Zaytinya

4.6
13110 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 13110 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great Sunday brunch with my visiting family! Space and staff accommodated our stroller as well.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I came here on a date and we absolutely loved it. The food and service was great! We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

If you love Greek food you'll love Zaytinya. The food was very good, and very interesting. We tried 6 or 7 different dishes and they were really wonderful. We enjoyed all of them. The restaurant was amazing for customer service. We came with our baby (in a carseat) and they were so wonderfully accommodating for us. They asked us where we preferred to sit, and what we would like the most, which on a Saturday night is pretty fantastic. Jose's Rose Wine tasting was also really fun and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It was really wonderful to try a few wines that I wouldn't have tried otherwise, and were very impressive pours for only being $15.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

We did the Chef Experience. Very diverse and plentiful meal. However, the room was so loud we could not hear our servers descriptions of the items. “...Blah, blah, hummus blah with blah, blah”. Would have loved to have heard the descriptions. Conversation was impossible.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent cuisine in a fun setting. We liked the small plates so we could try a variety of different dishes. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful and everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always...an absolutely awesome experience!!

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Hadn't been here in years and will not return anytime soon. It is difficult to impossible to find a table in this restaurant to carry on conversation. The acoustics are horrible. Food-wise the haloumi was excellent as was the hummus. The lamb chops were small and not particularly flavorful. $20 for two of them was very overpriced. Check was brought before it was asked for so we skipped coffee as we felt we were being rushed out.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food. Great service. Amazing experience. Highly recommend to others, especially vegetarians

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

This food was beyond fabulous! Every mouthful was exciting!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent all around! The food was great! Very fresh and flavorful. The service was excellent! Really attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the offerings. This was my first time there, and I plan to go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of my DC downtown favorites: creative interpretations of a cuisine, lovely waitstaff, easy to reach on the Metro. Jose Andres continues to feed us, and do good things in the world.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

HORRIBLE service. It’s so slow that I won’t be going back.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We have visited Zaytinya for many years. Unfortunately, service has been subpar the last few ocassions giving you the impression that you are just one more guest out of hundreds that visit the restaurant daily. We felt rushed.

In our last visit, we also found that menu descriptions did not match the meal that was served at our table: crispy eggplant was deep fried and soggy, and the mushrooms came in a tomato sauce bowl while the menu only described sun dried tomatoes and walnuts. We mentioned this to our server, and he even said that the previous mushroom dish was better without offering any substitution.

Some dishes were really good such as a the kibbe and spanakopita. However, the previews faux pas are not admissible in a restaurant of this category.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent vittles just waaay too loud.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Delicious food! Inspired cocktails! Knowledgeable wait staff and vibrant ambiance!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I met friends from out of town for lunch. One ordered the lunch special. Two of us chose an assortment of complimentary dishes. My friends were so impressed with the atmosphere and the quality of the food. Only complaint was the rose was a little warm.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our server was either overbooked with tables or not on his game. He did not come by to check on us, and we did not receive one of our tapas plates...it had to be removed from our order.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Booked a reservation for a business meal, the group absolutely loved Zaytinya. We went the tabletop potluck route and shared all of the dishes we ordered; couldn't have asked for a better evening.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

It was our first time dining here and it did not disappoint! If I had to describe it to someone quickly, it would be “Mediterranean tapas” and it was DELICIOUS. The consensus favorites in our group of four were the labneh, the meatballs, and the bread that comes with everything. I would say the only disappointment was dessert, but honestly, just get another savory meze and skip dessert. You won’t regret it.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Lovely restaurant and attentive staff despite being very busy.
Food was good - not excellent - but definitely worth a visit.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Both the food and service were outstanding. We particularly enjoyed the opportunity to try flights of wine from Turkey, Greece and Lebanon and also received excellent food recommendations from our server.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Where has this place been all my life?! Absolutely amazing. Everything about it. Location, cuisine, service. I’ve never been so happy dining out. Thanks so much!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Outstanding food, great ambience for a nice summer evening! Staff was very friendly.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great restaurant with excellent Greek feel and taste.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had four mezze--Hommus Ma Lahm, Spanakopita, Bantijan Bil Laban, and Hünkãr Beğendi. We started with the first three, then added the fourth, because we wanted to pace things--this worked very well. All four dishes were truly outstanding. Both the Hommus Ma Lahm and the Hünkãr Beğendi were great with the pita. We especially liked the Hünkãr Beğendi--the lamb was shredded and the sauce and eggplant puree all came together beautifully on pita. The white wine we've had in the past here was no longer available, but the waiter was familiar with it and suggested something comparable, which was great. All in all a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Absolutely everything on the menu is delicious. Unique flavors and wonderful combinations of spices, fruits, nuts and proteins. Small plates are nice for sharing and sampling many dishes. After dining at Zaytinya the food doesn't feel heavy in your stomach.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had mediocre service and one of the dishes we ordered was unacceptable and I wish we would have sent it back. The octopus were very tiny pieces and only and very few on the plate for $18.00. The food was very good otherwise and loved the amount of bread you get which was very good with the spreads.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I’ve been here several times now and always love everything from the wine suggestions to the food.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Several dishes were excellent but the Kibbeh Nayeh was a huge let down. Not at all as it should have been presented or prepared. Service was rudimentary. Cmon Jose, let’s get the staff up to speed. We’ll try it again and hope for a better server.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

First of all, I love this place. This was my first time for brunch and while the server told us that brunch plates could be two per person (as opposed to the normal 3/pp rec for mezze) I ended up having way too much food. In general, it did not seem like our server had a full grasp of the menu. In addition I got the lamb blt- my lamb bacon had bone in it... not what I expect from a Zaytinya. I’ll go back because the mezze is great- but will plan to skip the brunch menu in the future.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I had been hunting around for a good meal for some time, and finally found it (again) at Zaytinya. Food that was innovative, but that didn't try to reinvent the wheel, and that expanded horizons but felt 'homey' nonetheless, which is exactly what we got. Favorites included the watermelon and feta salad, the kibbeh nayeh and the impossibly creamy-yet-light hummus. Love that the wine list doesn't have the usual suspects.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Amazing experience! We loved the Chef Experience and highly recommend it! Our waiter was outstanding! The bar was awesome as well. I loved the lamb and the octopus! We’re definitely coming back!

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Brought my Mediterranean-loving parents here on their visit to DC and they loved it so much.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Small plates could have been cleared a bit quicker. Great experience overall.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Amazing dinner! Great food! Will definitely return. Only thing I can say negative is that the back corner of the restaurant where we were seated, was very warm. Two tables away it was nice and cool. The AC didn’t reach our area.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Second time at Zaytinya in 18 months and it was as good as I remembered. The staff took great care of us from the moment we walked in the door. We ordered 12-15 items to share and every one could stand alone as your dinner. Can’t wait to get back!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Parents in town

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Amazing dinner and great with food allergies

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1.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The experience options on the menu are huge. Consider ordering at least one less portion than people in your party. Drink your drinks fast, some of them are gross after a while.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Favorite restaurant! Excellent deal with fixed price $25 lunch with four courses.

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