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Yayla Bistro

4.7
635 reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Yes, we are open! Dine in & Outdoor Seating.
Online Ordering for pick up & delivery : http://www.yaylabistro.com

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

We are offering a three course prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving Dinner. $32 per person. Tax & tip are excluded .Covid 19 restrictions apply. Both Outdoor dining & Indoor dining available. Yayla Bistro 2201 N.Westmoreland St, Arlington, Virginia 22213 contact@yaylabistro.com 703-533-5600.

What 635 People Are Saying
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CarlaB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely late lunch on the deck. Excellent food as always. Had my favorites, Yayla Soup, & Manti. Our favorite server, Rona, took great care of us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Servers kept seeing me wait by the host table and didn’t come until I flag them down. Otherwise everything was great.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant. We dined outside. There’s plenty of patio seating and sitting in the open air on a nice day is a good experience. Food is fine. We had moussaka and several mezze. Flavors were interesting and presentation was solid. And an opportunity to try Lebanese, Turkish wines.

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vipElifY
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with authentic Turkish/mediterranean food!

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Carlorzy
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and service was excellent. They also have brunch on the menu and will check it out in the near future. Will recommend to anytime who wants to have a good Mediterranean meal.

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vipEpicure
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The moussaka is not what it used to be for $20. Disappointing.

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vipCobraA
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly service and delicious authentic Mediterranean dishes. The haloomi cheese and branzino were standouts.

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MosesP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! The service was very quick and attentive, the ambiance is classy and welcoming, and the indoor seating was very spread out to keep with social distancing. The highlights of our meal was the halloumi cheese (very flavorful!) and the manti (the garlic yogurt gave the dish a refreshing and light feel). Great spot!

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DiannaC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lamb chops were delicious, as was the bronzino.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Server was very informative and gave a welcoming vibe. The food was good and portion was great. Would recommend if anyone want to try out Turkish food and looking for a quite romantic atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but not great. The service was good but not great. I had really high expectations because of the reputation this restaurant has and it didn’t quite reach that mark. I spent 3 weeks in turkey and it’s one of the best places I’ve visited, I didn’t think the food came close to authentic food I had when I was in the country.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Yayla Bistro! The food and the people are perfect! It is our go to place when we want a lovely relaxing evening!

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vipBenjy
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine's Day here and the place was packed. The service was very good and we left very full. Quick note that it's very loud in the main room. We enjoyed our meal and the server, Ahmed, was very helpful. One other note, though, is that it's primarily a Turkish restaurant, vs. Greek. There are some excellent Greek items on the menu, such as the moussaka, however, it's not Greek the way Nostos in Tysons is. For a Turkish place, it's 5-star.

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vipMatt
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Rating was based a Valentine’s Day dinner. Booth seating was in the bar area (even with a reservation) which was not ideal for romance. Food was great. Overall will try again and hope for a more intimate seating spot. Service was inconsistent.

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Greg
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall 4/5, very good restaurant. A few rough edges on the service/food - for example, we had multiple food runners come by our table asking if we had a particular dish, when it was meant for another table. The baklava was some of the best I've had!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was our first time dining at Yayla and they did not disappoint! Good food, nice ambience and killer baklava! We will definitely eat returning

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vipDowntownJon
Richmond
76 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, very good meal. First time at Yayla Bistro. The waitress did a great job directing us to the best things on the menu. The dolmas were a little sweet for my taste (I picked that one on my own ;) ). The Imam Bayildi was fantastic (waitress' recommendation). Sort of an unassuming place, but really nice.

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vipTjeff
Omaha
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service.

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vipTenabetsy
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this place and continue to bring other friends.
It’s just terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere and employees were welcoming and friendly and helpful to our party of 4 adults.
The food was excellent, tasty, and special.
This restaurant was recommended to us, and the 4 of us will each pass on the recommendation to many!

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MsMali
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there many time, but this was my first time for brunch. Delicious, and finally I was there early enough in the day to order Turkish coffee! Arrived when it opened and it was nice and quiet. However later, many families showed up with young children and the dining room became very loud.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ran out of dolmas (grape leaves)!

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SimrunS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great lamb chops and Adana kabob!!! Chicken was ok:(

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! From starter to the dessert.
Our server Zeinab was so professional and nice and we asked for her recommendations and we really enjoyed what she recommended . We really had good experience at this restaurant. Highly recommended to try if you like Mediterranean food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, all of the above (!) for a birthday celebration. Will come back!

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vipChristine
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good but in particular the Falafel was perfectly prepared and cooked.

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vipJason
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Friendly service and excellent food. Totally consistent. Wonderful wine selection and great desert! The Turkish Coffee is excellent. Thank you as always. See you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, nice outdoor seating.

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LindsayL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish! (Especially love the zucchini fritters except they’re not called that!)

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vc136
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment, Yayla was a delicious delight. The mezze platter, lamb chops, branzino, salmon and manti were among the dishes we enjoyed. The staff was most attentive and the kitchen’s hard work was obvious. We’re looking forward to our next dining experience.

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HenryH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was awesome. Our server "Rona" was fantastic. The Turkish wine was a big hit. Loved my dessert that was made with Apricots.

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arpegio
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here before. Quality stands out. Authentic.
Comfortable dining room. Good service.

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FriedaLucy
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was our first time at the restaurant. Parking was very confusing but eventually got worked out. Service was OK. Our waitress forgot to bring out spread and bread. It would have been nice to have with our meal. The meal came out with in seconds after ordering. We had the Doner Kabob which was very good. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough yogurt sauce or rice/beans. They did give a ton of meat. We also had Spanikopita that was OK. They gave a nice salad with the Spanikopita. Their specialty drinks were good.

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Lydia
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The Saturday night special was excellent. I’ll be back.

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vipMichelleA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. Definitely worth coming to again and again

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LizetteT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was told by a friend that it was good and we couldnt agree more! Fantastic meal from beginning to end. Friendly service - we will be back!

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RobinB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A lovely place. The food and service was excellent. The only reason for 4 and not 5 stars was the wine was too expensive and the pour given was very stingy for the price. Otherwise loved it!

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vipJason
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always super enjoyable. One of our favorite places. Excellent cuisine matched by it’s service.

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arpegio
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had wanted to come to Yayla for a while. Glad I did. The quality of the food was terrific. Plump morsels of lamb on skewers; wonderful mezze, terrific pistachio gelato and baklava. I ordered a Sonoma Pinot Noir that was disappointing and expensive. I should have chosen a Lebanese red wine. Anyway, I’ll be back soon.

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sailorgirl
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service was superb. Having lived in Turkey for 2 years, we were anxious to try this menu. It was SO GOOD!!! From the "Chef's Cigars" and scrumptious and tender grilled calamari to a Branzino (me) and the Lambchops (my husband) to the rice/pistachio/currant pudding and another dessert that wasn't on the menu (kind of like a Turkish creme brulee with mild white cheese instead of cream.) The wine was perfect. We'll be going again. FREQUENTLY.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Yayla Bistro using the Order Online button. Yayla Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Yayla Bistro also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 533-5600.

Yayla Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 635 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.