Maya Bistro

4.7
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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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LE
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
47 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
4 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
11 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
14 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
3 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
48 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
36 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.

LE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

4 of us shared the Maya Mix Grill which includes both beef and chicken shish deliciously seasoned and perfectly grilled along with tender lamb chops and Adana (ground beef & lamb) served with grilled veggies and rice. The most delicious meal! Ended with baklava which was sweet and crispy.

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and there is a large selection. I’m looking forward to going back and trying other dishes! Service is great.

JW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful local spot with great cooking and caring waitstaff.
Family run, with care and skill!

NA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is now our go-to neighborhood restaurant. We were happy to introduce good friends to it. The food was excellent as always. The service is usually spectacular, but on this visit it was merely good. If that's your floor, you're doing pretty well.

J
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love that we have this yummy restaurant in our neighborhood. We receive personal service every time we go....love the wide variety on the menu

S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent new family-run neighborhood restaurant. We had Hummus and Maya cigars for starters and Moussaka and Adana Yogurt for mains. All were fresh and spiced to our requests. The style is Turkish with Greek and Italian influences. Service was prompt and efficient. A real gem.

t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service in a neighborhood environment.

MO
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, great food and service. Wine and beer list a bit limited but charming due to the size of the place. Nice ambiance and sorely needed for the neighborhood!

Hummus and baba ganoush delicious; wish the bread was a bit thinner. Excellent Greek salad and Spinach Pie, and yogurt dishes. Desserts pretty good.

Overall, very satisfied and we’ll be back!

d
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with an especially interesting wine list.

NH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, as always. The waiter and server tried to take plates away a bit too soon, and it was a little hard to get the waiter's attention when we were ready for the check. Minor problems, not major. I'll be back. Maya Bistro is my current favorite!

AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fills the need for a quality neighborhood restaurant perfectly! Have been several times, trying different meals and all were delicious! The service is wonderful. Everyone very welcoming and efficient. We will go often!

NH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always. Made a point of trying some new dishes, which we enjoyed. Prompt and attentive service.

h
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.
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