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Ela Mesa Taste of Greece, Gaithersburg, MD

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece

4.4
4.4
162 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Inspired by the Greek philosophy of "philoxenia" we aim to extend the warmth of our home to the hearts of our guests. Our cuisine is centered on traditional fresh ingredients and contemporary dishes in a fine dining setting. Come discover our heritage of great food and uncomparable hospitality.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–21:30 Sun 11:00–20:30
  • Phone number
    (301) 944-3750
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Gaithersburg
  • Cross Street
    109 Paramount Park Drive
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Neighbourhood gem

162 Reviews
  1. TedG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. Our group of four had sea bass, halibut and neck of lamb. All of these dishes were outstanding. We had the flaming cheese as an appetizer; two of us loved it, two thought it was too salty. Our server Zach was outstanding! Three of us were servers many moons ago so we know what it takes to be a good server. Zach, at only 17, was fantastic. Highly recommend Ela Mesa Taste of Greece! -- Ted

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  2. Kate

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is top quality. We had 2 appetizers and 2 dinners which tasted great and had a pleasing presentation.

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  3. HealthyEater

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was attentive. Food was delicious. Presentation was very nice. Owner/manager visited our table. They gave us an unexpected free dessert. Would recommend.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an appetizer, two meals and wine. The overall experience at this restaurant was excellent. The food was also excellent the octopus, lamb and seafood, were beautifully plated and delicious. Restaurant was clean and service was excellent; overall experience excellent.

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  5. HunterA

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    From all the reviews read, it sounded like it was a promising restaurant. Quite disappointed in the food and service, our appetizer came out cold though tasty, the Mousaka was so hot couldn’t touch it for the first five minutes and then it was very greasy. Had to send it back.

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  6. Christina

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely endorse going to Ela Mesa Taste of Greece. We had a superb dinner with rally fresh ingredients. The whole Branzino was filleted tableside (by request) and the roasted/stewed lamb was incredible. It may sound odd - but be sure to order the lemon potatoes. They taste the way your grandmother made them regardless of where your grandmother lived! Yanni and George are the kind, attentive owners and we had terrific service from Luc. Do leave room for dessert, as the coconut honey cake is wonderful and the baklava is made a different way than the traditional style.

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  7. RosemaryT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the dinner very much are were pleased to show our friends a wonderful place for Greek cuisine. The food was very good, both the appetizers and main courses, and we also were happy to linger for a bit during dessert and coffee without feeling rushed, even though it was close to closing time.

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  8. BarbaraG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is outstanding. We had fish this time but have had lamb before. The octopus appetizer was also very good.

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  9. JulieA

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at this hidden gem is always wonderful. Service is always very good and the people are extremely nice!

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  10. Momv

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have always had excellent meal and service. Love the choice Greek wines.

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  11. kevMoD

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was tasty, but the service was a bit slow.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seafood risotto, lamb special, and zucchini chips were all awesome. Good coctails as well. Staff was warm and welcoming. Kitchen was a little slow, but it was worth the wait and the restaurant was packed.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and the service is great. We will definitely be back!

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  14. Lynn

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a delicious meal, I had the salmon. I highly recommend it and the vegetables it was served with were delicious!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great meal with terrific service. Very authentic meal!

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  16. hrsachs

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our 4th visit to the restaurant. The first three were exceptional experiences. Tonight they were totally off their game. They were crowded but seriously understaffed. It took 20 minutes just for a server to take drink and appetizer orders. Two of us ordered soup in addition to our appetizer. After our meal arrived one bowl of soup came. The second never did which we didn’t want either at that point. Only 3 of 4 entrees arrived at the same time. The 4th came 15 minutes later. One of us got the seafood risotto which was tasty but didn’t have very much seafood in it compared to our last visit. We were given a discount which was appreciated. However a bad night all around. Betting this was a one off experience so we’ll certainly visit again.

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  17. VoaharyR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing New Year's Eve at Ela Mesa Taste of Grece! Boris, our waiter, added a delightful touch to our experience with his excellent service. The generous portions left us happily satisfied, especially the slow-roasted lamb, which was absolutely delicious. Without a doubt, Ela Mesa stands out as the best Greek restaurant in the DMV area. A perfect spot for a memorable evening with my boyfriend.

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  18. Linda

    Puerto Vallarta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was authentically Greek and the service was superb. Menu items were reasonably priced and there is a full bar. The owner came by to chat with us and offered us complimentary cookies for dessert. I will be back to sample more Greek dishes.

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  19. MariaJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service was good but will not go back.

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  20. dinesoutalot

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Greek food, upscale Beautiful atmosphere 10th time eating here Our guests enjoyed roasted lamb shank, a large whole fish grilled that could have easily fed more than one person, NY strip steak - marinated in a Greek marinade. Great sides - Greek potatoes and string beans. Their traditional Greek entrees like mousses are fantastic

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  21. BrentF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, especially the soup. Service was at times a little slow, but was OK. The prices are fairly high, but overall not too bad. Everything costs more today.

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  22. Gordo

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This a very nice restaurant with very good food. We enjoy coming here.

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  23. Joyce

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    This was our second time eating here. First time very enjoyable Again ordered the lamb shank; meat was very fatty & couscous had too much sauce. I was not able to eat much. It is doubtful I will return

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu for weekend lunch included dinner items too. Food was very fresh and flavorful.

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  25. Thierry5150

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was correct, service not that great. Dishes and silverware were removed even though we were not finished (we were still waiting for a dish to come). The guy kept cleaning up even though we told him we were not done. He still kept at it with a smile, maybe thinking we were joking? Very weird. We told our waiter, he apologies and then the guy came back to remove the dish we were waiting for and just received. We told him off and he just left without any apology...

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  26. KenV

    Washington DC

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious. Possibly the best egg lemon chicken I’ve had. Top quality. Sort of expensive but not crazy high. Worth it that we paid a premium price and received premium food.

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  27. PamelaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Throughly enjoyed our first dinner here. The food, the service and the ambiance were terrific!

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  28. NickV

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem. I highly recommend giving it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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  29. MikeT

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat outside. The live music was a little loud but a nice touch. The food was good. The service could have been better given that there was not a large crowd.

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  30. Mamala

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent (we had the chicken kebobs and lamb chops). Service was nice and we went early when it was not busy. We look forward to dining here again!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Always amazing delicious food at this place! I think it’s the best quality food in the region. I missed our fav waiter this time, which lessened the experience a bit. No wine advice / insight and the young waiter did not know his menu, or how to share it. That said it was a memorable meal as all of ours have been, dinners and lunches.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Food is delicious, service is pleasant. We’ve been there many times and have enjoyed it each time.

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  33. LISAS

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was attentive, food was delicious. We enjoyed our visit.

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  34. ChrisE

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is 100% authentic. The flaming saganski to the pastitsio. All delicious. The wine selection was ample as were the portions. We will be back. A very nice authentic Greek gem. Υεια σας. Καλή όρεξη

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  35. SharonH

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a must visit. The food is fantastic and the service is terrific.

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  36. CLaude

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding in every respect! Would recommend to all!!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was attentive and food was excellent and delicious!

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  38. GuyB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an outstanding dining event. We had grilled octopus appetizer, beautifully prepared dinner & very good martinis. We will be going back !!

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  39. Ricardo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    major construction was in progress either above or next door. We were the only customers inside the restaurant. Near the end we went outside with the dessert.

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  40. hrsachs

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit here and it was as terrific as the first visit. Attentive staff; outstanding food; and an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. Will definitely be back.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 944-3750.

Ela Mesa Taste of Greece is rated 4.4 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ela Mesa Taste of Greece

109 Paramount Park Dr, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    109 Paramount Park Drive
  • Area
    Gaithersburg
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–21:30 Sun 11:00–20:30
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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