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Sababa

4.4
4.4
168 Reviews
$30 and under
Israeli

Sababa is located in the historic district of Cleveland Park and within walking distance to the National Zoo, and Uptown Theater. Sababa is a neighborhood favorite serving modern Israeli cuisine.

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Menu

Featured Items

  • Salatim$16.00

    Carrot Salad with Dates & Mint; Beetroot Relish with Tahina & Pistachio; Roasted Red Pepper & Feta, with Lemon & Thyme; Cucumber, Dill & Pickled Red Onion; Garlic Labne with Dukkah Spice

    • Hummus Tahina$8.00

      Small Plates

      • Roasted Halumi$10.00

        Dates, Honey & Charred Lemon

        • Kushari$10.00

          Chickpea, Rice, Lentil, Pasta, Fried Onion & Spiced Tomato Sauce

          • Israeli Salad$10.00

            Cucumber, Tomato, Onion & Mango

            • Fried Cauliflower$10.00

              Tahina, Golden Raisins, Dill & Lemon

              • Pan-Seared Sardine$10.00

                Feta, Walnut & Charred Zucchini

                • Ta'ameya$10.00

                  Fava Bean Falafel & Harissa Tahina

                  • Pomegranate-Glazed Chicken Liver$10.00

                    Sumac Onions & Pomegranate Seeds

                    • Choban Salad Crudo$10.00

                      Raw Tuna, Chili, Cucumber, Tomato & Lemon

                      • Not for the Faint of Heart$7.00

                        Harissa, zhug, mixed roasted spicy chilis

                        Kebabs from the Wood Grill

                        $14; Hawaij-Spiced Rice, Roasted Chilli & Tomato

                        • Salmon with Pomegranate-Labne Marinade

                          • Harissa-Marinated Chicken Thighs

                            • Sumac & Onion-Marinated Steak

                              • Lamb & Beef Kofta

                                Brunch Plates

                                • Shakshuka$15.00

                                  Poached Egg & Tomato-Chili Broth

                                  • Konafi French Toast$14.00

                                    Sweet Labne & Pistachio

                                    • Lamb & Egg$14.00

                                      On Pita with Harissa Hummus

                                      • Ful Mudammas$15.00

                                        On Hummus with Poached Egg

                                        • Israeli Breakfast$16.00

                                          Fried Eggs, Hummus, Pita, Israeli Salad, Labne, Roasted Peppers & Feta

                                          Handmade Sodas & Juices

                                          • Pomegranate-Rosehip Soda$5.00

                                            Sumac, Rose & Fenugreek

                                            • Lavender-Borage Soda$5.00

                                              Rosemary & Lemon

                                              • Grapefruit-Cardamom Soda$5.00

                                                Black Pepper & Lime

                                                • Halva Juice$7.00

                                                  Carrot Juice, Lemon, Pistachio & Cardamom

                                                  • Haifa Juice$7.00

                                                    Sundried Tomato, Red Pepper, Garlic & Herbs

                                                    House Cocktails

                                                    $12

                                                    • Ptolemy's Lighthouse

                                                      Sparkling Wine, Grapefruit, Capitoline, Charred Lemon

                                                      • Zephyr Breeze

                                                        Cotton & Reed Rum, Pomegranate Soda, Rosehip, Sumac

                                                        • Phoenecian Frappé

                                                          Green Hat Gin, Arak, Mint, Lavender, Borage

                                                          • Gardens of Haifa

                                                            Vida Mezcal, Sundried Tomato, Red Pepper, Herbs

                                                            • Halva World Away

                                                              Lunazul Añejo, Carrot, Pistachio Orgeat, Cardamom

                                                              • Cradle of Civilization

                                                                Rye-Infused Whiskey, Sorghum, Caraway & Sesame Bitters

                                                                Draft Beer

                                                                • Golden Lager | Brew Republic '212', Virginia$8.00

                                                                  • Saison | Hellbender 'Agosto', D.C.$8.00

                                                                    • Brown Ale | Alewerks 'Tavern Ale', Virginia$8.00

                                                                      Bottled Beer

                                                                      • Pilsner | Port City 'Downright', Virginia$8.00

                                                                        • IPA | Evolution 'Lot #3' IPA, Maryland$8.00

                                                                          • Double IPA | Avery 'RAJA', Colorado$12.00

                                                                            • Oatmeal Stout | Anderson Valley, California$8.00

                                                                              • Dry Cider | Wydridge 'Crafty', Pennsylvania$8.00

                                                                                Sparkling

                                                                                • Tsitska Blend, Bagratoni Brut, Kartli, Georgia$9.00

                                                                                  • Cabernet Franc, Charles Bove Rosé, Touraine, France$50.00

                                                                                    • Blanc de Blancs, Pelter, Golan Heights, Israel$15.00

                                                                                      Light Whites

                                                                                      • Tsolikouri, Telliani, Lechkhumi, Georgia$9.00

                                                                                        • Pinot Grigio, Tiefenbruner, Alto Adige, Italy$45.00

                                                                                          • Sauvignon Blanc, Yarden, Golan Heights, Israel$48.00

                                                                                            • Sauvignon Blanc, Pascal Jolivet, Sancerre, France$60.00

                                                                                              Medium Whites

                                                                                              • Albarino, Nessa, Rias Baixas, Spain$42.00

                                                                                                • Sauvignon-Viognier, Mount Hermon, Galilee, Israel$12.00

                                                                                                  • Chardonnay, Gilgal, Upper Galilee, Israel$13.00

                                                                                                    • Furmint Sec, Kiralydvar, Tokaj, Hungary$56.00

                                                                                                      • Chardonnay, Pelter Unoaked, Golan Heights, Israel$60.00

                                                                                                        • Movia Ribola, Goriska Brda, Slovenia$68.00

                                                                                                          Full Whites

                                                                                                          • Chardonnay Golden, Monterey, California$40.00

                                                                                                            • Monemvassia, Moraitis, Peleponnese, Greece$44.00

                                                                                                              • Viognier, Barboursville, Monticello, Virginia$54.00

                                                                                                                • White Blend, Chateau Musar, Ghazir, Lebanon$15.00

                                                                                                                  Aromatic Whites

                                                                                                                  • Dry Riesling Blend, Hugel 'Gentil'$9.00

                                                                                                                    • Malagouzia, Antonopolis, Achaea, Greece$38.00

                                                                                                                      • Assyrtico-Muscat, Papargyriou, Peleponnese, Greece$40.00

                                                                                                                        • Mann Pinot Blanc, Albert Mann, Alsace, France$52.00

                                                                                                                          • Gewurtztraminer, Yarden, Golan Heights, Israel$55.00

                                                                                                                            • Riesling, Joh & Jos Prum Kabinett, Mosel, Germany$68.00

                                                                                                                              Rosés

                                                                                                                              • Saperavi, Dahlia, Telliani Valley, Georgia$36.00

                                                                                                                                • Cabernet Blend, Amethystos, Drama, Greece$13.00

                                                                                                                                  • Cinsault-Mourvèdre, Chateau Musar, Ghazir, Lebanon$60.00

                                                                                                                                    Light Reds

                                                                                                                                    • Red Blend, Massaya, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon$43.00

                                                                                                                                      • Zweigelt, Stefan Bauer, Wagram, Austria$46.00

                                                                                                                                        • Pinot Noir, La Folette, North Coast, California$14.00

                                                                                                                                          • Pinot Noir, Boedecker, Wilamette Valley, Oregon$65.00

                                                                                                                                            Medium Reds

                                                                                                                                            • Syrah, Avantis, Evia, Greece$11.00

                                                                                                                                              • Xinomavro, Dalamara, Naoussa, Greece$12.00

                                                                                                                                                • Grenache-Syrah, J.L. Chave, Rhone Valley, France$52.00

                                                                                                                                                  • Mavrodaphne, Mega Spileo, Achaia, Greece$55.00

                                                                                                                                                    • Bordeaux Blend, RdV, Middleburg, Virginia$65.00

                                                                                                                                                      • Carignan, Recanati Reserve 'Wild', Judean Hills$75.00

                                                                                                                                                        Full Reds

                                                                                                                                                        • Saperavi, Teliani 'Mukuzani', Teliani Valley, Georgia$35.00

                                                                                                                                                          • Malbec, Cèdre Heritage, Cahors, France$39.00

                                                                                                                                                            • Petite Sirah, Barkan, Samson, Israel$42.00

                                                                                                                                                              • Cabernet Sauvignon, Recanati, Judean Hills, Israel$13.00

                                                                                                                                                                • Bordeaux Blend, Galil 'Alon', Upper Galilee$54.00

                                                                                                                                                                  • Red Blend, Chateau Musar, Ghazir, Lebanon$15.00

                                                                                                                                                                    Half Bottles

                                                                                                                                                                    • Brut Champagne, Besserat de Bellfon, France$65.00

                                                                                                                                                                      • Pinot Grigio, Tiefenbrunner, Italy$25.00

                                                                                                                                                                        • Pinot Noir, Domaine Pavelot Savgny-les-Beaune$70.00

                                                                                                                                                                          • Zinfandel, Seghesio, California$50.00

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                                                                                                                                                                            What 168 people are saying

                                                                                                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                                                                                                            4.4
                                                                                                                                                                            4.4 based on all time ratings
                                                                                                                                                                            • 4.4Food
                                                                                                                                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                                                                                                                                            • 4.2Ambience
                                                                                                                                                                            • 4.0Value

                                                                                                                                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                                                                                                                                            90% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                                                                                                                              HarryL

                                                                                                                                                                              Las Vegas

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on June 3, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Just came back from Israel and have been to Zahav in Philsdelphia many times. This was better than Zahav and on par with authentic Israeli cuisine. A wonderful experience.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. K

                                                                                                                                                                              Katrina

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              22 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on June 2, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Great food!

                                                                                                                                                                            3. s

                                                                                                                                                                              smark

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on June 1, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

                                                                                                                                                                            4. B

                                                                                                                                                                              Bebop

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              74 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              74 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 31, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              While I was looking forward to a spectacular Israeli type meal, I enjoyed a standard set of dishes which would be considered tasty but unremarkable at most Israeli restaurants. The cauliflower was a standout dish, but this was in no way in the tradition of Zahav in philly or other adventurous middle eastern restaurants. Perhaps it's time to push the boundaries a little from traditional Israeli to something that draws on many culinary traditions.

                                                                                                                                                                            5. G

                                                                                                                                                                              Gary

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              37 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 31, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Great food. Especially liked the eggplant and salmon.

                                                                                                                                                                            6. S

                                                                                                                                                                              Sharon

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              67 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              67 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 31, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Creative, fresh, delicious food graciously served by friendly, knowledgeable staff.

                                                                                                                                                                            7. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 30, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              We enjoyed the hummus with ful, fried cauliflower, additional pita and za’atar, roasted halumi and mahalabia. All were delicious. The drinks were delicious as well. The staff members were very polite and kind. The room was dark and the candles helped to create a relaxing ambiance. This place is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city.

                                                                                                                                                                            8. M

                                                                                                                                                                              Murasaki

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 29, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              This is my fourth visit to the place. I've loved everything I ordered.

                                                                                                                                                                            9. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              44 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              44 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 29, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere! So nice and inviting! The service was excellent, the good was amazing and the steak kabob was superb! You could cut the meat with a butter knife! Felt like I was in New York City in a great trendy restaurant!

                                                                                                                                                                            10. VA

                                                                                                                                                                              VADiner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 28, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Great modern Israeli food. Small plates are very tasty and so are the large plates.

                                                                                                                                                                            11. JO

                                                                                                                                                                              JamesO

                                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 28, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Fabulous. Food, Service, Atmosphere, everything was ideal. Our server Kit was extremely attentive and knowledgeable and full of great suggestions on wine and food. Beautiful space and some truly unique dishes. Definitely worth the trip away from the more heavily trafficked DC neighborhoods.

                                                                                                                                                                            12. r

                                                                                                                                                                              rebeldc

                                                                                                                                                                              Denver

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 27, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              We took our daughter here for her birthday. We had an amazing time. We were quickly seated, and our drink orders taken. We shared a number of small plates to start, then finished with 3 main plates which were shared among us. Excellent, fresh, unusual flavors. Delicious. Amazing craft cocktails. Nice wine selection.

                                                                                                                                                                            13. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              8 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Everything came out super fast and the

                                                                                                                                                                            14. J

                                                                                                                                                                              Jesn

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              The food was great, atmosphere fun and our server knowledgeable and delightful!

                                                                                                                                                                            15. MM

                                                                                                                                                                              MichaelM

                                                                                                                                                                              Philadelphia

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 26, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Great experience for our first meal in DC. Food was amazing!!!

                                                                                                                                                                            16. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                                              11 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 25, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              Our second time to the restaurant, could not wait to come back since our first trip went so well. This time, though, everything changed, the food lacked flavor and freshness. We’re wondering if the Chef changed in the few weeks away? We’re not sure if a third trip will be in the offing, sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                            17. D

                                                                                                                                                                              Danmo

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              13 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 24, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Mediocre food in noisy surroundings

                                                                                                                                                                            18. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 23, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Excellent food and very attentive service. The outdoor deck on the second floor was perfect. Would highly recommend one of their signature cocktails and the grilled eggplant! Will definitely be going back.

                                                                                                                                                                            19. D

                                                                                                                                                                              Dineoutmom

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 22, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Food was delicious, so many great flavors! Service was excellent

                                                                                                                                                                            20. g

                                                                                                                                                                              genes

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              31 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 21, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              Food was terrific. Noise level was high. Nevertheless, we will certainly eat there again.

                                                                                                                                                                            21. CA

                                                                                                                                                                              CARAB

                                                                                                                                                                              Montreal

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                                              14 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 21, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                                                                                                                              Saw this restaurant in a top ten and decided to try it while visiting Chicago. Took an Uber - 15 minutes from city center. Arrived and our table was not ready. We were told to wait in the front area. A waitress came by but neglected to take a drink order as well as clean crumbs off off the seat next to us. Were seated by friendly hostess. Waitress was sullen and seemed resistant to being the least bit helpful. Special hummus was delicious, salmon moist and tasty, falafel good too. Rice and lentil dish had flavours we didn't care for, Israeli salad was good. Tasty meal, but could have been made much more enjoyable had service been better.

                                                                                                                                                                            22. S

                                                                                                                                                                              Sundaynightdining

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 20, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              The food was fresh and delicious. Very creative use of tastes and spices. Excellent service and unusually quiet for a DC restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                            23. d

                                                                                                                                                                              dhope

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              60 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              60 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 20, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              Small plates were especially good! Very pleasant staff and service.

                                                                                                                                                                            24. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 20, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              I have been to Sababa several times. My dad was in town visiting, so I wanted to take him. We enjoyed some of my favorites including the hummus of the day and the lamb shank. Everything was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                            25. LE

                                                                                                                                                                              Luv2EatVA

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              32 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 20, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Loved the experience at Sababa — indeed a cool place just like it’s name Sababa! The service was excellent, very friendly and helpful. They have a variety of non-alcoholic drinks and house cocktails. We enjoyed Halva World Away. Starters were great, highly recommend sardines. The fish of the day was fresh and very tasty. Finally, the desert Konafi cake was simply awesome!! Sababa is now one of our favorite restaurants in DC, we will be frequenting it. Highly recommend Sababa!!!

                                                                                                                                                                            26. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 19, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Really great service. Food was excellent. Made the mistake of ordering too much!

                                                                                                                                                                            27. VJ

                                                                                                                                                                              VictorJ

                                                                                                                                                                              New York Area

                                                                                                                                                                              24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                                                                                                              24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 19, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                                                                              There was a leak above the table and into the food. Some of the dishes were too salty for my taste. Reception was chilly and snide. The server was friendly and the cocktail quite good. I liked the cucumber pickle.

                                                                                                                                                                            28. m

                                                                                                                                                                              mcdc

                                                                                                                                                                              Los Angeles

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 19, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              But an Ottolenghi cookbook and cook yourself- you'll be miles ahead in taste and authenticity. (Wanting to give Maydan a try for authenticity but impossible to reserve there!)

                                                                                                                                                                            29. D

                                                                                                                                                                              Diby

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 17, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              We sat in the back where the noise level tappers a bit which was ideal. The waiter was attentive and the busers hard working (although a little eager to remove unfinished plates from our table). The food was good...some dishes shined brighter than others (creamy dreamy eggplant). Overall, a solid experience.

                                                                                                                                                                            30. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 17, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Amazing! Food was excellent! Staff made great recommendations! Can’t wait to go back!!

                                                                                                                                                                            31. D

                                                                                                                                                                              Desh

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              19 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              19 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 15, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              We enjoyed the food very much. Sababa is a great addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                            32. c

                                                                                                                                                                              calypso

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              100 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              100 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 14, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              I really wanted to like Sababa. Reviews were great, so maybe we hit an off night (it was a Monday night). All of our dishes were just OK, hummus needed acidity, eggplant dish was WAY too salty and the lamb shank was dry and lacked flavor. On the plus side, the waiter was very apologetic and the manager did offer to give us a free dessert (which we had to decline since all of the dishes had dairy in them and my friend can't eat dairy!). May try it again, but not what I expected from this restaurant group.

                                                                                                                                                                            33. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              San Francisco

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              2 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Mothers Day

                                                                                                                                                                            34. SS

                                                                                                                                                                              SuSh

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              This was a difficult experience to rate. The food was outstanding! But one our party’s order was forgotten and since they have a policy of bringing out dishes as they are ready, we shared all the other dishes and 45 min after we ordered we realized that they never planned to bring the dish. The service was average to below average. There was no apology from the server about the kitchen’s mistake and only when we asked the manager did they comp the dish. The concept needs work. Our table was cramped and the dishes were served in a manner very difficult to share. Would not recommend for groups. Very awkward and careless service. Would not come again.

                                                                                                                                                                            35. E

                                                                                                                                                                              Eric

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              17 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              OMG! The hummus is incredible — soft, smooth, almost velvety, I’m a hummus aficionado; the only other restaurant that serves hummus this good is Abu Said, in Acco, north of Haifa, Israel! The pitas are baked with sesame seeds on top, and are soft, chewy and tasty, perfect to scoop-up a generous portion of the aforementioned hummus. The tiny “salatim” salads are ok, with interesting spice combinations. The fried cauliflower is really good, as was the tuna crudo, the salmon kebab, and the fried Halumi cheese, but portions are tiny. We’ll be back!!

                                                                                                                                                                            36. JR

                                                                                                                                                                              JennyR

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              6 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Took my mom here for Mother's Day. The restaurant was easily able to accommodate a wheelchair, which we greatly appreciated. The food was outstanding - great variety, delicious, and lots of vegetarian options.

                                                                                                                                                                            37. MI

                                                                                                                                                                              MarinaI

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                                                                                                              24 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall3food2service1ambience3

                                                                                                                                                                              Mediocre at best. Won’t be coming back

                                                                                                                                                                            38. BB

                                                                                                                                                                              BobbiesBytes

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              47 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              47 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Another Ashok Bajaj/Knightsbridge neighborhood gem! Started with the fava bean hummus of the day which exceeded all expectations. It was sheer pleasure with every creamy, flavorful bite; the accompanying pita was warm, fluffy and a wonderful accompaniment - worth the splurge to order a few extra, especially if having kebabs; roasted halumi was interesting; dates added a nice sweetness to the mild cheese; cheese was not a soft, oozing cheese but had a spongy texture that was cut into squares; Israeli Salad ingredients sounded ordinary, but it was fantastic; extremely tasty and refreshing; the juicy chicken kebab was cooked to perfection served with a light rice with roasted chili & tomato; the fish of the day was well-travelled, coming from the Red Sea, but as fresh as could be accompanied by two spicy sauces which gave the very mild but meaty fish real zip! The Phoenician Frappe cocktail was terrific; regular G&T okay; wines we selected for our meal were very nice. No room for dessert. Service was professional; didn't have any problem gaining our waiter's attention for the extra pita. Décor is warm and cozy. Even though a bit of a drive for us, my BF & I agreed we would return.

                                                                                                                                                                            39. OT

                                                                                                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 13, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                                                              Mother’s Day celebration

                                                                                                                                                                            40. LO

                                                                                                                                                                              LynnO

                                                                                                                                                                              London

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              vip
                                                                                                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                                                                                                              5 reviews

                                                                                                                                                                              Dined on May 12, 2018

                                                                                                                                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                                                              Nice addition to the area with fresh, tasty food and a fun vibe.

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