Zaytinya

4.7
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15589 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Zaytinya will be opening the patio at a limited capacity for reservations dining. We will be 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 15589 People Are Saying
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vipAlok
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food. Due to Covid the menu was shorter but over all good precautions on safety and cleaning the place.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, with socially distanced tables and servers all wearing masks and gloves. The ceiling is very high with lots of ventilation as well so even my friend who hasn’t been out since March felt safe!

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vipMedved
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Zaytina has long been a favorite, so we were delighted to see it reopen for outdoor dining. Organized the operation well, and we felt safe.

Kitchen is still excellent. Server seemed a bit stretched to handle all the tables she was covering. The lower than usual score for service stems from it taking a while for our appetizer to arrive, only to have it followed within five minutes by the main course. Since the server takes the order and a "runner" delivers the food, it was not easy to complain or send it back. The Baba appetizer is a cold dish, so not a problem to have it accompany the skewer platter. But despite the rushed deliver, it was warm, not hot. We still loved the food, and dessert was outrageously good. Willing to forgive a lot to have one of the best restaurants in DC back in operation, but still a few bugs in the system.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! My favorite restaurant in DC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We came here from Germantown, MD due to the recommendations and reviews but it did not fulfill our expectations. The food was a 7 but what made it so bad was the terrible service. We were constantly out of water (we were a party of 6) and I am expecting so I get more thirsty than others. I think I’m those three hours I only had three small glasses of water (between appetizers and meal) Wanted to continue ordering but the attention was not there. We were there for three hours because the server would take sooooo long to come to our table, even when we asked for something as in like water. This was what made our experience terrible, I think if our server was more on top of things our experience would of been a 10. This is the first time I don’t tip 25%!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent job with safety and ambiance.

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RachelB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I was only slightly disappoint that some of my favorites weren't back on the menu.

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SoGePow
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I’ll preface this very quick review with: I love Chef Andres and will continue to support all he does. Clearly the server was having a bad day, it is weird times. The food was fine not as good as I remembered... again, I’ll chalk it up to current circumstances.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice for a Mediterranean Sunday brunch with good precautions taken to prevent covid-19 transmission.

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vipRobertaD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful brunch on the patio! Perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff was very careful with masks and distancing. I did notice that many guests did not observe mask rules and that made me nervous about going back for foreseeable future.

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vipehenley00
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here and loved it! I wish we hadn't waited so long to try this place. I am gluten free/Celiac and they were very accommodating to my dietary needs. i ordered the Za'atar Margarita and it was incredible, I wish every margarita could be as good as that one. I especially loved the za'atar air! We had the Htipiti and Tzatziki, which were both great although we both liked the Htipiti best of the two. We had the Cauliflower Tiganites, which was my absolute favorite thing we ordered! Best cauliflower dish I've ever had! The Garides Me Anitho was good, but we really enjoyed the lamb. Many of the Meat Mezze were not gluten free but they were able to make the lamb Kofte style, which was one of the methods that was gluten free. This was our first dining experience inside a restaurant since the start of Covid and they made us feel very comfortable with plenty of sanitize throughout, all employees wore masks, and tables were spaced plenty apart. We really felt as though we were being taken care of -- something we have not felt dining out at other places or even with take out, which was a very nice change of pace! I can't wait until we dine there again!

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with social distancing. Innovative cocktails. As always, delicious food in good-sized portions. So glad they're open again!

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Lese
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, totally worthy of bib gourmand status.

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LindaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and stellar service even if they have limited selection for now. Looking forward to their full menu to come back!

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vipDanDC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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vipKevinB
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent time in celebrating Father’s Day early.

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vipSusannaM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch outdoors. The staff was very helpful and safe, and the tables were far apart. Food was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wife birthday, of course because Covid-19 we where sat outside, all the team from manager to the lady that keeps bringing you bread all them wear face masks and gloves.

They clean your table with sanitized wipes. Overall a good experience

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EloraM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time! Food was fresh and it was great to dine on the patio.

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, good setting right near the metro and convenient to downtown without being overly loud or crowded, at least not when we were there. Weather was beautiful. Only downside was a gnat flying into my drink and I had to request a replacement - they seemed to think that was odd? The food, drinks/wine, and service were all top quality. We never felt rushed or impatient for anything to arrive. Highly recommend!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding.

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ChristinaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!! Cant wait to have rhe full menu back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The watermelon and feta salad as well as the Brussels sprouts were both delicious, and the service was wonderful and very thoughtful with coronavirus concerns. While the food wasn’t outstanding, the drinks were exceptional.

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Yummer
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Limited selection, overpriced food for amount served and flavour. Lamb kabobs were tough and chewy. Chicken youvetsi dish just did not taste good. Chicken had weird texture.
Drinks were great. Service was great. Pita and olive oil was great.
I would barely recommend. Recommendation for service, drinks, and pita/olive oil only.

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vipAlexandraK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and dining! We loved it

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hanny
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always had pleasant experiences at Zaytinya in the past, but this past weekend I had an even more impressive and positive experience considering the current climate with Covid. As a medical practitioner, the virus is something I am still very much concerned about, and Zaytinya really put my mind at ease while dining. From the outdoor setup with tables staggered far apart, the servers wearing masks and gloves and maintaining their distance, to the awesome electronic menu barcode and hand sanitizing station within the patio. The wine selection had variet and the food was delicious, healthy and flavorful - I was particularly infatuated with the cauliflower in tahini sauce. I always recommend this restaurant pre-covid, but I was truly blown away by the extra care that was taken with this specific challenge at hand. I hope they continue their meticulous protocols, and I look forward to recommending and dining here again!

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SlimandM
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first dining experience at a restaurant in weeks, and the staff at Zatinya made sure it was a memorable one. They were scrupulous about safety and social distancing throughout the time with them, where we dined outside. The food was delicious; the service top-notch, attentive but not intrusive; we could not have asked for a better experience!

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vipAnaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, exceptionally good food, nice ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was excellent but the service wasn’t the best. We had a reservation but waited 25 minutes to be seated. We ordered appetizers with a bottle of wine before dinner. They brought the appetizer but we waited quite awhile for the bread and vegetables that were supposed to accompany it. We also waited awhile on the entrees. Once the food arrived it was excellent.

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barebones
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent set up for social distancing. Great value for the great meal

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AmyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb shoulder feast is remarkable - it's like a little virtual visit to Zaytinya. The food was bountiful, fresh, perfectly prepared and easy to serve. The restaurant was clean, delivery well organized and the staff friendly and helpful. Every little morsel was delicious. Really a special experience. We're still talking about it three days later! Thanks for offering this.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The food was okay. Items were missing from our carry out. The team was happy to offer a free dessert but I expected so much more from the Lamb Feast.

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IllaryQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. I love Zaytinya’s ambience. I keep going back.

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vipKK22
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very attentive at the beginning but fell way off at the end. Food was delicious. Temperature dropped and wind whipped up unexpectedly but they can’t do anything about that of course

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NellT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable drinks and small plates. A nice variety!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The server was accommodating. The pitas were warm and soft. The Peydirli Pide flatbread was good but a bit salty. The best are the falafel and the Baba Ghannouge hummus. I just wish that all the food we ordered were served all at once.

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wksb
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great customer service! Our server Miripilini was fantastic! It was a fun dining experience!! Food was delicious!!

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ShimuA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We didn't get the proper attention from our server. I had to call him three times for help/attention. We still will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful experience.

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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 15589 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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