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
1308 reviews since May 5, 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 (922)special occasion (570)good for groups (528)great for outdoor dining (487)hot spot (472)great for lunch (380)neighborhood gem (296)vibrant bar scene (282)romantic (245)notable wine list (196)great for brunch (156)late-night find (108)kid-friendly (78)scenic view (53)Show More
  • Gluten Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Another fabulous meal. And this time, despite the showstopping warm pita bread, great accommodation for the gluten free diner in our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally enjoyable!
    AmyG
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Our family enjoyed sharing a variety of mezze plates, each one unique and delicious. Our waitress was very helpful in recommending dishes and drinks. The food was served in an on-going manner that allowed us to experience each dish. We would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but Noisy
    JimB
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have not been to Zaytinya for many years and were startled to find it so noisy. We recalled a peaceful decor and apparently there has been some redecoration and possibly additional seating, all contributing to a less pleasant atmosphere. Nevertheless, the food was just as good as we remembered and we probably will return for a Sunday brunch, when hopefully it will be quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had wanted to dine here for quite some time and we were not disappointed. We visited on Sunday for lunch and were pleasantly surprised to see entire families eating together, along with the regular mix of Washington DC crowd. The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully prepared. We loved sharing all of the 'little' dishes! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable Food
    Blackhawk
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Zaytinya has earned its high ratings by many formal food critics. It specializes in small plates and every one was a delightful surprise. If a person wants to taste the top end of Lebanese/Mediterranean food, this is the place to start. The superb service and ambiance matched the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SERVICE & FOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waitress Nikina was phenomenal. Very unique dining experience with small plates. This is a very popular and busy restaurant so you must get a reservation to avoid a long wait. Very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have been to Zaytinya many times and the service, food and ambiance are always excellent. Definitely make a reservation, as the restaurant is very popular, especially when there is an event at the Verizon Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Small plates of wonderful food. The Brussels sprouts are very good and don't miss the octopus. We ate outside on the large patio. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and eager to help us make our selections. Just a block from Gallery Place metro stop
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zaytinya: Delish, Fun. Just GO!
    JuneOfBoston
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Zaytinia is always a highlight of our annual visits to Washington D.C. Combines the best of fresh & of Middle Eastern flavors & somehow reinvents just about everything, from the often-mundane-elsewhere basics [hummus, tzatziki] to completely original creations. The small-plates format makes sampling multiple flavors a no-brainer, too. You'll be delighted and leave happy. Difficult to describe: wonderful to find out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Galflan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent vibe! The only complaint was that airconditioning was so cold!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dinner Experience
    Robert
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had been looking for a DC area small plates restaurant and were delighted sometime ago to discover Zaytinya. The food and service have been outstanding during our visits. My wife is a vegetarian and Zaytinya is important to us because it offers so many tasty choices for her. I prefer lamb when eating out and the lamb choices are outstanding as well. We will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good tapas with noise
    DenS
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Caught unaware that this was tapas, but the food is good, the service was excellent. Thought the portions small for the price--albeit tapas--, and hassle of multiple orders both enchanting and annoying.... Appointment for 5:30, and noise ok to begin, but the time we left at around 7 the noise made conversation among folks in their 60's to 90's arduous.. the place on this sAturday night was packed.... Would reasonably recommend to others, but would not necessarily hurry back.... Kebob's were good, but there are other places better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Food was okay, portions were too small. The taste was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took my boyfriend there for his birthday as a surprise (this was a first for both of us) and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. He made us feel comfortable. The atmosphere was nothing short of incredible and the food was AMAZING!!! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This restaurant never disappoints. I enjoy the menu, the food is always fresh and well prepared and the wait staff is attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
  • Excellent!
    Archergirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Zaytinya has impeccable food, service, and ambiance. I would recommend them to anyone who wants an amazing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Rocket007
    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!
    JRL7VIP
    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
    NickandChristina
    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