Yayla Bistro

4.7
534 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, Open Mic starts at 8:30 pm on Fridays, Belly Dancer + Live Music at 10 pm on Saturdays, Brunch from 11-3 pm on Sat-Sun.
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MC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. I enjoyed spinach flatbread and a salad, and the waitress recommended a good rose wine. Loved the male belly dancer!

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed with the service and the food. This was my second visit to Yayla Bistro and it is among my favorite places in an area of excellent restaurants. Congratulations Yayla. You are so very good.

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TD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Food was great and the atmosphere is nice. We really enjoyed our meals and will be back again soon!!

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GS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious, the restaurant was well kept and clean. Our server, Rona I believe, was phenomenal. We enjoyed every moment.

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DD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, low key place, very friendly and neighborly. Tasty food cooked perfectly. Very attentive service, nice ambiance, low noise levels good for conversation. A belly dancer on weekends.

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FP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food and very personable and efficient service. We were seated immediately and our food came out quickly after we had ordered. Highlights were the desserts!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Retirement

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and good service. I liked the comfortable seating, as well as the fact that the restaurant was reasonably quiet so that everyone at our table could easily hear one another. Another plus: easy parking as we parked in a nearby garage that had lots of empty spaces, with no charge at night. The prices for menu items was very fair. So, I highly recommend Yaylo Bistro for a fun and enjoyable dinner.

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H
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was EXCELLENT ... food, wine, service, people, vibe in the room. I highly recommend Yayla Bistro to friends and others! I've eaten there about 10 times - never disappointed.

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KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, attentive staff, pleasant ambience. Highly recommended

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely restaurant. From the ambiance to sevice it is top notch. Great value and fresh, amazing Turkish tastes! I've been for lunch and dinner, and the setting is always relaxed, comfortable, and never too loud. Great vegetarian options!

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j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had a kind of vegetable stew with white rice. The stew and artichoke side were very nice but the stew was spicy which the menu did not mention. The rice was bland and with a inappropriate sour cabbage garnish. I realize it was a vegetable stew but it was a bit boring overall. I would have liked a little kebob chicken garnish.
My wife enjoyed her chicken kebob.
Wait staff were very nice

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night we went featured live guitar music (excellent!), a belly dancer (amazing!), and even a fortune teller. The food and the service were both wonderful. I will definitely be returning! I am also looking forward to the open mic night the restaurant is starting. This restaurant offers beautiful ambience, great food and service, and so many extras (like the belly dancing, etc.); it makes for a lovely night out.

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BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love it - we've been there several times. Great food, friendly and very helpful staff. And it's directly across the street from One More Page - a wonderful independent bookstore. Makes a unique and memorable evening (or lunch).

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j
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! They were the kindest restaurant I've dined at in a really, really long time. My friends and I were able to sit and continue chatting long after the restaurant closed and we were never made to feel like they needed us to leave. They went above and beyond to make us feel at home at their restaurant.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour. Drinks were made well. The Lamahcun appetizer was delicious. Service in dining area was impeccable. Overall great experience

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was Valentine's day weekend and I was very happy for the restaurant that it was packed. However the change in the outdoor temperature and the packed house led for a very warm and loud dining experience and the fact that the house specialties were sold out by 7:30 made it the least satisfying out of the 5 or so times my family has dined there. Still we'll probably be back.

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R
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was really good and the service attentive. It was a Friday night and there was the feeling that things were being hurried along. Our entrees arrived very quickly, and although the service was excellent, we felt the staff needed /wanted to clear tables quickly. It would not have been a good time for a conversation of any length.

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food, and great service. The filet mignon that came with our three-course Valentine's Day meal was impeccable! I'd recommend this friendly, delicious, and relaxing place!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentines Day dinner.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration, really nice!

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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The wine list only had one bottle of sparkling wine on it. With so many great, inexpensive bottles on the market today, this is an oversight that should be remedied.

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RJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. We enjoy coming here and we bring our guests.

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e
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, moderately priced, with excellent service in comfortable surroundings. A very “family “ feel. A pleasure.

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BA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yayla deserves its rating at the summit of DC-Area restaurants. The food and the service were outstanding. We introduced two other couples to the great food of Turkey. The six of us had Adana Kebap and Lamb kebap, Ayran, and excellent wine. (Unfortunately, Iskenderun Kebap was not on the menu.) We certainly look forward to encore visits.

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few restaurants within the beltway that actually cares about their customers and delivers on food quality. Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed authentic Turkish food accompanied by the legendary the warm people of the Eastern Mediterranean are known for.

Kesinlikle önerilecek bir mekan.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We took our friend to Yayla for her Birthday, overall our experience was ok, but could be better

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j
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, pleasant service, nice environment

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NK
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is amazing as is the food.

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C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great Turkish food!

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B
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great presentation great atmosphere great service. Parking can be hard to find. All in all love the place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most authentic Turkish food in greater National Capital Region. Wide menu, excellent service, delicious and appealingly plated food...Yayla Bistro is wonderful part of the area diverse cuisine.

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FC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I celebrated her birthday here last Friday evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rona was a super waitress who pampered us in every way. Food was hot, fresh, and authentic. Moussaka and spinach pie were the best I've ever tasted and I've been to Istanbul.

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I
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The vegetables had no taste the beats were from can, nothing really fresh in terms of vegetables or made from a jar. Waiter return 3 times to tell us that every bottle of wine we ordered from menu they did not have. Staff not prepared to inform. Would not return again.

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, service and attention to detail. Parking is limited in the area and the restaurant area is noisy due to hard floors and ceiling.
server(s) were very knowledgeable of compatibility and variety of dishes. Overall experience was EXCELLENT.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a solid restaurant, great food, good service and reasonably priced.

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JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely, homey small restaurant with delicious food. It was a tad loud, but we were there for New Year's Eve, so it was crowded. I'd definitely return!

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S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst turkish food ever. The food was not real Turkish food and way overpriced.

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yayla never disappoints. The service is always cordial, informed, warm and friendly. Selection of Turkish wines always yields a winner. We were three and shared 3 delicious appetizers, 2 spreads and halloum cheese. The entrees were great and the Musaaka was light and tasty not heavy like many.

We will be back soon

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