Zaytinya

4.7
16221 reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Zaytinya is open with patio and indoor seating for parties of 6 or less. We cannot guarantee a request for patio seating. We are open for dinner Monday thru Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday thru Sunday. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit Zaytinya.com/commitment.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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What 16221 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! Ordered several plates and every single one was divine. Wonderful ambiance with outdoor seating. Great service and great value!

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FXTCOT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always.....we love coming here.

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JohnH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food was outstanding and a great value. But service was about the worst we have had. Waiter even carried coffee cup by the rim of the cup! Seemed like we were an inconvenience- even the table assistant was slamming dishes while cleaning up plates at end of meal.

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Steve
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Had a 7:15 reservation. When we arrived, hostess said they were slightly behind and it shouldn’t be that long. I should have know by the ~5-8 parties waiting outside the front door that it wouldn’t be the case. Checked back in after waiting 20 mins and again told it wouldn’t be that long. Each time, the hostess said they apologize for the wait, but it never seemed sincere. After waiting for 45 mins, we were finally seated. The food was below expectations, and not as good as I remembered it being. Felt under-seasoned. Ambiance was okay. Thankfully we were sat in a section outside away from the entrance - though on not so comfortable folding chairs. I was dreading if it were me and felt sorry for those sat at tables next to the all the parties waiting for a table. Our waiter and the table staff were stars though. I probably would have given a lower rating if it were not for them. Overall, the experience did not live up to the expectations of Zaytinya being a memorable, delicious, and “up-scale” dining establishment. Unfortunately, the 45 min wait for a table was more memorable than the food. I will likely not go back, and will instead look for better food and restaurants in DC because I know there are that serve the same style of food, and they would be far better than this experience. Zaytinya is resting on its laurels and banking on the reputation of Jośe Andréas.

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Bryce
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

I love the food, which keeps me coming back. However, I always seem to have one problem or another when I dine in. This most recent time our wine came out after our food even though we ordered the cheapest cab on the menu, which is probably their most popular so ideally the restaurant would have those readily available. It took a while for them to bring the bread around and that is another hot commodity at the restaurant, so again, one would think to have an abundance prepped and ready to go. Overall, I love the food but they could tighten up their service considering the prestigious name of Zaytinya.

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ErinF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall experience. We had the Chefs Tasting menu - the delicious dishes kept coming! Cocktails were also fantastic and very original. Highly recommend!

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vipNickN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Always love coming here and the staff are always great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Very delicious small plates, constant fresh bread brought to us! It was nice weather and I’d asked to sit outside but sat inside but that’s ok!

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vipNick
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Great service. The atmosphere did not fit with the ethnicity of the food.

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AaronL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large patio was perfect on a beautiful spring evening. The service was amazing and the complimentary pitas kept coming.

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Vegetariandiner
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, enthusiastic wait staff, good sized portions for small plates.

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vipSavvyEater
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great vibe

MD
MadisonD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zaytinya is my favorite restaurant in DC, and I guess everywhere for that matter. I always leave feeling like I enjoyed a wide variety of delicious food, but never feel over-full or gross afterward. 10/10 restaurant

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foodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I liked the overall idea of the restaurant. It was authentic and the food has immense flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was poor as was the service. It was Mother’s Day and we spent a pretty penny. I’ve been to Zatinya before and had a lovely experience. After this past Sunday, I will not visit the restaurant again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing and gave us awesome recommendations

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KatherineP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly service and delicious plates! our waiter was so friendly and even shared the sangria recipe i had 8 years ago that they no longer use!

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JohnC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not quality , flavor , presentation or variety as before .
Very disappointing . Gave 3 stars because server was good . That’s about all was enjoyable

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vipMissy
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The host was super rude but once we were seated the experience was amazing! The Mother’s Day brunch options were great. My mother loved it! The ambiance, the sangria, it was perfect.

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OscarH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and were served by a very kind waiter

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place and wonderful food!

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SteveG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great food experience. Flavors and choices top-notch. Wait staff keeps us well stocked with the delicious pita!

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Foodie
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and each dish was perfect!

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knowmoore
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mother's day breakfast! Courteous staff, amazing food.

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Andre
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place for celebration. Little slow on service

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KateH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We both had the tasting menu which was a lot of food and courses but allowed us to have a portion of everything on the menu. The bread basket was refilled frequently with soft fluffy pittas which were freshly baked. The waiting staff were able to explain everything on the menu and checked on the table frequently, even though it was a really busy Saturday night.
The tables had plexi-glass between them and there was a reasonable distance between tables that were not specifically protected.
Fantastic place, delicious food - we will definitely be back!

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Jobi
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second trip to Zaytinya and it was as good as the first. We were celebrating graduation and our server was attentive and made our occasion feel very special. We ordered many dishes and each one was delightful and delicious. You cannot make a mistake in your selection other than not trying enough things. Even the cheesecake is very unexpected and wonderful. The chef even came out at the end to let us rave about our night!

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RCinMD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner to Zaytinya on May 8, 2021 for Mother's Day- it was only our second restaurant back eating out after our COVID vaccines. The food was wonderful as expected, but we also felt really safe and protected with the seating arrangements, the table spacing, and the staff that was always masked and good about distancing.

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Kate
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and service. However, service was a tad slow since we waited for over 30 mins to order dessert.

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SarahF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Brussels sprouts!! So delicious and great drinks and ambience too

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vipKevin
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food was outstanding, nothing to mark off there. The issue was the service. Wait staff was trying, but seemed to be spread so thin and overwhelmed that we were ignored for the first 15 minutes, not even given a QR Code so we could look at the menu while we waited. The bathroom was also a mess and looked really run down.

Would love to go back if they figured out how to fully serve as many people as they are allowing to sit.

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weezy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well thought out small-ish plates easily shared, superb cocktails, beautiful room, plenty of waitstaff to keep and eye on things, followed good masking protocols, excellent value for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was EXCELLENT. We sat outdoors and even we got some rain, sun and wind while we were there, the environment was very pleasant. We had to ask for our waiter 4 times and wait for him for a couple minutes. Service was well below our expectations.

JC
JulieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ro-Zay Brunch was wonderful! All the food was delicious and the rose' from Lebanon, Turkey and Greece was much better than we expected. The price for two was very reasonable for all the food and drink we had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is never disappointing! Great staff and excellent food.

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vipBill
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, drinks and food were outstanding!

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vipLisa
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have eaten at Zaytinya several times, and this time was a bit of a disappointment. The service was slow (it was a Friday night), and the food wasn’t quite as good as on previous occasions. For example, the lamb kebabs had excellent flavor but were quite dry and chewy. The chicken kebab wasn’t quite as well done as I like poultry to be. And the tzatziki was surprisingly bland. Maybe just an off night?

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Abir
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very poor unattentive service! 45 minutes to order during a lunch hour that was not busy.

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vipMedved
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Jose Andres deserves gratitude and recognition for his heroic public service. This makes it all the more amazing that he manages to keep his restaurants operating at such a superb level despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

Had booked a table for 4, but needed to cut it back to 2 when the journalist in our group had to work late. Maitre D was kind enough to give us a table for 4 in case the others could join us (they did).

Zaytina has long been a favorite, and this visit did nothing to diminish our delight with the food, ambience and service. We ordered four Mezze and shared the Kabob platter. Server was smart enough to stagger the Mezze, Baba and pepper first, then the hot mushrooms, and saved the Cauliflower as a veg to go with the kabobs. All excellent.

The other two in our party managed to get there just in time to have a light supper while we shared a dessert. The chocolate torte is still wonderful. And our server adjusted to the change as if it was routine.

The patio now has some plastic side curtains and tenting above, which was a help on a cooler and windy evening. And even though we chose a Wednesday night based on schedules, it did not hurt to be able to take advantage of the 50% off bottles of wine.

I realize that writing rave reviews might encourage more people to fill the space every night. But dining at this one of Andre's restaurants is truly special. AND it contributes to his truly important humanitarian efforts. The latest is helping India with their massive COVID outbreak. Dining at any of the wonderful restaurants in his group is good. Contributing directly to World Central Kitchen is even better.

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AugustI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good and reasonable. 1:30 p.m. was a good time to dine.

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.

Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 16221 OpenTable diners.

Zaytinya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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