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Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Georgian, Arabic

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Many restaurants boast of inspired flavors and technique, but few flaunt such cooking prowess as Maydān—a veritable showstopper whose roaring hearth ve...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
Inspired by the flavors of forgotten and forbidden lands, ancient east-west trade routes and cooking techniques, we're excited to reframe Old World stories and methods for a new, hungry, and inquisitive audience. For us, a maydan is the genesis of human connection. It's an Arabic word but is used throughout the Old World, from India to northern Africa.
US$11 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Georgian, Arabic
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 10 March 2022

After what was indeed a delicious meal two members of our party came down with vomiting and diarrhea several hours later (two others had minor GI symptoms). We contacted the restaurant by email but received no response. For the safety of future customers their food...preparation and handling need to be reviewed.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 22 February 2022 via mobile

This was the 3rd time dining at Maydan when in town from NY. It was a snowy evening and Omicron was raging and DC just implemented it’s vaccine mandate for restaurants. We had the most wonderful service, amazing cocktails (Dead Sea!) and the lamb shoulder...was to die for. We are still dreaming of the halloumi cheese side dish as well. And the bread! Dining at Maydan transports you to an exotic location where all the Middle Eastern foods and ambience create a special experience.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 8 February 2022

What a stunning restaurant with stellar service and food! My husband and I opted to go vegetarian for this birthday dinner meal and the restaurant was super accommodating and helpful with suggestions on what to order for the center plate. Everything tasted delicious, but the...following were standout dishes for us: • Halloumi • Hearth Roasted Carrots • Beet Borani Spread • Baba Ganoush Spread • Chickpea Stew (if I remember correctly, this one was customized for us) We also tried a beverage package that included small servings of non-alcoholic drinks. We were wowed by the Euphrates drinks—it was so tasty! I was looking forward to the semolina olive oil cake but it was quite dry despite the syrup. They did top of it with a candle for my birthday which was very thoughtful. Overall, the food was excellent and the portions were extremely generous (we took so much food home!). The bill can get steep, but it’s worth it for special occasions. Reservations fill up fast, so make sure you sign up as soon as they update their calendar!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 February 2022

Tawle menu for 3 at 75pp. Very good food but portions for 3 were probably portions for 2. One rib-eye split between 3 and two small portion kebabs (really one kebab), carrots, hummus, muhamarra, and mtaboul, and dessert (disappointing olive cake). Bottom line: go a...la carte. It's more reasonable. The "dining experience" is disappointing, especially if you are in the tent. Avoid it at all costs. Rugs on ground were soaking wet, leftover Xmas decorations, poor ambiance, no attention to detail on decor, a sampling of failed DIY projects. Drinks: 7$ mint tea served from thermos pump you would find in a budget hotel. Individual cocktails were good but avoid trap of group drinks; the pitcher of Dead Sea cocktail was not the same quality. Who serves tap water at 1* and what about offering bottled water? Bill came unsolicited. 8 percent service charge? Unexplained unless you ask. Missed the 1* star experience for 400$. There are better options in DC.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 22 November 2021 via mobile

Very nice design and group dining experience - you feel as if you’ve traveled to a local cool restaurant somewhere in the Middle East…. And the food is tasty and interesting. Especially liked the beet purée in the appetizers. It’s just way off in terms...of price - to the point that it’s offensively overpriced for the food you receive. If you go just be familiar with pricing and do not sit outside in the tents where you would miss out on all the cool indoor ambiance.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

I came with a friend for a good Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern style dinner. This was a good quality food. A bit pricey but atmosphere is good. Service was good.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 11 October 2021 via mobile

Start by saying we live in Seattle. Washington and was visiting Washington DC. Maydan is situated off a side road. As you walk down to Maydan you wonder if the place is really any good. Then you see the nice outside table setup and you...walked indoors to a small little area. Once they take you inside everything changes. It has an amazing setup and great vibe. And from there the real experience begins. They serve family style, on this day was our anniversary and the Executive Chef Darnell, knocked the experience out the park! The food was incredible, service was impeccable and Walker the General Manager walked around and spoke to every customer. At a table across from us was another couple celebrating their anniversary. They said they love this place. Put this on your “must do” list!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 31 August 2021

I visited Maydan with my partner for our anniversary dinner! We looked through many difference DC dining options and were drawn in by the food and the very different menu of Maydan. We made reservations about a month in advance and were able to select...a convenient time for us. We also opted for the Tawle Menu, adding in Lamb for the meat, and the Do you trust us for the drinks we prepaid for all of this at the time of the reservation making the day of a seamless experience from start to finish. We opted for indoor seating which had a lovely aesthetic and music as opposed to the pop-up tents outside. Our server Molly was incredible and explained the Tawle Menu and drinks to get us started. We enjoyed the first course of "Appetizers" if you can call them that, I would have filled up on those flavors alone. Each bite was completely different and left it up to us to try new and interesting combinations of the full spread. We loved the cocktails that started and ended our meal since we are big fans of Gin, however, the wine was okay, and did not play well with the variety of food flavors in the middle of the meal. The "Main Course" containing the steak, chicken, lamb and more sauces to try came just in time and we were able to enjoy a mixing of the two spreads all together. Every single thing we tasted was incredible. By the time we got to dessert we were so full it was the perfect evening of celebration without having to make any menu decisions or even see a check at the end of the night. We cannot thank Molly enough for being so kind and checking in on us throughout the evening as we celebrated our anniversary. We hope to be back soon!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 2 August 2021 via mobile

I looked forward to dining at Maydan for so long that I started to worry it would not be as good as I imagined. A review of Maydan is all about the food and service - wow to both. A lot of attention is paid...to staff training. Everyone, servers and runners, know everything about everything on the menu, food and drink. Our party of four enjoyed all of the food served. We all ate a lot but there was a lot of food leftover. We had dinner together again the next night and enjoyed it just as much! The packaging of the leftovers was great! The extra pitas given to us with our leftovers were appreciated. Maydan for a true dining experience - it is all about the food and service!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021 via mobile

What a fantastic dining experience. Our party of 4 visited for a friend's birthday. We pre-ordered the tawle lamb feast. All I can say is WOW. The sheer amount of food that we were provided was unreal and could've realistically served 8. But it's not...the quantity that was important, it was the quality. The lamb itself was delicious-perfectly cooked and full of rich flavor. The many, MANY accompaniments were spectacular, with the standout here being the beet borani, chicken kebabs (seriously, the chicken was spectacular), and various pickles. The za'atar dirty martini was a nice variation on a classic cocktail. Service was top-notch from start to finish, informative and attentive without being intrusive or overbearing. The atmosphere and decor were welcoming and warm; interesting and eclectic without being distracting.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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We ate at the bar. Bartender provided excellent food recommendations.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5