Yayla Bistro

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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.

Specials

Late Night Happy Hour on Fri & Sat. 9pm to Close

Every single wine and beer on the menu 1/2 price OFF. Limited availability .

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 13, 2020

Ends: January 14, 2119

Availability: Fri-Sat 9:00PM-10:00PM

What 627 People Are Saying
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DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lamb chops were delicious, as was the bronzino.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Server was very informative and gave a welcoming vibe. The food was good and portion was great. Would recommend if anyone want to try out Turkish food and looking for a quite romantic atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but not great. The service was good but not great. I had really high expectations because of the reputation this restaurant has and it didn’t quite reach that mark. I spent 3 weeks in turkey and it’s one of the best places I’ve visited, I didn’t think the food came close to authentic food I had when I was in the country.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Yayla Bistro! The food and the people are perfect! It is our go to place when we want a lovely relaxing evening!

B
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine's Day here and the place was packed. The service was very good and we left very full. Quick note that it's very loud in the main room. We enjoyed our meal and the server, Ahmed, was very helpful. One other note, though, is that it's primarily a Turkish restaurant, vs. Greek. There are some excellent Greek items on the menu, such as the moussaka, however, it's not Greek the way Nostos in Tysons is. For a Turkish place, it's 5-star.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Rating was based a Valentine’s Day dinner. Booth seating was in the bar area (even with a reservation) which was not ideal for romance. Food was great. Overall will try again and hope for a more intimate seating spot. Service was inconsistent.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall 4/5, very good restaurant. A few rough edges on the service/food - for example, we had multiple food runners come by our table asking if we had a particular dish, when it was meant for another table. The baklava was some of the best I've had!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first time dining at Yayla and they did not disappoint! Good food, nice ambience and killer baklava! We will definitely eat returning

DJ
Richmond
73 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, very good meal. First time at Yayla Bistro. The waitress did a great job directing us to the best things on the menu. The dolmas were a little sweet for my taste (I picked that one on my own ;) ). The Imam Bayildi was fantastic (waitress' recommendation). Sort of an unassuming place, but really nice.

T
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service.

T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this place and continue to bring other friends.
It’s just terrific!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere and employees were welcoming and friendly and helpful to our party of 4 adults.
The food was excellent, tasty, and special.
This restaurant was recommended to us, and the 4 of us will each pass on the recommendation to many!

MM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ran out of dolmas (grape leaves)!

SS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

C
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, nice outdoor seating.

LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

v
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
24 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
29 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

a
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience

DC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent from food to service to ambience.

J
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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