Zaytinya

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14966 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup team, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Building on Jose’s deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines, making Zaytinya one of the most exciting restaurants in Washington DC.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday Diner

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Bad service. Food was luke warm at best

RK
Montreal
43 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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FL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service were great. It’s a fun place to go with friends, but probably not good for kids. It gets loud inside. We sat outside and it was nice with the heating lamps.

JH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here and really enjoyed the small plates. We shared so many tasty dishes and being gluten sensitive, I had many choices to partake in. Great location in DC and has a chic vibe.

JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya is excellent in everyway. Will definitely be back.

e
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The service and food are always great. The noise level is just terrible. It was difficult to even hear our waiter! Thinking that vaulted ceiling could be designed with some noise reduction materials. It was impossible to hear my companion, however I had no problem hearing my neighbor 16 in. away. Made for a very disappointing dinner experience.

S
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious small plates!! Sat on the patio on this beautiful evening. We loved everything we ordered. Can’t wait to return!!

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and relaxed service!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and food! The plates were larger than tapas.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was slower than expected our waitress did not seem to be as attentive as would be desired.

s
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always from a Jose Andres restaurant with delicious shareable tapas-style entrees at reasonable prices! The lemony chicken soup with soft poached egg was food for the soul. The happy hour also had a lot of great options!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered a whole Lamb Shoulder and about 12 small plates to compliment the lamb and after waiting about 20 minutes the server comes over and say I’m sorry we don’t have anymore lamb shoulder. I said I thought you were supposed to check with the kitchen (per the menu) now you’ve already bought out the small plates so our meal is ruined. Anyway, there wasn’t any remorse for ruining our meal. The manager did come over and apologized but that wasn’t enough. We eat out 3/4 times a week. And spend at least $275-$325 each time. I’m saying that to say we go to nice restaurants and expect service and food to be if not great, then at least good. It was neither.

Disappointed,
Dr Michael Bell

JO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed that your outdoor space was closed on a beautiful October day. But, as always, we enjoyed our lunch inside (except for the noise level). Yogurt soup and salad were outstanding....

NY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was not great and the bathroom was a mess.

SB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was terrific. Nice twist on classic middle eastern dishes. Service was excellent. Good recommendations and attentive. Pita bread was superb when hot. Very energetic noise level.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was very mediocre and the noise level was almost intolerable. Very disappointing!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent ambiance, reasonable price!!

L
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Octopus Santori and the Steak Harra were delicious, as was everything else.

BC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food -get a few plates and try a bit of everything

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My group of four went for brunch Sunday afternoon. We had good service but was a little slower to been seen at the beginning; this was not a problem though. The small plates came out staggered in a manner that allowed us to continually be presented with food without too many plates stacked on the table. All of the food was amazing, and so were the drinks. We will definitely return again in the future.

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Very attentive regarding gluten allergies.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Food came out at strange times. We received Brussel sprouts first with nothing else for a long time. Then the rest of the food came. Servers kept reaching across my face without saying excuse me to fill water. Servers would take plates that I was not finished eating.

T
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was with business associates and our sponsor offered to treat us to a full chef’s favorites meal which made for an incredible dining experience. The server accommodated my vegetarian diet and the wine selected was a great pairing with the many mezze plates.

n
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy and delicious food. Great location by the National Portrait Gallery National Building Museum. Great value for lunch. $25.00 for 4 courses or a la carte menu. Loved my fresh salad, baba ganoush and the yogurt apricot dessert. Very modern and crisp , spacious atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor seating was available on our visit.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zaytinya will never disappoint even though it is on the pricey side given the size of small dishes. Very good service and a rich wine list. Love it.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed sitting on the patio because it was much quieter than inside which is extremely energetic and hard to speak over the noise level. The downside was that at the table next to us a rat ran under the customers’ feet and I the person screamed and it made us worried about putting our feet down.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rogelio was terrific server! Food was delicious, as always. We love the place, will be back when we’re in town.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a group!

BA
New England
122 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I am in DC I always come back here. The ambience is great and energetic. The food is always delicious. Lots of vegan options!

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service. Sat outside on a beautiful evening and had the chef’s tasting and wine pairing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

SK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding; service excellent. This was our first visit, but we will definitely be back. Thank you!

RH
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and friendly service.

GB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service, but a little too loud.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya was a great dinner, and because we had our child with us it was quick too. Service was great, ambiance and energy were fresh and hip. The food was good, but not great. Not one dish gave me that, “I have to come back to eat this” feeling. The wine list is extensively Greek, Turkish, and Israeli. I have to confess my ignorance in these wine regions and don’t really know whether pricing matches true wine value.

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great selection of food, including lots of veggie options. Always consistently good food.

VT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience, service and food.

PG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente lugar, comimos delicioso de principio a fin, hagan espacio para el postre

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D
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spectacular! Would absolutely recommend and return

L
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food presentation and taste were excellent. Service was , too. Thank you.

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