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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Wander99
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is a charming neighborhood place with a great selection of Lebanese dishes. The lamb and artichoke stew had a lot of meat, all tender and well cooked. The hummus sample was ample and delicious. Our waitress was friendly, pleasant, and knew the menu well. We never felt rushed.

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Keith
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent!

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JackG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our dinner was a pleasant late Valentine's Day celebration. The food (several mezzas) was excellent, as usual at Taverna. The server was a bit slow initially coming to our table, but was attentive and friendly after that. The table next to us was left uncleared for the entirety of our meal, which detracted from our overall experience.

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JackieA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family selected several items from the Mezza which we ate with relish. The bread was hot and perfect for baba ghanoush, hummus and m'saka. We liked the shawarma sliders and chicken samosas grape leaves and falafel .

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation a week in advance. They still hadn't seated us 45 minutes after the reservation time. We left.
They never came to talk to us. I had to go ask for updates, and still we weren't seated.

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Hofbraumama
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time diner, great neighborhood find! Very tasty hommus and shawarma. A little surprised the Mezza M'saka was served cold, not hot. But, we will go back and again! Extensive drink menu, we will be back to try drinks next time.

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WOOLFG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The Taverna was much improved over several fairly recent experiences, this despite the fact that it was jam-packed at a late diner hour. The tables are very close together and all were fully occupied making for a constant din and complicating the wait service. We started with a "chef's mezza: a fulsome platter of varied cold dishes. The visual was excellent and the food ample. Of special positive mention was the Arab bread [not pita], a puffy, chewy item that went well with the mezza. The main dishes were fairly standard kabobs with lots of rice comprising chicken, lamb and ground beef: pretty much standard Levantine fare.

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vipCecilia
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We met with my step-daughter’s friends for lunch. The service was excellent; starters were a bit meager but tasty; mains very large. The restaurant was very peaceful since we had lunch on a Friday. I recommend it highly.

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vipBrianB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Waitress was very helpful with the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

As long as you don’t get the very slow waiter food and everything else is fine

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal. Fresh and perfectly flavored.

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JanetLMP
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy the food here. I think the hummus, baba, and tabouleh are the best around. It’s often a toss up as to whether I have a meal or just share the appetizers. The family is so friendly and very accommodating. They also frequently have the kibbeh which is also outstanding. Nice selection of draft beer and a decent wine list.

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FrancoiseB
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has always been our favorite. We had the reservation for after my mother's funeral. The staff was very gracious and went beyond to accommodate my sister-in-laws child with Down Syndrome.
I only wish there was a Lebanese Taverna or Market in Fredericksburg. Thank you.

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OccasionalGourmand
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great food, comfortable setting, fine service! (and great Lebanese wine by the glass)
What more could you ask for?

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Love2eat
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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phbailey
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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JJarlington
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food is good
Service can be good or bad
Not consistent

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vipNC60
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vipTheZman
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Service Great Food

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SueH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MargaretM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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WonderWoman
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

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Molly
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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DickN
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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.

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WayneB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food super friendly staff would highly recommend!!

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JanetLMP
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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!!

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William
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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MelindaM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great tasting food in a friendly neighborhood setting.

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vipReynolds
Washington DC
107 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JEU123
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

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

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TaraC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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LawrenceA
1 review