Zaytinya
Zaytinya

Zaytinya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zaytinya.com/
  • Phone: 2026380800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday and Monday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

    Tuesday–Thursday: 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

    Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am to Midnight

    Brunch:Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am until 3:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Executive Chef José Andrés; Zaytinya Head Chef, Michael Costa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering on a whole new level José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (301) 913-0003.
  • Private Party Facilities: Zaytinya is the perfect place for your next event. We have a number of large spaces, intimate coves, and dramatic communal tables to accommodate any size and type of event or group dining big or small. ,
  • Private Party Contact: Events@zaytinya.com 2026380202x
  • Special Events: Please visit our website and sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest information and updates on special events at Zaytinya

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G St.
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
    9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking Monday - Sunday starting at 5pm till restaurant closing time. Cost is $12.
A word from Zaytinya
Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Zaytinya reviews from OpenTable diners
1324 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (931)special occasion (575)good for groups (526)great for outdoor dining (484)hot spot (472)great for lunch (387)neighborhood gem (300)vibrant bar scene (283)romantic (248)notable wine list (196)great for brunch (165)late-night find (112)kid-friendly (79)scenic view (58)Show More
  • Sublime
    Buddha
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent as always. It is what we have come to expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and delicious for lunch
    DrLydiaGrayVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Zaytinya is great for lunch -- lots of interesting combinations of tapas, hot fresh bread on your table fast, quick service and a great atmosphere. And now they take lunch reservations so you can be sure to have a table for your group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Superb
    AG1of3VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Zaytinya's remains one of the best dining experiences in DC. Don't miss it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal
    KsparicoVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great lunch sitting outside with perfect weather and great food. The Lamb Kleftiko was amazing. Service great by David.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indiancharm
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The wait time was a little slow for bread a drinks and the food was a bit cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our hotel (George) highly recommended this restaurant and it did not disappoint. We had a great waiter that was very helpful and informative. The food was absolutely delicious, with lots of flavour! Keep in mind that it is small portions - mezze size so you pick as many dishes you wish to sample. Nice warm pita to accompany your choices. If you are looking for a quiet restaurant this is not for you. It is very busy and with that in mind comes lots of noise, and the bustling of the open kitchen. Would definitely recommend for those who want great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Zaytinya always Pleases
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food at Zaytinya is always wonderful and the service outstanding. The service is so good that we had to hang onto our dishes which were not quite finished when the roaming kitchen staff attempted to remove them from the table. The constant procession of fresh hot dipping bread (perfect for the htipiti) is just one of the highlights of dining at Zaytinya. The two lamb dishes were succulent and tender, the crisp brussel sprouts outstanding and the Summer Grilled vegetables perfect in every way. Chilled Greek rose wine was perfect with this meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mediterranean Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Everything that I ate at Zaytinya was excellent! I enjoyed the "small plate" menu because it allowed me to try many different options
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AppreciativeDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very fine outdoor terrace for dining. Lots of excellent and unusual small dishes on the menu, very well executed. Very good service. Accommodated the special needs of one of our party. Lots of good vegetarian choices. Greek and Middle-Eastern wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great place
    Dani
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went there for lunch. the food was great the service was great. Highly recommended!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Crowd-Pleaser
    DCVegetarianFoodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every visit to Zaytinya is a five-star experience! This neighborhood gem has turned into The Place that I take people to when they're visiting from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My fiancee loves it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love Zaytinya's. The portions are just right. Great environment and awesome tasting food. I absolutely love the scallops and the lamb chops. mmmmmhhhmmm Yummy! I will come back again and again and again! ***** 10 Stars*****
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit of hopefully many more.
    LST29
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm from out of town but any time I'm in DC I will try to visit. Loved the food, the various wines and cocktails, and the ambiance. I've eaten Mediterranean food through the years in many restaurants in many cities in the US and other countries, but this was very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kattom
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I always have a great time at Zaytinya. We were there during restaurant week. The food and the the service are excellent. All the vegetable and salad dishes are very good. I like the chicken kabob. The lamb kabob is a little salty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • waiter- Paul
    PaulBVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I told Paul I had a nut allergy. He took careful attention to tell me what had nuts. He even checked with the chef on every item on the menu. He made our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zaytinya
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Consistently excellent and thoughtful food. I have recommended this place to many friends. My favorite place in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were visiting D.C for the first time and we were blown away by this place. The food was delicious, the view outside was awesome and the serving sizes were perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Iffy Service
    enjoylife
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love Zatinya and will be back. That said, the service can be a bit rough. We waited a few minutes for our reserved table and were seated. We were starving and eagerly waited for the famous pita bread and to order drinks. Admittedly our fault, we were not ready with our drink choices when our waiter came over a couple minutes after we were seated and so he said he would return in a couple of minutes... time passed, no waiter appeared, bread was delivered to every other table, and we sat staring jealousy at the table next who received 3 servings of bread before our first. We were finally waited on by a lovely waitress we were handed off to but I was disappointed that no one told us. Still the Chocolate Rose dessert made up for it. :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Worth the trip up towards the capital! This place was amazing and two of our party required gluten-free food and were thrilled to receive special menus and attention from the waitstaff who were knowledgeable and very nice. The food was delicious, everything was absolutely fresh and authentic. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was okay
    antvaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We usually have good experiences here, but the food was bland and very average this trip. Our waitress was great, but could have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, so-so service
    Kitty
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was excellent as expected...brussel sprouts and lamb dishes fantastic. We had the four course lunch. Problem was service...two courses brought at the same time made for a very crowded table for two when bread, olive oil dip, beverage glasses, etc. were on the table. We were seated at a table for two though there were plenty of empty tables for four during the hour we were there. The busboy started clearing our dishes before we were finished...felt very rushed and uncomfortable. He continued hovering even though outside seating was not crowded...perhaps his shift was ending? Good food needs time to be savored...slow down waitstaff/servers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous find
    Tracey
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was my second time at Zaytinya, and once again, the food was amazing, the service was top notch and the ambiance was great. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great DC staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Zaytinya continues to be one of the restaurants you can count on for delicious food and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    foodforthought
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Perfect dinner and wonderful service made for a great birthday celebration! Food was excellent and a well-informed server helped us make terrific selections. Loved the bronzino, lentil patties, falafal and haoulumi cheese. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tasty tapas and a lazy susan
    ninab
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I made reservations for 10, but they squeezed in one more last minute. It was restaurant week, so we took advantage of the menu sampling the best of the best. We ended up trying 16 different items, all of which were wonderful. We asked for additional brussel sprouts because they were so good! Our waitress was also very attentive and extremely helpful navigating through the wine and cocktail list. Those tgat did not drink and our vegetarians still enjoyed the evening. The lazy susan was an added touch that was fun and practical. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place; good unique food
    DdFoodEnthousiast
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I went to Zaytinya twice during a 4-day business trip to Washington (I might have gone a 3rd time but I had only discovered it on my third day there). Interesting Mediterranean food and wine are served by an energetic staff. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I was hoping for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Overall, I can't believe the hype this place gets based on my experience. The waiter was excellent and attentive, but the food was subpar. Had the Arayes, lamb pita, which were lukewarm and soggy, but ended up being the best dish of the evening- not saying much. At least the garlic-yogurt was good. The Keftedes Kapama, beef and lamb meatballs tasted like taco meat with Ortega seasoning. The grilled pork sausage dish was OK, but overly chewy and tasteless. Marinated artichokes tasted as if drowned in vinegar, taking away from the natural taste an artichoke should have. The wines were a nice diversion providing great options and dessert was decent as well. The Turkish coffee was a highlight of the evening, mostly I was glad to leave.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always fun and great
    DiningbirdVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great and exotic selection of small plate dining. Latest seatings in Verizon Center/Penn Quarter area following concerts and sporting events. Restaurant week menu offers great variety for $35. Spacious attractive space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, trouble with noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was great and my wife and I enjoyed the opportunity to taste many small dishes. When we were waiting to be seated, we senior citizens new that the inside noise level was too high for use to be able to enjoy our meal. They were happy to seat us outside which was much better but a loud group of young women several tables away still intruded on our total enjoyment. Eating outside would not be an option during colder months.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    pguy55VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    After multiple visits here over the years, the food is always excellent. Service is as expected for this caliber of restaurant - consistently good. Will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic pre-show 4 Verizon Center
    Betweenmoonnyc
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Had 5pm booking to relax before show. Excellent table in shade of trees. Service was amazing. Food was delicious on the restaurant week menu...so much food but now we know what to order next time and there WILL be a next time. Fantastic ambience outdoors on a beautiful night. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I eat here fairly often and the food is usually delicious. it happened to b restaurant week when I dined there last, and I thought I might try something new. unfortunately, the restaurant week menu had an incredibly boring selection that was less than mediocre: any Greek/Mediterranean carry out has better humus, falafel, etc. why wouldn't you put something really great or with a new spin on the menu to capture new diners and impress regulars instead of something completely lame that you could get in containers from Safeway ( so much better at whole foods). weird. they must not want people to eat here during restaurant week so why participate? really brings the level of their food down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flowersVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was my second time here!! Just wish I lived closer !!! I would be there once a month
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    1goodcook
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    There were 3 of us for Restaurant Week lunch. We did not like the offerings on this menu this year. We took our $60.00 and ordered off the whole menu. We had a much better lunch spending our $60.00 off the regular lunch menu than if we had chosen off the Restaurant Week menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Greek restaurant.
    Skiz
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Best Greek restaurant I have ever been to. Spanakopita was amazing, with their own phyllo dough!!! Deserts were also fab, and you can choose a mini, so you can try 2!!! A must stop if you are in DC!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Opportunity for fun sharing with each bite better than the last.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Addie @ Zaytinya
    Addie4Zaytinya
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went there to take my husband, who is vegetarian, but found plenty of great food for myself and my friend, who are not vegetarians. Really enjoyed the small plates of delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Neno
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Zaytinya offers a unique experience, that should be tried for all those interested in fine dining, yet in a vibrant environment, and with different flavours.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and service are always excellent. One of our favorite places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • honeybunny88
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went to Zaytinya for the restaurant week. Variety selections under four courses, our server was kind and friendly, and the food was great. I especially loved the brussels sprouts. Ordered a glass of wine and a cocktail, and the bill was ~$100. Highly recommended for the restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.