Lebanese Taverna - Pentagon Row

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862 reviews
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Middle Eastern
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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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
7 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
7 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
29 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
16 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
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MP
Washington DC
17 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!

VA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Excellent hummus! I chose poorly on my entree. The lamb shank with chickpeas was actually just green peas, which I don’t like.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Order arrived quickly but rice was a bit dry & barely warm & had obviously been sitting out. Waitress was nice but seemed extremely busy & only returned to check on our party of 2 after we had to flag her down for a beverage refill. I've received better service at the bar so why bother reserving a table?

CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Willing to accommodate a large group (12 people) on a Saturday night.

FM
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! Would recommend to anyone that is looking for a Great ecoeriy.

C
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Ok not great. Maybe I just hit it on a off day.

RG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Their happy hour appetizers are superb and the fig cocktail was delicious. Our server was attentive even during a busy evening and very nice. I highly recommend for a happy hour get together with a couple friends. Probably want a table in the full dining area and not just the bar for a larger group.

CG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good at lunch. We had reservations for 1:00 and the noise level was moderate . Noise level declined to low as we sat and chatted. Enjoyed the ambiance and the staff.

KC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class service, great for business or casual lunch

AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and staff...I’ll certainly be returning

VW
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and capability of meeting all requests and considerations. Food fabulous and prepared as requested for special aspects. Ambiance pleasant and inviting. Best tahini and kabobs. Thank you for the nice dining experience.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for part of a business trip in a group. It was perfect and close to the hotel.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Lebanese Taverna's food in general, used to go to the location in Bethesda years ago when I lived in the area. This location is great. We had a lovely dinner and could see the ice skaters in the courtyard as our back drop. I brought 4 friends and 3 of them said they'd never had Lebanese food before... by the end they were all fans.

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