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100 Best Restaurants 2008: Mourayo
No. 34: Mourayo
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
100 Best Restaurants (2010)

Mourayo
Address: 1732 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-667-2100
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown
Cuisines: Seafood, Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday for dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM, Friday 5:30 PM to 11 PM. Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Open Saturday noon to 11 PM, Sunday noon to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Keftedes; octopus with octopus-ink vinaigrette; moussaka with duck, eggplant, and kefalotyri cheese; grilled whole fish, especially the branzino.

Cuisine: Greek foodstuffs are the starting point for inventive fare that goes way beyond moussaka, spanakopita, and dolmades.

Mood: Aegean-blue accents against white evoke the Greek isles in this sliver of an eatery that’s both intimate and lively.

Best for: Couples in the cooing stage and fans of Greek cooking who are seeking something a bit different.

Best dishes: Squid-ink soup; smoky grilled octopus with fava-bean purée and octopus-ink vinaigrette; symposium edesmata, an array of mezze; whole grilled fish of the day, including snapper, sole, dorade (the $2 surcharge for the salt crust is worth it); robust duck moussaka; pork loin with figs; rustic lamb stew, the gravy moistening a mound of orzo; dense walnut cake; rum-laced fig ice cream; manouri cheese with sweet walnut preserves.

Insider tips: The mezze platters are ideal for sharing, but don’t stick just to the familiar. In chef Rudy Buruca’s hands, even such dishes as squid-ink soup are delicious. Prime tables are in the front window. Several choice ouzos and a roster of mostly Greek wines make the drink list more interesting than most.

Service: ••

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