Zaytinya

4.7
16368 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 16368 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMaryF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was very tasty.
Excellent ambiance.

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JjJj
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Great atmosphere. Fabulous service! Cannot wait to come back again.

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Manda
Austin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty and authentic. The food came by surprisingly quickly, despite it being a large, crowded restaurant. The staff was so friendly! Our waiter was very attentive, made sure that we were doing well continuously throughout the meal, and recommended good food. Also, the dessert was exquisite! We ordered the chocolate coffee cake with the ice cream and the deconstructed cheesecake, which had original flavors and was very good. The environment felt welcoming and friendly, and the restaurant had great taste in music.

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HamiltonPat
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are consistent patrons. The food has wonderful flavors. The meats are perfectly medium. The noise was a bit loud but the service was efficient and friendly. We recommend highly if you like Mediterranean/Middle East food.

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NavyVet
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outdoors under cover with excellent service. Always a favorite

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice and our first experience with Medertainian.
Zantnayia set the bar! No regrets, can't wait togo back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away at a nice table with plenty of space . All the food was delicious, especially the fattoush salad and the Brussels sprouts. The noise level was a bit high, but overall a great meal.

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vipMlouise
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was simply quite fabulous. My guest is a vegetarian so our meal was primarily vegetarian. I barely noticed it was all so good

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PamelaS
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

José Andrés restaurants always deliver. Our waiter, Hector,was very friendly & accommodated my dietary preferences. Every single dish was delectable. Tonight we’re going to Oyamel, another J. A. favorite .

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food, drinks and service 👌🏽 My friend and I ordered so much food because everything was delicious and nothing disappointed. Will be back soon!

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kathew
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I love the food at Zaytinya and our waiter was great, but the noise level was unacceptable. Overall it was very noisy, but on top of that the people next to is were shouting horrible!! I will only return if we can sit outside.

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Cathy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Restaurant had to make last minute adjustments when rain caused outdoor reservations to be moved indoors. Did so seamlessly. It was a wonderful birthday celebration! I can’t wait to go back.

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LindaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Despite being busy, it was not a long wait for the food. Ambiance was cheery.

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TheresaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent !
Do the Chef's special !!
Let them pick the entire meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food!

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vipjimmyd
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. I've been coming here for years as a go-to and was embarrassed to bring new friends for dinner. It look a 1/2 hour to get drinks (some food actually came out first). They forget several dishes and I left disappointed after almost 2 hours.

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FoodLOVER
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Food, Ambience and customer service in the heart of DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was amazing, from the Spreads to the Beet Salad and Marousalata, to the Octopus and Shrimp small plates, flavors were great, the Kebab platter was cooked to perfection, the home made Harissa delicious and the service was top notch by Sonia, highly recommend this Restaurant to everyone!

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vipCaitlinD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

After a great lunch at Zaytinya a few weeks ago, we returned for a celebratory graduation ceremony. We were seated inside at our request, but in a corner with insufficient light. The restaurant does not offer candles or other table lighting to improve the situation. More concerning was the service - our waitress was indifferent at best. We had to ask the hostess and several staff several times to have someone come over and take drink orders, clear plates, and take additional orders. When in sight, our server seemed to be particularly focused on the terminal at her station versus her guests. She made no mention of the occasion, despite it being noted in the reservation and seemed oblivious to our frustration with her service.

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Disappointed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Restaurant seems to be having problems finding good staff. Service was erratic, slow, and failed to get the order correct. Tables and chairs are tired. Food remains good, however.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food! Everyone was very attentive!

JS
JhanviS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food and a good variety of vegetarian options! Unfortunately the service wasn't the best - our waters were refilled only once despite us asking multiple times (for context, it was 92 degrees and we were dehydrated) and it took 25-30 mins after we were done with our meal, to receive the check/pay/leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent food. Waitress was extraordinarily inattentive and we basically had to beg her for attention. She was not rude just disconnected.

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NicMc
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Sat 30 mins after reserved time, then waited another 20 to be served. They did not appear to enforce a time limit on dining especially with outside seating. It also seemed as if the unenthusiastic waiter had sections all the way across the restaurant. Overall felt like he couldn't be bothered. Once our orders were in, the food did come quickly. The food was ok...nothing I would crave and come back here for.

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vipLyndsey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Great food but awful service. Understaffed and took 20+ minutes to get a waiter or waitress. Food came out before drinks

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vipNeighborhoodFoodie
London
71 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in D.C. Love the food!

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vipMtncathy
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not disappointed at all. Had a lovely and lively dinner outside. The chef’s tasting menu was perfect to experience it all. Great service, fun atmosphere, tasty food and drinks.

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vipWoody
Oklahoma City
27 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely loud. Food excellent. Wine/cocktails overpriced. Service impeccable.

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SpartyNJGo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this dinner. The food and service were both excellent.

We ate outside on a hot day but by 6:00 the sun was below an adjacent building so it was not too hot. Thanks for creating a special occasion.

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Owen
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great prices! The portions are reasonable for sharing and every dish we ordered was fantastic.

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EricS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find in the heart of Washington D.C. The food is super yummy, right size proportions, and definitely Mediterranean. I especially appreciated the team effort exhibited by the entire staff in taking care of us. Wonderful experience and we will definitely go again.

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KenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve come to expect a great experience every time at Zaytinya, no exception, as the food was outstanding.

JR
JulieR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered 4 things -- all were excellent. Especially like the brussel sprouts and the mushrooms. First time eating inside -- they did a nice job making me feel safe.

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notyouravgKaren
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a family meal, helpful menu recommendations from the staff.

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karencita
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A friend and I met up for brunch, my first post-covid. We sat outside on their patio space. I was impressed with how comfortable they have made it - lots of shade and well-spaced tables. The food at Zaytinya was excellent as always. The service was a bit slow, particularly since our section did not seem full. But the staff was pleasant and helpful.

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vipMMRM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very, very noisy!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and the price was amazing

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rats on the patio. We will not be back.

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vipMelP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very very good food, excellent wait staff/server, but front of the house and management needed to communicate better during a tough evening service - rainy weather caused a closing of many tables, and reservations were waiting. They worked it out eventually, and food and service were terrific.

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JudiG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We ordered the chef's choice - all the food came out at the same time. We asked for more pita's and it didn't arrive for a long time. we had to ask to bring out our dessert. Basically, we were not attended too - they dropped the food at the table and then we didn't see anyone again. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was delicious, but the service was horrible.

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 16368 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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