then among the 4 of us, we shared 3 dishes-a grilled fish, a shrimp and a chicken dish.

Staff were friendly and helpful-when our server had difficulty guiding us for a wine choice, she brought someone over to the table who offered to let us try three wines so we could decide.

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n
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After hearing good things about a neighborhood restaurant, we went to Maya Bistro for lunch Sunday. Brunch (mostly egg dishes) was available as well as main menu items. I ordered the baked zucchini while my friend chose the dolmas and an omlette. All were delicious. The service was attentive and prompt. All in all, a great dining experience.

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B
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful Turkish menu; meats were perfectly cooked to our medium rare request. Will definitely return!

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N
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new neighborhood treasure, good quality home made Turkish food, no wait time and don’t feel rush to leave.

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mezze platter was a nice introduction to the menu and filled us up enough to share one entree be the two of us. Easy parking and lovely staff. We'll be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dishes were filled with fresh vegetables and crisp greens, and were tasty. The staff are very friendly, and remember you from past visits. I plan to be a regular here.

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RL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive delicious menu, labels for gluten free and dairy free, nice spacious airy light setting, attractive looking bar, good soundproofing for a reasonable noise level allowing good conversation. And they make mojitos! Definitely will be going back.

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j
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to Maya Bistro and we'll definitely be back. The atmosphere (in a strip shopping center right on Lee Highway) is nothing special but the owners have made the most of the simple space, and the food and service were excellent. We really loved the Turkish rice pudding for dessert!

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FF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and even better service! We are so lucky to have you in our neighborhood!

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P
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our second time at Maya Bistro bringing two other couples with us. It's such a cute, little neighborhood place that makes us want to return. The staff is always very friendly and eager to make suggestions. Their mezze platter is out of this world delicious. We'll definitely be back.

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Will definitely go back. Service was excellent and portions were very large. I had the best moussaka I've ever had there.

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m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I've gone for both brunch and dinner. The staff is very friendly. It's a turkish family and the traditional hospitality shines through, especially when it's less crowded and they have more time to focus on you. For brunch we ordered the Turkish traditional breakfast to share in the middle of the table (olives, cucumbers, honey and jam, bread, beyaz peynir/feta cheese). It was simple, but delicious. We coupled that with Maya meze for two (there were the of us) and of course endless glasses of tea. That really would have been enough, but I wanted to try as much as possible and and there were some favorites on the menu. Menemen (scrambled eggs with tomatoes and peppers) was a tad bit bland, but still satisfying. The çılbır looked good, but definitely needs lots of bread to sop up the egg yolk and tomato/yogurt sauce. For dinner, we did the mixed meze again. I love the sigara böreği (maya cigars, I think), the roasted eggplant with pomegranate and the red pepper and feta spread. Friends were really impressed with the grape leaf dolma. Separately, I added mücver (zucchini patties). They were excellent. I could add a side of rice and make a meal of it. The güveç (vegetable stew) had the right flavor, but something was missing. I hear spinach pie is the way to go. Their tea and baklava are fantastic. It's not too syrupy sweet. I look forward to trying more when I return. They are still new, open about a month, but they seem to be doing well, have the service down, and are on their way to becoming a local favorite.

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AE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

everything we tried was delicious, including the dip sampler, moussaka, lamb, baklava! You can buy a bottle of wine and take home anything you don’t finish - bonus. Service is good but they are still working out the kinks. In time that will be 5 star too.

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P
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great service too. Wonderful neighborhood bistro.

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D
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family had a lovely dinner--even when our toddler would barely sit still! The restaurant is kid friendly, with moderate noise level and patient, welcoming staff. The food was wonderful--zucchini cakes, moussaka, htipiti, flatbread. Only the shrimp was lackluster. The owner greeted us warmly. I love to see a new local restaurant succeeding. We'll be back!

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l
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely addition to Lee Highway. Beautifully designed decor. Food was excellent and service very friendly.

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B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. The babaganoush was delicious. Our waiter was awesome.

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PH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal; dining room is very nice, airy and quiet. Will definitely return.

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CL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fine representative menu that complements the other nearby Turkish restaurants. Plus it’s within walking distance! We’ll be back.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of less than a handful of authentic Turkish restaurant here in the DC area. Their Bronzino was charred to perfection and was extremely fresh. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

my wife and I feel very fortunate to have had Maya Bistro open up within walking distance. Very good food, and nice ambiance. Service can be a little slow, but nothing to worry about.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific, family-run restaurant with yummy Turkish/Mediterranean food. We enjoyed the moussaka and that evening’s fish special (wonderfully prepared and served whole—so say something if you prefer not to see the head or tail). Our server recommended wine pairings—both Turkish and both quite good. The prices were reasonable. The atmosphere is modern cozy. We live in the neighborhood and will definitely be back!

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V
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family run restaurant with very friendly and helpful service. We shared the mixed mezze and mixed grill. Both came with a good variety of foods and everything tasted great.

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d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was tasty and fresh. Bread excellent. Turkish coffee great. The service was terrific. Impeccable. Will go again and try more of the menu offerings.

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t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Food was great, service was wonderful, very personal touch.

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L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great addition to our neighborhood! The food and service are outstanding!

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Austin
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such high quality food! Feels like you're in a friend's house having the secret family recipe. Definitely great service, great team in place and love the food!

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SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place! I came in late afternoon on Easter so it was VERY quiet, but I've heard from friends that it can get very busy otherwise. I'm a vegetarian and there were lots of wonderful items for me on the menu. Staff was attentive but not overly so. Reasonably priced. I'll be back alllllll the time.

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughters and I went to Maya for Easter brunch. The food was delicious and plentiful. The service was super friendly and fantastic. It's a beautifully decorated restaurant. I will definitely be going back.

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SG
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great neighborhood restaurant, and very nice wait staff.

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MM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A bit disappointing . The food was average . The place was crowded which is often a good sign but in this case I think it was hyped because it is new and probably unique for the neighborhood. As someone who appreciates Mediterranean/ middle eastern cuisine I can find better restaurants in my area which have better quality food and better presentation.

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great new neighbor restaurant. Walked to it. Very friendly staff. Family run. Could be our new go to spot.

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, fresh ingredients, well balanced

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding new neighborhood restaurant that is affordable

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K
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great addition to the local dining scene! Mama Maya in the kitchen does absolutely fabulous work and is well supported in the dining room by attentive staff. Will return soon and often!

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SG
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful new, family owned turkish restaurant in our neighborhood. Food was excellent, good size portions, wine was reasonably priced, friendly staff and just the right size dining room.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The family that runs the establishment is the real deal. Food is delicious, home made and authentic! Love that this spot is in walking distance to my home! Best of Luck!

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