Maya Bistro

4.8
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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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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The accommodations were comfortable and the food came out quickly. The server was prompt and attentive to our needs. Last but not least,the food was excellent! Would definitely recommend and I look forward to eating here again

M
Washington DC
185 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 3rd time here and the food is consistently good. I look forward to my next time. We like the mezze platter, moussaka, stuffed zucchini, dolma. The bread and tapenade that come with the meal also excellent.

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent every time I have been there at lunch and dinner. Turkish coffee really excellent and the meats are moist.

LH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for desserts & tea. Each of us ordered a different dessert - all excellent. Friends who had Turkish tea liked it.

NA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maya Bistro is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Get a reservation because, even on a Tuesday night, it fills up. The service is friendly and attentive without being pushy, and the food is excellent. Parking is rough and it can get quite loud--the only two things that keep it from being perfect.

LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Solid 8.5 out of 10.

SM
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried out Maya Bistro this past weekend as part of a group of six. The reviews have been so great - I had to see what all the fuss is about. It is about GREAT food and a GREAT staff! We shared a big app (mezze) platter that was a perfect sampling of all the wonderful things that are coming out of the kitchen. We all ordered differently - beef, zucchini, dumplings, salmon - everyone was sampling every else's food and we all came to an agreement that Maya Bistro will remain a regular in our dining-out repertoire! And I only live 1.5 miles away! We even had some Turkish wine - which was really quite good - it was a dry red that went very well with what we were eating. And the presentation was excellent too - all the colors and textures - each dish just begging to appear on Instagram. Thank you Maya Bistro - we WILL be back!!!

BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second visit and we brought friends who agreed with us that Maya Bistro is an excellent restaurant. We will be back again.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Many thanks. Great New Year’s Eve dinner

M
Washington DC
186 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delightful Christmas surprise. We were there Christmas night and food was absolutely delicious. We look forward to trying out other things on the menu on our return visits.

S
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife had the Baba Ganoush and Adana for a main course, and I had Maya Cigars and Adana Yogurt. Each dish was very good, and the servings are quite ample. Even though the restaurant was almost full, we were served quickly and efficiently. A fine evening at a moderate cost.

T
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Pleasant and attentive staff are the highlight. Plenty of perfectly prepared vegetables. But the spinach pie had freezer burn and the salmon was a little dry. We hear the lamb is the forte. We will give this pleasant little neighborhood place a 2d chance

JL
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit here. Having passed by it on Lee Hwy., I’d assumed it was Mayan cuisine. Noooo....
It offers an excellent Eastern Mediterranean, predominantly Turkish, menu - but also some Greek, Lebanese, Cypriot, etc. We had lamb shish kabob and Beyti Kabob, as well as a Turkish red wine, Kavaklidere Select. Everything was _outstanding_. I’d lived in Turkey for 5 years, and the food is truly authentic. Parties at a couple of tables were speaking Turkish, so that’s always a good indication that the food will be good.
This restaurant has only been open for 8 months or so, but it was quite busy on Monday evening. It’s a modern look, not a hole in the wall, but still casual and reasonable (especially with 1/2 price wine bottles on Monday). The owner and servers are very welcoming. We’ll defibrillator be back. Easily gets 5 stars! And the price range is a solid $$.

LA
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant worth trying out. The food I great, and personnel is wonderful.

LE
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent. all around. food, service, atmosphere. great for meeting up with friends and I can see it as a great date place too. definitely, give it a try

DE
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent neighborhood restaurant! It is family run and it feels like the kind of family you want to be friends with. The Turkish food is terrific and freshly baked pita is unlike what you typically find. I recommend the mixed grill for two featuring memorable lamb chops

IB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Maya Bistro many times. The food is wonderful and the service is friendly and attentive.

BR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food! We'll be back.

DL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

W
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been coming here since it opened as it's just down the street from my house and while it's always been really good, they've seemingly CONTINUED to improve to the point where it's now SUPERB food! We had a great dinner - with 2 friends that are serious foodies - and they mix a good drink, too. May have helped that it was a "slower" night, but everything was perfect and we'll definitely continue to frequent!

LJ
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have now had three excellent meals at Maya Bistro and highly recommend it for anyone desiring an very delicious Turkish/Middle Eastern menu.

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful, attentive service and excellent food. We will return.

a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small but mighty. This little restaurant in Arlington serves outstanding Turkish cuisine. Very good service.

JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the stuffed zucchini this time, and it was wonderful! And my French martini was a lovely as ever.

W
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are great. The only problem with coming to Maya Bistro, of which the owners are aware, is the lack of parking—requires a walk from down the block.

G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good neighborhood restaurant to check out. The food is good, the service is great, atmosphere could use some help (bright lights and bare tables).

SH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good Mediterranean dishes, best hummus I've had in a while.
Will make this a regular neighborhood go too.

MV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch for seven. Everything was prepared for us when we arrived. Food arrived promptly and our glasses were never empty. Even those who were unfamiliar with ME food were astounded by the delicious spreads and dishes.

O
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great new neighborhood place. Really good food and nice ambiance. Love that the noise level is low. Wait staff were very helpful about the menu and the Turkish wines (which were lovely).

AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice family-run spot. Good for families, or for couples. Good food. Nice service. Reasonable prices. Try the french fries!

B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third visit, and each time, the service has been efficient yet unobtrusive, and the food delicious. I’m especially pleased with their red lentil soup, their beet and orange salad, and this time I tried the kale mezze upon a friend’s recommendation. More onion than I like but easy to pick out the slices, and the yogurt sauce is delightful. My family and friends will absolutely continue to dine here. Visitors need to know that parking out front is very limited, but thus far street parking is easily available.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Very pleasant overall surroundings and excellent service. Other's might like the food more than I did; I just didn't care for it all that much. I'm not really familiar with Turkish food, and I wasn't crazy about it. The others in my party seemed to enjoy their food more than I did.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gracious service , excellent value , and we hit it on 1/2 price wine bottle night!

W
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and have been a good number of times. This place is a GEM and a welcome addition to our neighborhood. They have a really nice bar to sit at when alone (or when most tables taken, as they were when we went on Saturday) and the staff is SUPER friendly and attentive! The food is REALLY good, too, though I would say that the Moussaka - which was really tasty! - could be served a lot warmer than the last two times I've had it!! Don't know why this is a recurring problem, but in all honesty, it was late and I was hungry, so didn't have the inclination to send it back to reheat. The zucchini cakes delicious, too, as was my partner's chicken kabob dish! HIGHLY recommend this restaurant.

l
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Friendly service, delicious food (we had manti, smoked eggplant, shrimp, and moussaka). Not too noisy, so we hear each other.

S
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and very attentive service. Atmosphere is cheerful and very clean.

ED
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite dining experience, from the service and most abundantly the quality of the good. Without question, the best Middle-Eastern fare in the NOVA region.

G
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is my third visit to Maya Bistro this summer. So, you can see I like it. The last time I went with a friend who is from Turkey and another from Greece. They declared it excellent. So, that is a ringing endorsement. One note: we ordered 3 cold mezzes and the mixed grill platter for two. The platter is quite generous and it fed us well.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday of my friend. We both enjoyed our experience.

JS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Manti and Chicken shish entrees were very delicious. The Greek wine which was the special of the night was wonderful. Glad we listened to the server and we took the bottle home. Appetizer of the zucchini cakes were like potato pancakes and the mint leaves in it made it pop. Would definitely order that again. Everything was fresh. Baklava was the best that I have eaten in a very long time. Will be back.