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Yayla Bistro

4.6
408 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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! Metered parking available on N.Westmoreland St
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
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Hours of operation
11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Friday and Saturday
11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday
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Phone number
(703) 533-5600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Imam, Telli, and Abuzer Gozubuyuk
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Private party facilities
Yayla Bistro is delighted to offer delicious and healthy Mediterranean cuisine to our local neighbors in Northern Virginia.Our floor plan is ideal for private events and parties. Bar area is separate than dining room. Dining room could accommodate up to 50 people.
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Private party contact
Zaza Pasori: (703) 533-5600
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Catering
We cater for parties of any size in the greater Washington DC area. Let us do all the work so you are free to be the perfect host. Email to contact@yaylabistro.com to receive the catering menu via email.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lee Highway (Rt. 29)
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Parking details
There is metered parking on N.Westmoreland Street. Free after 6 pm. You can also park in the Crescent Building (2 hours FREE) which is the building next door to Yayla. Turn down the little alley next to Yayla and it will lead to the parking garage.
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Public transit
Located within walking distance of West Falls Church metro station on the Orange line.
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Entertainment
Belly Dancer Performance at 7:30 pm on most Thursdays. Check our Facebook page for details. www.facebook.com/yaylabistro
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 408 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My husband and I eat here at least twice a month. It is always delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Yayla's - attentive service, healthy, fresh, delicious food and wonderful dessert - pistachio gelato parfait. The noise level felt festive but quiet enough to chat without needing to raise our voices. Since no one rushed us, we stayed for 2 1/2 hours and enjoyed the visit. Would definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food is quite good and the service is fast and friendly. The restaurant acoustics make it quite noisy, unfortunately.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Flavors uninspiring. Lamb brought back too red and sauces for moussaka not that good. Owner was apologetic; blamed kitchen and spice challenges. We may try again some day.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was absolutely terrible. I do not understand why the dishes were not seasoned, at the least! The definitely did not meet the descriptions on the menu, but above that they could have just been flavorful and seasoned well, which they were not. Our server was very very nice, and so I had to give a one star just for her correspondence with us. But I would never ever go back, nor would I recommend it. They have a lot of work to do to elevate themselves even up to a food court middle eastern eatery level.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The quality of the food was very good. The food was fresh, authentic, and high quality. It did not taste generic or cheap at all - Yayla uses the best ingredients to create delicious "homemade" dishes. You can really taste the lamb and yogurt. Simply magnificent!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I've been taking friends to Yayla for a while to introduce them to the excellent cuisine and service. Our gathering of three friends to discuss some books we had recently read was made more pleasurable by the complimentary bread with tapenade and then the perfectly cooked Branzino with veggies and rice. We lingered for some tasty desserts -- I had the hazelnut torte which was scrumptious. My friends enjoyed the lunch and we'll all be back for more.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

excellent home made Mediterranean food and amazing deserts

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

As always the food was great at Yayla's - our out-of-town friends want to go to Yayla every time they are in the DC area. We had requested a corner table to get a conversation going (not always easy, but the restaurant is simply so popular)

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We love this place. The food is delicious, and the service is friendly and efficient!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This is a Turkish restaurant. Many offerings similar to other Middle Eastern cuisine - falafel, hummus, kabobs, etc. I highly recommend the appetizer and entree samplers.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This was our first visit to Yayla Bistro and will not be the last. The service was very friendly and helpful. We split a Greek salad with chicken, pitas with an olive tapenade and stuffed grape leaves. The Turkish Tea was very nice. Our waitress brought out a small teapot after refilling it twice. My wife enjoyed sipping out of a lovely tea glass.

The salad was very fresh. It was served with two more stuffed grape leaves. It was a simple dressing of primarily healthy olive oil. It could have more spices though. As is, it was very light. The chicken was grilled tender and juicy and it was a good accent to the salad. We also enjoyed the Baklava that we took home with us.


We will definitely return although we live quite a distance away. We recommend Yayla Bistro!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This place is a real gem.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

This restaurant was amazing. From the moment we were greeted until the moment we left, we felt a warm welcome. The friendly waitress was so well versed and knowledgeable on the wine list as well as the menu. And the food! Oh, the food was delicious.

The only complaint about our experience is that it ended ;)
We wish we could have kept going, trying more of the menu, savoring more of the Turkish wines, and sharing more laughs with our party and our waitress.

We highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very Good Restaurant. I highly recommend and will go back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We are regulars at Yayla. We like the ambiance and the Turkish-inspired cuisine, which is often creatively prepared and presented. Service has always been good and generally better than good. One of our favorite dishes is the dessert made of apricots. As we went on Valentine's Day this time, we had their fixed price, three-course menu -- appetizer, entree, and dessert -- all for $34. We thought it was a great, well thought-out menu, and the food was as tasty as always. We also enjoyed in particular a robust Turkish red wine with a name something like Dulovo Klasico.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Super luncheon recently. Food was great; rice pudding a standout. Quiet. Hurry on over!

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Lovely spot for grandsons 15th birthday. The food was excellent-- all except donor kebab a bit dry. Desserts were especially tasty and unique. Waiter was lovely, friendly, accommodating. It was really fun for all 6 of us

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Yayla Bistro has never disappointed me. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful place for a quiet dinner.
We overstayed our welcome and the restaurant was so kind and patient.
Great service and food was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

First visit on a Saturday; made a reservation; site was helpful in directing towards the alley parking garage (where we got the last retail space!). The decor is understated and really pretty inside. It's loud and the tables are close; I'm fine with that, but mention it for others. Seated right away; server appeared (Ada I think) and was energetic, friendly, warm and helpful. Recommended a wine that was great (hadn't had Turkish wine before). Trio of spreads was a good way to try out the appetizers; enjoyed every last morsel. Two entrees -- spinach pie (large portion with a salad; nice combination) and the Saturday night special Donnor Kabob. The meat was a little bit dry (and our neighbor seatmates said that their meat selection was as well). Maybe more tomato or yogurt sauce may have helped -- with that said, the taste was great. That's what stopped me from rating a full on 5, but 4.5 is really how I feel about it. I've already mentioned to friends and planned for a second visit!

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was fantastic. Very tasty and unique. The wine was great too. I just wish they had a Turkish background music as well. We will certainly go back.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

They went above and beyond for my milk and soy allergy--very nice!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

One of the most friendly and personal ethnic restaurants in the area. Parking is easy in the next door parking garage. Traffic is easy on the Arlington-Falls Church line, along lower Lee Hwy. The management and servers remember you from one dining occasion to the next. And the food is amazingly fresh, imaginative, and ethnically very special.
The lamb is very special, the Turkish coffee excellent, the brunch omelettes a Mediterranean delight, and don't forget the ethnic desserts.
A treat in a new, vibrant neighborhood. Visit the independent bookstore across the street!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

I have been here several times, and this visit was no different. Service was excellent and food well seasoned and prepared. Try the mezze platter to sample many different appetizers. The filo dough cigars are wonderful. The adana is also excellent.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Yayla is a neighborhood gem! The owners treat you like family! The food is delicious, winter, spring, summer or fall!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is always great. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food. Cozy, quiet welcoming off the mean path. service is also efficient

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Very nice - fresh tasting flavors and great bread. Service was very friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Bread is excellent. As is olive tapanade. Had soups, grilled calamari, trio of spreads and mezza assortment . All very very good. Baklava and apricot dessert are excellent. Quick and friendly service. Will return!!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Casual atmosphere; fresh and delicious food at a good price; really tasty Turkish wine; friendly service; what else do you want? Will be going back!

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

It was a very nice experience. Good food, generous portions, helpful staff. Definitely recommend it.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

This is a fabulous local gem with excellent food and service and a lovely atmosphere. The food is outside the ordinary fare and everything was just great. Parking is a bit dicey but we've always found a spot.
We have taken friends on several occasions and all have agreed that this is the spot for a fine meal.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Consistently great food and service. A real gem! I highly recommend Yayla Bistro. It's one of my favorite restaurants in Falls Church.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Very pleasant and attentive service. Great food. Lovely setting. On past visits, restaurant has been quiet enough for easy conversation. This time, there was a large noisy table in the middle of the room which made conversation more difficult. Still glad we went.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

All in all, great food and very good service. Friday and Saturday night they have Ishkandar Kabab! Very tasty! If you ask, the desert Kunefe is excellent - but it’s not on the menu. We’ve been looking for a place for good Ishkandar Kebab since Temel’s in Fairfax closed. This is our go-to place now!

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Two in our party of three selected that Thanksgiving menu. We were sorry to hear that they had run out of dolmas by 4 pm. My meal was vegetarian and good. My brohter had the fish which was excellent. My husband ordered ala carte and was pleased with the menot with the kabob.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Food, especially a special of lamb and beef dumplings, was disappointing. Ambiance was pleasant and our server was good.

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