Lebanese Taverna is a nice Lebanese restaurant that has several locations in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. I was meeting a good friend in Tysons Corner and decided to give it another go. My last experience there wasn't that memorable, but they have lots of vegan options, so, why not?!
Plus, my friend has lived in and around Lebanon so she knows good Lebanese food from bad Lebanese food so I knew she would be a good critic. We met at the restaurant located inside of Tysons Galleria. From the outside mall, you might not expect to walk into such a nice restaurant, but it is very classy. From the stone pillars to the plush, white chairs, it is a modern look and the servers are dressed quite nicely.
There are many vegan options from your typical hummus and babaganoush to other less traditional offerings like the pumpkin kibbeh. We munched on the delicious pita bread with za'tar spices and olive oil while we perused the menu.
I decided to go with two small plates. The Fattoush Salad was simple and very good. It had romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mint, radish, and toasted pita chips in a pomegranate-sumac dressing.
I also ordered the Arnabeet, which was roasted cauliflower and onions with pine nuts and tahini. Unfortunately, this dish lacked some flavor as the sauce tasted like straight-up tahini without much else mixed in. It was good, but quite plain.
My friend ordered the falafel salad and wasn't that impressed with it.
Overall, I think it is a good option for vegans as there are a lot of options on the menu. One of my dishes was very good and the other was so-so. They were priced appropriately at around $7.50 per small plate so that was fine. And the service was great. I'll give them another try sometime in the future.
2001 International Drive
Mclean, VA 22102