401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Tel’veh’s replacement opens today. From a press release:
“Ancient Greek for “brotherly love” or “camaraderie,” Philos restaurant and wine bar will feature lavish small plates “mezze” from all over the Mediterranean basin. Set to open to the public April 8th, Philos is located in the Mt. Vernon Triangle area of Washington, DC.
“Small plate dining is very trendy in our city, and it works because it allows people to sample more dishes without shelling out a lot of money for multiple entrees. It is also the core of Mediterranean cuisine, turning dining into more of an experience rather than a rushed meal,” say owners Richard Jarrouj and Talal Orfaly.
Created by Chef Ghassan Jarrouj, the Philos menu boasts a variety of spreads, grilled meats, and extensive vegetable selections. Another unique feature to the menu is the warm cheese selection, a Philos menu highlight. The menus core ingredients are garlic, lemon, and legumes, including chickpeas and lentils, as well as nutrient-dense ingredients such as kale, tahini, and Brussels sprouts.
Philos features something for everyone— the vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian. Differentiating the restaurant from standard small plate dining establishments, Philos is heavily influenced by local ingredients and seasonal flavors, all with a global twist. The menu options range in price from $6-$14.
Philos’ extensive wine offerings boast over 20 wines by the glass, all temperature controlled and chilled in coolers prior to being served. Inspired by Mediterranean selections, the wines are predominately from lesser-known regions such as Lebanon, Greece, and Bulgaria in addition to the local vineyards.
Philos is styled in a vibrant ambiance with banquette seating, high ceilings, and iron fixtures. Most noticeable are the Moorish panels on the mezzanine that oversee the vast space. The oversized windows provide a glimpse to the outside patio and an abundance of natural light. With a spring opening, the large outdoor patio space will be a main attraction.
Philos will be open from 11am – 2am Sunday through Thursday, and 11am – 3am on Friday and Saturday. Philos will have an attractive happy hour offering from 4pm – 7 pm Monday through Friday, and will serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The interior dining room will seat 70, while the patio will accommodate an additional 30.”
Check out the full menu: