Maya Bistro

4.7
53 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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Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Maya Bistro. My friend is high maintenance and requested a number of minor changes to her order. All were graciously accommodated. The restaurant is airy, light, quiet, and a wonderful addition to our neighborhood. Our food was delicious, and the apricot dessert was both yummy and beautifully presented. I'm already going back with friends next week. I do wish they had handicapped parking for my friend and more parking in general.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Great menu!!!!! Great prices and value!!!! Nice staff too! You should go or better yet call for delivery so I can have a table.
Ciao

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i
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff; great food; friendly service. We’ll be back!

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p
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Maya Bistro was a wonderful find in North Arlington. The service was great. Our wait person was attentive and friendly. The staff who brought the meals were on the mark.
Each of us ordered something different and noone was disappointed from lamb dishes to chicken to veggie choices.
I am sure that this will be on our friends list as they still live nearby! We may also frequent the bistro from time to time even though Arlington is not our home.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very nice and attentive staff. A little too expensive relative to other Mediterranean restaurants and portion sizes. Overall, it's a nice neighborhood restaurant.

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g
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and all three of us very much enjoyed dinner at Maya Bistro on Lee Highway in North Arlington. (Entrees of grilled salmon, lamb chops and a beef and lamb special entree.) Warm and prompt service, delicious food and a nice comfortable setting. Highly recommend.

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SW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food were excellent. Atmosphere is lacking.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so fresh and delicious. My daughter and I enjoyed it all!

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IB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and service. An excellent new gem!

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Please add this restaurant to your regular rotation or date night. Uncomplicated, high quality food at reasonable prices. You can have kabobs and traditional Turkish dishes. Next time I’m getting the whole branzino because it looked great.

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J
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood restaurant! We especially love the fresh bread and spreads!

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined there several times always a great experience. Excellent food, friendly staff, and fair prices!

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JG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Falafel salad was delicious. Had a fun time and got my fortune read from my Turkish coffee!

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MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great restaurant with ambiance and flair. Delicious Food. Excellent Service. Neat, clean... a real keeper. Bravo.

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KL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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 on June 12, 2019
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
96 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
41 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
8 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
6 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
20 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
14 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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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