Zaytinya

4.6
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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 Washington DC.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great. We went during restaurant week & each ordered a different item from each section so we actually tried 6 dishes. Creatively designed and delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was very nice and the food amazing!

LB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Zaytinya has become one of my favorite places to eat!! The food is fantastic and the service is always great! I gave 4 stars for food only because my chicken was slightly undercooked for my taste. Noting, they had no problem taking it back and bringing me what I wanted. If you like Mediterranean, or Greek food, it's A must try for all!!

R
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Great mezz food. Best shrimp i've ever tasted! *Small plates, filled me up though

YM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, busy but well attended to, excellent small plates and well priced drinks, especially at happy hour.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good evening

B
Frankfurt Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for late lunch/early dinner after the basketball game. We enjoyed very much the menu of the Restaurants’ week: mezzes were very tasty and portions very generous, especially considering the special deal of 35$ for basically 4 courses +dessert. I tried the special Cocktail of the week and found it great! Service was very good too! I would
Certainly recommend the place, but be aware that a reservation is needed as the place is always full, and for the same reason it can get pretty loud. When the weather is nice, You can enjoy sitting on the terrace.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance. Everything we ordered was top quality and we loved it.

OT
Washington DC
247 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ok, so my bad we didn’t realize Zatinya was doing Restaurant Week. Thus, we will forgive the 20 minute wait for our table (even though we had a reservation) and getting 2 courses of food before our drinks made it to the table (appropriately comped b/c of delay - thank you). So here’s why I am going to hell. Chef Andrés is clearly a great human being - he makes a difference in the world and I have much respect for that. However, I don’t get the hype about the food, whether here, Jaleo, Minibar, etc. It’s all mediocre ... at best. We are in Greece at least a couple times/year. Of the supposedly Greek dishes on the Zatinya menu, the only one even close to something you would actually have there were the Greek fries, which were well-seasoned with oregano and salt. The oregano and salt seasoning would be well used on other dishes, including the lamb chops and calamari. The tzatziki is not anything like what we’ve had 100+ times in Greece—cut WAY back on the dill, please. Beautiful space but can’t see coming back again until, like this time, it’s been several years and we give it another shot.

JL
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Zaytinya for dinner to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday, it was seven of us and we weren’t the easiest table, there was a misunderstanding with our food on our behalf but the waitress was so lovely and dealt with it perfectly. It was restaurant week and very busy but the service was still outstanding and the food was amazing. Also, we were seated in a great spot, beautiful big table in the corner so it was spacious and not noisy at all, it seems like the staff really thought about it beforehand to create the best environment for a celebration.

CK
Greensboro
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place for innovative Mediterranean tapas! Close to museums. Fun for family or just with friends.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food, but the restaurant was quite crowded on a Sunday afternoon. Waited for some parts of the meal for nearly 15 minutes. Overall, an excellent experience.

DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always.

R
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytinya is always exceptional! The restaurant week lunch was especially delicious and quite the bargain.

DZ
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to Zaytinya with friends to enjoy RESTAURANT WEEK WINTER and couldn’t even happier in my decision to sway the group to this awesome venue!

The 5 course tapa dinner meal was perfect in quantity and very high in quality. Each dish had its own unique taste with herbs and spices, and the variety to pick from satisfied all diets.

Highly recommend the hommus, lamb kebab, and chicken youvestí. These dishes are also on regular menu.

FYI had the house merlot and Pinot Grigio(not named this exactly) and cannot go wrong for price and taste.

Z

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal! Just a little loud

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Forgot to celebrate birthday, which I specifically indicated twice.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went for restaurant week -

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Service is good. Meals are tasty.

The only negative thing I would like to mention is the reception. They made us wait 20 minutes to be seated although we arrived on time and checked in.

SK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

NC
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is the best food ever! It is perfectly exquisite. Every dish offers interesting, nuanced spices.
Since the food is so good, we chose to overlook that fact that our seating for our reservation which was made in early January was handled horribly. Our name was called and our table was ready. However, the person seating us took the wrong people to the table which was a window table. They instantly sat down and no one took the initiative to tell them it was our table. We took the next table that came up a few minutes later and sat upstairs. It took some time to get over the rudeness of that situation. No one apologized or mentioned it. We were just herded along.
Thank goodness for the food!

d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - especially the lavneh, Brussels sprouts, eggplant....
service and personnel were so welcoming and kind.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Sat upstairs and enjoyed being somewhat removed from the fast pace of the main floor. Great price for restaurant week ! Wonderful salmon, beet salad , Brussels sprouts , meatballs and olive cake with cocoa ice cream. Servings were generous, service on the other hand was a touch slow between a couple courses . A number of plates came out before our appetizer. Some what frustrating. Love José Andre so will more than likely go back!

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I always recommend Zaytinya. I was disappointed, however, when I brought a friend for a birthday dinner on Jan. 17. When I arrived, I confirmed with the front desk that they would put a candle on the dessert, and then they didn't. When I asked the waitress about the mistake, she kind of shrugged, like: Too late. It was a disappointing end to a special occasion. Otherwise, Zaytinya is reliably a great dining experience - excellent food and attentive service.

EM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. A little noisy.

LA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food experience. Noisy.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usually restaurant weeks present not a very exciting menu. Not here! You can’t go wrong- but our server made it easy and picked the choices for us. I can’t remember a better overall experience at a restaurant, and this makes it 2 In a row! Always a stop when I’m in Washington!

MT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Food was very good. Service was excellent. Noise level was much higher than desired.

LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value and food!

l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us tried almost everything on the menu week lunch menu, and it was all delicious. Like other Jose Andres restaurants, Zaytinya is consistently excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good was g

AP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

It was restaurant week, so naturally it was busy. $35 menu seemed fair; most items were good to very good, none outstanding. The service was poor; first item came before drink order filled, 2 items came within a few minutes of each other, and it was clear, at times, that our server would have forgotten about the 2 of us had I not gotten his attention. In all, a disappointment. Our experience at Andres Spanish Diner in NYC
Was wonderful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week deal was fabulous

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for restaurant week and was not disappointed! With 2 of us, we had 8 mezze (small plates) and that was so much food. We ended up not touching one dish at the end, but taking it home to save room for dessert. Service was attentive and pleasant, especially given the full restaurant.

DS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We dined during restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed their restaurant week menu. Everything was delicious and just enough. Our server made great food suggestions and the ambiance was great.

JS
Anchorage
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I ordered the restaurant special - a bit too much. They were out of IPA so no drinks for me. Should have ordered my favorite dishes rather than the special.

S
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not authentic Middle East cuisine HUMMUS with no flavor, cold food, in attentive service. Just because it’s restaurant week that doesn’t mean that you said treat us like we’re not around or like we’re not important.

MM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Ordered from the luncheon Restaurant Week menu, which was sorely disappointing. Our previous visits to this restaurant (for dinner) were quite enjoyable. I am not sure whether the problem was lunch, menu, abrasive order-taker (wait staff who delivered the food was charming), bad day in kitchen, or what, but our experience on this particular day was not what we expect from a Jose Andres outfit. It did not comport with our previous experiences. Sigh.

A
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and the food and service was outstanding.

BF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy, yummy. An incredible array of great flavors.

However, I wish they would try to LOWER THE NOISE LEVEL.

It is so noisy that everyone at the same table has to scream at each other... just to be heard in normal conversation.

I had to leave and rest my ears in the quiet of the men’s room.

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