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Neyla
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cross street: Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
Reviewed September 14, 2012

We are Australians who were recommended to this restaurant for the Rehearsal Dinner, prior to our son's wedding. (For the benefit of non-US citizens, the rehearsal dinner happens after the rehearsal for the wedding, and it is hosted by the groom's parents. We understand that traditionally it only included the bridal party and immediate family, but has expanded beyond that. Ours was only slightly 'expanded', 30 pax, compared with 120 for the wedding reception).
We had to make the arrangements via email with Souheil the general manager, and from day one (ie 8 months before the wedding), he was responsive and very helpful. We arranged to visit the day before the dinner to finalise details, and it was clear that Souheil was quite experienced with such events, and very flexible. Maybe he thought some of our Australian ideas were wierd or inappropriate, but he did not show it. He was a real diplomat. We had the Tent Room booked for the evening; it has terrific atmosphere and decor - like a bedouin tent. On the night, service was exemplary; constant, attentive, but not at all intrusive. The food was excellent; people were still raving about it at the wedding the next day. Great range of cold mezzas, hot mezzas and choices from the grill. Souheil kept in touch with me to make sure we were tracking ok on the budget for drinks, which I really appreciated. It was just a great night.

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Thank Iangharris188
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

It's a nice to restaurant to eat different small dishes and have a "light" meal with friends.
We had some tapas: Baba Ghannoug,Lahmajeen, Hommus,Falafel and Kibbeh Naya.
I liked the Hommus and Falafel. They were good but not amazing.
I felt that the staff was in a hurry to take the plates out of our table. Sometimes they took the plates before we finished them. It wasn't nice.

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Thank HelenaGuerra
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

More Lebanese than Mediterranean, as described to me... Food was excellent, tasty and good looking... Pity the we're not having a rose wine in a very hot evening. Overall excellent.

Thank Aburel
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Try the two different varieties of mojitos from the bar. Then dive into a few fantastic appetizers and entrees to share. Interesting food and great ambiance. Opt for the al fresco dining if the weather permits -- it's more pleasant than the inside dining room, especially in the summer.

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Thank chicagocowgirl
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

I am still dreaming of their beef, it had such an amazing flavor. The service was excellent, the food was excellent. I could not have asked for better. Thank you so much for an amazing meal and evening out.

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Thank jennifer r
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