Saturday, August 05, 2006

Levante's, Dupont Circle, Washington DC

1320 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

For a Google map, click here.

Levante's is a very nicely appointed Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in the Dupont Circle area in Washington, DC. We decided to stop for a beer and an appetizer before taking the metro home today.

Once we got settled at the bar, I began to wish that we were here for more than just an appetizer. I was pleased to see that they have several beers on tap although Sam Adams is the only one I would not be a little ashamed to drink. The wine list includes offerings from Lebanon, Georgia, and Greece amongst others.

Since we were here for only an appetizer, we decided to have a plate that included an assortment of their cold appetizers ($11.95). This generous plate included Baba Ganouj (pureed grilled eggplant with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil), dolma, feta cheese, tzatziki, hommos, tomatoes, lettuce, and other stuff that I can't remember. It was all fresh and delicious. I particularly liked the Baba Ganouj that tasted smoky from the wood burning grill. This whole dish came with plenty of Levantine bread that is made on the premises.

Other items on the menu include Lamb Shish Kebab ($17.95), Salmon Fillet ($18.95), and Moussaka ($10.50). They have a happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on weekdays. Drinks and appetizers are at reduced prices (wine, $3.00, calamari $3.95,and hommos ($2.00).

This is a friendly place with good service and very fair prices. They have another branch in the Woodmont Avenue of Bethesda. Recommended, and we will certainly go back for a full meal.


KOB said...

Nice write-up on this restaurant.

My favorite dish at this restaurant is its Lahmacun, which is describe as its "only round pizza famous turkish pide, thin, and crispy, topped with chopped lamb and vegetables, garnished with onions, tomatoes, and lemon."

It's 6.95 -- a bargain, really.

It's very good -- the pizza topped with some lettuce like greens, raw tomatoes and onions really creates a flavor contrast.

Especially good is the bread they serve while you await your order; it's often warm and sometimes hot.

I usually order a house red with it and never have a complaint.

Moyey said...

Thank you for your remarks, kob. That is great additional information.

I am determined to go back and I will write a more complete report when I do.