This is an OK neighborhood restaurant, I would not go out of your way to eat here ever. I have eaten here several times - some better than others. This particular time the wait was horrendous for dinner (50mins) and the food mediocre. They offered us a free glass of wine, which we didn't want and no discount or anything else!
Mourayo consistently has delicious and authentic high quality Greek food. If you are in search of good food rather than fast food, it should be on your radar.
The menu id getting better all the time, with lots of veggie options but still plenty for meat/fish eaters. Ambiance is just delightful. A cozy place with the hardest of all joys to find in a restaurant--low noise levels. You can be intimate here while enjoying incredible tastes.
.Some of the food was very good, but one of the appetizers and one of the entrees were much too salty
The ambiance in the restaurant is nice and homely, though the lighting was rather dark over some of the tables. The place is clean and the food tasted fresh (except for the scallops which tasted like they were previously frozen) and made to order. The appetisers were tasty (especially the octopus) but not exceptional. The pasta with shrimp was very good. Unfortunately, the entrees (especially the scallops with black eyed peas) were incredibly salty. Limited options for wine by the glass (and expensive at $12 for mediocre white). Since the service was so slow (which was odd as the restaurant was not very full) we declined dessert. Overall it was a decent experience but nothing to write home about, and with a check coming out at over $100 for two (1.5 starters; 2 mains; 2 glasses of wine), it is not good enough value for money for us to rush back.
I have been coming to Mourayo for the past 4 or 5 years, at least once a year for special occasions. The menu is simple and their food has remained consistent and delicious. I always look forward to visiting and enjoying a nice glass of wine!
Moussaka and Monkfish both excellent and very Greek 😋
A true jewel. With so many options in DC dining scene it took me 2 years to come back and I realized it was a mistake. Every single dish my friends and I (we were 8) was spectacular.
Very noisy, light bulb out above table. Service ok but eveyone seemed very rushed.
Dining at Mourayo is always a pleasure. Efficient service, waiter was knowledgeable about ingredients for someone with food allergies, food was delicious. It was a great place to bring guests to showcase some of the best food in Washington.
I like the authentic Greek flavors. Not watered down or Americanized. Always very good. Always good service. I'll be back.
Entrees took over an hour. Staff never told us why.
If I want to dine on delicious high-end Greek food affordably, Mourayo is where I go. Fabulous fresh whole fish, or the delightful "Pythagoras" of figs, almonds, honey and pork loin, or delicate combinations of Branzino filet with fennel. Mourayo is consistently fabulous, affordable and the service is akin to being a guest in someone's home.
A very well known classical musician from Paris always comes here when in town: it's that good.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. Everything we ordered was delicious and carefully prepared. The service was excellent as well and the food was reasonably priced. The Greek wine list is impressive . . .our wine was exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend Mourayo!
As soon as we ordered a bottle of wine the warm pita with evoo came out. We had the grilled octopus with fava bean puree, crabmeat and cheese pie, and roasted eggplant salad to start. The flavors were wonderful, the grilled octopus was cooked perfectly, tender and not rubbery at all. I had the mousaka and my wife and friend each had the pork with figs, almonds, cheese and honey sauce. We couldn't have been happier with our food or the service. Our orders were taken and filled efficiently, plates were removed properly and the service was unobtrusive, yet friendly. Desert was very good, but not spectacular. I would readily recommend this restaurant for those who love food, want good service, and enjoy being able to talk without shouting.
When in the area I always try to go to Mourayo. The food is excellent, service attentive - the yogurt is always a standout as is the hummus plate. A friend did a repeat on the pork tenderloins and my black pasta with shrimp was so good that a friend kept reaching over for bites.
What an amazing experience! I haven't had such a fabulous meal since I was in Greece! Natalina Koropoulos and her team have created a full dining experience. The food, the service the attention is James Beard worthy!
A gem in DC! Great ambiance for a nice dinner with professional colleagues. All around lovely experience!
Excellent Greek food along with a great Greek wine selection. New dishes have been added to the menu such as the "Lamb in parchment paper" which I have never come across in another Greek restaurant in the US. The octopus appetizer is always a big hit! And the wide choice of grilled Mediterranean fish such as bronzino and sea bream are always prepared in an exquisite manner. Lastly, the selection of deserts, including the recently added cheese-cake with masticha flavor is great. I have been going to this restaurant for several years now and have never been disappointed.
The grilled octopus is must have! We keep coming back for it because you can't find better anywhere else!