Zaytinya

4.7
14475 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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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 14475 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive server. Excellent recommendations. Wonderful food.

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1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Love the portion size to be able to sample lots of dishes. Great staff.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simple meal but absolutely delicious of hummus and falafel. Hard to find a good wine however as only regional wines are served. Very hot by kitchen recommend not sitting near it.

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KO
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go with 2 or more people and share everything! Amazing dining experience. Excellent service.

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AH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

As expected the food was delicious and the overall vibe of the restaurant at dinnertime was lively. Unfortunately, our server abandoned us. We had several questions about the menu and cocktails, which I guess taxed her. She did not return to ask about our meal, how we liked it, nothing. She even got snippy at one point - "If you like gin and tonic, get the gin and tonic". I waited for her to return to take my drink order, but she never returned so I shared my spouse's drink. She was friendly while we completed the payment transaction - too late for niceties at that point.

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Houston
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service, fun place for a group.

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Consistently great!!! They are on top of all food allergies/preferences so no worries if that's something you need help with as they are very accommodating.

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

Delicious! Highly recommend if you want a party in your mouth experience. Certainly flavorful and spices awaken the palate. Leisurely pace is recommended at this restaurant as service is friendly but just a tad slow.

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VH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adi (a new server trainee) was delightful. She's going places! We almost wanted to steal her to come and work for us.

The food, as always was terrific. A great time was had by all. Many thanks!

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MT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great suggestions from our server. Perfect for people that like to share!

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

Fabulous food and great service. It is loud, so not a place for serious discussions.

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful place! The menu offered an eclectic choice of dishes, and everything we tried was delicious. The service was beyond friendly: our waiter and manager were wonderfully thoughtful, which added to the pleasure of the evening. We can't wait to return!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful food and service

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

Wonderful Turkish/Lebanese/Greek small plates using fresh ingredients and mouth-pleasing seasonings.

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R
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

one of the good options downtown, good food, not outrageously priced, good selection of small plates.

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

It was lovely sitting outside on a summer day. The service was attentive and they didn’t rush us.

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

Loved the food and the space! The experience was excellent and would go again!

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

Excellent food, but on the last 3 visits the service has been terrible. Each time I didn't' spend nearly as much as I expected because NO ONE ever came to check on the table and ask about the empty plates and wineglasses that sat there. Would have liked more wine, would have ordered more food but couldn't get anyone to assist. (Manager: Pay attention! You are losing money!) Last night's dinner they didn't have ingredients for one of their signature drinks, and we never got all the dishes we had ordered - they just didn't show up. They were not included on the bill as we finally asked for the check and said never-mind on those two plates, don't bother with them anymore. This was almost two hours at dinner which was nice and leisurely, but it would have been much nicer had we received the items we had ordered, and if we could have ever gotten a waiter to refill the wine glasses.
AND THE NOISE. It's so loud. You can't talk, you have to shout. Sitting outside is much nicer because you can have a conversation. Food is always awesome, but they need to pick up the service side of things.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but nothing spectacular. The ambience was fine. It was very hot inside. Service could be improved. Overall glad we tried it but I don’t think I would go back.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 1

Great food, mediocre service, disgusting bathrooms.

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

Great food as always. Love this place, but the service could have been better tonight. They were friendly and professional, but there were long waits between service. The key to a large group doing small plates is to keep the food coming and the energy high. We had a solid 20-30 minute gap between food service tonight. Disappointing and probably cost the restaurant money.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family here for a birthday and everyone LOVED it!! Will 100% be going back. Delicious food & always fun to share mezze style.

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V
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My good friend comes into town once a year, and I take her to a nice DC dinner somewhere. This year she requested we repeat Zaytinya--out of all the wonderful DC restaurants we could try. It did not disappoint. We ordered extras to go and enjoyed them for breakfast the next morning.

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MK
London
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although a large and busy restaurant, the service delivered and each dish prepared is just for you. What a fabulous team at Zaytinya!

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

Ordered 4 items plus dessert, all gluten free. Brussel sprouts, halloumi, lamb chops and octopus. Our server recommended wine pairings. Everything was perfect.

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

Lovely, light venue with excellent service and creative, flavorful options.

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K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed with my recent visit. I've been here before and loved the food. It seems the chef is different? Or the recipes? The Halloumi cheese was spot on and delicious. However, the Piyaz seemed different - much more soupy and less tasty, and the zucchini pancakes (Kolokithokeftedes) seemed wet and doughy instead of crispy and delicious. Hope it was just a bad day, as I have had delicious food here before.

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

Excellent restaurant with great service and great food! I will definitely return back and recommend it to my friends

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

Lovely experience. Great wine. Great food (minus the mushroom dish).

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r
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful day to eat outside. We were in no rush. Food was very good and we ordered the right amount. Well worth dining here (again)

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j
Central Coast
58 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been to Zaytinya several times and the food is always very good and the service nearly as good as well. Six of us were there on a Friday night and it was very crowded and loud which is not surprising. Overall we had a good meal and a good time. My biggest disappointment was finding a reasonable ($50) red wine. Unfortunately, their only selections are wine from Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and that region. The waiter suggested a $69 bottle of Chateau St. Thomas 2011 red blend that was too tannic even with time to open up it was too bitter and astringent. At similar restaurants in LA, SF, Seattle & NYC I can get a $50 bottle of Italian, Spanish or even an over-priced Californian that is spectacular compared the Zaytinya offering. Their corkage fee is a robust $25. If we return it will be for the food and maybe a beer which is too bad as I always prefer wine.

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

My husband and dear friend and I had a fabulous dinner at Zaytinya on Friday night and sat outside, where it is slightly quieter. Dinner was delicious and service was impeccable.
The best dish we shared was soft shelled crab special. Crunchy, with

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

I usually give zaytinya 5 stars but it just wasn't on it's game last Friday. Waitress suggested a spread and then it took a long time to get pita. It was so full that servers butt touched us when she tried to get from table to table. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't what I expect from Jose Andres.

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

Turkish and Mediterranean themed small dishes, or mezze. They are good but expensive and the dishes are quite small. The service is great, but it’s quite noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great server with great recommendations. very satisfying

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SL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant evening, food, service, and ambiance.

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P
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Much too noisy and we had their "quietest" table. Recommend only if you are prepared to shout or can sit outside, which we could not do.

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RG
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Wanted to like it, as the cuisine is one of my favorites. Service and ambiance excellent. However, every single hot dish we ordered arrived room temp, as if it had been prepped in advance. Nothing was hot. I've had much better Mujadara, this one had no disernable caremelized onion and was a little mushy, having lost it's texture; the taboulleh was fresh but nothing to write home about; all in all, while it was a nice meal, my companion and I felt it was more of a tourist trap meal than a truly great one, when compared to some excellent meals we've had at both large and small restaurants.

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u
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as usual. We came with a group and had reservations for two separate tables but with just a few extra minutes waiting they were able to seat us all together. Also, our server was very patient with our very annoying and confusing separating of checks. Everything was much appreciated!

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our server was excellent - attentive and not intrusive; also great to see Maggie there and good to talk with her. They did a wonderful dessert surprise for my husband's birthday. We highly recommend it

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