Zaytinya

4.7
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15554 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. More details available on our website.

https://www.zaytinya.com/covid/

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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IQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KK
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

NT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable drinks and small plates. A nice variety!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
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.

w
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!!

SA
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.

OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful experience.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food selections for my vegan, carnivore and pescatarian family members.
Friendly and very accommodating staff
Amazing that they accomplish delivering so many small plates with such a large restaurant
Great drinks menu help any perceived wait time

JL
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great option, comfortable outdoor seating. Had the grilled octopus (Octopus Santorini), crispy sprouts, which were AMAZING and a glass of wine. Ate solo as I was on business and it was a happening place on a Monday evening.

HD
New England
59 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really special menu of small plates with a Mediterranean vibe. The fresh/hot pita bread with olive oil and pomegranate molasses was awesome - and they kept bringing more as we ate it. The crispy Brussel sprouts were wonderful, as was the spanokopita and meatballs. I will return to try many more dishes on their unique menu! Delicious cocktails as well.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Food was delicious and service was great

JP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server, food and atmosphere. A favorite staple in DC.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The restaurant took over 45 minutes to seat our reservation of 8. Staff was only responsive to seat us when questioned. Service was extremely slow and spotty.
This was not a great experience for my birthday.

DR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. One of my favorite spots in the city.

P
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is very loud and is very hard to have a conversation. People are coming in and out every minute very busy and large restaurant. If you like energetic and busy then you are fine. The food was good very small plates not cheap for small dishes. I had salmon and tabolleh and the rest of the table had the chefs special menu for $65 each. It was a lot of food but they don’t give fish or seafood just fried mussels. It was mostly vegetarian and the last round had steak and some sort of lamb. It’s a good food not amazing and very loud setting. We aimed for our table 20 minutes over our reservation time. They were indifferent asked if we wanted the table or not.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

we had to wait 25 minutes to get seated, even though we had a reservation! and then the lamb adana kababs tasted very bad. not a pleasing experience.

RS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience started out a little rocky because they were not able to seat us when we arrived at our reservation time. We had to wait about 15 minutes after the reservation time to be seated. But, from then on we were very impressed. The restaurant was very busy and very full of people but the service was still gracious and prompt. We had a serious mishap when a large glass of red wine was overturned by one of the diners at our table. The staff could not have been nicer about it. They immediately cleaned the spill up, helped to clean the soiled clothes and promptly and graciously replaced the glass of wine. They were so nice and it was then easily forgotten. The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back soon.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Did the chef experience option

WK
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had great food and great service. I was very happy with the experience!

SS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fabulous, with lots of variety so we can never get in a rut..... Consequently, there are favorite dishes that have to wait a few visits because other new dishes appear.

It does get pretty noisy, but there are slightly quieter sections. It is, quite rightfully, packed from 5:30 onwards..... even though this last visit the Capital One arena had nothing going on.

M
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Brussel sprouts Afelia, sautéed shrimp Anitho, chicken shish Taouk, toasted eggplant, and a lamb sausage. ALL were beautifully prepared and presented. The delicious bread, which was constantly replenished without our asking for it, was perfect for dipping in the sauces.

We look forward to many return visits.

RG
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was okay and pricy. Not too many options for chicken

DP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Very good food, beyond horrific service. 30 minutes and multiple inquiries before our drinks were brought to the table. Then another 20 minutes before the first mezze plates appeared with no bread basket. We stared at the hummus and other mezze plates and asked 4 different people for bread, all of whom had a terrible attitude about it. This set the pace and tone for the meal, which included good food that was completely overshadowed by the incompetent and uninterested staff. Had to ask for our bill three times and it included two mistakes as well. Such a shame, will not return.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with special attention to our 2 year old. Did not make us feel like a burden at all even when he decided to stand up in his high chair and twirl food around.

TG
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Eclectic menu. Choices for the vegetarian and the meat eater. Great service. Many dishes and the pricing was good. Definitely a must go.

C
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food never disappoints. Great quality and amazing unique flavors.

FH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always phenomenal, one of my favorite go tos in DC.

D
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Still one of my DC, and Jose Andres, favorites!!!! Been coming for years and the bread is still outstanding, the small plates delightful and the cocktails interesting. Had the Turkish Delight dessert for the first time and it was a-May-zing!!! This place never disappoints!

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible- especially the chocolate with rose ice cream dessert

S
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We have probably eaten here 30x. The food is always delicious. When the weather cooperates, it is a lovely place to sit outside. This time, for the first time ever, the service was extremely slow--the waitress took 25-30 minutes to take our orders, and then the food didn't come for ever so long, and we really wanted refills on our water. This is unusual, so I assume that it was an off night. The spanikopita was especially delicious, but we liked all the food (kibbeh, eggplant, cheese, and a chicken dish), and the fresh pita was plentiful and delicious. We were afraid to order dessert.

DI
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, food is excellent , great service
One if my favorite places in DC

MH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Gracious service and excellent food. A bit loud for conversation.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. Great ambiance and appropriate noise level to be able to converse at a large table, not too loud. We were getting together for a treat before a Caps game and it was wonderful!

EJ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good customer service. I had the business meeting here and everyone loved the experience. Quite loud so we all had to speak up but the experience overall made up for it. I would definitely come back to dine here again in the future.

BS
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food! offset by the extremely noisy surroundings.

R
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful meal here with my mom and aunt on Tuesday! As three Lebanese gals we were so pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of each dish -- something we don't always find in Mediterranean spots in the city. Everything was so tasty and beautifully presented and our server was so knowledgeable and attentive. We particularly loved the baba ghanouj, falafel, halloumi, and shish taouk. Already dreaming of our next visit!

JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've liked this place since they opened almost twenty years ago. The menu only has a couple items anybody can pronounce, much less recognize as familiar. That's a compliment. The food is seriously good, the staff are all total professionals, even the management is outstanding.

G
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food great. Beautiful space. Definitely order with the idea you are sharing multiple small plates. Desert however is shareable but one plate is enough for 2 to 4

K
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious! Our server was also very attentive and great at explaining everything to us, as it was our first time. The noise level was a little high and the bench seat was a tad low compared to table height, but otherwise we had an excellent experience.

KJ
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I booked dinner while I was in town for a conference and it was as good as expected from last time...this is one of my favorite restaurants in DC! The hummus and haloumi are to DIE for!!! 🙌🏻

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