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Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
Washington, DC 20001
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday–Thursday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM to Midnight
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM (regular menu available all day)
$31 to $50
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We offer valet parking Monday - Friday starting at 5pm and starting at 4pm Saturday and Sunday till one hour after restaurant closing time. Cost is $12.
Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.
Executive Chef José Andrés; Zaytinya Head Chef, Michael Costa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews
The waiter i believe is spelled Acehi (from marrocco) made us feel rushed. My guests noticed and I apologized. The food has gone down from past times. The shrimp anf the pork belly suvlaki were good. Yet the squid was totally blasé. The spanakopita was a deception, have eaten better ones at lesser places. The wines were interesting.
The food was excellent and their service impeccable, they never let out water glasses or wine glasses get too low and always swung around when we needed them. You really can’t go wrong with the menu, and at 3 plates per person, it will leave you feeling satisfied rather than uncomfortably full. Special highlights to the octopus and scallops which were perfectly cooked. Their dessert menu is also something to take a look at as well. Overall, an excellent place for a meal no matter the occasion and definitely worth a trip back.
I adore Zaytinya - been going for years. This last time was truly disappointing because our server was so unpleasant. I reported this to the manager, who apologized, but really, Zaytinya should have pleasant, friendly, helpful wait staff as basic. Perhaps our server had an off night, but that's all it takes to give a customer a bad impression. I will go back because I love the food, and will make sure I get another wait person!
Food is always good here, but the table can get cramped with the physically large China. Desserts are always very interesting but limited gluten AND dairy free options...as with most places :) Service this visit was good, but felt a bit rushed to buy more food.
Arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately and a busboy filled our water glasses and then we were ignored for 20+ minutes. Had to ask twice for a hostess/manager to discuss why we we're not being helped and the head hostess came over, apologized and took our order herself without so much as a smile or friendly comment. Her first response to us was "why hasn't anyone taken care of you since you've been here?" The food arrived quickly and was good. The bill was brought to our table as soon as we finished the main courses and then sequentially two managers came over one after the other and removed the remaining plates off our table and stood over us as we paid up and left with one practically standing at our table till we did totally unaware why we were running late. We ordered over 10 small plates for 2 people and wine. We talked quietly and were well dressed. Many people were standing at the front desk waiting to be seated but to rudely push us out of the restaurant so they could seat the next party 30 minutes after our order was finally taken was incredible to witness. Yes they had booked another party for that time to sit at that table but to rush us out after the delay in finishing our meal was caused by them ignoring us for 20+ minutes seems unseemly.
Given that Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine is my absolute favorite, I chose Zaytinya to celebrate my 23rd birthday. Aside from the perfectly portioned small plates and unique craft cocktails, the service and ambience made for the perfect celebration. The hostess, Lindsay, was absolutely outstanding and truly went above and beyond to create such a special night for me and my friends. Our server, Nikina, was excellent. She recommended some fabulous dishes and provided attentive service, always making sure our glasses were filled with Rosé. The bartender, Tollie, was charming as he brought me and my friends roses (as per request of my mother who coordinated the celebration) at the end of our meal. Between the eclectic menu and the authentic atmosphere, filled with Mediterranean blues and the classic evil eye decorations, and the exemplary guest service, Zaytinya is an absolute must.
The Zaytinya I visited with my colleagues recently was a very different Zaytinya from five years ago. I really think this place is highly overrated and the quality of food and service has gone down. It used to be such a unique place. Now, it seems that as its popularity has grown, food and service has dwindled.
We went on a busy weeknight and were seated right away with a reservation. Our server was nice enough, but he very clearly was trying to get us out of there as quickly as possible. After our first round of tapas orders, we were in the process of ordering more. I would name one dish, and he'd say okay and start walking away. I had to yell "wait" three times to give him our full order. When we finished our meal, he less than subtly watched that we put our cards in for payment and came by several times to ask if we were ready to pay. We weren't. We were having a conversation, but felt like we were in trouble and getting kicked out. I understand the place was busy, but an hour and a half for dinner isn't asking too much...especially when we are spending a good amount of money.
As for the food itself, it's pretty good but not spectacular. If you are new to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, it's a good (and expensive) place to start, but after I've been there a few times, I realize it's nothing special. Dishes like the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts are good, but can be easily recreated by a home cook. Meat and seafood are never impressive. I find that it's dry and unremarkable (especially the octopus and shrimp). Unless I'm in some way obligated to go, I will not be returning voluntarily.
Service was not up to par. When we asked for a booth they said it was only available for 2+ parties but when we actually got seated we kept seeing party of two getting seated there. The restaurant had many empty seats all though out dinner. A good restaurant with such diverse customer base should not make anyone feel like they are not told the correct reason for seating arrangements. In terms of food, it was ok. The duck was a bit dry but the desert was good. Overall, so disappointment as I heard so many great stories.
Even for those who are familiar with medittereanean cuisine, this restaurant offer fascinating and delicious variations that are totally unexpected to say the least. I totally recommend the Chef's choice menu. I have tried this choice many times and every time I was surprised with innovative delicious plates.
Zaytinya is truly marvelous, with fresh, light, vibrant, and zesty food from the Mediterranean region, focusing mainly on Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. High praise for the htipiti, octopus, mushrooms, and lamb dishes. My partner loved the Turkish coffee and we both thought the Greek yogurt with apricot dessert was sublime.
We loved this restaurant so much that we walked in the next day for lunch, where she had the entree salad and I had the lunch tasting. Everything was wonderful again, but the Ottoman rice pilaf was an especially noted standout.
Really nice restaurant with excellent service. Loved the hummus. Got the sampling of 6 but beware they are large servings so it was a lot for 2 people but we took leftovers home and they were great. Brussel sprouts were amazing. Try the gin and tonic, so good.
Zaytinia is one of our all-time favorites. Don't know how they do it, but the Tapas menu is always deilcious and fun to share. We've been dining there for years and it's always wonderful. We take friends, relatives, this time 2 of my grandkids. They loved it also.
I have been to Zaytinya many times over the past few years, and the food is always consistently good. My favorite part of the experience however, is the ambiance. The restaurant is elegantly designed, unfortunately we were seated at the table right next to the door so we were not able to fully appreicate it. A restaurant should make sure every table is a table they would be happy to enjoy dinner at. The tabletops are also a bit worn and the menus are tired. Perhaps it is time for a slight revamp.
This was my first time at Zaytinya and I will definitely return. First and foremost, the food was delicious! The lunch menu was also a great bargain. My partner had the fixed price option with 3 small plates + desert for $25. The price was great and there was more than enough food to fill up on. I had the falafel burger, which was only $11. It came with fries, so I actually ended up taking some home. I also had the ginger beer and it was delicious!
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone for lunch or dinner. It is an especially great place to go if you are in a mixed group of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There are plenty of options for both diets.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Zaytinya on Jan. 2. The interior space is
gorgeous, with waterfall, and nice lighting. Wait staff were numerous, and
friendly. My daughter, who is a server at a well known oyster restaurant in Logan,
was pleased. We will return again. Many Thanks!
This is a very special place. Super location, bright open restaurant with lots of excellent meze style options, particularly strong on the vegetarian side. We were there for my wife's birthday which was acknowledged at the hostess stand - as was out request for lactose free dishes for one of the guests - Zaytinya has a special menu for all those with one or more dietary restrictions which was much appreciated. We arrived early and were seated at a small interior table which was not to our liking - we were however re accommodated at a larger window side table with no fuss or delay.
Our server was top notch. We told him about allergies, he double checked on everything, and even asked about cross contamination. He also served the food himself to make sure that the correct dishes were brought to our table. We had some serious issues with this prior in the week at another restaurant we went to in town (not Jose Andres :)), which made our experience at Zaytinya particularly exceptional!
Went to Zaytinya on NYE for an early date before going out. Both did the chef experience and really enjoyed it.
The portions were just right, as we didn't feel over-stuffed. Favorites included the Htipiti (roasted pepper appetizer), grilled octopus, scallops and the apple dessert was AMAZING.
Only downside was that the meat dishes were all lamb. Some variety would have been nice. Can't wait to go back!
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