Lebanese Taverna - Westover

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
The original restaurant of Lebanese Taverna, this recently renovated location is a local favorite. 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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L
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Top quality food and service! Menu has something for everyone.

p
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy this restaurant when in the area. Bonus was 1/2 price bottles of wine on Mondays!

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

Only spot for improvement is the service- we ordered a carafe of sangria with 3 glasses and instead got 3 individual glasses of sangria which was not cost advantageous.

JJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food is good
Service can be good or bad
Not consistent

NC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been going to Westover Lebanese Taverna for over 20 years and this was my most unsatisfactory visit. The restaurant had one table occupied at 6:00, I requested a corner table by the window but was given a table at the opposite corner of the room away from the windows. I ordered a lamb entree, the lamb was completely over cooked - dry and tasteless. I tasted the lamb in my husband’s dish which was tender and flavorful, at that point the server asked how the food was and I told him. He shortly returned with some just cooked lamb which was good. Later the server asked whether we wanted desert, we both declined but he said I’d bring you some baklava, we declined again. But he insisted and we assumed it was complimentary due to the unsatisfactory entree. When we received our bill, we were charged for the desert. I was disappointed by the limited responsiveness to the customer. I had planned to have lunch there next week but will not based on my most recent experience.

TZ
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you like middle eastern food, this is a great spot to dine. The kibbeh, falafel, hummus and lamb shank were all prepared perfectly. The service was attentive and unobtrusive. The wine list was replete with approachable and delicious bakaa valley wines.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Service Great Food

SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lebanese Taverna always has excellent food at a good price and good service. We were a small group of friends who had not seen each other in a while so we were taking more time with ordering. The servers were very accommodating- attentive, but not rushing us.

BS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always to pleasure to dine at the Lebanese Taverna. The waitstaff is excellent!

MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a group of friends for lunch at Lebanese Taverna. The food was delicious and plentiful. The waitress was attentive and responsive. She took our order quickly and checked periodically to make sure we were satisfied. She also happily gave us separate checks. Furthermore, the restaurant was quiet enough that we could speak without raising our voices and still be heard. The restaurant is located in a convenient spot in Arlington. Our group will be back.

WW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We haven’t been to Lebanese Taverna for years so we were very excited to go back. We ordered mezza plates and loved most of it.
My favorite dish is Shrimp Arak - and they did not disappoint! It was delicious, although a bit more lemon forward than the last time we were there.
We got the Hummus Trio - the spicy hummus and chicken swarma hummus were delicious, but the third had ground lamb that was too pungent for my taste.
The falafel and tahini sauce was good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The watermelon with mint and feta was delicious!! Such a simple dish, but very tasty and perfect on a hot summer day.
And finally, the claim to fame of LT is their fresh baked bread and olive oil & herb dip - YUM!! So delicious. I don’t know what’s in that dip but it is the best bread & olive oil dip I’ve ever tasted - hands down!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very noisy. Had not been there in a number of years and was pleased with the new version except for the noise.

DN
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I think this is the original Lebanese Taverna. We first came here in 1979 when there was just one counter and a few plastic tables and chairs. It was kind of a fast food place, but the food was good and still is... not great but good. Service has always been very personal and professional. It's a restaurant that is always a pleasure to visit.

WB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food super friendly staff would highly recommend!!

JL
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely, the best hummus I have ever had. The Taboulea is fresh and very flavorful as is the Baba. If you are up for Kihhba Nayeh, they do a great job. Nice wine selection. Drafts beers are a bit limited. Try to save room for dessert!!

W
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations for mother’s day. We were not sat when we arrived. We waited 10, 20, 30 minutes without being sat. We abandoned our appointment and went next door to Lost Dog and had a wonderful meal.

MM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great tasting food in a friendly neighborhood setting.

R
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a great stop in life with good food and great service!! The pulled lamb...yum!!

JE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was not great. The waiter was slow and had some orders incorrect. Food tasted great, though!

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

Sanisa was our server and she was amazing. Great food as always. We had a large group and were treated with great care and attention! Love this neighborhood spot!

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

Waiter was very nice and gave us baklava.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place ruins me for any other Lebanese restaurant. Their garlic hummus is addictive and the hot fresh pitas are amazing. I really enjoy the local small cafe feeling of their Arlington location

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a late lunch at Lebanese Taverna and it did not disappoint. Excellent food, attentive service and pleasant ambiance. Since it was an off-hour it was quiet so I can’t really judge the noise level during peak mealtime. The Lebanese in Arlington has always been a reliable neighborhood restaurant for a good meal.

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious food, and service is wonderful. They are so nice. I had put on my open table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, and they very kindly noted that and brought over a lovely dessert with candle. We so appreciated it (have had plenty of restaurants ignore open table notes of this kind). They were also happy to switch out various items due to dietary needs/preferences. Excellent place for any occasion, highly recommend to anyone!

AG
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Fantastic service! Small restaurant and parking is awful...

d
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure

m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lebanese Taverna has great food and service. The best part of the menu is the Mezza section. The bites are delicious and sometimes a pleasantly surprising mix of flavors.

AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lebanese Taverna is a wonderful place to go to relax in the company of neighbors and their families. Our choices were delicious, from the pulled lamb and dolmades appetizers to the chicken schwarma sandwich and the traditional lamb sharhat. The servers and staff are all warm and helpful. In all, it's a great place to sample excellent Lebanese cooking.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful food and service! Highly recommend!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Consistently good!

PA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Saturday evening, and they struggled to get us in even though we had made reservations. We were seated about a half hour past our reservations, and it did take awhile for our food to arrive. But they were managing the crowd as best they could, and they were very courteous and continuously communicative to us throughout our stay. They were out of one appetizer, which was no big deal, but they insisted on offering a free substitution, which we gratefully accepted. We had a party of six, from age 10 to 57, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food (even the kids, who aren't adventuresome eaters). Very kind, hard-working staff. Really charming ambiance in a cozy neighborhood setting. We'll be back.

BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and insipid food. Such a disappointment. Some items. It available on menu and waiter abandoned us most of the evening

s
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at one of their locations outside of their original restaurant. Food quality was on par. Great to see that they were able to expand without losing their quality.

c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and food are amazing! You will not be disappointed! Great value great great food!!

AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna is a wonderful restaurant. It has been my favorite restaurant for the entire time I've lived in the DC-area. The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable. I always take visitors here and I dine here whenever possible, but especially for special occasions. I highly and completely recommend Lebanese Taverna.

FW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to other locations, however not this one and this is the original/first one! Food is always delicious, consistent and great service too!

ZB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Location could be improved as it is a tad bit small but that doesnt impact their service or the quality of the food. Will definitely be back here again.

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was incredibly prompt even though the restaurant was packed. There were great non-alcoholic cocktails that I greatly enjoyed, as well as a pretty big wine/beer selection. Just don’t order too many appetizers, they’re bigger than you think! We got too many and had to take half our entrees home for an equally as delicious lunch.

LP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The curtains closing off the door had a gap that caused a cold draft. Additional panels need to be added to ensure warmth when the outside door is opened on a cold day. Thanks.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to this local spot for more than a year, partly because the food seemed to have fallen off a bit. We were delighted to find a refreshed menu with a wider range of offerings, including an excellent chicken shawarma salad. They have always had the best hommus around and this time the shakshouky was also exceptionally good.

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