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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Greek, Middle Eastern
Casual restaurant

Mon–Sat 11:00am–9:00pm
Sun noon–7:00pm

Features Delivery, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted


Cleveland Park
3414 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
(202) 364-6549
Mediterranean food that’s more friendly than tasty

If you adhere to the notion that anything tastes better when wrapped in a pita, you’ll find meet company at the Byblos Deli. In fact, there’s little beyond flatbread to unite the multi-cultural menu that includes falafel, dolmade, hummus, shawarma, and spanikopita. The friendly Cleveland Park eatery is actually run by West Africans, but serves up food from what you might call the “pita crescent,” with an emphasis on Greek and Lebanese fare.

Diners can choose from a long list of platters and sandwiches. The former come with pita bread and range from tabbouleh to baba ghanoush to a roasted half chicken. Sandwiches are served burrito-style (rather than as half-moons), and come loaded with vegetables and enough hummus or tzatziki to soak a layer or two of bread. The meat in the kafta kabab is rich and spicy, making it one of the top choices at Byblos. The gyros are also decent, but the greasy dolmade overwhelm the grape-leaf sandwich.

Byblos also offers ham sandwiches, cheeseburgers, salads, and fries. A tasty but undistinguished piece of baklava might round off a hit-or-miss meal. The deli doesn’t serve alcohol, but the sodas are cheap, and with efficient service and outdoor tables facing Connecticut Avenue, Byblos is an ideal spot to while away an afternoon with a newspaper. Come to think of it, it might be better to skip the food altogether. This place has a lot more atmosphere than Fresh Med across the street, but for better food, you’d be wise to cross Connecticut.

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