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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and a great variety of food to please everyone in the group

MS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Zaytinya for years, and it's been consistently our favorite restaurant in DC. Each small plate is better than the last, made just perfectly. The warm pitta bread keeps coming out to accompany our favorites, the htipiti (roast peppers with feta), the hummus with ground lamb, the lamb meatballs, and branzino... among many others. For dessert, it's always a challenge to narrow it down to one, or two. The chocolate rose and the apricots with Greek yogurt are absolutely outstanding. But so is everything else at this friendly, casually elegant restaurant where servers walk around with smiles on their faces.

AR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious as always. One of our favorite DC restaurants for sure! Highly recommend!!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to be and the service there was incredible.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing as usual but service not so much. The servers were literally throwing the dishes at us and there seemed to be an issue whenever we asked them to remove one of our empty plates.

DL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as alwaya

ML
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and due to the small plate size encourages you to try something new each time.

JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for Zaytinya for my dad's birthday after reading excellent reviews in the Washington Post. My family loves Mediterranean food and we were not disappointed. The portions are very reasonable for the prices, given that this is a Jose Andres restaurant in the heart of downtown DC. The crispy brussels sprouts with yogurt sauce, dill, and pomegranate was a standout dish. The staff were very accommodating when my parents ran late for our reservation due to traffic coming from NY. The restaurant is enormous and absolutely beautiful--sleek and modern, busy without being loud or unbearable. The wait staff were very kind and even brought a candle in my dessert for his birthday (since my dad cannot eat sweets). I had an excellent experience and would definitely return and recommend to family/friends if they're in the DC area.

j
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Zaytinya was excellent. The food was terrific as was the service. It is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. I will be back again for sure.

WM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Not a great experience. The server didn’t warn us that the servings were small (like tapas in a Spanish restaurant) and so we didn’t order enough. Then they tried to push us out before we were completely finished to make room for a private party (despite the fact we had made a reservation on Open Table). On the other hand, the mouse playing under the adjacent table was really cute!

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. I always get the Chef's Experience and enjoy it every time.

E
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level made enjoying food and conversation difficult.

SP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing birthday dinner complete with a dessert treat on the house. The staff was very professional, had great taste. We (2) ordered a bunch of entrees and a bottle which was plenty of food. Would def recommend.

VF
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, as always. The service was also great. The restaurant is too loud and, possibly, getting louder. It is hard to have a real conversation in the evenings with so much noise. We prefer to come there in the summer when we can sit outside. Maybe you could have a quiet room or areas where there’s more noise absorption.

s
Tokyo
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall .good for every occassion

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing meal!

SC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were sat 25 minutes after our reservation time. The server came so infrequently that we had to order drinks from whoever would come by. We received a soda finally after ordering it 3 times.

The food was excellent though. It was the only thing that made up for it.

HE
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is great. Love the menu. Our waiter, however, seemed disinterested or bored with his job, and/or very disappointed in us as he realized that we were drinking alcohol and our bill was not going to be a big one. He was curt with us and not that kind.

TC
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t consider this a meal, consider it a food experience! It’s a trip through Mediterranean cuisine. All small plates were fantastic, authentic, and there were so many to choose from. We were a party of 3, and eight dishes was just about the right amount for us. The restaurant is lively, however, we sat outside. The night was a bit chilly, but there was ample heat from the nearby gas fired heat lamps. The service is attentive, we ordered several plates, and the server brought them out in stages, building our meal for us. We capped it off with a couple of delicious desserts. Take your time! Enjoy!

JO
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server. Gave great recommendations re ordering.

GG
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very fine evening was had by all, but I keep hoping that this restaurant, and other up-scale eateries in DC and NYC, will decide that an "energetic" noise volume really does mean loud.

JL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food is very good. However, our waiter was not very attentive. He seemed more focus on serving other tables than our table, He forgot our drinks until we reminded him, after three courses. After the main courses there was no offer of dessert or after dinner cocktails. All he cared about was delivery of the bill. Disappointing, to say the least.

JW
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Jose Andres has a gift to establish interesting and quality restaurants. Do not miss this one.

TC
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experiencing this cuisine and we couldn't have been more pleased. Small dishes are perfect to order multiple and explore.

CC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Amazing twist to Mediterranean dishes!!

ML
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food! Wonderful to work with regarding food allergies.

C
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration food was excellent, ambiance and service LOVE IT!!

LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was uninspired-- not enough flavor and overcooked. The atmosphere was just loud without being festive or exciting. And the service, especially at the bar, was awful. I wanted to love this place but it was so underwhelming. Don't believe the hype.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is remarkable that a restaurant featuring food from three distinct regions is able to deliver dishes with finesse across the board. The menu is large but the level of the food is excellent and well considered across the board. Service is attentive and informative without being obtrusive. Zaytinya is a unique opportunity in DC to sample food that may not always be familiar but is reliably rewarding. I am very much looking forward to exploring even more of the menu in my next visits.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try for everyone

p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always yummy!! Service was wonderful and made for a terrific beginning to an amazing evening...

JM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I love the food and understand that they were busy. There was a huge party next to us. But it would take asking 3 people for our waiter to come over before the waiter would come. Again, I love the food and understand they were busy but the service needs to improve dramatically from Saturday.

D
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been in several years, but still excellent. Had shashuka, cauliflower, taramasolita (amazingly good). Good service. Definitely need reservations, even for a Saturday lunch in November.

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best French toast in the world! I'd return just to eat that.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and drinks. Portions are small so order accordingly

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytinya is always a winner. You find little dishes that are different and unusual...unusually good. On a Friday night, the bar scene was hopping, everyone was in a good mood, and the staff handled the press of people with aplomb. Every dish was good, the wine list interesting, and the service was excellent but not obtrusive.

AB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chilled Persian yogurt soup was outstanding!

a
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Having been to Zaytinya once or twice before, I was looking forward to it. The food, however, didn't seem as great as I remembered it. I would definitely not recommend the $18 cheese plate. It was uninspired and came with no crackers or bread. The signature octopus dish was quite good, though somewhat skimpy for the price, also $18. All of the vegetarian dishes we had were very good, however. And the service was excellent. We asked not to be rushed with our dishes, and that request was honored. Our waiter was appropriately attentive without being obtrusive in any way. Zaytinya is a good experience, if not a great one. Just steer clear of the cheese plate.

TL
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Return visit for a quick meal and all food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious small dishes to share with the family on my wife’s birthday. The service was fantastic. My 18 month old loved the fresh bread and food as well. Highly recommended and we’ll be back again for sure.

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