Zaytinya

4.7
14284 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Poor service. Things took much longer than expected to come from the kitchen and bar. New plates brought to table without clearing previous dishes. Had to ask multiple times for refills of water and wine. Piece of metal foil found in wine.
Sad bc I had come here a year ago when I was last in DC and my experience then was excellent. Maybe a fluke, but i seems the service has gone downhill.
The food is very good, however.

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

Always delicious - the spanakopita is as delicious as all other reviews indicate!

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

It's been years since we last visited Zaytinya. This time it was fine - nothing extraordinary. The front desk folks need some customer service training - they both seemed bored and not at all welcoming. Food was good but seemed pricey. Our waitress was wonderful.

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with friendly service and quality food.

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y
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious as always, but our waiter brought us an eggplant Mezze instead of the Brussels sprouts we had ordered. We ordered 5 or 6 Mezze, and the first few came quickly. Then, nothing arrived for 30 or 40 minutes before the last 2 or 3 came. Although we both had plenty of time and enjoyed the long lunch, other diners would have been very unhappy with the long wait. We were charged for the correct number of Mezze. The price was very high, although we drank nothing but tap water. I love the food at Zaytinya but eat there very rarely because the prices are so high.

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RA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Our out of town guests were absolutely delighted by the meal. I love this restaurant on every level (waitstaff, setting, food, price). Always a treat!!

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OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always eat here when I come to DC. This is the place that sold me in brussle sprouts.

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Coming back again later this week. That says it all!

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

We arrived at noon when the restaurant was just starting up and noise was minimal. Our food was really good—-hummus, lamb shank/eggplant, chicken, cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts sides...all good. The Turkish and regular coffee were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient and Jose Andres went through to check on the food and agreed to a selfie with my friend...what a generous man! Zaytinya is a fun and excellent scene.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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d
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal

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

Excellent food! Great service. The Kabobs were delicious

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

I took my mom here for mother’s day. We ordered the Chef Experience. It was bar non, the best restaurant experience I’ve had.

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

Zaytinya is my go-to place anytime I have to go for a celebration. The food and service are consistently great and the place is a sure shot recommendation!

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had made a reservation for 5 at 7:15 and were celebrating my birthday and mother's day. We got there early and had a drink. The bar and the service there was great. When it was time for our reservation we were taken to a very long table that we had to share with a dozen very loud people. We were very disappointed and probably won't go back there just because of that. We asked for another private table but would have had to wait 30 minutes.

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DJ
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is the best. Go here every time I visit DC at least 2-3 times.

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P
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mother's Day dinner. My mom really enjoyed the food and had a great day. The roses were a nice touch. Our server did a great job.

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

Amazing as always, but fir Mother’s Day we had 2 reservations and asked for a larger table to for our large party, despite the full restaurant, in 20mins , they arranged for all of us....
Really outstanding service , I’ll be back for sure for more yummy food !!!

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D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to Zaytinya for years, it never disappoints.

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JL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was great. We had 1 issue with the lamb chop being so tough we can't even slice with the knife provided. We asked for a steak knife from a busser and went on to grab the manager (or so I thought she was). She said she had to check the 'storage room' if they had any. We tried to eat a piece of it but it was really tough so we informed the server that it wasn't enjoyable but got a disappointing response. No apologies, she just looked at me confused. I said if we can just get something else and that's when she proceeded to ask us what we wanted as a replacement. Service is not up to par as we would've expected a Jose Andres' restaurant would give.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!

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LS
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The variety and preparation of the food was exceptional. As well as the service. And all 9 of us, celebrating a variety of events, felt we were very well taken care of. The lamb shoulder, which two of us were never able to order, is worth inviting your whole crowd so you can get the chance.

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CS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. Obviously a popular place, was beautifully open but the downside was noise level made it hard to hear conversation at table. I hope to be back when in DC in the future!

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HW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya's is consistently delicious, and we love how the mezze-style menu makes it possible to try lots of new dishes!

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DG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service was wonderful. We sat outside and ended up moving tables three times because of the sun, but the waitstaff was very accommodating. Would definitely recommend!

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TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong with Zaytenia! Endless selection of delicious food and amazing cocktails.

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FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful!

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j
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was spectacular and delicious. The noise level was almost unbearable. We were a party of 9 on a Friday night and put in an excellent spot but still couldn’t hear each other. The waiter was just not good. Didn’t know the wine. Very inattentive - no water. Go fir the food but expect noise and delay.

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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed my meal. I had difficulty finding parking and attempted to use valet, but they only accepted cash. Possibly offer multiple payment options.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is excellent, but waiter was extremely inattentive. This was particularly noticeable since he would come to the table next to us to check in on them, but no matter how much I tried to get his attention, he would just ignore me. I used to come here a lot but the past two times I've been, the service has been terrible, so I will most likely not be coming as often anymore.

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m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felicia did an outstanding job helping me get a set menu for our large group. Food was delicious and abundant. And everyone had a great time.

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B
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Zaytinya definitely has their act together. We went during lunch and there was a good sized crowd of businessmen and women grabbing their lunches by the time we arrived. Despite how busy they were, the Zaytinya staff was always top notch, came to check on us and our infant son and always had our drinks refilled without us asking. For food, I had the lame shoulder roast which was being rotisseried at the time we were there and that lamb shwarma was delicious. The Greek fries were forgettable and the octopus santorini was also excellent.

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K
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love the food at Zaytinya but this time the service was very slow, at least for us.

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RD
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

So ooud u could not hear the waiter. It was a zoo. Never again.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food, fantastic service, always consistent

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great atmosphere. Food very good, but the meals priced as mains come in size of a starter. The price is ridiculously high for the amount of food you get.

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L
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Their mediterranean menu is nicely designed based on greek, turkish and lebanese cuisines with interesting ingredients. Atmosphere was also great. There were a lot of people although it was Monday. Will definitely go back.

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PV
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was exceptional. Very interesting flavor profile. The fattoush is a must. Their Mezze lunch set is reasonably priced. Would definitely return.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

一皿が小さいので日本人にはちょうどいい量です。
味は初めて食べる味ですがどれも美味しかったです。
店員さんはあまりフレンドリーではありませんでした。
かなり混んでるので予約必須です。

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PH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

I absolutely love your restaurant and I’ve been there a few times ! But on May 5 we ordered a lot of different dishes and half of the dishes came quickly then we sat for almost an hour and wait for the other half of our dishes. We asked the server several times where her food was and she said the restaurant was very busy. It was very embarrassing for me because I raved about your restaurant and the food arriving so late took away from our experience . The waitress did comp Us with one dessert to share for five people. I was very disappointed in the service that we received .

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