Zaytinya

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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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OT
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best small plates ever. So fresh and well done! Wait staff worked as a well oiled team.

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience but this place is LOUD. Hard to carry on a conversation

DH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We make special trips into DC just for Zaytinya'a.

TS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was an excellent meal. I particularly liked the way the desk, when I asked for a silly candle in a cake to celebrate a birthday, solved the problem. They inserted two candles in the Turkish delight instead so my son and I could be merry about his natal day in the low-key fashion which we prefer.

RR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m vegetarian and they have lots of tasty vegetarian dishes.

YN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food. but Way too LOUD to talk with my friends!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service nice atmosphere on the loud side

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good ambiance but I was expecting more based on the super reputation of the restaurant.
Food was disappointing. I have been to many Mediterranean restaurants before. The food-except the bread and the desert was not very tasteful and some plates were preprepared and it was obvious. The hummus was dry at the surface.
I am sure with a few improvement touches this could be turned around big time.

JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent! Could have used a bigger table for our group of 7. Busy for a Tues night.

A
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was excellent, but the service was lacking. My friend and I ordered the four-course lunch, and it took 1 1/2 hours for it to be served. Our waiter didn't check on us except when we flagged him down. In fairness, he had a large table upstairs, so he was frantically busy. But, we had to ask for more water, for a refill of iced tea and for our dessert (the fourth course). The waiter gave us a "long wait" discount, but it's too bad the service was problematic, because the food was excellent! The brussel sprouts, the hummus, the yogurt and apricot dessert...all fantastic!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience at Zaytinya! The food was exquisite without losing authenticity. All of my favorite vegetarian dishes were available and we really liked the lunch mezze menu for $25. The service was intentional and we never felt unattended. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

LM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Hair in the soup

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Small plates shared with the whole table. Lively night the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but still easy to carry on a conversation.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Tried this restaurant a few times now thinking it would be better next time. I shall not be going again.

c
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only negative is the darn small plate concept. You can try more things but they don’t equate to an entree and I was hungry. And it gets expensive. Plus there is no logic to the delivery of the items ordered, some of which were cold. That said, most of our plates were delicious. And the apricot desert was spectacular!

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were at Zaytinya for the first time in years a month ago and it was fabulous. The food was delicious, service friendly and impeccable. So we went again. It was very busy the second time, so we made allowances, but we didn't even get asked for water for 10 minutes, and the hot bread that comes with the oil took 15. The lamb kebab was overcooked, but the rest of the food was as good as the first time.

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When I am entertaining, it is hard to know everyone's food preference. I have had multiple, positive experiences at Zaytinya. The experience is reliably consistent and the food is interesting but not weird for those who have not eaten there before. Thanks for keeping it fresh.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best lunch with friends here. The mezze lunch menu is great. Also got a bonus Turkish coffee reading.

p
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sort of a corporate-y facade, but the place is great. 2 out of 3 cocktails were excellent - the 3pm and the gin/cucumber-y one. The margarita was way too sweet, but the za'atar foam was really interesting! Service was pretty good, the food was great - especially the lamb baharat and the adana kebab, but we also had the baba ghanouge and labneh (both excellent), the turkish style pastirma (pretty good), the brussels sprouts (!), the bantijan (good), and the salmon (wasn't seared, was fully cooked through). We never received the persian yogurt soup, so they took that off the bill, and I'm now realizing we never received the sabzi salad either :/ aside from that - it was all good, and I'd go again.

MD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The food recommendations were also on point.

s
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was slow at first, then waiters changed for some reason and it was fine.

S
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious cocktails and small plates. I wish there were more gluten free options and the restaurant was busy so the service was pretty slow but overall we had a really positive experience.

R
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out for the afternoon in DC with visiting family and friends and this was the perfect tapas meal. Lots of plates came and went and all were delicious. I would say that to some this is impressive but not if you have died before. It is as it always is, on point, professional and flavorful

SR
East Texas
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Mohammed was very attentive and took great care of us.

s
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Family get-together- over thanksgiving. Loved everything. The crowd made service difficult - we had to wait for bread a few times while our dips sat on the table looking delicious. The bar was out of ingredients for the cocktail I ordered, but the food had already come. The wine was fine. The round table was perfect for 6 of us to talk. I’m looking forward to returning.

s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the variety of the small plates at this delicious Mediterranean restaurant. The plates are small but the Chef’s heart is HUGE. One of my favorite restaurants

M
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Ambiance was grest however the main server wss regulara and the food not that great- its a small plate restaurant ti share concept but they brought everything as once and it was a mess and not well explained.

Z
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Waitress forgot our drink order. Then forgot about us. Had to hail get down for the check.

EW
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and evening. Thank you.

a
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb experience at Zaytinya on Thanksgiving eve! Grandparents, parents and baby. We were seated at a booth with infant seat out of the flow of traffic, which was perfect. When we asked about the roast lamb, our waiter volunteered that we might be able to order a half portion, since the full portion was for 8 or more people. We ordered the lamb immediately as it would take thirty minutes to finish. Meanwhile the appetizers began to arrive, along with drinks. The lamb and fixings arrived in good time; we finished with two desserts to share, a feast!

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was excellent as always. To get service required me to ask a server if someone could wait on us (after no one acknowledged us for 10 min). We were then passed to a younger, greener waiter who I think forgot about us. After he dropped the check (without asking us if we wanted coffee or dessert) we flagged a host to take the check and our credit cards after they sat on our table for 10 min. We sat another 15 min waiting.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks at Zaytina’s are always excellent. All four of us had Margaritas which were made with orange liqueur and came with a foamy salty airy topping -probably gas bubbles -wonderful!

We have always enjoyed this restaurant as the food is presented tapas style (small portions) so everyone at the table can share and sample multiple food dishes. We had the Crispy Brussels, the roasted cauliflower, the shrimp, cooked salmon, hummus, fava bean purée, fried calamari & Greek fries for our mains. The combination of flavors was amazing. I love the Greek yogurt and lemon paired with Greek fries and fried calamari. Furthermore the crispy Brussel sprouts will turn any hater of this vegetable into a lover. The Brussel sprouts came in a tangy yogurt sauce topped with pomegranate seeds. Completely vegetarian and mouth-wateringly delicious. For dessert (and yes there was room) we had shared the larger portion of apricot yogurt with apricot ice cream. Layered yogurt and apricot purée topped with bits of pistachios then topped with a scoop of apricot ice cream -Delicious.

L
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, good service. Pleasantly surprised given reasonable pricing. Only downside was noise level. Quite difficult to hear conversations within own table. Acoustics +++++

JH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived 2 minutes early, table was ready. Service was friendly, prompt and concise. Food was delicious.

a
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love all Jose Andres restaurants. He is the best. You should always support him.

JO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visit. Celebrating a birthday with family and friends. Food and service were excellent. We will definitely visit Zaytinya again - soon.

GZ
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice early Sunday brunch when it wasn't yet too crowded and overly noisy. Food was excellent and the service very fine. Always like coming here!

GV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed going there and had a fantastic time.

L
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We asked waiter about the size of family style brazino priced at $36 and was told it was 3-5 pounds. Surely thought that would feed 4 people. When it arrived, it was a serving for 1-2 at most. Very disappointed.

AM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Great presentation. Excellent cocktails at the bar and table. Service at table was slower than expected.

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