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Zorba's Cafe

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Dupont Circle
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1612 20th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1290
202-387-8555
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bit Too Casual but Fantastic Food!

Not the place for a high-maintenance date! It's a casual, self-service restaurant where you pick up your own food - on a tray! - when it's ready. Not only that, but you fill your own water glass? Even though the lack of servers was unnerving, though, the food was more than worth it. I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
pobtm
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Salem, VA
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Long Island, NY
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The food here was really delicious! It was a nice, casual place to eat. You ordered your own food and then picked it up. The prices were very reasonable and the food tasted very authentic. I'm so glad that we stopped here to eat! It is located very close to the DuPont Circle Metro Station, so it is very convenient.... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is so far the best Greek experience I had in US. Its really affordable and you can try all different dishes. They serve some Greek wines and beers as well. I love the music and the enthronement.

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Salem, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Not the place for a high-maintenance date! It's a casual, self-service restaurant where you pick up your own food - on a tray! - when it's ready. Not only that, but you fill your own water glass? Even though the lack of servers was unnerving, though, the food was more than worth it. I would have ordered more just to... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Me and a friend went to lunch here recently and we loved their food! The prices are extremely reasonable. Their location is close to the DuPont Circle metro station which is good. Their staff are very friendly and knowledgeable to explaining different ingredients and how food items are cooked. I will definitely bring my husband and more friends to this... More 

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washington dc
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I recently visited Zorba with a friend. I ordered the combination plate, which says: "Zorba's most popular variety platter of your choice of pork or chicken souvlaki, yero and kefte, served over rice with two dolmathakia, pitta bread & a side of tzatziki and hommus." Given the "choice," I requested all chicken. I was then handed a pager and went... More 

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Washington DC
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233 reviews 233 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My husband and I almost didn't stop in because we noticed people sitting outside at tables covered in plastic and reading from menus encased in plastic; we wondered if this was one of those places that just gets food on the table and doesn't much worry about the quality. Wow, that was a wrong assumption! What a find! This is... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I have been going to Zorbas for over 25 years. I started when I was in college and now I take my kids there when ever we are downtown. Fancy? no! Good? absolutely! Basic Greek restaurant with a lot of differerent options. I highly recommend the Gyro Plate as it is the best in DC. Get there if you can... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is a great spot for authentic Greek cuisine. 3 of us ate here - you order/pay and then find a spot to sit. There is an upstairs area as well as the street level for tables. Everything we ate was excellent - very fresh, good portion size and properly spiced. One of us had lived in Greece for 2... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

We ate here almost out of necessity the first time. 9.30pm, nothing we fancied and in DuPont circle. This was cheap and nearby. First impressions - small, like a little cafe. Very low expectations. It's an odd place, like a fast food joint you find a table, go up and order and take your food from the service bar to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We came here on a sunny late March afternoon and sat outside eating below-average moussaka ($14.50!) and yeros washed down with some tasty imported beers. The saving grace was their grand falafel wrap ($8.50, and the pitta-less falafel plate at $11.50) which offered robust, slightly dry portions that were nevertheless tasty and fulfilling. Service is nonexistent here – you’ll need... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1612 20th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1290
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: 202-387-8555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 12
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?