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11 Essential Halal Restaurants Around D.C.

Where to find all the Middle Eastern favorites

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Assorted dishes at Sacrificial Lamb.
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The D.C. region has long been home to a variety of halal restaurants, which prepare food in accordance with dietary restrictions honored by Muslim diners. The ares is so welcoming of the cuisine that real estate search site Estately ranked D.C. as the top city for halal based on data it collected from Yelp.

While the area has lost a few contenders since this map debuted in 2016 — including Café Olé in Tenleytown — several standbys continue firing on all cylinders. Newcomers such as New York’s Halal Guys have also joined the dining scene.

Here are 11 halal eateries to dine at now.

The featured restaurants are not ranked. They are arranged geographically from north to south.

Don’t see a favorite halal eatery? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Moby Dick (Multiple locations)

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7027 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

This homegrown chain, which recently expanded to Baltimore, Maryland, serves assorted Persian-style kebabs, sandwiches, salads, and rice dishes. Management says its lamb offerings are always halal.

Lamb and chicken kebabs at Moby Dick.
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2. Charcoal Kabob

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394 Elden St
Herndon, VA 20170
(703) 435-2400
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It’s been more than 20 years and Charcoal Kabob keeps serving food that’s 100 percent halal. It’s two meal deals — chicken or lamb karahi— include choice of meat, plus tandoori bread, salad, and yogurt sauces for two people. Meanwhile, the neighborhood restaurant’s most popular kabob combinations are chicken and seasoned ground beef.

The super combo at Charcoal Kabob includes lamb, chicken, and beef kabobs.
Charcoal Kabob [Official photo]

3. Kazan Restaurant

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6813 Redmond Dr
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 734-1960
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The orange baklava, doner kebab and moussaka a la Turk at Kazan are fit for a queen — literally. As a young chef in 1971 at Istanbul’s eponymous Topkapi Palace, Kazan owner and chef Zeynel Abdin Uzun made the dishes for Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit to Turkey. Aside from engaging in culinary diplomacy, Uzun’s halal restaurant has been a McLean mainstay since opening in 1980.

Doner kebab at Kazan.
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4. Aladdin's Kitchen

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1782 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-8900
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This Adams Morgan eatery serves pizza, wings, gyros, and kebabs that are all halal. Although great for late-night dining, Aladdin’s does not serve any alcohol. It does offer online ordering for delivery or carry out.

A gyro at Aladdin’s Kitchen.
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5. Sacrificial Lamb

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1704 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-2736
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The biblical-sounding name is jarring. But with reasonable prices, speedy service, and late hours, Sacrificial Lamb is a great takeout option. And 100 percent of its dishes are halal. Delivery is free after ordering $18 of food.

A kebab dish at Sacrificial Lamb.
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6. The Halal Guys (Multiple locations)

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1331 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9584
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While the famous New York-based chain shuttered its struggling H Street location last year, one can still find its renowned falafel, gyros, and build-your-own-bowls at its Dupont Circle outpost and Northern Virginia restaurants.

A custom bowl at Halal Guys.
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7. District Chicken & Gyro

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3147 Dumbarton St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 629-2090
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This fast-casual Georgetown restaurant serves halal offerings covered with white sauce or hot sauce, along with rice or salad. Customers can’t get enough of the chicken gyro combo served with rice, salad, anhouse seasonings.

Chicken and gyro combo
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8. Busboys and Poets (Multiple locations)

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1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-2227
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All the chicken at this homegrown chain of restaurants is halal; management says the fried chicken is the most popular poultry on the menu. Restaurateur Andy Shallal brought halal chicken to all the Busboys locations in November 2010, five years after the first one opened. He’s working on expanding the brand by opening a new outpost in Anacostia.

Busboys and Poets’ halal fried chicken.
Busboys and Poets [Official photo]

9. Afghan Kabob House

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2045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 294-9999
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Every option on the menu at this Arlington eatery — including the popular chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs — is halal. The budget-friendly restaurant also bakes its Afghan bread on-site.

Grilled meats at Afghan Kabob House.
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10. Lebanese Taverna (Multiple locations)

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5900 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 241-8681
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This family-run chain of Lebanese restaurants serves halal chicken, beef, and lamb presented in a variety of dishes. Featured offerings include meat-filled fritters, assorted shawarma, seasonal stews, grilled kebabs, and a specialty burger, among others.

A lamb dish at Lebanese Taverna.
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11. Kabob Palace

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2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 486-3535
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This perennial favorite among bargain diners has kept D.C. in all the curry chicken, grilled lamb, and stewed goat it could eat for decades. Not satisfied with serving over a dozen specialty kebabs plus daily vegetarian platters, Kabob Palace goes the extra mile by staying open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Chicken kabob with basmati rice in the middle of the plate and a salad in the background
Grilled offerings at Kabob Palace.
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1. Moby Dick (Multiple locations)

7027 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Lamb and chicken kebabs at Moby Dick.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This homegrown chain, which recently expanded to Baltimore, Maryland, serves assorted Persian-style kebabs, sandwiches, salads, and rice dishes. Management says its lamb offerings are always halal.

7027 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

2. Charcoal Kabob

394 Elden St, Herndon, VA 20170
The super combo at Charcoal Kabob includes lamb, chicken, and beef kabobs.
Charcoal Kabob [Official photo]

It’s been more than 20 years and Charcoal Kabob keeps serving food that’s 100 percent halal. It’s two meal deals — chicken or lamb karahi— include choice of meat, plus tandoori bread, salad, and yogurt sauces for two people. Meanwhile, the neighborhood restaurant’s most popular kabob combinations are chicken and seasoned ground beef.

394 Elden St
Herndon, VA 20170

3. Kazan Restaurant

6813 Redmond Dr, McLean, VA 22101
Doner kebab at Kazan.
Chantal E./Yelp

The orange baklava, doner kebab and moussaka a la Turk at Kazan are fit for a queen — literally. As a young chef in 1971 at Istanbul’s eponymous Topkapi Palace, Kazan owner and chef Zeynel Abdin Uzun made the dishes for Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit to Turkey. Aside from engaging in culinary diplomacy, Uzun’s halal restaurant has been a McLean mainstay since opening in 1980.

6813 Redmond Dr
McLean, VA 22101

4. Aladdin's Kitchen

1782 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
A gyro at Aladdin’s Kitchen.
Aladdin’s Kitchen/Facebook

This Adams Morgan eatery serves pizza, wings, gyros, and kebabs that are all halal. Although great for late-night dining, Aladdin’s does not serve any alcohol. It does offer online ordering for delivery or carry out.

1782 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Sacrificial Lamb

1704 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A kebab dish at Sacrificial Lamb.
Sacrificial Lamb/Facebook

The biblical-sounding name is jarring. But with reasonable prices, speedy service, and late hours, Sacrificial Lamb is a great takeout option. And 100 percent of its dishes are halal. Delivery is free after ordering $18 of food.

1704 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. The Halal Guys (Multiple locations)

1331 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
A custom bowl at Halal Guys.
The Halal Guys/Facebook

While the famous New York-based chain shuttered its struggling H Street location last year, one can still find its renowned falafel, gyros, and build-your-own-bowls at its Dupont Circle outpost and Northern Virginia restaurants.

1331 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. District Chicken & Gyro

3147 Dumbarton St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Chicken and gyro combo
Courtesy of District Chicken & Gyro

This fast-casual Georgetown restaurant serves halal offerings covered with white sauce or hot sauce, along with rice or salad. Customers can’t get enough of the chicken gyro combo served with rice, salad, anhouse seasonings.

3147 Dumbarton St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Busboys and Poets (Multiple locations)

1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Busboys and Poets’ halal fried chicken.
Busboys and Poets [Official photo]

All the chicken at this homegrown chain of restaurants is halal; management says the fried chicken is the most popular poultry on the menu. Restaurateur Andy Shallal brought halal chicken to all the Busboys locations in November 2010, five years after the first one opened. He’s working on expanding the brand by opening a new outpost in Anacostia.

1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Afghan Kabob House

2045 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Grilled meats at Afghan Kabob House.
Afghan Kabob House/Facebook

Every option on the menu at this Arlington eatery — including the popular chicken, beef, and lamb kebabs — is halal. The budget-friendly restaurant also bakes its Afghan bread on-site.

2045 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

10. Lebanese Taverna (Multiple locations)

5900 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205
A lamb dish at Lebanese Taverna.
Lebanese Taverna/Facebook

This family-run chain of Lebanese restaurants serves halal chicken, beef, and lamb presented in a variety of dishes. Featured offerings include meat-filled fritters, assorted shawarma, seasonal stews, grilled kebabs, and a specialty burger, among others.

5900 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

11. Kabob Palace

2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202
Chicken kabob with basmati rice in the middle of the plate and a salad in the background
Grilled offerings at Kabob Palace.
Kabob Palace/Facebook

This perennial favorite among bargain diners has kept D.C. in all the curry chicken, grilled lamb, and stewed goat it could eat for decades. Not satisfied with serving over a dozen specialty kebabs plus daily vegetarian platters, Kabob Palace goes the extra mile by staying open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202

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