Zaytinya

4.7
13846 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 North Dallas.

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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.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, lively environment

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EH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't let the small plates deter you. The dishes here are very filling. I was in a party of 4, and we ordered about 12-14 different dishes. Everything was fresh and delicious. The kibbeh was one of my favorites along with the cauliflower. The tzatziki is different than what I am used to, but in a good way. The large chunks of cucumber gave it a good texture. Overall, it was an excellent meal, and I intend to return soon!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day

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

We have dined at Zaytinya many times - this was the worst. We were seated at a window table near the desk - there must have been thirty people standing there and the noise level was deafening. While the food was excellent as usual, the service was terrible - not the fault of the waiter who was having to apologize frequently We each ordered two dishes and a drink from the bar. The first dishes arrived before our drinks, and then we waited nearly twenty minutes for the next two. We were given stuffed grape leaves at no charge and we were not charged for two coffees. But we got out of there as soon as we could and got to the theater inplenty of time. I hope this was an unusual situation, because we love Zaytinya and mean to return.

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

The noise level is a bit high because of the architecture of the space. But the food and service are excellent.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dolmades and terrific fried mussels

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

The kabob platter was fabulous, as were the tabbouleh, grape leaves, hummus, and (especially) the brussel sprouts! Service was excellent, and the (ordering) suggestions much appreciated!

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

What a treat. The best food, consistently fantastic, in the most beautiful setting with gracious, attentive staff. There are not enough superlatives to do it justice.

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OF
Omaha
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, attentive service and a great experience

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

A bit loud at times. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Food was excellent, as usual.

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V
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The two of us ordered several plates, including the smoked pipe dream cheese (which honestly was enough for 10 people), lamb meatball, Tzatziki, branzino, mushroom, Spanokopita, and more. We had a lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Santorini. Our server was absolutely wonderful, and we were checked upon often without it being overbearing at all. I've dines here five times and am always impressed. Highly recommended.

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

Wonderful food, great service! This restaurant met all expectations and we WILL be back!

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time we visited Zaytinya was on my birthday. This time we were in town for a play and we decided to visit again. The food is delicious. I am a vegetarian and my partner eats meat and we were both happy with the food. We even got the same waiter we had last time - he remembered us from a year ago. I go to our local establishments and don't get recognized - fabulous service! We plan on going again, but this time not waiting for a year to pass. Bottom line - highly recommended!

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AM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good the other day, I had to come back by myself for another special meal of Mediterranean mezze before returning home to San Francisco! Dined in the high tops near the bar and never felt awkward.

My server helped me narrow down my choices to a final 3: the spectacular spanakopita (my fav), the cauliflower with delicious tahini sauce, and the mushrooms with sun-dried tomatoes and melted Greek cheese.

The unusual, fluffy, light pita bread to start was served with an olive oil and pomegranate molasses dip that I will have to try to mimic at home! I rounded this meal out with a glass of Greek white wine, chosen after my server brought me 2 samples to choose from.

I will come back every time I make it to DC!

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EO
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (8 of us) went for brunch this past Sunday and both the food and service were excellent. Highly recommend the French Toast (small dish but excellent preparation) and their shakshuka is very well done. Highly recommend this restaurant

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IW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was all incredible. Highly recommend the dip sampler.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Some of plates were inedible. Food was over cooked. Felt like most of the food was made ahead of time and just reheated

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n
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

It's a busy restaurant, food portions were great. Just was not impressed with the selection of kebabs in the platter, nor the lamb bacon truffle special dish they had. The pide is extremely overpriced for what you get. While dishes were good, they weren't fantastic and I probably wouldn't go back.

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s
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

everything was great, it was super busy so at one point we waited about 30 mins for our next tapa which extended our visit more than we had wanted. but overall, amazing food & great atmosphere!

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CJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unusual food, served with flair/ Everyone from water glass fillers to waiters and busboys were friendly and professional.

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C
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The place and food were outta world . It was a bit too noisy post 10pm.

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K
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place! Have loved this place since it opened in the early 2000s. I do notice that it's aged quite a lot and needs a refresh soon!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Made a reservation for 8:30. Were seated at the table 25 minutes later. Don’t understand the point of a reservation if it is not going to be honored.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food here! The service was incredible, the portions were perfect, and the atmosphere was wonderful. My only complaint would be that although we had a reservation, we were not seating until 20 minutes after our reservation.

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R
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional! Food and service! Already made reservations for graduation weekend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! So fun and relaxing to enjoy a great meal in a good atmosphere together. One of our favorites.

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Zaytinya is one of my favorite restaurants in DC. But the last time that we went, it took 30 minutes to get seated for our 7:00 PM reservation. When we finally did get seated, we were on the side of the restaurant with a view of the exit door. While I know that not everyone can get a great table, this did change the ambiance for the meal and was not my favorite visit. It took so long for us to get seated when we already had a reservation. However, the food is always phenomenal.

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PA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful. Awesome and attentive staff. Had a great dining experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food!! Such a great experience

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GZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another lovely meal - excellent food. A friend from Philadelphia was so impressed, she took several cards. Late lunch (3PM) turned out to be a great time to go, when the restaurant was quieter and the staff wasn't hurried. We enjoyed lingering. The wait staff was attentive but not hovering. Great afternoon.

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FW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall very good, and perhaps it was just the mezze lunch we ordered which was four courses, but closing out and getting the check was a bit slower than preferred.

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FD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant! Great food and excellent service!

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LS
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely attentive service.
Excellent cheese plate wonderful cauliflower and eggplant
Had regular hummus in place of the white bean hummus we were hoping was available
Recommend for those interested in exploring an all vegetarian meal

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P
Miami
83 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very pleased that we chose this unique and fun restaurant. Being familiar with the reputation of Jose Andres, we enjoyed his take on Mediterranean cuisine. We tried 8 different dishes and each were excellent in their own way. And a pleasant surprise was the choices of wines from Lebanon, Greece and Turkey. Great meal and exciting atmosphere.

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T
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love dining at Zaytinya. The service is excellent, the drinks are exquisite, and the food is delicious.

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A
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious as always. Great for a group, particularly since part of our group was vegetarian and part wasn't. The sharing aspect of mezze makes it a fun meal for a team. The only problem is that for a restaurant that knows it serves lots of small plates, the tables are way to small with not enough room for all the things you purchase. I don't think we were planned for very well, or maybe just that sitting 5 people is a weird table but we were squeezed into a table for 4. We actually asked if they could put a small server or something next to us to hold the extra plates but didn't happen. But other than that minor inconvenience, the food was great, the servers were attentive and helpful, and it was a fun night for all.

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k
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. For Foodies, great adventure. Excellent wine pairings. The staff is outstanding.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I decided to come back for my birthday dinner after a great lunch experience a few months prior. I had a great waitress the first time who I had requested and was told she was available to be our waitress (we had a group of 14). However I was dissapointed when I arrived and was told she was placed at other tables. Not something you wanna hear on your birthday, right? Especially when you have a large party size and are vegan! Our waiter was okay but because I am vegan I didn’t feel accommodated to readily as I was when Maria was my server. Overall it was okay but I’ll stick to lunch only here.

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K
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Good food, nice server, reasonable price.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

While the frying/baking of the eggplant was well prepared the result was disappointing. Bitter taste would have been ameliorated by adequate presoaking.
The polpo was drastically overcooked. Tough and hard rubbery.
A more careful kitchen would have made these quality ingredients more enjoyable.

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