Named by rearranging the letters of pasta, tapas are the delicious Spanish rebuttal to Italian cuisine’s long-held dinner dominance. Join the fray with today's Groupon to Mezza Luna: for $15, you'll get $35 worth of tapas, pasta, wine, and more at the downtown eatery. Bring a group of friends or woo your potential New Year's date with an intimate night of mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes and magical mojitos. Conveniently located between the Farragut North and Dupont Circle metro stations, Mezza Luna offers more than 30 hot and cold tapas, 20 specialty martinis, and housemade sangria. Though your Groupon is only valid in Mezza Luna's vibrant, yellow-walled dining room, you are welcome to use it toward drinks.
Tapas are small plates designed for snacking and sharing over drinks and good company, or even the bad company one might infiltrate to gain access to the deactivation codes of the Lazarus Device. Perfect for the crowd that doesn't like to choose, these culinary creations make mouth-watering meals when you order a variety to pass and share. Tapas teach the importance of sharing to emotionally stunted adults and encourage conversation by eliminating the formal aspects of eating from one plate piled high. Though many tapas involve rich, buttery, and spicy flavors, the small plates and variety allow you to indulge without feeling bloated or overly full. Nibble, savor, and talk until you're full of food, wine, and intoxicating discourse.
Pass your plate and share with friends as you indulge in cool, fresh mango and gulf shrimp ceviche ($9.95) alongside warm, tangy teriyaki beef skewers ($9.95). Compare the decadent carpaccio di carne (with mixed greens salad, shaved parmeggiano-reggiano, capers and red onions, $8.95) to its cooked cousin, the petit filet mignon (with port demi glace, $9.95). Share hummus ($7.95) and a mixture of wild mushrooms (with herbs de provence, and truffle essence, $7.95) with vegetarian pals, or snap into calamari fritti ($7.95) and let seared sea scallops (with chorizo, red peppers, and sweet corn sauce, $9.95) melt in your sea-stomached sister's mouth.
If you aren't up for sharing, Mezza Luna's culinary skills translate well onto a larger canvas. Grilled shrimp and avocado salad ($14.95) or a caprese panini (with grilled veggies, mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, and pesto dressing, $9.95) make nice light meals, and homemade mushroom ravioli in sage butter sauce ($12.95) is a delightfully earthy winter dinner. Sink your fork into salmon penne with parmeggiano-reggiano cream sauce, peas, and roasted red peppers ($15.95) or try one of Mezza Luna's gastronomic godsends, such as the pan seared Chilean sea bass (over saffron risotto and wilted spinach, with sour cherry and fig reduction, $26.95) or pork medallions (with crusted black peppercorns over rice, seasonal vegetables, and a brandy cream reduction, $19.95).
Your Groupon is not valid on Sundays.
- The food was very good! I really liked the crispy shrimp and crab and avocado martini tapas! I would recommend this restaurant to friends! – OpenTable diner who dined on 8/20/2009
- Food was great; service was slow but very friendly; there were a couple bachelorette parties, but noise wasn't an issue; great ambiance--soothing lights and subtle music. – OpenTable diner who dined on 10/10/2009
- Mezza Luna treated us like we were royalty. We went there for a classy bacholerette [sic] dinner. The food was amazing. The 6 of us split about 15 different dishes and they were all great. – OpenTable diner who dined on 10/24/2009