Zaytinya

4.7
14201 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.
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Mississippi
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is absolutely perfect. The food is just amazing - such great combinations, fresh, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

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B
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good middle eastern style fair.. Everything is very well done, with no flaws, but no stand outs either. There are some very nice touches, for example, the pillowy pitas.

Service is a bit uneven, but that may be due to the fact that the restaurant has many large parties dining at once.

Noise level is high, so have good lungs and no hearing issues if you wish to have dinner conversation.

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M
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience! Food was fresh and delicious

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Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food! Waitress explained menus, gave recommendations and very good customer service. We sat outside and it was gorgeous. Definitely will try it again when we are back in DC.

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FM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere, and I eat here frequently. Interesting and delicious food, excellent service, and great ambiance, especially if sitting outside (inside can be a bit too noisy, depending on where you sit). The menu is great--would recommend choosing tapas that you haven't had, or are not easily found elsewhere, developed in concert with chefs from the countries where the foods are found. The wines are also unique and also very good. As a plus, you get to support Jose Andreas, who is doing wonderful things at his restaurants and around the world!

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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I love all Jose Andres's restaurants. I've been to Zaytinya a million times. This particular experience was sub-par. None of the food came out hot, the service was very slow -- even getting the bill was difficult, and the restaurant was not as full as I have seen it. I was disappointed.

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l
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always enjoy Zaytinya when in DC and by extension supporting José Andrés and World Central Kitchen

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

Restaurant was too loud for conversation

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

Fantastic! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his birthday celebration.

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SL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and fresh. The labneh is the best , and the raw kibbeh also different but refreshing. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning.

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

The food was excellent - appetizers, main meal and the dessert; all were extremely good! I just wish the environment was a bit quieter, but everything else, including the service, was wonderful.

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

Excellent meal, I would have liked my lamb a little more tender. However, the Brussels sprouts were superb!!! A very delightful Easter meal.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Birthday brunch, portions wer miniscuded

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DE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service by all of the staff!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was rather bland and soulless. Minimal love and flavor put into the various small plates we had. Disappointing ...

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

Food was good but not out of this world. I do go out to eat all the time so i have high expectations. I would go back and maybe try something different.

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

Msireable experience, from The food to the service we received. Definitely not Coming Back. It was one of. The worst b-day celebration we celebrated as a group my friend and I!

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

Our new favorite spot when visiting DC! This was our 3rd time at Zaytinya and it is consistently delicious.

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r
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a glorious afternoon before the Caps game. Enjoyed the spanakopita, lamb behar, and shrimp, along with rose wine. Perfect pre-game dining with excellent, timely service.

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

I love the food here. Unique combination flavors.

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

Service is spectacular.

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CW
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is fabulous, staff is amazing and very helpful!

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

We went for brunch and the food was delicious as always. Because we were among the first waves of customers, we didn't have to wait too long to until bread and water got delivered to our table.

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EO
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal I had in DC after a week of trying yelp it’s it being in travel guides, this was recommended by a friend who is local and it’s amazing food. Only issue is that it is a noisy place and it’s nonstop busy.

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KS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytina’s is our favorite restaurant. The food is great! The service is impeccable! The decor and ambiance is excellent!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I booked a table for 8 with the special request that it was a birthday celebration. 1 person had to cancel last minute so we were only 7. The party was 5 men, 2 women and they crammed us at a round table near the front. We could barely reach for our drinks or cut our food. The servers were very lax at keeping used plates and wine glasses cleared off the table so we had to ask several times for someone to clear dishes to make more room. We finally started to take them off ourselves and put them on a ledge behind our table.

Overall the food was very good but several dishes arrived barely warm.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Great place to try authentic Mediterranean. You can try a few different dishes since it is mezze (tapas) style. I definitely recommend the dolmades, Peynirli Pide, Lamb Kleftico, and Yogurt and Apricots for dessert. Margarita was also phenomenal.

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

It was wonderful. Lingered after meal with a cup of coffee. Would have stayed longer just because I was enjoying everything after a particularly busy work week. Though others were waiting. Never felt pushed out, but ..... others should have time to enjoy their night as we did!

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

This was our second time at Zaytinya. Once again it was an excellent meal and pleased all four of us. For me, the dolmas were outstanding as were the brussels sprouts. From the bread to the juices to the apple sorbet--excellent. We definitely recommend it.

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

Fantastic food, with good vegetarian options. Service was fantastic-best I’ve seen in a long time.

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

Went for lunch on a Friday and ordered a la carte, though the lunch prix fixe was available. The service was outstanding, the decor was modern, and diners ranged from very casually dressed to power business suited guests. Everything ordered was fantastic. We had: the baba ghannoush, hummus with spiced lamb spread, grilled halloumi, piyaz (giant white beans), lamb and beef meatballs, and scallops with dill and yogurt. That was way too much for a party of two, and fit for a party of three or four. Would go back again!

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S
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

They better be faster and better. If you end up going there after 9:30 pm. You can’t expect great service.

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty as always.

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KS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was friendly and took the time to explain the menu and answer questions. The food was AMAZING!! Even my cousin who is an extremely picky eater enjoyed the food.
If I lived in DC I would eat there frequently.

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MN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The felafel were excellent, and just as I remembered from my last visit 7 years ago.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Octopus was over cooked, as was most of the meat. Lamb tongue, taramosalata, bidinjan eggplant fritters, and Turkish pastrami were the stars—so delicious. The most unpleasant part was the pace of the meal. Service was very rushed, our waiter was rough. She slammed and squished plates on the table, there was not enough room on our table for the amount of dishes she was bringing at once. She should’ve spaced out the dishes more thoughtfully. Overall, not a “wow” experience.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very good service and food, but extremely loud inside. Because of the noise, I will not return to this restaurant.

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DJ
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always fresh and delicious, and it is hard to choose from the many enticing offerings on the menu. It is a loud and "energetic" place, so it can be difficult to converse easily. But I highly recommend it!

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London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

I had requested a round table and the restaurant had confirmed it with me. When we checked in, they had moved us to a a rectangular table which I dislike for a large group. They made no apology, other than to say that they had gotten a request after ours for the same round table from a group with 2 more people than ours. After we finally ironed out that wrinkle and were seated at the round table, I realized that they had not set the table with champagne glasses for our celebration. Also our waiter had no knowledge of the 2 very expensive bottles of champagne that were supposed to be chilling table side, which I had arranged with the front desk staff 2 days in advance. Additionally, they told us that we needed to be finished by 8:30, which I told them was fine and would be up to them since they controlled the pace ... we had arranged in advance to have the chef’s tasting menu, which our waiter had no knowledge of either. Needless to say, we didn’t finish anytime close to 8:30 because the kitchen was not prepared for 8 people to have the chef’s tasting menu. Service was incredibly slow and we finished around 10:00. Mind you, we checked in promptly at 6:30 for our 6:30 reservation. We had just finished a 20-person cocktail celebration in the bar of the restaurant, where we had spent a small fortune already. This is not the level of service I’ve ever had at a restaurant owned by Jose Andres. And I dare say that Jose would have been even more disappointed that we were. It’ll be a very long time before I take a group back there, which is sad because I work across the street from the restaurant and have always loved it.

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TB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always outstanding.

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