Best Mediterranean Food In Washington DC

December 11, 2013 7:00 AM

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The district is a melting pot of different races and cultures. One of the benefits of living in a diverse city is trying and enjoying all of the different cultural cuisines. There are several Mediterranean restaurants and even food trucks for you to try. Whether you are looking for a new lunch spot or you are the foodie in your family, here are a few places that do Mediterranean food right.

Greek Deli
1120 19th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-2111

With what seems like hundreds of restaurants in the golden triangle area, you would think there would be no lines anywhere. Kostas Fostieris’ Greek Deli is one of the restaurants in the area that’s rarely without a line around lunch time. Hearty portions, fair prices and delicious food keep customers coming back, for some every day. It is also because of Kostas’ warm and charming personality. Even if he wasn’t so charming, people would still line up for the tender lamb, unbelievable meatballs, spanakopita, orzo and much more. The next time you are in the mood for Mediterranean, take a trip to Greece through Greek Deli.

Mamma Ayesha’s
1967 Calvert St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-5431

You’ve likely heard “don’t judge a book by its cover” several times in your life, and for good reason. Mamma Ayesha’s is a prime example of a wonderful present wrapped in old newspaper. The facade of the restaurant might leave something to be desired, but the inside is as beautiful as its namesake. And the food is authentic and will keep you coming back for more. The couscous, shish kabob, muskan, sujok and more will all become your new favorites. Enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine at a restaurant with half a century of history.

2016 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-4303

It is not everyday that you can fly to Turkey just for a meal; unless you are on the Forbes list or something. The next best thing would be to go downtown to Ezmè for a delicious Turkish meal. The tapas-style restaurant has a variety of dishes ranging from, as the menu reads, land, air, sea and garden. All are made with the freshest ingredients and even better when paired with one of the restaurant’s wines. And you must try the muhamara, roasted red pepper spread, with the homemade bread. Have a taste of Turkey without using your passport.

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1320 19th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-6301

The Mediterranean diet is said to be great for the heart and a healthy choice in general. The diet was inspired by the traditional eating habits of Mediterranean people. While the diet is not a complete reflection of the cuisine, it does showcase some of the health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine. Levante’s is proud to serve diners the delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine that has inspired so many to think not only about the taste but also their health. Enjoy your meal without the guilt.

1509 17th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-9200

Sometimes sitting back and letting someone else take care of everything is exactly what you need. Komi is where you want to go if you want to take all of the work out of your meal. And for over a hundred dollars per person, that is what you should expect. The fine dining establishment has no menus; serving a tasting menu that takes you on a nearly three-hour journey your taste buds won’t forget. Spend the night enjoying Mediterranean food without a care.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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