According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Greek meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Sample Hellenic fare the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Greek eats and drinks at Zorba's Cafe in Dupont Circle. Unlike most other restaurant Groupons, today's deal can be combined with other offers and specials, creating a powerful synergistic effect not unlike hula hooping in a hurricane.
Family owned and operated, Zorba's has been preparing fresh and wholesome dishes since 1984. Main bites include modestly priced sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and other entrees. Equip your grabber mitts with a classic falafel ($7.95), gyro ($7.95), or herbivorean vegetable pita wrap filled with grilled cucumbers, tomatoes, Greek olives, bell peppers, and tzatziki sauce ($7.75). Please Poseidon with a trident-friendly salad such as the classic Greek ($6.75 regular), or top your standard Grecian greens with a few slices of gyro with the Delphi salad ($10.75). Freshly made specialty pizzas ($15.35–$18.25) are great to serve a table of hungry Spartans who, after the first bite, have been known to exclaim, "This. Is. Pizzzzaaaaa." Accompany your meal with a glass of red, white, or retsina wine (a pine-resin-flavored white) ($3.95 per glass), and sweetly cap it all off with baklava ($4.35), traditional galaktoboureko ($3.75), or other memorable dessert options.
Zorba's lies in between the colorful gray area between too-fast food and too-slow cuisine. The counter-ordered dining style of the establishment keeps the eating environment casual and comfortable while providing speedy but careful service. During the summer months, enjoy your feast while legally loitering on the outdoor patio. It’s a great place for a bite before a show or to take a quick fieldtrip to Greece without having to unravel a series of clues hidden throughout history to reveal the secret location of the Grecian portal.
- Think good, affordable dining in DC’s Dupont Circle is hard to find? Try finding good, affordable al fresco dining. This 25-year-old cafe is the exception. In a neighborhood of destination dining and hotel cooking, it serves up good Greek fare at an honest price in cheery, cozy surroundings.
Eight Washington City Paper readers give Zorba’s Cafe four sporks, three Insider Pages users give it four stars, 138 Yelpers give it 3.5, Tripadvisors give it 3.5 owl eyes, and 90% of Urbanspooners like it:
- Zorba's offers no frills quality Greek food. The standards are great, e.g. falafel sandwiches, souvlaki platter, gyros. My favorite dish is the Chicken Regonato, a quarter chicken roasted with Greek spices, served with seasoned rice, a salad, and a roll…In good weather, Zorba's is also ideal for outdoor dining. Additional perks are the frosty mugs served with beers and the ambiance-enhancing traditional Greek music. – jd294, Washington City Paper
- Zorba's is a DC institution. In fact, it's one of the original "cheap eats" in the city, and is my go-to place in Dupont when I want to meet a friend for a quick, inexpensive bite. Gyros, souvlaki platters, and dolmades (grape leaves) are all flavorful, reliable dishes that won't break the bank. – Lola, Urbanspoon
- They pay attention to what I call "real ingredients" instead of out-of-a-box stuff like a lot of other places. I go there about 3 times a week. I call it my kitchen away from home. – Anonymous, Insider Pages