Zaytinya

4.6
12999 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Reviews from verified diners
12,999 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
73%
Very Good
20%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was spotty and we were seated next to kitchen entrance so not great food was as always very good

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Waitress was nice but didn’t get our order for the first 45 minutes. Then she forgot to put in our order. Food came late.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The food is consistently tasty and our service started out strong. Our server made really good recommendations for our meal.
However, my dessert was brought to me after my first appetizer. Also, there were pistachio shells in my pilaf - and those shells were quite sharp! My server took the comment about the shells, but never provided a response.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants, but this was easily the least of any of my dozen-or-so visits. Maybe it was because it was late-ish on a Sunday? Service was very uneven, with long gaps between courses. When the final course finally arrived (lamb chops) they were overlooked and no longer warm. The crispy eggplant was, likewise, not so crispy or special.

I’ll go back but it’ll be when the place is more “hopping.” I expect it will be better.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We went to the restaurant to celebrate my kids 21 st birthdays -- food was great as was the service.. main negatives were- restaurant was very noisy in spite of the fact that we had a round table in the corner.. also i wasn't pleased that we were charged a fee for each cupcake that we brought for dessert.. There were no suitable items on their dessert menu for a birthday which was ok but didn't feel great about that extra charge..

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

23rd Wedding Anniversary dinner before Shania Twain concert!!! Loved Zaytinya and will return!! Thank you sooo much!!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Had a great experience, food was fabulous. Had the hummus, a few kabobs, watermelon salad, paired with a great red wine. Had a girls night and it was perfect.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I guess we expected a more elevated experience after all the hype - crowded and high energy made up for what may have been lacking in the food...drinks were expensive (then again, I WAS drinking Blanton’s, which having it at the bar was a plus right off the bat), food moderate, but really just overall “meh.” Plenty of interesting choices on the menu that sounded good, but in execution just lacked flavor. Thankfully (but lazily IMHO), the sauces had to carry the weight. And in some instances, as with the octopus and the eggplant, the sauce had to pretty much do all the heavy lifting. Some bright spots, the halloumi and squash blossoms...but generally speaking, I wish I had more to rave about!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food with a large variety of options. Waitress was very friendly but seemed rush. Overall, an excellent experience.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Bad service. Okay food. Our reservation was at 8:30 and we didn’t get a table until well after 8:45

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My family of 5 (husband and 3 kids age 15, 17, 20) got the Chef's Experience. We've got one vegetarian and one committed carnivore in the group. Everyone was more than satisfied. The food was great and the server was very knowledgeable about the dishes and happy to answer all of our questions.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Friends in town. One of our go to spots. Service was very slow to start. Took 10 min to take our drink order. Then cold bread took too long to replace. But the server recovered a third of the way in. Food as always was outstanding. Try the two mushroom dishes - terrific! Scallops cooked perfectly. Finished off with the apricot and vanilla ice cream and the chocolate cake - amazing. Put this on your list!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The drinks were great and the food was awesome. Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Took my wife to Zaytinya for her birthday and this restaurant has delicious Mediterranean tapas! We loved the Lamp Kleftico, brussel sprouts, scallops, halumi cheese, and lamb/beef meatballs.. the lamb was outstanding!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had a nice dinner - the food was good and the service was okay. We liked the menu options and the ambiance a lot.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Surprised at the worn out look of restrooms given how nice restaurant was
Time to renovate

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food, friendly and efficient service. Don’t hesitate to try this restaurant.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I love the Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. The noise wasn’t too bad — we ate on the later side and it wasn’t as crowded.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

I have been to Zaytinya a few times now and the food is fantastic, the wine is delicious and outside seating is great. Usually I have top notch service; however, this time it seemed as if they were a bit understaffed in the outside area. I only saw 2 servers and there was a large party table of about 15ppl that they had to serve as well. They had some miscommunication it seems between the bussers and the hostesses and people were being brought out to tables that hadn’t yet been fully set. Nonetheless, I would still return as this seemed to be an isolated incidence. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Muy ruidoso. Hay que hablar a los gritos. La comida muy buena. El mozo que nos atendió muy mal

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Went here for my Birthday and it was fantastic. I love the food at Zaytinya. It’s always so delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We went for our anniversary, on the recommendation of friends. We sat outside on the patio, and we loved the food, the feel, the drinks. Our waiter, JuVaughan, was so friendly and helpful. the only thing they could improve is the outdoor tables, there were several people noting that the tables wobble ( not due to the legs, but due to the attachment between the center post and the table surface - they need replacing or fixing).

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Very creative and tasty dishes! We enjoyed the cocktails. I am vegetarian and appreciated all the options. Sometimes tapas can be challenging with a group but I was full by the end of the meal.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Sat on the patio. Great service. Lovely food.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I've eaten here several times and it has always been excellent. Today it was not. The chicken shawarma sandwich was not as good as it once was. The cooked green peppers were too strong. Service was terrible. We ordered hummus and had to ask 3 times for it. It finally came when after we practically finished our meal. They didn't ever bring the olive oil for dipping, never refilled our drinks.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

The server did not do a very good job but after raising the issue with the manager, he took care of it.

We've had better experiences before.

Food was very good.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food is decent, but not one dish made me want to come back for it another time. Most of the dishes seemed to be lacking that final touch of sauce or garnish. One lamb dish in particular (Adana Kebab) seemed naked and dry without harissa or tzatziki or somethinggg. There are plenty of other amazing Mediterranean restaurants in the DC area. I would recommend Kapnos, Cava, Maydan, or Ambar (the best! although it's technically Balkan) before this place. All have better food at better prices.

The service was TERRIBLE: 15 minutes seated before anyone came over to even give us pita and olive oil. Maybe that was just a fluke, but it was enough to leave a bad taste in our mouth. The thing they do really well though it the vibe, this place is large and beautiful, architecturally and from a design standpoint, and the crowd dresses to match. Would still be a great place for a date/special occasion because it is impressive, and the food is good, don't get me wrong, you just wont be "oohing and ahhing" over it.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Loved it ! Food was delicious and wait staff friendly!

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great restaurant and in a nice location. It is by the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. Food was amazing, Salmon and Spinach wrap was amazing.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

I sat outside in the pleasant and stylish outdoor seating area - every dish was fantastic and a modern mix of different types of mediterranean cuisine. Service was a tiny but slow (probably because we sat outside), but our server was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. His wine recommendation really made our meal a 10/10.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant! I recommend going with a bigger group so you can try as many of the dishes as possible. The octopus and brussel sprouts were my favorite but everything was delicious. The freshly baked and served warm pitas are amazing as well. Service was great -an all around wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was great and service was superb

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Our server, John, was fantastic!! It is definitely a memorable experience for us and we will definitely come back here the next time we visit DC.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Truly delicious. We had the chef's tasting menu, everything seasoned beautifully. Knowledgeable staff.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Absolutely love the marvelous food and service. Enjoy bringing friends and family to this beautiful restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

For a Jose Andres restaurant, the food was not plated well, and many of the items that were ordered were average or below average. We love Jose andres and all of his restaurants - the food at Zaytinya needs a makeover.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Never disappoints. 4 of us shared 8 small plates. All were interesting and delicious as always. Service was friendly and fast.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Service was a bit slow, the restaurant was quite loud so it was difficult to converse. However, all the food was incredible and the four course mezze lunch for $25 is well worth it

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Amazing food! Every dish was perfect with amazing flavor! The rose ice cream was divine. Best hummus ever and the kibbeh was superb. Highly recommend. Waitress suggested 6 dishes between two of us but 5 would have been enough. Nevertheless we loved every bite.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

I hate to say that our experience was really mediocre. I used to eat here a lot about 5-6 years ago when work brought me to DC frequently and I remember it being amazing. This time the food was really average — salad packed with roughly chopped green peppers and not much else, tough Adana kebab, bland beans...The decor is also really tired. The tables and chairs are chipped and scratched. The upholstery is visibly dirty. So disappointed!

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