Lebanese Taverna - Pentagon Row

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
Located in Pentagon Row, Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

It was very noisy, to the point we found it difficult to talk. We usually love this place, so we’re disappointed.

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Heard that the fries were great, but no such luck. They weren’t worth ordering. Better clarity on vegan fare would have been appreciated by one member of our party. All of the hummus varieties were great!

DO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious. We ate outside and enjoyed the surroundings.

OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Make reservations if you're going to eat after about 630. Great food & great prices in a terrific location!

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

food was very good and service was excellent...but WAY too loud

TW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We sat outside for a business dinner as it was a beautiful night and it was not busy. He took a full 20 min for a waiter to even approach us. We ordered drinks and appetizers which came out quickly however, I had to get up an physically look for someone to take our entree order. I have always liked the food, but quality of food has taken a nose dive. I then had to track down someone for the check. Service along with so so food will not urge me to come back anytime soon.

CK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Lebanese Taverna. Delicious food and kind and friendly servers

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

It's been a while since I've eaten here and I was disappointed. The cocktail and entree were not good. Entree (lamb kefteh) had little flavor.

TW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my Lebanese wife and family to the Taverna for a Birthday celebration and found it to be outstanding. The food was excellent. The service was prompt, attentive, and pleasant. The atmosphere was clean and sophisticated. Hence, I would highly recommend the restaurant to all seeking a fine dining experience.

RC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had prompt, attentive service throughout our meal. Usually we go to the LT in downtown DC, but I would definitely go back to the Pentagon Row location - it feels more intimate and cozy.

j
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always!

DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plenty of gluten free options! Food was delicious!

NO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the patio seating on a pleasant summer evening — fresh air and much quieter than inside.

L
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna always delivers great food and service. It’s a regular meet for friends. This time was to celebrate a birthday. We weren’t disappointed.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My family prefers this restaurant for Happy Hour rather than dinner as their Mezze are better than their entrees. The Bottomless Humus and pita bread are winners and we've been going for years to Happy Hour.

PA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lebanese Taverna is delicious. Not sure the Pentagon City location is my favorite, but the food is always wonderful. You simply can’t beat their fresh, warm pitas to start off your meal.

DA
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place for dinner, staff is attentive and does a great job!

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was really excited to come to Lebanese Taverna for dinner after I came across videos of the owner discussing Whole30 options at the restaurant. With several to choose from, I decided to go with the beet salad with salmon (minus the cheese). Perhaps I had spent all day building up this beautiful Whole30-compliant dinner option in my head, but once it arrived, I found myself disappointed. Maybe it was because I found the name "beet salad" misleading with the four measly chunks of beets spread out over an enormous bed of arugula (maybe rethink the name to something like "Arugula Salad with Beets"?). Maybe it was because there were no pomegranate seeds (only offered seasonally). Maybe it was because my salad arrived without the pine nuts the menu promised--and ultimately ended up being a kind of sad plate featuring a bunch of arugula, a couple of beets, and a decent sized piece of salmon. However, once we got the pine nut situation squared away, the food was actually quite delicious, the salmon was perfectly cooked, and I ended up cleaning my plate.

MG
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was perfect. Environment was calming.

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fantastic meal.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good

R
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Missed our table reservation ( since you have to actually look for the place and then struggle to find parking)
Had to stand at the entrance although multiple tables were empty to WAIT for the rest of our party. Slightly better costumer service is recommended .

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We greatly enjoyed Lebanese Taverna on Father's Day. The service was outstanding including providing a high chair for a one-year old

g
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good experience, will go back.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lovely patio to sit out and enjoy great company

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service.

JE
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

This was a disappointing experience overall. We had asked for a quiet table but when we entered the dining area - which admittedly has a high ceiling and very poor acoustics - we could help noticing how noisy the place was. Although the restaurant was far from full in the early evening the occupants of two tables in particular seemed only be able to shout, not talk. When we asked the manager if we could move to a quiet area he first told us it was "closed" and then subsequently took umbrage when I complained hos noisy his restaurant was. Only later were we were "allowed" to move to a quieter table. Great customer service, huh? Clearly, the guy is in the wrong business - which is somewhat surprising since the chain's blurb has a homely piece on its website that ends with "welcome to my home". Not a home I would recognise.

To start, we ordered a couple of bottles of Lebanese red, the Wardy Les Cedres (@ the princely sum of $72 (including tax and tip) much better than the pretty mediocre Heritage Red at a mere $39 price, and the humus sampler. The humus was fine, as was the wonderful pitta bread that came with it, but I wish we had warned that one of the portions was very spicy. To follow, two of our party ordered the lamb kebab. One of them was supposed to be rare but both came out overcooked and tough. One ordered the salmon harra, which was reportedly very good and I ordered the lamb mouzat, which was a beautifully cooked and spiced lamb shank but accompanied by vegetables, including artichokes but also, unfortunately, about 1lb of green lentils. I would have much preferred some cous cous but this was apparently not available in this Lebanese restaurant.

Despite the noise and the mixed quality of the food, our server was great - friendly, helpful and efficient. But, will we return? Nope. Uptown, Mama Ayesha and Baccus of Lebanon are far superior.

R
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Reservations were made several days before our dinner date. Disappointed that we were seated close to kitchen and bathrooms. Noise level very high Food was delicious.

DK
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food here, and like this location best. We live in another state, but are in the DC area a few times a year, and make sure to eat here. The service is always good, even when it is busy. It can be a bit loud on a busy night, but not terribly so. I like the M'Saka best!

AJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to restaurant - food is NEVER anything but first rate.

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They need to renovate the bathrooms. I was surprised at how neglected the bathroom was, even the wallpaper is hanging off the wall. If the bathroom is this unkempt, what does the kitchen look like?

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go on a Saturday night with a group of friends. Not too loud so great for conversations!

d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice time here. The food was absolutely great and the service was very good. Will definitely return if in the area

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan was incredible!!! Super attentive, polite and professional. :-)

CB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful food and service!

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

Just my second time here, once for a weekend night dinner and this time for early evening eats and drink. Great food, drink and softer music at that point.

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna never disappoints.... Food, drinks, and service was amazing!!

MP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food was reasonably price, especially by Washington standards. I had never been to Lebanese Taverna and really had never considered myself a big fan of Lebanese food, but this place changed my mind. Look forward to returning to a location. The hummus and bread were terrific.

PL
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite place to eat when in DC Crystal City area! Recommend to all to drop in for the garlic fries!

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