Yayla Bistro

4.7
614 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Yayla Bistro offers the most delicious Mediterranean food that you will ever taste. All of our dishes are prepared in-house by our team of Turkish chefs. "Yayla" stands for everything that is natural, pure and fresh, and at Yayla Bistro we use only fresh, top-quality ingredients to make traditional and healthy Mediterranean specialties. You are going to love our food! Half-price bottles of wine on Mondays, Early Bird Dinner Menu from 3-6 pm Mon-Fri, Live Music at 9 pm and Belly Dancer at 10 pm on Saturdays, Brunch from 11-3 pm on Sat-Sun.
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MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many time, but this was my first time for brunch. Delicious, and finally I was there early enough in the day to order Turkish coffee! Arrived when it opened and it was nice and quiet. However later, many families showed up with young children and the dining room became very loud.

SS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lamb chops and Adana kabob!!! Chicken was ok:(

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! From starter to the dessert.
Our server Zeinab was so professional and nice and we asked for her recommendations and we really enjoyed what she recommended . We really had good experience at this restaurant. Highly recommended to try if you like Mediterranean food.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food, all of the above (!) for a birthday celebration. Will come back!

C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good but in particular the Falafel was perfectly prepared and cooked.

J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Friendly service and excellent food. Totally consistent. Wonderful wine selection and great desert! The Turkish Coffee is excellent. Thank you as always. See you soon.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, nice outdoor seating.

LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! (Especially love the zucchini fritters except they’re not called that!)

v
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment, Yayla was a delicious delight. The mezze platter, lamb chops, branzino, salmon and manti were among the dishes we enjoyed. The staff was most attentive and the kitchen’s hard work was obvious. We’re looking forward to our next dining experience.

HH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was awesome. Our server "Rona" was fantastic. The Turkish wine was a big hit. Loved my dessert that was made with Apricots.

a
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here before. Quality stands out. Authentic.
Comfortable dining room. Good service.

FL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time at the restaurant. Parking was very confusing but eventually got worked out. Service was OK. Our waitress forgot to bring out spread and bread. It would have been nice to have with our meal. The meal came out with in seconds after ordering. We had the Doner Kabob which was very good. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough yogurt sauce or rice/beans. They did give a ton of meat. We also had Spanikopita that was OK. They gave a nice salad with the Spanikopita. Their specialty drinks were good.

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The Saturday night special was excellent. I’ll be back.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. Definitely worth coming to again and again

LT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was told by a friend that it was good and we couldnt agree more! Fantastic meal from beginning to end. Friendly service - we will be back!

RB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely place. The food and service was excellent. The only reason for 4 and not 5 stars was the wine was too expensive and the pour given was very stingy for the price. Otherwise loved it!

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always super enjoyable. One of our favorite places. Excellent cuisine matched by it’s service.

a
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had wanted to come to Yayla for a while. Glad I did. The quality of the food was terrific. Plump morsels of lamb on skewers; wonderful mezze, terrific pistachio gelato and baklava. I ordered a Sonoma Pinot Noir that was disappointing and expensive. I should have chosen a Lebanese red wine. Anyway, I’ll be back soon.

s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was superb. Having lived in Turkey for 2 years, we were anxious to try this menu. It was SO GOOD!!! From the "Chef's Cigars" and scrumptious and tender grilled calamari to a Branzino (me) and the Lambchops (my husband) to the rice/pistachio/currant pudding and another dessert that wasn't on the menu (kind of like a Turkish creme brulee with mild white cheese instead of cream.) The wine was perfect. We'll be going again. FREQUENTLY.

G
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were possibly the last guests to arrive for lunch but we’re never rushed or pressured. Kind service and good food. We’ll return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best experience

DC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had cycled passed this place a few times over the past year and decided to try it. Great food! Great service! Well done family run operation. We will definitely go back.

DP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a quiet intimate setting. Staff patiently explained menu choices and were attentive to our needs. The quality and freshness of the food was outstanding. I would recommend to others.

JT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance and service. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent from food to service to ambience.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an incredible experience. The food and service are incredible. We were very thank that we both left sunglasses and the servers held them for us and we were easily able to grab them the following day. Great Resturant.

AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Once again the food was very good., moysska, spinach pie and lamb were all good. Appetizers were excellent.

S
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful server. Pasta ravioli not my fav. Spinach pie excellent as was the salmon. Great neighborhood restaurant-just needs a neighborhood to go with it.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service. Good accommodation for 5 of us. Special evening for shawarma style food. Incredible good deserts.
Great entertainment having a belly dancer with Turkish music. Excellent evening. Strongly recommend and will come back.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always this restaurant out performs itself on each next visit. Wonderful staff and excellent food. A new favorite of ours.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Good service and Decor

The Food and recipes are no good

MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We love this restaurant and come back often. Great, authentic food, made fresh, just like homemade.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really incredible food. Very friendly staff. Remembered us from our one, previous visit, even where we sat. Food and service are top notch. It was a beautiful evening for sitting out on the deck

ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome as it is every time we come here. Food delicious and the service is phenomenal.

JF
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time to Yayla. We had an early lunch business meeting. All three of us enjoyed Kofte, Chicken kabobs and Dolmas. We will be returning.

DF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good meal- grilled calamari was excellent! Branzino was prepared well as Mousaka. Service very pleasant.

NK
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely experience and delicious food as always. First time trying brunch. The friend we brought wants to come back for dinner.

H
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Late lunch ... not crowded, quiet, and comfortable. As always, food and service were very good. Excellent choice for lunch or dinner ... highly recommended!

CU
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Elena remembered us from a previous visit which was nice. She was excellent in every way. Food was well-prepared, served hot and delicious. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meal.
Will definitely return in the future.

SF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Yayla Bistro fairly frequently and it is always wonderful. I have never ordered anything that wasn't delicious. The adana kebab and branzino are special favorites, as well as the different spreads. The service is friendly and attentive, and I like the casual atmosphere. It's fun to sit outside if the weather cooperates. It's also a good place for lunch and the mezza platter makes a great lunch.

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