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
11 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great combination of Mediterranean tapas. All dishes were well balanced and flavorful.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Washington D.C.

LF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC!

MC
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

My head hurt after having great service and fantastic food, as always. Just to noisy.

IC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. We enjoyed the ambience and meal. We ordered sangria and hummus to start. I really enjoyed the fresh bread and appreciated that they gave you a second basket without having to ask. We also ordered the grape leaves, beet salad, scallops, and skewer chicken. To end our meal we ordered the rose ice cream. Overall a delicious meal.

GS
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates with something of a Greek focus (the stuffed grape leaves are the best we've ever had). It's clearly a Jose' Andres restaurant: thoughtful, creative dishes fit for foodies. Really exciting eating. Everything was so good that nothing in particular stands out.

RB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very poor service from our table in the bar area.

Firstly, our spreads arrived without napkins, utensils or sufficient pita bread.

Then, the bartender/server attempted to take our menus away before we had completed our order.

Then, we ordered 2 of the same flights of wine, at least one glass of which was quite different, taste-wise, than the corresponding glass. (None of wines were particularly memorable; opt for a full glass, or a bottle.)

Lastly, our remaining order of 5 warm courses arrived simultaneously, resulting in a lot of cold food by the time we made it to the end.

This has always been among my favorite restaurants. It will be quite a while before I return.

Tip: do not subject yourself to the inferior service of the bar area staff.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great ambiance 10/10

HM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good and excellent service

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious wine recommendations, food was fantastic, service was fabulous!

LA
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! There were so many options to choose from, it was hard to decide. I had three plates, which was more than enough for one. With a beer, my total was under $50. Highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent but the service was very slow.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was fantastic, except the dessert was mediocre (ice cream). Ordered the chef’s special and it was nice to let them pick the dishes and bring them out, all of which were wonderful.

A
New England
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The two of us did the lunch mezze and got to try lots of different things - they were all incredible! It's a great way to have all sorts of tasty food.

Z
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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

MA
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent with knowledgeable and attentive servers.

G
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious small plates, quiet and friendly wait staff

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Not the Zaytinya experience I expected. Granted it was Valentine’s Day, we had to stand for 25mins waiting to be seated even with a reservation. Once seated, we had to vie and compete for our server’s attention. Asked for our check halfway through

DC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Valentines day

e
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
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 on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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