We want you to have a different approach to dining: one that’s about the food, but also the love, respect, and traditions that go into each dish. Our food tells the story of our own travels, from Tangier to Tehran and Batumi to Beirut, but it also tells the stories of voices that often go unheard. We were invited to sit and break bread with strangers, listening to stories and learning tried and true techniques. We felt welcomed, embraced, and valued, quickly becoming part of their families. We want you to feel that every time you visit.
When you enter our town square—our “Maydān”—we want you to feel a sense of wonder. We want you to forget what you know and be ready to explore. And we’ll be there with you for every bite. You’ll feel like you’ve met new friends—a new family—who will guide you through the square to a table full of dishes. Dips, spreads, salads, condiments, roasted and grilled meats, and seafood coming together in unison. Just remember, there is no wrong way to go about this.
The centerpiece of every table is the bread, which we make to order in Maydān’s clay ovens; it is a culmination of everything we love about the regions we focus on. Bread brings the meal together and bread brings people together. We want you to use your hands, making the bread your utensil. Share with your neighbor, break bread with your family and friends.
See you in our Maydān soon, we'll be waiting for you!
Pronounced "my-dahn," "may-dahn," or "mi-dan," this word has roots in a number of languages. It's been crossing borders for generations from Tangier to Tehran, Beirut to Batumi. It means “gathering place” or “square," often in the middle of a city. The word originates in Arabic, but translates to Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Ukrainian, and even Latin. It's one of the many ways can see differences, but in the end we're all the same.
We offer reservations for parties up to eight (8) people, via our OpenTable reservations link. We are able to hold your reservation for up to 15 minutes after your reservation time.
Please know that due to our limited space, we are unable to guarantee your reservation after this 15 minute time frame. If you are running late, please call us and let us know when you expect to arrive.
Bookings for parties of nine (9) or more people, please contact our Event team by clicking here.
Yes! Please submit your booking request to the events team by clicking here.
We do accept walk-ins! Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We open at 5:00pm. If you do not have a reservation, we advise that you arrive as early in the evening as you can, or after 9:00pm. Our kitchen closes at 11 pm. If you arrive at Maydān and we are unable to immediately accommodate you, we will work to get you seated as soon as possible. We’ll take down your name and number, so keep your phone handy! We’ll call and text you as soon as a table becomes available, and you’ll have 15 minutes to get back to us.
We encourage guests to enjoy our offerings!
If you would like to bring your own we charge a corkage of $35 per 750mL of wine and/or a cake-cutting fee of $2.50/per person.
It is! Personally, we love eating dinner at bars when we go to restaurants, so we’ve made it possible for you to eat at ours. It's just alongside the hearth, so you will be right in midst of all the action.
Yes! We are able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Please let your server know what these might be and they’ll be more than happy to guide you through the menu.
Please note: We do not offer gluten-free bread.
Yes! Please see our gift cards page to purchase.
We’re located at 1346 Florida Ave NW, just off of 14th Street NW on Florida Avenue. You’ll see a few of our neighbors (La Colombe and Franklin Hall), and you’ll make a right down the alleyway, going underneath the bridge and past the WeWork entrance. Yes, it doesn’t really look like you’re going the right direction, but you are—we promise!
The closest Metro station is the U Street/Cardozo Metro on the Green Line. Exit the Metro station at 13th and U, and follow U Street until you make it to 14th Street. Make a right and walk north on 14th Street for three blocks until you arrive at Florida Avenue, and make another right. Continue to proceed as described above.
We are big advocates of public transportation! We recommend the Metro or any number of buses that go up and down 14th Street.
You’ll have the most parking success in the garage located on 14th Street and U Street in the Reeves Center Parking Garage (Sunday through Thursday: 6 pm-1 am; Friday through Saturday: 6 pm - 3 am). Additionally, there is metered parking on 14th Street.