Zaytinya

4.7
13429 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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 North Dallas.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Turkish
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner:
Sunday & Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 AM - 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight
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Phone number
(202) 638-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Costa
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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 13429 People Are Saying
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CS
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience, great food and atmosphere

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IH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The hostess was awesome. She had a great attitude. The server was nice until he realized that we weren’t ordering drinks. He didn’t check on our table nearly as much as he did others. The food portions could be bigger. $20 for two small lamb chops is very pricey.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! We took part in the chef's experience and would highly recommend.

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S
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu is varied -- greek food with a twist. Mostly meant for sharing. Everything we has was between good and great, my only complaint was it was loud. Really loud. We had stuffed eggplant, mushroom couscous (fantastic), salad, fried squid, roasted brussel sprouts with pomegranate and yogurt sauce. It was all interesting and fun and yummy. Just work to talk to each other!

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PF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the chef’s 4-course tasting menu - it was fantastic! I’m not sure I can say which dish we liked best - from the kibbeh to the brussel sprouts with yogurt to the pita bread that just kept coming, fresh & hot to the table - it was all well-prepared and served with a smile. You will not be disappointed!

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RM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fascinating culinary experience. This is where I bring first-time DC guests and it never disappoints. It is not a place for quiet conversation. The open space is loud enough to make your ears ring when you get home. But it is one of the best values for innovative dining in DC.

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SP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mezze lunch was amazing. Want to go back and try everything.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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LM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Great service, terrific food, lots of interesting options!

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S
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding. The food was incredible. We had the Chef's tour. Please come very hungry and pace yourself So much food! Every bite was perfect. The service is absolutely incredible. They never missed a beat even when the restaurant was overflowing with people. How do they do it?? We loved every minute there.

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LN
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything we sampled...and can’t wait to return to try more of the wonderful selection of culinary delights. Ingredients are fresh and creatively combined ...everything is beautifully presented.

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AL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya never disappoints! Great food and ambiance.

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T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I was a little disappointed with both the service and the cleanliness of Zaytinya. Our waitress was nice but the other staff was a little less kind and seemed relatively miserable. The cleanliness is a couple of specific things. We were seated on the first floor near the fireplace and the shades were drawn. The shades, however, essentially look like someone has eaten on them. Also, there were scuff marks on our seat cushions. This resembles McDonald's, not the Zaytinya I love. The wooden tables also appear relatively worn - the wood on the legs of all the tables is chipped/faded - so it might be time for an upgrade. I love Zaytinya they should just maybe keep up with their tradition of excellence.

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C
Sacramento
278 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Energetic and upbeat atmosphere with excellent staff. Server was very knowledgeable about menu and made great recommendations. The best Mediterranean restaurant that I have been to. We had a group of 5 and sampled over 15 different dishes and they were all delicious. The brussel sprouts, the lamb shank, and the Harumi cheese were loved by the table. Great meal and atmosphere.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

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AT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Sad to see once my fave restaurant take a turn for the bad. Simply put, this is not the Zaytina's we once loved. Service was rushed and barely an explanation of the food choices. The place was loud. The menu items were still delish, just everything else was disappointing.

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NV
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend for her first time to Zaytinya. She, like me, had been stationed in Turkey years ago. The food brought back lots of memories. Really enjoyed the squash hummus - wish they had it year round.

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P
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Zaytinya for Sunday brunch. I was pleased to see that the regular menu was also available. We had Falafel and Tzaziki, among others, and the dishes were quite tasty and fresh. I also had lamb and beef meat balls with yogurt. The menu is very diverse and there is a lot to chose from. I highly recommend this restaurant for a casual meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday

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r
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as usual...........I am from Toronto and have been to this restaurant at least 10 times over the years...

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GE
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I enjoyed my recent visit to Zaytinya on a Saturday night. The restaurant remains a popular draw and was very busy, as usual. We had a very good experience, with excellent food and great service from the sommelier, but the overall service from our waiter could have been better as she made no effort to pace the arrival of our small plate dishes and was not particularly helpful in offering recommendations or descriptions beyond what we could already read on the menu. That said, Zaytinya is tried and true, and it remains one of DC's best dining options. I'd still highly recommend it.

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F
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience for a single diner. I was made to feel welcome and my server was full of great suggestions.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was awesome .

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G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loud, beautiful restaurant, great food, a little bit pricey, difficult parking

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CM
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food at a reasonable price for an enormous lunch. I felt a little stuck in the corner and my server was occupied with larger groups, but I did enjoy myself and recommend for the great food.

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LG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great variety of food choices, deliciously prepared. Loved every dish. Excellent service with good wine recommendation. Very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is "energetic". i.e. very loud.

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LM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Food was absolutely delicious. I’ll be back for sure

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat. I come all the way from Florida just to eat here and the staff is amazing. They charged my breast pump for me while I was eating and they totally didn't have to do that, but they are amazing. I wish I could eat here all day every day! Again amazing place don't hesitate to eat here if your new in town.

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QC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very crowded "scene" restaurant that magically maintains the quality of its authentic Greek and Eastern Med cuisine. Many dedicated people working there, obviously!

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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Glad we got to go, but we didn't get seated near our reservation time and could barely hear each other because of the loud noise level.

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CE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and wide variety of interesting and well-prepared dishes. Fairly priced wine list with nice variety of styles.

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MF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

I have often eaten at Zaytinia and this time was less than impressed with the food. I order the same items mostly every time.

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go for the pork shoulder on the roasting spit!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Delicious!

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B
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I always enjoy Zaytinya. The environment is a fun, busy (albeit noisy) place, the food is great, and the prices are fantastic for what you get. I have a variety of foods to avoid, but there are tons of good vegetarian and fish options for me here. All the dishes are interesting and tasty, frequently twisting tapas classics in a new way. The service is usually great, but was less so today. The servers always will give you good explanations and recommendations on strange dishes, but today the dishes were very slow to arrive, and sometimes I had a hard time getting the server's attention. But you can get 3 or 4 dishes for $30 or so and have a great meal for a bargain.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I was so looking forward to dinner at Zaytinya but I think we got the worse table of the place. If the offer isto sit you in the mezzanine, don't go.

The noise level was unbearable and cero ambiance. I could see that in the main level it was a whole different experience, but unfortunately we missed it.

Shame to have travel from Panama with the highest expectations of a fun, informal dinner.

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DC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya was really busy which was a great sign. Reservations highly recommended. The staff were very attentive and polite. The food was delicious!! We had the hummus, lamb, and lamb meatballs. The chocolate rose dessert was outstanding great way to end the meal. We had a great time here in dc. Would definitely recommend.

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EL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoyed my husband’s birthday celebration at Zaytinya. We ordered numerous small plates for the group. They brought them one at a time as they were ready. I wish they would have waited until there was a critical mass of food because just 1 or 2 small plates gets awkward with a group of hungry people is never a good way to start the meal. The food was delicious and the aesthetics were great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

We were celebrating my sister’s birthday, and had been here many times before through the years. I was very, very disappointed with how rude the front of house staff were (they should work elsewhere where they don’t have to engage with real, live people), how slow and inattentive the waitstaff were, and how poorly coursed out the food was. Why did it take 10 minutes AFTER we finished the branzino for the rest of the meal and sides to come out? Sides that should have been enjoyed WITH the branzino. I love this restaurant, but will NOT be coming back.

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