Zaytinya

4.7
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15743 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Zaytinya is open with patio and indoor seating for parties of 6 or less. We cannot guarantee a request for patio seating. We are open for dinner Monday thru Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday thru Sunday. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit Zaytinya.com/commitment.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Was in Penn Quarter and wanted something tasty. The front desk from the Riggs recommended this place. Got the tasting menu and was happy with the variety and the fact that I didn’t have to decipher the menu. Also tried the wine flight and enjoyed the selection. Would try again but wish the location was a little more secluded.

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ApoorvaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytinya is a delight always. So happy to see you all faring well and serving the community with all the love!

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AlissaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! The service impeccable. Fresh pita is delivered constantly to your table, waiters and staff are so attentive. We ate outside so the city sounds were pretty energetic. If you want quiet dining I'd recommend inside. Food was delicious and it made for a great location for a ladies night out and the food was easily shareable!

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MeganF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We came here for a birthday dinner and had a very disappointing experience. Even though we had a reservation, we were told that "Reservations cannot guarantee a table" which is RIDICULOUS and then were given a high-top by the bar. Which normally would be fine if we were a walk-in, but it was a special occasion and we had a reservation. Then the host completely forgot about us (we wanted to move to a real table after a drink) so we had to go back up. Then they tried to move us to a table outside by the road even though our reservation was for inside. Finally they gave us a table (about an hour after our original reservation). Food was good, but expensive. Service was poor - our waitress almost never checked on us and when she did it wasn't great. Fine service for a burger joint, but not a higher tier restaurant. There was also no birthday celebration, which is fine, but once again a little disappointing for a nicer restaurant. Overall, would not go back.

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vipJacquesC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

All was fine except the check in. Had to wait 35 minutes despite a booking and a confirmation. The hostess was rude, luckily a floor manager solved the problem. The service and food were great but they do have a booking issue especially for outdoor seatings

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CatalinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice

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BaerbelS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience.

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vipLifeShortEatGood
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoor dining spot. Same phenomenal service, food, and cocktails. While servers' faces were hidden behind masks - thank you - they really showed their best selves. Grateful for a wonderful evening.

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vipTrishal
Baltimore
100 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I really do feel for Zaytinya. I've visited it during very busy times, during very fun times (Dine & Dash), and now during COVID times. It is sad to see such an amazing restaurant, so empty, due to the pandemic and associated restrictions. That being said, I am happy that the restaurant has put up plexiglass walls between booths, and separated seatings in areas where this is not possible. The menu is slightly downsized, and some of the favorites are temporarily missing, but hope they make a return once things are back to normal. The food and service were great.

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Ewelina
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with my boyfriend for a tasting dinner and it was a very good experience! Food, atmosphere, staff - We highly recommend:)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Wine was amazing. Service was amazing. Ambiance was amazing. Period.

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Krista
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious meal and great outdoor seating! Service was excellent. The bread and labneh are a delicious combo, and the watermelon salad was my favorite starter dish. The brussel sprouts were incredible. Overall, 10/10 experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a weeknight dinner!

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vipMohammedA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attended to our needs. They sanitized table before we sat, electronic menus, hand sanitizers to make us feel safe.

Food was amazing!

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Michael
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great service and friendly staff. Definitely can recommend Zaytinya. We both had the tasting menu, which offered a good value for the variety of food offered - 5 courses including dessert. The food was delicious!

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HatemA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food was great and the service was outstanding. We try to pass by every time we’re in DC

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DCCasualFoodieGuy
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great covid outdoor experience, food great as always!

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JoannaB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have loved dining here several times. My most recent visit in September 2020. I don't feel comfortable eating indoors, and I was able to reserve an outdoor table for my mom's birthday dinner. The ambiance was lovely, pretty quiet even though they're in a busy part of town. Lovely lights over the patio. We described is as magical several times throughout the evening. Food never disappoints. Started with two spreads, then got two meat dishes, (lamb and beef) and an order of the Brussels. They are a not to be missed item. We ordered a second plate for our dessert! Seriously - you must order them. Food flavors are vibrant yet subtle. Highly recommend if you like Mediterranean food!

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vipLarryN
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb dinner at Zaytinya’s outdoor patio. The menu has been updated and there are lots of terrific new dishes, along with old favorites. It’s fun to order a variety of Mezze small plates and share them, getting a good taste of everything. Each dish was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Can’t wait to go back again.

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warren14
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fruit salad followed by octopus was delightful

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DavidS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a bit expensive but everything was delicious!

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JJKWH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was perfect! Food was delicious, service (Marlon and his team) were great - quite attentive, but not at all intrusive. Zaytinya has outside dining in the time of Covid down to a science!

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Kraft
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a lovely experience. I had dined here before, about a year ago, and enjoyed it, but this patio dining was great. It felt like a normal (pre-Covid) summer terrace dinner out. The service was very attentive and considerate, and the food was delicious overall. One of the most seamless restaurant experiences we have had since the pandemic began.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening at Zaytinya. Great food and service, beautiful, and we felt very safe.

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AntonioT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Over all the place is good be of my favorites. The downside was the time. It seems like we arrived during the shift change and our services was very bad. We have been there several times and love the food, I really thing it had to do with the time of day. Oh well...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was awful. We ordered an omelette - which was raw / runny inside. We sent it back to be recooked as we don’t eat runny eggs - it came back EXACTLY the same. Still runny. The pide (with tomato, cinnamon, spices and halloumi) was basically a flatbread pizza, and tasted as such. The fried potatoes (we were assuming some kind of baby potatoes) were just French fries with a white sauce on the site. So basically we had a pizza and French fries. We asked for the halloumi from the “old” menu, and they said it’s not available. This was one of our favorite restaurants but the quality and taste of the Covid menu was beyond disappointing. It was like their chef was gone and they had someone else throw together a menu. I would warn anyone to just wait for the normal menu to be back and not waste your money on the substandard fare.

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MicaelaC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place!! And the food is delicious, very well priced

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Arielle
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was perfect here. I felt safe, the ambiance was still great, and the servers/wait staff were extremely attentive. The food was great incredible, I'll definitely come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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NancyR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with outside dining during COVID. The restaurant is clearly taking staff and client safety seriously. Fabulous food! Fabulous service! I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
West Virginia
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall good. Service was great! My only issue was we had some mosquitos buzzing around us our entire meal it was a bit annoying. Also I felt prices were a bit much for the portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in all respects! Outdoor eating area was nicest in the area ... to say nothing of the food, service, and care!

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Natasha
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter has moved to DC

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vipPete
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and terrific service. I wanted everything on the menu. I will definitely be back. The servers wiped everything down before we sat down at our table outside. I felt pretty safe eating there during the pandemic.

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VeronicaO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service and delicious options. Met all expectations!

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Hanz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good distance between tables, hand sanitizer available, masks required for servers and diners, good food as always, very good experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Zaytinya disappointed me for the first time. Food and everything is still great but you have to update your OpenTable availability if you have reduced hours -which I totally understand. I was even able to book a table at 9:30 pm so I figured they were closing at least a little later and I booked a table for 9 pm. When we arrived I immediately asked for the closing time because I would hate to keep people late who work hard in this environment. They said the kitchen was already closed but they were gonna take our order anyway. I’m so glad no one else booked that spot at 9:30 pm! We ate and left pretty quickly but it’s really misleading not to update your primary booking platform.(and you can update it even momentarily so no excuses there) I probably will be returning because I still love the food but it was a tad annoying.

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MollyO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Went here for restaurant week and the food was delicious! Much larger portions for tapas then I was expecting.

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vipBill
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great dinner on the terrace outside. Perfect place for social distancing. Great restaurant week menu.

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vipTerriV
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.

Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 15743 OpenTable diners.

Zaytinya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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