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Diners' Choice: Mediterranean restaurants in Washington, D.C. Area

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mediterranean cuisine in Washington, D.C. Area? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Yayla Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (753)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Arlington
About the restaurant
Yes, we are open! Dine in & Outdoor Seating.
Online Ordering for pick up & delivery : http://www.yaylabistro.com

Top review
LayaBaghdadi
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Great ambiance and super cool decorations. We dined inside so not a lot of noise. Very versatile place to celebrate cozy occasions with family and friends.
A photo of Iron Gate restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2867)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Iron Gate, located near Dupont Circle, stands as one of the district’s oldest continuously operating restaurants and is split between a sumptuous dining room, a wisteria covered patio and a handsomely enclosed carriageway that houses the bar.

Chef Anthony Chittum, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and his team have revitalized the space with a menu that takes inspiration for the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinian and Southern Italy, interpreting those traditions and techniques using the finest products and seasonal ingredients of the Mid-Atlantic.

Iron Gate also serves as an idyllic oasis for fine private events both large and small, so please consider us when planning your next fête, we'd love to have you as our guests.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It was one of the best meals I have tried. The wine pairings were amazing. The history of the place, the service… No words to explain. Thank you!
A photo of Julii restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2186)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
North Bethesda
About the restaurant
Julii, French Mediterranean Cuisine; by the founders of Cava Mezze, and Cava.

Come enjoy an elevated dining experience, bringing you delicious yet beautiful cocktails and dishes and top-notch service.

Currently offering indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery service.


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Tomoko
Dined 5 days ago
Julli never disappoints me when I bring guests. I love their dishes and services. It is a perfect place for lunch and dinner meetings.
A photo of Zaytinya - DC restaurant
4.7
4.7 (18353)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Penn Quarter
About the restaurant
Under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés and concept chef Michael Costa, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Building on Jose’s deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines, making Zaytinya one of the most exciting restaurants in Washington, DC.
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LeanneDvip
Dined 6 days ago
Every dish we had was absolutely delicious. The ingredients are so fresh and the spices are so tasty that you really appreciate how their food is made. The ambience is very fun and beautiful. The noise level started out OK and then got a little bit loud about an hour after we were there. But we are extra sensitive to noise. I would highly recommend this restaurant for the quality of food, the kindness of the wait staff & the host and the ambience. 
A photo of Maya Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (258)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Arlington
About the restaurant
Welcome to Maya Bistro!

Maya Bistro is a family-owned restaurant in Arlington, VA. in Maya Bistro our delicious meals can be anything from a simple snack to an elaborate multi-course meal celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey.


It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish & Mediterranean food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality.


With the 35 years of experience in a variety of cuisines, our family draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish & Mediterranean cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish & Mediterranean cuisine.

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Jerryvip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
I thought the service and the food were outstanding. In addition, I thought the cost was very good.
A photo of Barca Wine Bar & Pier restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1586)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Old Town Alexandria
About the restaurant
BARCA is Old Town Alexandria's newest riverfront neighborhood restaurant. Located in Robinson, BARCA (Spanish for boat) styles shipyard chic and Catalonian coastal influence into a waterfront Pier and Wine Bar. Both indoor and outdoor locales serve up Spanish-Mediterranean small plates, wine, sangria, and cocktails plus weekend brunch.
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FoodLovervip
Dined 4 days ago
First time here with friends. Beautiful sitting at edge of water. Food, drinks, and service were very good! I will return.
A photo of ala restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1152)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Dupont Circle
About the restaurant
Welcome to a gastronomic gem that transports you to the sun-kissed shores and rich culinary traditions of the Levantine region. Nestled discreetly within a charming corner of the city, Michelin-rated restaurant ala invites you on an unforgettable journey through the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean.

Step into a world where heritage and innovation harmoniously intertwine, a place where passion for authenticity meets avant-garde culinary techniques. As you enter, you'll be captivated by the warm and elegant ambiance, adorned with tasteful hints of Middle Eastern motifs that effortlessly blend with modern chic.

The thoughtfully curated wine list complements the menu perfectly, offering a carefully selected range of regional wines, arak, and innovative pairings that elevate the dining experience further.
Prepare to be enchanted by the brilliance of the Levantine cuisine and the experience that has earned its well-deserved place in the revered Michelin guide.

Top review
FionaR
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Everything was soooooo delicious I need to come back and try everything else ! Usually when I order from a menu it’s a process of elimination but just about every single thing on the menu appealed to me. It’s a pity I don’t live in D.C otherwise this would place definitely be a regular of mine.
A photo of Gypsy Kitchen - DC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1450)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Logan Circle
About the restaurant
Just like the bohemian travelers who inspired our name, Gypsy Kitchen’s alluring flavors aren’t bound by borders. Instead, our chefs go wherever the inspiration takes them, crafting deeply creative dishes that transport you to uncharted places around the Mediterranean and beyond. A menu designed to taste and share gives guests the freedom to explore the menu at their own pace, connecting over seductive flavors, festive craft cocktails and curated regional wines.

The alluring interior matches the menu, with welcoming dining spaces that foster connections and spark conversation. Antique tapestries and rugs, twinkling lights and vibrantly patterned tile set the scene in the expansive dining room. Or, take a seat on the rooftop patio oasis, where lush greenery, plush cushions and the sky overhead evokes the feeling of being on a caravan to explore a distant land.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was perfect for a small informal diner with a lot of small portions to share. My friend is allergic to nuts and vegetarian but was very please with the menu that is actually pretty reversible. The staff was very professional with great feedback on the wine and food. They had small attentions and good general attitude it was pleasant !
A photo of Alhambra restaurant
4.6
4.6 (647)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Downtown
About the restaurant
*2023 WINE SPECTATOR AWARD OF EXCELLENCE*

Taking inspiration from the landmark Alhambra Palace and Fortress in southern Spain, one of the most famous monuments of Islamic and Spanish Renaissance architecture, our new menu exemplifies the blending of cultures and cuisines across the region.

Showcasing their rich bounty of produce and fish in a modern and convivial setting, Chef Brian Bladfält Landry presents a seasonally inspired menu enhanced with the bold flavors across a variety of the region’s cultures. With distinct menus offered across brunch, lunch and dinner, the dining concept focuses on four sections of small plated dishes – sea, land, garden and table – all meant to be shared.

Alhambra is located on the lobby-level of The St. Regis Washington, D.C. at 923 Black Lives Matter Plaza NW in the heart of downtown D.C. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, as well as dinner from Monday through Saturday and brunch on weekends.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
The entire dining experience was amazing, from the pre-dinner cocktails in the bar to the hostess, restaurant manager, sommelier, and server. They were all first-class. Their professionalism and knowledge of their food and wine were evident. It was amazing. I cannot wait to visit them again in D.C.
A photo of Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas restaurant
4.6
4.6 (992)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Manassas
About the restaurant
Carmello's Of Old Town Manassas is a family owned and operated restaurant in Historic Manassas, which specializes in Contemporary Cuisine with Italian and Portuguese Fusion. The restaurant features a seasonal menu with locally sourced items from local farms. We are proud to be featured as one of the 50 best restaurants in Northern Virginia By Northern Virginia Magazine.

To accompany your dinner, select from our 2010-2022 Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List. Come try our extensive Portuguese wine list and taste for yourself what everyone will be talking about. We currently carry over 75 Portuguese wines from such regions as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura, and Vinho Verde. Our list of Portuguese wines is one of the finest in the DC Metropolitan area and is comparable to many of the top Portuguese wine lists in the America.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Had an amazing birthday dinner with excellent food service and ambience! 💯 always recommend Carmello’s
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