Yayla Bistro

4.6
562 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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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been going there for a hike and since they opened they have increased their prices and their food quality and quantity has decreased to half for some dishes like their Iskander. Sad, I used to love this place

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f
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service. Let me this restaurant.

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a
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mother's Day because of the great food, service and ambiance.

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TF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yayla Bistro is our new go-to brunch place. We went there on Mother's Dsy and it was surprisingly not super crowded--maybe due to the rainy weather. There is no loud music and the atmosphere is lovely. The staff is very helpful and food is great. It was a lovely experience.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We definitely will return to Yayla Bistro. The service and food were awesome. Our waitress and staff couldn’t be more attentive and helpful.

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m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere, welcoming wait staff, delicious food.

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V
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a winner. Never had a sub-par meal at Yayla Bistro.

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FO
Corpus Christi
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - good service.

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ZJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice and simple lunch with a friend. Food was great, service was friendly but a little slow, and atmosphere was pleasant. Would be nice if lunch prices were a little cheaper than dinner prices but still would come back for lunch.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early for lunch, so it was wonderfully calm. The setting is lovely, and we were very happy with the Mezze Platter.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and again we enjoyed amazing food and warm, professional service. A great place to go with friends (you can actually have a conversation!) or a quiet date.

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RJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends here for a lunchtime birthday celebration. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with excellent food and excellent service and would highly recommend Yayla Bistro based on our experience.

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OT
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely a great choice for Mediterranean food. Grill special more than adequate for groups.
Appetizers will please and baklava is superior.

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TL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Food is great. Staff is very friendly.

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We ate outside, so i can't speak to noise level and ambiance inside. The food was good and the server was very friendly. The downside is parking. Street parking is at premium and even though there is a parking lot across the street, there were only a few restaurant spaces available. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would go there often. But since i do not live in the neighborhood, I doubt that I would return.

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very good service, highly recommended.

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WT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great night a Yayla Bistro.Music that you could talk and hear the others at the table, traditional Turkis food and excellent service.

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S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took two house guests to Yayla the other evening for what turned out to be an excellent meal all 'round. All the portions were substantial and flavourful; our guests were especially enthusiastic. I had the doner kebab, which was delicious. My wife had the vegetable plate, and another guest had the Adana kebab. Our waitress, from Diyarbekir, was gracious and helpful. All in all, an excellent evening.

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MS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressive menu, large variety, many options for meat lovers and vegetarians. Our server was very knowledgeable and very attentive. We will definitely come back and bring friends.

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LM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The drinks were delicious. We had the zucchini patties, Htipiti, and calamari for appetizers. My friends did not like the way the calamari looked since it was large pieces of grilled squid, but everything else was delicious. Greek salad and lamb kabob for dinner was enjoyed.

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Rona, was a lot of fun. Food was good. Had a vey nice time

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RJ
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, great service, will be back; thank you!

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. I have been there for many lunches with friends, as well as dinners with my husband, and I love introducing friends to Yayla Bistro.
Service is friendly and courteous, and the food is quite good. I especially love the red lentil soup and the Shepard's Salad for lunches, and the dinner menu is filled with wonderful dishes.
I highly recommend Yayla Bistro.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time here, have never had anything that was less than fantastic. Highly recommend! I’m picky about lamb and here will order it every time because I know it will be perfect.

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TX
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very well prepared Turkish food. If you’ve never had Turkish food, it is comparable to other Eastern Mediterranean cuisines - hummus, kibbe, falafel, kabobs. I particularly recommend the cold appetizer dips to go with Yayla’s delicious bread - dips such as Ezme and Cacik. A safe crowd pleaser entree for sharing is the mixed grill.

Price is not cheap. Dinner for four with beer or wine can easily pass $150 (that includes tip).

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HM
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was overpriced and the quantity was really less. Not good value for money

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FO
Corpus Christi
34 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted. Fun and friendly staff, great food and mixology

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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
9 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
46 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
7 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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