Zaytinya

4.7
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15439 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 Washington DC.
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HM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good and excellent service

Z
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zaytinya is always a knockout, sure-to-impress restaurant choice! There are plenty of vegetarian options that are enjoyed by meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters alike. The dynamic space adds another element of excitement to this highly recommended eatery!

D
Austin
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We felt the food was a little over hyped- good but not great. Also it took over 30 minutes to be seated despite having made a reservation, with minimally apology. And our waitress was a bit rude and rushed

G
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By making a simple request on OpenTable we were ushered to a quiet table just perfect for my 90 y.o. Mom. The service from Joel G. was attentive and very engaging, the food delicious, the price more than reasonable, and the ambiance perfect. It's more than a neighborhood gem, it's a gastronomic destination!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! So many flavors. Service was outstanding. Javier was so gracious. Thank you!

DP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

This is the last time I’m going to Zaytinya. No matter what time your reservation is, they make you wait. Our reservation was at 8:45. They sat us at 9:10. This happens every time.

Also, the food is not what it used to be. . .You can do much better in DC.

Service was fine. The only positive is that it is a cheap bill but I would rather spend more, be sat on time, have good food with better service.

SS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, drinks were great. Worst part of the evening was realizing we’d have to leave at some point.

LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Zaytinya and always make it a point to eat lunch or dinner there on my trips to DC. Great flavors, well crafted dishes and warm, attentive service. This time the truffle pide and galatopita dessert were big standouts in an excellent meal.

BE
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I absolutely love it here. All the food is delicious and the service is wonderful. I have a dairy allergy and our waiter was gracious enough to get me a menu that listed food allergens on it, and still made sure with the chef after we ordered that my dishes were dairy-free. We can’t wait to come back.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food and service! Couldn’t have been better! And the sauces! Best brussels we’ve ever had and we have tried quite a few.

PT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious small plates, quiet and friendly wait staff

M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SOOOO delicious and great venue. Can’t wait to go back

W
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Had reservations for 945pm, arrived at 940pm and was told we had “checked in” and were not seated until 1005pm. Food was over cooked, over seasoned, and for a tasting menu portions were too big. Did not get the last dish till after midnight.

DC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Zaytinya about 6-8 years ago and thought it was great. We went for Valentine's Day and truly - every single bite was out of this world. A whole other level of being mesmerized by food - artistic food. And the service was wonderful - attentive - and they were very busy! We felt catered to, cared for - and everything was special. I look forward to returning soon!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great, but the service was just okay. I think this was the case, because it was Valentine’s Day. Otherwise, had a great meal.

Definitely open to coming back again!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did the chef’s tasting menu... 8 courses of deliciousness... pushed the envelope on being “too much” (the ice cream desserts came in heavy at the end), but the overall meal was incredible. Resist the temptation to hit the homemade bread.

e
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end this restaurant was fantastic. The food tastes fabulous. Will be back.

JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and service were good. The noise was loud and the tables were so close together that customers and servers kept hitting our coats on our chairs and standing at our table so others could pass by.

DM
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! We ate here because of the location but found it to be a great find. This is a 5 star place all the way. Kelly our waitress was knowledgeable and extremely attentive. She made recommendations that were spot on to our taste. We ate there on Valentines Day so we expected the worst since it is usually such a mad house but our table was perfect. We weren't rushed and the food was out of this world flavorful, unique and fresh!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and my in laws had been here several years ago and my wife has never stopped talking about it, so I decided to surprise her with a valentines reservation! I could go on for hours about it how good it was, simply put NOTHING WAS OUT OF ORDER, from the host to the porters clearing plates everyone was in sync and on point! Chef Michael Costa himself even came out to check on tables and people’s experience! You all are top class, we are moving to Pittsburgh and two months and this was a great way to have our last valentines dinner in DC

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Zaytinya! We come here for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. The food is so good and the service is wonderful. Their cocktails are also really yummy!

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best Mediterranean food I have ever eaten. Great taste and service each an every time. Go for the lamb chops!

HP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Excellentn't food. A delightful evening!

S
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a pre-theater bite and bar specials. Awesome choices for all - so glad we weren’t rushed and could order from the “happy hour” specials as well as dinner menu.

DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Bustling place with elevated noise level but not overbearing at all

PD
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was not what I’ve come to expect. Otherwise, great meal as usual.

MO
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and service. We had a vegan with us and there were lots of good options for her, that everyone could enjoy.

LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

we are fans of Zaytinya and have been there many times but they were really off this past visit. food was not as well prepared or tasty as usual and service was just so-so.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all the best service Choiab was very attentive and professional. He answered all our questions the food was great, I will definitely come back and recommend it to friends and family

DT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remains one of the best dining experiences in D.C.!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My past experiences have all been fantastic - this visit, however, was disappointing. Our service was not good - server was way too busy and not attentive - most of the food was served cold -not sure what changed but definitely not up to par based on past experiences.

JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This restaurant is a can't miss when you are looking for this formula: great food, great service, great menu, great location, valet parking--all so close to the Capital One Arena. We love to come here when we have an event at the arena for all those reasons.

PG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates are wonderful to share and get a great variety of food selections. The plates are not as small as you might think. A delightful place t go for unique food. The lamb is excellent as well a man vegetable dishes.

KK
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open, bright airy location. Lots of energy, excellent food. Great value.

w
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is an excellent value. Food is delish, staff is attentive but not overbearing, love the water wall and evil eye charms

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! I am glad to see that Zaytinya has not only maintained but has strove for everything to be better . No wonder the place is always packed

1
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Can’t wait to
Come back!

f
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food seems to be less exciting and tasty than when we started coming. Service is always good though and the vibe is awesome!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food,service and atmosphere. We brought our daughter here for her birthday. Great meal.

JS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Great food and amazing service!

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