Mar 11, 2024 - Things to Do

D.C. restaurants serving iftar meals during Ramadan

A table filled with dishes of food including lamb shank, salads, and  green drinks

Ramadan at Villa Yara. Photo courtesy of Nina Palazzolo

Ramadan just began and several D.C. restaurants are serving special meals.

Why it matters: Iftar, the breaking of the fast meal after sunset, is a celebratory occasion for Muslim families and friends to come together.

Dig in: Restaurants serving iftar meals through April 9.

πŸ‹ Villa Yara (Georgetown): The lush Lebanese restaurant and garden is offering a special prix fixe menu ($65) starting Tuesday through early April that ​​begins with the traditional eating of dates followed by a feast. Custom buffets for 30+ and catering are also available.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡« Lapis (Adams Morgan): Chef Shamim Popal is serving a prix-fixe menu ($40) at her modern Afghan restaurant with courses like lentil soup, beef kofta in tomato sauce, and rice pudding.

β›² Ilili (The Wharf) The waterfront Lebanese restaurant serves a prix-fixe menu ($70) between 7pm and 8pm with a spread of stuffed dates, mezza, and shared mains like lamb shank or spring chicken.

πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬ Fava Pot (Falls Church, Dupont Circle): A multi-course Egyptian feast of a dozen-plus dishes can be ordered for dine-in, to-go, or delivery, as well as vegetarian.

What's next: Events around D.C.

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡Ύ Joon (Tysons Corner): On March 17, the Persian restaurant will host a special dinner to benefit the nonprofit Syrian American Women's Association to help Syrians in need. Tickets for the buffet are $150, and donations can be made separately.

πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Έ DMV Grand Iftar: Also on March 17, Islamic Relief USA's ticketed event at the Marriott in Falls Church includes speakers, prayer, and a halal dinner. Tickets ($45 per person, $15 with childcare for kids under 13) benefit organizations providing aid in Gaza.

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