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A Look At Cleopatra’s Mediterranean Bistro

by ARLnow.com August 27, 2010 at 11:41 am 2,869 7 Comments

You can still order chicken cacciatore and shrimp scampi at the former Pines of Italy restaurant at 237 North Glebe Road. But now you can also have it with baba ghannouj, chicken schwarma and baklava.

Cleopatra’s Mediterranean Bistro opened in March with little fanfare outside the immediate neighborhood and the local Arabic community. Serving up Middle Eastern food in addition to Italian carryovers from Pines of Italy, Cleopatra’s is as eclectic as it is unassuming. For those who care to indulge, there’s also a bar.

Cleopatra’s prices are exceedingly reasonable, and there are coupons available online to make a visit even more affordable.

During Ramadan (which runs through Sept. 10) the restaurant is offering a $9.95 Iftar buffet that features all-you-can-eat meat, seafood and vegetable dishes.

When Ramadan ends, lunch service will resume, as will the four-night-per-week live music and belly dancing and the late-night live entertainment on weekends.

Owner Sami Khan keeps Cleopatra’s open until 4:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. He says many young people will stop by after coming back from the downtown clubs. The restaurant usually draws a weekend crowd of about 100 people, mostly Middle Eastern and mostly in their 30s, he says.

More photos, after the jump.

  • JR

    Very cool – thanks for the info!

  • Greg

    This is perfect for the teabaggers!

    • Anthony


  • TGEoA

    The Pines was gross. This is even grosser.

  • MAL

    Cleopatra’s… Please fix your neon sign.

  • Raika

    I went here right after it opened and I will never go back. It was during lunch and while the place was almost completely empty the customers were being ignored. An older women who worked there (owner’s wife?) was smoking right near us and, deciding we didn’t want to eat smoke with our food, we took it to go instead. The food was ok but nothing special.

  • Archie

    We went a month or two ago. The food was greasy and made our stomachs hurt.


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