Washington DC has a variety of great Greek restaurants that offer contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Popular dishes use olive oil, vegetables and herbs, grains and bread, fish, and various meats, including lamb, poultry, and pork. Mezés, a variety of small dishes are typically served with wines. Following is a guide to the best Greek restaurants in the Washington DC capital region.
Kellari Taverna - 1700 K Street, NW Washington, DC (202) KEL-LARI (202) 535-5274.
The Downtown Washington DC restaurant specializes in fresh seafood from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The menu includes a variety of traditional small plates and more than 350 wines.
Zaytinya - 701 9th St, NW Washington, DC (202) 638-0800. Located in Penn Quarter, the restaurant serves innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines in a modern setting. Zaytinya is under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés.
Parthenon Restaurant - 5510 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 966-7600. The authentic Greek restaurant is a neighborhood favorite of Chevy Chase.
Zorba's Café - 1612 20th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 387-8555. The family-owned Dupont Circle restaurant has been a neighborhood mainstay since 1984. It is a casual cafe serving mousaka, souvlaki and other traditional Greek specialties.
Athena Pallas - 556 22nd St. S. Arlington, VA (703) 521-3870. Located in Crystal City, the restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite for more than 30 years.
Authentic home-style recipes are made from fresh ingredients including fish that is flown in from Greece.
Athens Restaurant - 3541 Carlin Springs Rd. Falls Church, VA (703) 931-3300. The casual family-friendly restaurant specializes in Greek and Middle-Eastern cuisine and has been in business for 48 years.
The menu includes pizza, pasta, gyros, salads and more.
Taverna Cretekou - 818 King St. Alexandria, VA (703) 548-8688. The restaurant has served regional Greek cuisine since 1973. The menu includes a wide range of traditional and contemporary dishes. Patio dining is available weather permitting. Live music and dancing is offered on Thursday evenings.
Mykonos Grill - 121 Congressional La. Rockville, MD (301) 770-5999. The restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine in an upscale yet casual setting.
Trapezaria - 11 N Washington St. Rockville, MD (301)339-8962. The contemporary restaurant offers a wide ranges of dishes ranging from small plates to a complete traditional Mediterranean dinner.