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Good Greek Restaurant in DC area?

We loved Aegean Taverna in Clarendon - a homey hole-in-the-wall serving authentic, classic, well-prepared and very yummy Greek food. Now that it's closed, we feel a little lost. Can anyone suggest a good Greek restaurant in the DC area?

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  1. The first place that comes to mind is the Greek Taverna in McLean. I probably haven't been to the Greek Taverna since the Aegean Taverna closed, but the Greek Taverna definitely served better food.

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    1. re: mattm

      Atlantis in Alexandria's Bradlee Shopping Center. 395 and King st (East exit) it will be one block after the exit on the right hand side. Incredible. We have friends that drive down from Baltimore for it.

        1. re: mattm

          I love Zorba's in Dupont Circle. If it's nice out, you can sit outside and watch the crowds go by. I try and combine it with a visit to the phillips gallery that's right around the corner.

        2. Taverna Cretekou on King St. in Old Town Alexandria is very good. It also has one of the best outdoor patios!
          http://www.tavernacretekou.com/main.html

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          1. re: monavano

            Thanks very much - patio makes if feel very authentic.

            1. re: monavano

              I agree on this one -- also it has a gret ambience.

              1. re: bigskymind

                I also concur. This is my go to place for Greek. The food is the best. If you want a completely sleek and modern take on greek/mediterranean food - Zaytinya has pita bread that is frankly, awesome.

              2. re: monavano

                Ugh--we were in Old Town about a month ago and passed by this place for a French restaurant (can't think of the name, but it was good, very authentic, in a little house with maybe 10-15 tables in the whole place). But I'm sorry we didn't try this Taverna. Hope to go for it sometime later this summer--and check out the patio too!

                1. Mykonos on the Pike in Rockville does an excellent job with classic Greek food. Not an inexpensive meal necessarily - the ambiance and service are excellent, and this is not a place I'd go to for gyros.

                  I've also heard great things about Cava in North Potomac. Sounds kind of like Zaytinya - most of the menu is small plates - but with a specifically Greek focus, rather than the broader "Mediterranean" menu at Zaytinya.

                  1. How does Vaso's compared with the others described below? I went there twice in two days and I'm addicted to Vaso's desserts! I've only tried their calamari (to die for) and their Greek salad because I have to save room for dessert there!

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                    1. re: pleen

                      Wish Vaso's was better. I've been a few times and everytime, I was underwhelmed. The pasta and phyllo offerings I could make better better myself. Their moussaka really lacked zip. It was completely forgettable. I like the baklava at Pita House on Cameron St. very much!

                    2. Not a recent rec - but Parthenon near Chevy Chase Circle used to be the best in the area.

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                      1. re: Steve

                        Yeah? I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I grew up right near there, and I've never been to Parthenon. Maybe I need to investigate.

                      2. I moved away and haven't been there since but if I ever get back, the first place I'd go for a good Greek dinner would be Ambrosia, in Rockville, MD, especially on a Saturday night when they make their signature Lamb with Artichokes in Yogurt dish. Yum!

                        1. Can you stop by Kosta's Greek Deli for lunch on the weekdays in Farragut? I have to stop by there at least once a month for his massive portions of, well, anything, there because they are all so delicious. You'd have to take it back with you or go to a park to eat. But there is nothing like the meatloaf...the meatballs, too, are so flavorful...spanikopita is very good...and the side dishes. Nothing is too greasy and all very flavorful. There is always a massive line outside when the weather is nice, but it really moves incredibly quickly.

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                          1. re: AndreaD

                            Absolutely second the Kosta's recommendation. Glad to see it's still operating.