Yamas Mediterranean Grill

4806 Rugby Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814


Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo

Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean

Opening Hours:
Daily for lunch and dinner.

Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: N/A

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Gyro, tzatziki, chicken souvlaki, lamb burger with feta, skin-on fries.

Cheap Eats 2011: Yamas Mediterranean Grill

This convivial Greek cafe ingratiates itself the moment you open the door and are hit with smells of roasting meats, garlic, and herbs.

Yamas combines the speed of fast food with the pampering--table service, plates, cutlery--associated with sit-down establishments. Portions are hefty, and nearly every dish harks back to the trick-free cooking of yesterday. Look for a plate of lemon-kissed grilled lamb chops, a marvelous grilled whole black sea bass dressed with lemon and olive oil, and a gyro with made-from-scratch slices of pressed lamb and beef. Even a side salad shows care--most of the produce is from local markets.

Also good: Marinated octopus; fries with feta and sea salt; stuffed vegetables; baklava; galaktoboureko, a phyllo-and-custard tart.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.