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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I believe the restaurant over books itself over the weekends. It took them over an hour to seat us even though we had a reservation. The hostess made a silly excuse "people are supposed to get up after 2 hours, but they don't seem to want to leave their tables." No where during the reservation process does the restaurant tell you about a 2 hour limit. We were seated right by the busy bussing station, and saw plenty of dirty tableware/people moving around. At this point we were too tired and hungry to ask for a different table. The food was great to start with - we enjoyed the hommus and the lamb shank. The rest of the meal was disappointing and definitely not worth the wait. The lamb skewers were undercooked and the lamb kebab was overdone, barely edible. We had to return both of those dishes. Our server was excellent, though. Swift & courteous.

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always! Food never disappoints. Staff is friendly and kind.

SK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals we've had in DC. We took the recommendation of our waiter and went with the tasting experience - OMG!! What a delightfully curated walk through the menu. The wait staff was excellent too - very attentive - and our waiter took the time to explain each of the dishes we were served. We give one small ding for noise level - but I think everyone was excited about their food and that could elevate things a bit. Must have a reservation - it was packed and turnover between guests was rapid.

e
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding quality and presentation and service. The place. Is extremely noisy and loud— this was only drawback

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday Diner

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

Bad service. Food was luke warm at best

S
Poconos
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciated the idea of sharing plates. We are not heavy eaters and this was the perfect place for us to enjoy many dishes.

LR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places to eat in DC. Need reservations because it is very popular

RK
Montreal
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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FL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food and service were great. It’s a fun place to go with friends, but probably not good for kids. It gets loud inside. We sat outside and it was nice with the heating lamps.

JH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here and really enjoyed the small plates. We shared so many tasty dishes and being gluten sensitive, I had many choices to partake in. Great location in DC and has a chic vibe.

JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya is excellent in everyway. Will definitely be back.

S
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious small plates!! Sat on the patio on this beautiful evening. We loved everything we ordered. Can’t wait to return!!

e
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The service and food are always great. The noise level is just terrible. It was difficult to even hear our waiter! Thinking that vaulted ceiling could be designed with some noise reduction materials. It was impossible to hear my companion, however I had no problem hearing my neighbor 16 in. away. Made for a very disappointing dinner experience.

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and relaxed service!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience and food! The plates were larger than tapas.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was slower than expected our waitress did not seem to be as attentive as would be desired.

s
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always from a Jose Andres restaurant with delicious shareable tapas-style entrees at reasonable prices! The lemony chicken soup with soft poached egg was food for the soul. The happy hour also had a lot of great options!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I ordered a whole Lamb Shoulder and about 12 small plates to compliment the lamb and after waiting about 20 minutes the server comes over and say I’m sorry we don’t have anymore lamb shoulder. I said I thought you were supposed to check with the kitchen (per the menu) now you’ve already bought out the small plates so our meal is ruined. Anyway, there wasn’t any remorse for ruining our meal. The manager did come over and apologized but that wasn’t enough. We eat out 3/4 times a week. And spend at least $275-$325 each time. I’m saying that to say we go to nice restaurants and expect service and food to be if not great, then at least good. It was neither.

Disappointed,
Dr Michael Bell

JO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed that your outdoor space was closed on a beautiful October day. But, as always, we enjoyed our lunch inside (except for the noise level). Yogurt soup and salad were outstanding....

NY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The service was not great and the bathroom was a mess.

SB
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was terrific. Nice twist on classic middle eastern dishes. Service was excellent. Good recommendations and attentive. Pita bread was superb when hot. Very energetic noise level.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was very mediocre and the noise level was almost intolerable. Very disappointing!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, excellent ambiance, reasonable price!!

L
New England
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Octopus Santori and the Steak Harra were delicious, as was everything else.

BC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food -get a few plates and try a bit of everything

T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My group of four went for brunch Sunday afternoon. We had good service but was a little slower to been seen at the beginning; this was not a problem though. The small plates came out staggered in a manner that allowed us to continually be presented with food without too many plates stacked on the table. All of the food was amazing, and so were the drinks. We will definitely return again in the future.

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Very attentive regarding gluten allergies.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow. Food came out at strange times. We received Brussel sprouts first with nothing else for a long time. Then the rest of the food came. Servers kept reaching across my face without saying excuse me to fill water. Servers would take plates that I was not finished eating.

T
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was with business associates and our sponsor offered to treat us to a full chef’s favorites meal which made for an incredible dining experience. The server accommodated my vegetarian diet and the wine selected was a great pairing with the many mezze plates.

n
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy and delicious food. Great location by the National Portrait Gallery National Building Museum. Great value for lunch. $25.00 for 4 courses or a la carte menu. Loved my fresh salad, baba ganoush and the yogurt apricot dessert. Very modern and crisp , spacious atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor seating was available on our visit.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Zaytinya will never disappoint even though it is on the pricey side given the size of small dishes. Very good service and a rich wine list. Love it.

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I enjoyed sitting on the patio because it was much quieter than inside which is extremely energetic and hard to speak over the noise level. The downside was that at the table next to us a rat ran under the customers’ feet and I the person screamed and it made us worried about putting our feet down.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rogelio was terrific server! Food was delicious, as always. We love the place, will be back when we’re in town.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a group!

BA
New England
121 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I am in DC I always come back here. The ambience is great and energetic. The food is always delicious. Lots of vegan options!

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service. Sat outside on a beautiful evening and had the chef’s tasting and wine pairing. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

SK
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding; service excellent. This was our first visit, but we will definitely be back. Thank you!

RH
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and friendly service.

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