Zaytinya

4.7
13261 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 13261 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rainy day (most quiet seating ever; refreshing actually 🙂) and perfect meal at Z's. The kitchen staff gave us their best on each dish, much appreciated.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner one of the best I ever had

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service.

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BD
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun place with good food, small plates with a diverse menu. 4 people will run about $100 without alcohol. Noisy as lots of marble and glass for sound to bounce,. My 3rd visit and I will go back,

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced but tasty

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always great food. It's just quite noisy.

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R
New York Area
325 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, for the third night in a row we came back to try different dishes!!! We were almost done vacation and we didn’t want to leave without having more of their many dishes!! We are really glad we did! I got the Greek Flight of Roses which was fantastic... loved all 3 wines, light, fruit forward and yummy!! We got the flatbread- perfect size and delicious!!! We had a lovely lettuces salad/ light and healthy and so tasty. We also had the cooked kibbee which was excellent.... Almost full, we saved room for dessert!!! We shared the chocolate cake which was tremendous... do get it if you haven’t tried it yet!! This is a fabulous, fun dining experience! Our server, Jessica, was wonderful! Next time we are in DC, we will definitely come here multiple times!!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

family from Omaha in town-they loved it but then, what’s not to like! the NOISE!

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New York Area
326 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time ever at this restaurant! We loved it so much the night before that we had to come back and try different dishes!!! We ordered babaganush as well as an enhanced hummus this time and both were very good! We also got the Ottoman-style eggplant and the raw kibbee and both were excellent! We got Turkish wines which were very delicious! We were full, so we did not get a chance to try any other dishes tonight! Our server, Juvan, was funny, efficient and attentive! We had a great time!!! Go for great food and fun!!!

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PK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service is generally excellent. Small plates usually work well for two people or a small group of 3 or 4. Most of the dishes (we ordered 12 dishes with multiple orders for a few, for a group of six), were very good. The Taramasalata was a little too salty and the Keftedes Kapama was okay, but some of the dishes worth mentioning are - Htipiti, Blue Catfish Skordalia and the Knisa Lamb Chops. Service was excellent.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Quite noisy and the food overall was unexceptional with a few exceptions such as the babaganoush, Brussels sprouts and chick pea salad.

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DC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The small plates were fun to share and surprisingly filling. Interesting combos of lamb and eggplant, grilled octopus and yellow peas. Delicious of course, and fun to sample Greek wines. Topped it off with Turkish coffee and rose ice cream w/ pistachio cream. Lovely meal!

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New York Area
326 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and we loved it!!! We were celebrating our wedding Anniversary ! They gave us complimentary sparkling wine and dessert!!! How gracious and generous of them! We loved all the “little plates” we shared!! The hummus, the tabbouleh, the scallops, the branzino were all wonderful! AND the freshly made pita bread is outstanding as is the olive oil with pomegranate molasses...yummy! The wait staff is great as is the manager! We highly recommend this restaurant!

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WM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your food was very, very good. some of the best I've had in DC. Our waitress actually had recommdations that made sense! Thank you!

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Zaytinya was packed when we went there. Even though we obviously had a reservation, we had to wait to be seated. We were eventually seated at a table for four with one chair pulled up: we were a group of five adults and this strategy definitely didn't work. We asked to be moved and we were relocated to a table for six on the other side of the restaurant which was great except that were were maybe out of view of the server, which didn't work the best.

I really, really like the food at Zaytinya and the fun atmosphere, but think they need to step up their game when it comes to managing a busy floor.

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i
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family really enjoyed dinner Monday night. We ordered a wide variety of dishes (dips, vegetarian, lamb, fish, and dessert) - and found several favorites! Dishes that were especially delicious were the hommus, chilled Persian cucumber soup, kolokitokeftedes, seared halloumi cheese, blue catfish skordalia, hunkar begendi (braised lamb shank), and a special (goat mousakka).

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G
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with very innovative dishes! Great service!

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KT
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There were five of us in our group, coming after viewing a filming of DC Shorts festival. It was the perfect amount of food for a bit later in the evening. After the spicy hummus, all of our food came at once, which for us was perfect. We enjoyed cauliflower, mushrooms, meatballs, beef, and spanakopita. The red wine we each chose was perfect accompaniment. Our waiter, DG, was quick and personable. He sensed we did not want to leisurely wind down (we were on a deadline to retrieve our car before the garage closed) and was on top of our order and bringing the check.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was perfect for a birthday dinner. I highly recommend the octopus and mushroom cous cous.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The service is always hit or miss. The waitress could barely get our order or drinks in. The table that came in fifteen minutes after us had better service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great if you have dietary restrictions as well! Staff is super knowledgeable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always. One of my top five restaurants in the nation!

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EK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Zaytinya! We’ve been here several times, the food is always incredible, and the service is great!

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KK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was sadly lacking. Waited over 10 minutes to be acknowledged by a server. He didn’t ask how the food tasted. Menu is small plates and it took a long time for him to come back between orders. When we did order several items together, they all come at once, Not spaced nicely. Very loud, lively atmosphere. Love José Andres food!

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L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

My friend & I have been to Zatinya collectively over a dozen tunes & this time was AWFUL!!! Within 15 minutes of ordering ALL 7 plates were delivered to our 2 too small table- there was no room to fit 2 of the dishes which we asked to be delivered later...they were delivered later but within 5 minutes by a different server. We’ve NEVER been rushed before...our waitress appeared only twice so we couldn’t even alert her. This experience left a “BAD TASTE” on my mouth...we won’t return

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything 10/10

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ML
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and creative. We sat upstairs and in a corner, where it was quiet enough for the three of us to talk and hear each other at our lunch time gathering. At a prior dinner meet-up with a group of six, I was disappointed that it was too noisy to hear each other. So I limit my visits to lunch.

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RM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience. Service was good. Only mimosas took a long time to arrive and were a little overpriced - at $10 for a 4 1/2 ounce glass, it was way overpriced.

Food was excellent, though, and the dessert - greek yogurt with apricots and pistachios, and turkish delight were gastronomically vert appeasing!

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A
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Muy buen lugar

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow because they are always busy, however our waitress was very accommodating. Food was 10/10 delicious...def have plans to go back there and try new dishes.

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EJ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Mediterranean food. highly recommend for a dinner out in DC.

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NP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always friendly staff, great drinks - good selection of both gluten free and veg mezzo options.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was excellent! It was a wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant even provided a complimentary dessert.

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MR
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding our waiter helped up pick out some terrific dishes. Dessert was also amazing

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very interesting and varied menu. the wait staff was suburb.

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat every meal in DC. A great place to take guests who eat vegetarian food with wide variety of options. Warm greeting and prompt seating by front desk. Friendly, professional service by all servers.

Reservations essential and worth checking schedule at local sporting events to avoid more crowded times.

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BJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya has been a favorite since it opened. It has an interesting Eastern Mediterranean menu that would suit most diets and tastes. I always find something new to try on the wine list.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner with great company. Chef even came out twice and chatted with us about food. It was a lovely evening.

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant accommodated — no— cared for my large family with the highest level of service and amazing food. Being Lebanese, we are always impressed with the quality and authenticity of the food. The cocktails —especially those with Mastiha, are very special indeed.

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AU
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went there for an anniversary dinner. We had the chef's tasting menu, which was a good variety of 9 small plates and 2 desserts. The food was great and there was a lot of it. We would highly recommend doing the tasting menu here at least once.

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