Zaytinya

4.6
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15555 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. In response to the increasing risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to help encourage social distancing to stop its spread, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close. More details available on our website.

https://www.zaytinya.com/covid/

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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Lamb Shoulder Feast for 4

Takeout

$148.50 per order

Prepaid

May 22, 2020-Jul 5, 2020·Sun 12:00PM-8:00PM, Fri-Sat 12:00PM-9:00PM

Enjoy a special feast designed for four by our chef each weekend. The meal includes lamb shoulder, vegetable sides and dessert. Only a limited amount are available each weekend, so please reserve yours at least 24 hours in advance.

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AmyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb shoulder feast is remarkable - it's like a little virtual visit to Zaytinya. The food was bountiful, fresh, perfectly prepared and easy to serve. The restaurant was clean, delivery well organized and the staff friendly and helpful. Every little morsel was delicious. Really a special experience. We're still talking about it three days later! Thanks for offering this.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

The food was okay. Items were missing from our carry out. The team was happy to offer a free dessert but I expected so much more from the Lamb Feast.

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IllaryQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. I love Zaytinya’s ambience. I keep going back.

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vipKK22
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very attentive at the beginning but fell way off at the end. Food was delicious. Temperature dropped and wind whipped up unexpectedly but they can’t do anything about that of course

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NellT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable drinks and small plates. A nice variety!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The server was accommodating. The pitas were warm and soft. The Peydirli Pide flatbread was good but a bit salty. The best are the falafel and the Baba Ghannouge hummus. I just wish that all the food we ordered were served all at once.

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wksb
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great customer service! Our server Miripilini was fantastic! It was a fun dining experience!! Food was delicious!!

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ShimuA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We didn't get the proper attention from our server. I had to call him three times for help/attention. We still will be back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful experience.

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perfection
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food selections for my vegan, carnivore and pescatarian family members.
Friendly and very accommodating staff
Amazing that they accomplish delivering so many small plates with such a large restaurant
Great drinks menu help any perceived wait time

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JanLynn
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great option, comfortable outdoor seating. Had the grilled octopus (Octopus Santorini), crispy sprouts, which were AMAZING and a glass of wine. Ate solo as I was on business and it was a happening place on a Monday evening.

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vipHappyDiner
New England
59 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really special menu of small plates with a Mediterranean vibe. The fresh/hot pita bread with olive oil and pomegranate molasses was awesome - and they kept bringing more as we ate it. The crispy Brussel sprouts were wonderful, as was the spanokopita and meatballs. I will return to try many more dishes on their unique menu! Delicious cocktails as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration! Food was delicious and service was great

JP
vipJosephP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server, food and atmosphere. A favorite staple in DC.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The restaurant took over 45 minutes to seat our reservation of 8. Staff was only responsive to seat us when questioned. Service was extremely slow and spotty.
This was not a great experience for my birthday.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. One of my favorite spots in the city.

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vipPicky123
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is very loud and is very hard to have a conversation. People are coming in and out every minute very busy and large restaurant. If you like energetic and busy then you are fine. The food was good very small plates not cheap for small dishes. I had salmon and tabolleh and the rest of the table had the chefs special menu for $65 each. It was a lot of food but they don’t give fish or seafood just fried mussels. It was mostly vegetarian and the last round had steak and some sort of lamb. It’s a good food not amazing and very loud setting. We aimed for our table 20 minutes over our reservation time. They were indifferent asked if we wanted the table or not.

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vipRobinS
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience started out a little rocky because they were not able to seat us when we arrived at our reservation time. We had to wait about 15 minutes after the reservation time to be seated. But, from then on we were very impressed. The restaurant was very busy and very full of people but the service was still gracious and prompt. We had a serious mishap when a large glass of red wine was overturned by one of the diners at our table. The staff could not have been nicer about it. They immediately cleaned the spill up, helped to clean the soiled clothes and promptly and graciously replaced the glass of wine. They were so nice and it was then easily forgotten. The food was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

we had to wait 25 minutes to get seated, even though we had a reservation! and then the lamb adana kababs tasted very bad. not a pleasing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Did the chef experience option

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WakakoK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They had great food and great service. I was very happy with the experience!

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StephenS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fabulous, with lots of variety so we can never get in a rut..... Consequently, there are favorite dishes that have to wait a few visits because other new dishes appear.

It does get pretty noisy, but there are slightly quieter sections. It is, quite rightfully, packed from 5:30 onwards..... even though this last visit the Capital One arena had nothing going on.

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vipMyrosia
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the Brussel sprouts Afelia, sautéed shrimp Anitho, chicken shish Taouk, toasted eggplant, and a lamb sausage. ALL were beautifully prepared and presented. The delicious bread, which was constantly replenished without our asking for it, was perfect for dipping in the sauces.

We look forward to many return visits.

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RehanaG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was okay and pricy. Not too many options for chicken

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vipDisappointedPatron
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Very good food, beyond horrific service. 30 minutes and multiple inquiries before our drinks were brought to the table. Then another 20 minutes before the first mezze plates appeared with no bread basket. We stared at the hummus and other mezze plates and asked 4 different people for bread, all of whom had a terrible attitude about it. This set the pace and tone for the meal, which included good food that was completely overshadowed by the incompetent and uninterested staff. Had to ask for our bill three times and it included two mistakes as well. Such a shame, will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews