To function properly, the human body requires a steady stream of nutrients, sunlight, and compliments from other species about its opposable thumbs. Use your bendable digits to provide nutrients with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Yamas Mediterranean Grill, located in Bethesda.
Yamas keeps the body, mind, and soul in trim condition by offering a wide-ranging menu of naturally raised antibiotic-free meats, olive oils, fresh fruits, vegetables, and daily, handmade gyros. Placate a screaming stomach with a Yamas gyro made with natural beef and lamb that is not pressed, ironed, or laid out to dry and served with tzatziki ($7.95) or dive into a platter of spanakopita, which is phyllo filled with spinach, feta, and herbs ($8.95). In addition to edible excursions, the lively establishment offers karaoke on Fridays and Wet Willy Thumb Wars on Saturdays.
Todd Kliman of the Washingtonian listed Yamas Mediterranean Grill in his top 25 places where he’d spend his own money. Yelpers give Yamas Mediterranean Grill a 3.5-star rating, and 82% of Urbanspooners like it.
A basic understanding of Greek can help you understand the vibe at Yamas. The restaurant takes its name from the Greek word meaning "to your health," or "cheers." You might hear that often at the bar, where the staff mixes cocktails such as the Yamas Martini—made with Ketel One vodka and served with feta-stuffed olives. A glance at the menu also reveals the word "mezze," or small plates such as hummus and calamari, which make the perfect complement to drinks or handfuls of feta-covered Opa! fries.
Beyond those shareable plates, Yamas' chefs specialize in gyros (of the lamb and beef variety) and rotisserie chicken, which they marinate in lemon and spices. Fresh ingredients are key to these recipes, including naturally-raised meats and local organic produce.
The restaurant also embodies Greece in visual ways. The national colors of blue and white define the decor, and a painting of a Grecian beach covers much of the walls. That mural serves as the backdrop to occasional live entertainment, including an open-mic and comedy night on Saturdays.
4806 Rugby Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland 20814Get Directions