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“Great neighborhood favorite”
Review of Cafe Ole

Cafe Ole
Ranked #957 of 3,722 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $18 - $18
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Reviewed November 6, 2017

It will be sad to see the Cafe Ole close its doors when Fannie Mae leaves its Wisconsin location. This is one of my favorite local spots to unwind. The staff is very friendly and treats everyone like an old friend. The food is good Lebanese cuisine, and the bartender mixes a great cocktail. They also have an excellent selection of vegan/vegetarian options.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank YukiValdez
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

When my dad worked in the adjacent office building, he'd come in here with his colleagues for lunch all the time. When he switched location, he didn't want to stop coming here so he started taking the family and we've never stopped eating here. Cafe Ole is an absolute staple and one which I hope sticks around for another 20 years!

The food is fresh and always delicious, as well as affordably-priced relative to high-end DC restaurants. The best thing to do is to order a few hot and cold mezze plates for the table, and they'll be brought out as they're ready. I ALWAYS go for the lamb tagine as well as the grilled calamari, and the lamb sliders and provencal chicken are also absolutely delicious. That being said, you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu here.

Service is cordial and efficient, and the ambience suits the cuisine and makes for a pleasant dining experience every time, without fail. I can only hope that Cafe Ole picks up enough business during lunch to stay afloat, because it can be relatively empty during the evening/night.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Thank MichaelNate
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

We've gone to this restaurant many times. There's something for every member of my family and we share plates. Great seafood includes a tuna kebab plate and deliciously seasoned broiled calamari. We also like the Tel Aviv Nachos, four to a plate, a cold treat, crispy wonton stuffed with salmon, capers, hummos, and egg. Meat dishes include my ABSOLUTE favorite, Lebanese celebration, a chicken, hummos and cous-cous dish. My husbands favorite is lamb tagine, a sort of lamb stew with cous-cous. And the lamb sliders are simply always delicious (three to an order). There's much more that's good. We never have any room for dessert.
The only thing that's a disappointment is the wine. So.....you just have to get the beer.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank DCMaryAlice
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Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

This european style cafe offers a nice bottomless mimosa brunch with a la carte menu.

The menu is extensive with many Mediterranean delights. We tried a delicious smoked salmon lavash appetizer, hummus plate, and an egg dish. All three were flavorful and well prepared.

The mimosas were a nice touch!

Perfect, low-key weekend brunch date!

Date of visit: March 2016
Thank mrsiss
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Reviewed September 18, 2016

Highly recommend eating outside if the weather is nice. We had a balmy September Saturday night eating tour of the countries on the southern rim of the Mediterranean.
All of the mezze were excellent from the Portobello Napoleon (Hard to divide and share that luscious tower of mushroom and tomato) to the lamb tagine. Two standouts for us were the baba ghanoosh, the best we have ever tasted, with a silky smoky taste that went well with the pita chips, and the grilled calamari. Four hot mezze, and two cold were more than enough for our party of three. We ended with absolutely terrific expressos to end a perfect evening. The service is attentive, no one rushes or hovers over you and it makes for a wonderfully relaxed dining experience.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Thank Martin G
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