Zaytinya

4.7
14154 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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The Infatuation
8.3

Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 14154 People Are Saying
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RV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming to this restaurant for 13 years. Every time we vacation in DC. Food is absolutely fantastic, fresh and flavorful. Service outstanding. Our children ages 12 and 10 love the food. The place is always busy so would recommend a reservation.

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DB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, outstanding service. All staff were professional and friendly.

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

Excellent food and service!

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

We had a wonderful dinning experience. The food was excellent. My husband ordered the Chef’s experience and it did not disappoint. I ordered 3 vegan dishes that were delicious. The wait staff was delightful. The service was impeccable! I looked around the room and towards the kitchen and for the first time in my life thought about all the things that have to go right in a restaurant to deliver on such an excellent dining experience. Deliver they did! We will return!

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always enjoy Zaytinya! Food is outstanding. Service was just ok this time. Noise level is high, which was a little difficult for a member of our party who is hearing impaired. But overall really enjoyed it and will be back

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BS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There fir a rehearsal dinner & other than the relative volume of the dining room everything was wonderful! Our server had great suggestions helping us navigate the menu to choose small plates options to share!

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

Great service. Amazing food with unique twists. The chocolate coffee cake was one of the most incredible desserts I've ever had.

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BS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Extraordinary food.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Something is happening to this restaurant. It was brilliant just 2 yrs ago but now the service seems a little slo

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IG
Miami
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Slowest service ever! Finally got our cold food. Overrated in a huge way. Save your time and money. Underwhelming wow. What a disappointment.

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

Fantastic though a little loud!

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l
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is phenomenal! The service and food was excellent! This is by far one of the top restaurant in D.C. I highly recommended this place!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food took a very long time, and came out in waves. Usually I like this but this time the time between the two was too long.

Our waitress was non existent

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JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I went to Zaytinya years ago and don't recall it being this mediocre. Some of the food was good but nothing to write home about. One sandwich had way too much dressing and not enough veg or bacon. The salad lettuce was going off so two people could not finish their salads and had to pick around all the bad lettuce. The falafel was very dry. The arugula salad was okay but I make much better at home. The hot pita bread (gratis) was great, but everything else was disappointing. Service was very good. Ice tea refills were nice, but I would not go there again.

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

Love coming here. Food is always delicious and beautifully presented. Service was great. They make you feel well cared for. At first we were seated under a drafty vent but when this was mentioned, they seated us in a less drafty spot and later checked that we were comfortable. We love to try new dishes but also have many old favorites (most of the veggie dishes and the Turkish Delight) The mezze lunch is a great value.

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ES
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and small plates. Great for sampling. Staff is very attentive.

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I
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful get together . Zaytinya was a great choice for our girlfriend’s lunch . The food was great food, the portions were perfect and the service was friendly and professional. It was a beautiful day so we enjoyed lunch ‘al fresco’. Great atmosphere ! We will repeat this experience ! -Irma and Friends

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks options tapas style all with very helpful, friendly service!

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We enjoy the food but the noise level is ridiculous. Conversation is not possible. The restaurant was really busy and service suffered. We’ll be back because we admire José Andres and like the location by the Portrait Gallery and Metro.

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l
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely come back here the food was great. If you sit in the lower level it is a bit more mosey. But we where good we sat upstairs

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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in DC and one of my favorite in the United States. I am sure to eat here everytime I am in Washington. Amazing food. Amazing service.

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LA
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a business dinner for nine and chose to order the chef's choice, rather than try to decide on individual dishes. The quality of the food was outstanding, the service was excellent, and there was plenty of food for all. It was not the cheapest meal but well worth the expense, given the great experience.

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RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We come here every year for a conference and make sure we have reservations for dinner. Excellent food. I wish they were in my home state.

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e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great spot! My roommate and I went to catch up and we had an amazing time. The free bread and olive oil with pomegranate oil is to DIE for! We got the crispy Brussels which were overall kind of decent, but the crispy eggplant, the house hummus and the fried cucumber with dill cream sauce are all very excellent!! Finished off with the Turkish Delight (so so good) and the Apricot yogurt cream (out of this world and very unique). Plus our server Kevin was at the same time attentive and talkative, but also efficient. Highly recommend this spot!!

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CR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. Jose Andres does not disappoint.

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

love Andres and Zaytinya. Multiple visits. Food this time was not as good as in the past. Brussel sprouts were soggy. Humus tasted flat. Couscous with mushrooms salty and soggy. Not up to par.
Service was more than graciously attentive -kudos to our guy
Noise level continues to be a problem even though we were upstairs which is better than down.
Was always my go to place, but not so sure after this visit.

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L
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Incredible Service. Loud! Very hard to hear those even at our own table.

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j
Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant atmosphere was excellent. The food was outstanding. I wish I had time to visit again to try other items on the menu, but I will definitely return!

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DG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It was a rather disappointing dining experience. We came in for our reservation and after being seated and proceeded to wait 20 minutes for the waiter to come take our drink order. It took another 10 minutes for the wines to get to us. The server did not seem very knowledgeable about the wines.
The Persian yogurt soup was delicious, but the rest of the food was mediocre at best. The octopus was overcooked and none of the hot dishes were that warm when we got them.
I have been to Zaytinya before and enjoyed the food and experience. I brought a friend who is a manager at another notable restaurant out of state in hopes to impress her with what D.C. has to offer in terms of cuisine and was sad that she didn't get the experience I got the first time I came to Zaytinya.

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VP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience, service, and flavors. One of our favorites in DC!

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Zaytinya! I just love this place more and more the more often we go there. Thank you, Zaytinya!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small plates. We tried 3 vegetarian and gluten free items that were delicious.

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CB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. The food is delicious and, in my opinion, healthier than many other places. You can get many excellent tastes that would be hard to find elsewhere, so it is a unique experience.

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KI
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and presentation. Such a perfect spot for slow eating and conversation. The dishes are beautiful and worth discussing before eating. Staff was attentive yet very laid back. This is a must return location.

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SL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food; excellent service - all around excellent

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n
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Old friends getting together

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Been to Zaytinya many times over the day few years. I am seeing quality of food declining (appearance, warmth, texture) and will therefore think again about going again..,pity, because food was really really good...

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, and service were impeccable.

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For a Mediterranean food, the best place in D.C. Starting with table, you can taste the delicious foods.
As a Turkish, my favorite is Sucuk Pide.

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CK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have visited Zaytinya many times since it first opened. It remains one of my favorite restaurants in DC. This most recent visit after an absence of several years reinforced all of my past positive impressions. And the service was better than ever.

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