Zaytinya

4.7
16630 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all staff and guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 16630 people are saying
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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a long time since eaten here. Everything was excellent - food, drinks, service, etc. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and such kind and timely service!

PC
vipPatrickC
New England
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Evertyhing was great - a little louder than I would have liked but it was a nice experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service. The patio looked like fun but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. A bit noisy inside but a fun atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Marla
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little pricey... $95 for two with two drinks and no dessert. Service and food impeccable. Were not rushed though we lingered for two hours. Server comped the coffee.

TL
vipTameraL
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to eating where I once went to the office, and we had another lunch, with an outdoor table, of terrific food, good service, and the food delivered swiftly.

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Luus
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a meal at Zaytinya quickly becomes a grand event, especially if one begins with a 3 PM in Istanbul. Our waiter, I believe he was from Puerto Rico and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided outstanding service. The food was excellent as ever although one misses the special prix-fixe lunch. My highest recommendation. Dine with confidence!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding; food (fatoosh salad and meatballs) was really tasty, and filling. I was outside (84 degrees) but it was delightful under the tent. First time there in almost 29 years - I should have made it sooner.

TB
ThomasB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, as usual. Restaurant is highly recommended.

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vipskylonseven
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foos. Terrific service. Half price wine Wednesday’s is terrific.

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vipJami
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Attractive, large patio. great for outdoor dining.

NM
NikkisMom
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fresh. All selections were delicious and seasoned to perfection. The Lebanon beer was light and refreshing for lunch.
Zaytinya never disappoints.

MG
MelanieG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing here! I highly recommend. Love that dishes are small yet shareable so you can try several things during one outing. I highly recommend the mushroom dish! Super yummy!

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Michele
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining here since pandemic onset. Food was, as always, delicious. The current menu has less options than pre covid but we were more than satisfied. Especially enjoyed the mushrooms and cauliflower which were new to us. The Turkish molten cake was amazing. Lovely outdoor dining space with light decorated trees. Highly recommend.

AM
AliceM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brussels sprouts were amazing with the lemon flavored sauce a nice touch. Chicken and rice delicious. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Front desk manager was kind of rude. I specifically requested outdoors and he just said they don’t have a big enough table for 6. Id figure they’d want sit bigger groups outside during a pandemic.

Also they could’ve called ahead to let me know that. His tone was rude.

DC
DCChuck
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside, service was good and each dish tasty, the Maia & Minthe cocktails were also very tasty on a warm evening

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Kalaiopua
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but not superb. It seems volume-driven without great soul. So, if what is needed is pretty good sustenance, then OK, but if you want something more, then best to keep looking.

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Funrunner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, every time we are in DC we make sure to make reservations in advance and dine at Zaytinya. Great food, always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Limited food. Food was cold. Service terrible. Its my favorite restaurant in DC and last two times its lacked

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vipJtable01pr
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience. Tapas style food with unique flavors that were not overpowering. Everything was delicious. Great for sharing.

KW
KrisWH
Miami
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mediterranean restaurant I’ve been to in dc/Baltimore area. Portions are small. Meant more for sharing small plates. But the food is superb. The ambiance is excellent. Just overall wonderful restaurant and I’m glad we found it because I will be returning

DB
DaraB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Especially the Brussel sprouts.

MS
MorganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Absolutely can’t wait to go back!

KG
KhariG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my go-to place when I'm in the city. The service was impeccable and we've never had a bad experience. My wife is a fanatic of the mushroom dish and I'm a big fan of the Brussel sprouts. Divine.

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Wencap2
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely setting. Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Experience was very good. Food was amazing. The only issue was the plates had a strange smell of a fish tank water. Did mention it to the server and later the manager came to apologize. But the experience was really good

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Sharonm
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic dinner - being it was our first time there our server was helpful with describing various dishes and making recommendations - food was delicious and we loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my 91 year old grandfather for an early dinner and he had a lovely time and enjoyed the food and cocktails. He is a little needy at times but the staff was very patient and got us everything we needed very fast. I am a former ThinkFood Group employee and they did not disappoint, as I expected.

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vipNita
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

While Zaytinya's website states the restaurant requires "...all staff and guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated" when I attempted to show the hostess my vaccine card she said she didn't need to see it. When I stated it was required a few weeks ago, she conferred with another hostess who reiterated that they no longer require it. This is extremely disappointing - with the new variants and rising cases, it was nice to have a safe/healthy place to gather with my friends to dine/drink. I'm sad Zaytina changed its policy. Other than that, the staff was personable, as always. The initial pita was cold but the next basket was fresh, and the food did not disappoint. Hopefully Zaytina will reinstitute its proof of vax requirement so that we can return again soon. Until then we'll have to dine elsewhere.

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EYEYOU
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food, great cocktails, great quality of ingredients. 2 people, 5 dishes, 2 cocktails and the bill was under $75 in Washington D.C. from a renowned chef's restaurant!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Really noticeable decline in quality of food and unfortunately limited selection with many old favorites gone. And what’s there was just not that good.

AW
AlyssaW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food

PH
PauliH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Drinks took way too long to be served as did the small plates. Then two more plates cam after we were just about finished.
Every course was a long wait.
Food is good. Hard to hear conversations.

SO
SherahO
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aesthetics was beautiful as well as the food! Definitely visit again.

BN
BNBN
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our group was 4 with patio seating—ambience was lovely, buzzing vibe though tables were a little close only 3-4 ft apart. Service was attentive & pleasant. Zaatar margarita was delicious, Turkish Storm ok but watered down weak and 3pm in Istanbul cocktail was funky weird.
Whole fish branzini and seared halloumi were superb (highly recommend both). Soujouk pide & imam bayaldi (eggplant) were good but small portion. Chicken Youvetsi and Garides Me Anitho (shrimp) were disappointing & very forgettable. Overall a good experience.

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Michaela
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Sese (sp?, so sorry) was wonderful at making our friend's 40th amazing and also helping us stick to our time frame

AK
AndiK
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, attentive wait staff (without being overbearing) and great service! Lovely atmosphere outside. Wait staff was very competent in describing food options and making great recommendations based on our food preferences. Highly recommend!

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vipDani
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many people recommended this restaurant that we were excited to try it AND it did live up to all expectations! The restaurant itself is lovely - modern, exquisite art and decor, good lighting, sets an exciting tone. The food is equally exciting- lots of options for shared plates, colors and tastes innovative and delicious, service was great and the vibe was lively. Great choice!

BC
BarbaraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, quick services, friendly staff......

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.

Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 16630 OpenTable diners.

Zaytinya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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