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A new restaurant featuring foods from Arab traditions (Tunisian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Lebanese and Iraqi dishes).

Featuring 40 Mezza items, in-house squeezed juices, Iraqi tea, kabobs, lamb shank, cous cous, saffron rice, stuffed cabbage, rice, home made pickles and olives, homemade kanafa, and much more.

Ancient Rivers is a neighborhood restaurant and gathering space specializing in foods from Arab traditions throughout the Middle East. Like its sister restaurant Busboys and Poets, Ancient Rivers is a place where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted, a place to take a deliberate pause, to meet a friend, share a meal, exchange ideas and feed your mind body and soul. We believe by creating such spaces we can help to transform our community for the better.



(202) 332-9672

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2121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009




Su-Th 10am – 10pm
F-Sa 10am – 11pm

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For private event inquiries, call our events team at (202) 332 - 6432