Zaytinya

4.7
16851 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all our staff to be fully vaccinated. We request all guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Celebration 2021

    $95.00 per personPrepaid

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Celebrate New Year's Eve with our special Chef’s Experience menu

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 16851 people are saying
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NadiyaM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Had a long wait even with reservations. The waiter failed to check on us.

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vipUVAaviator
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytinya never disappoints. Everything was delicious. I love tapas style since you get to taste many things. The cheesecake was a delicious surprise at the end of a great meal

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vipLindaS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the server had an excellent wine suggestion.

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Jack
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before I retired in 2013, Zaytinya was one of my favorite downtown DC restaurants. This was the first time I've ventured downtown since the pandemic closed everything down and Zaytinya was the first restaurant I picked to visit. I was thrilled to find that it had preserved all the qualities that I previously valued in it. Great food, great service, and a beautiful setting. I'll definitely be back and recommend it to friends.

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JaimeS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We decided to eat at Zaytinya because the website said that diners eating inside must show proof of vaccination. But then none of us was asked for proof of vaccination. So if you're particularly risk averse and want to dine somewhere that everyone is for sure vaccinated, Zaytinya is not for you. As always, the food and service were wonderful, though.

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GerryC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

our waiter was fabulous..and the food was tasty...

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viptimber
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service!
Clean bar, exciting menu and well prepared food

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MarkS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little loud for our business meeting but we loved the food

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vipLaceyW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been there in two years, and it was wonderful to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked through open table and as busy as they were, we were able to be seated on time. Great tasting food and exceptional service. Would definitely be coming back to try out the rest of the menu.

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vipSheilaK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was horrible from the moment we walked in. We got to our reservation a few minutes early and they couldn’t seat us until 15 minutes afterwards. It’s obvious they care more about over booking and making money as quickly as possible than treating their customers with quality care. Would never go again for this reason

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NeilM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good Mediterranean food. Service a little slow with food coming out piecemeal. Nice ambience

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EllenW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food at Zaytinya is nothing short of fabulous. The sound level, however, is quite high. I had difficulty hearing the waitress, even though we were seated at a table for four, so she was only one person away from me. I trusted my companions to hear and respond to questions, which worked out for us -- but might not work for everyone else.

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Saraha
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theatre night

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HeidiJ
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We popped in before a Caps Game, our server was great, totally recognized we were on a time constraint.
Great meal, perfect portions for a pre game dinner! Super busy but we were well attended to by our server!
So convenient to Capital One!

JJ
vipJoJo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wide range of delicious mezze-style dishes from across the Mediterranean and a tasty cocktail menu.

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NichiL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service! Loved the mezze plates. Was very timely and efficient. I greatly recommend the Greek yogurt with apricots dessert. Will definitely return!

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Mikeinarlington
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and staff. Very clean. The best baba ghanoush on the planet. Excellent food. Very good quality. Okay sized portions for small plates. The desserts are good. Not great. Highly recommended. But a somewhat sophisticated palate. I can see where this is not for everyone.

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love2eat
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Highly recommend going

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vipGregC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers and really delicious food. The baba, romanesco cauliflower tangine, and mushroom dishes were all fantastic. The outdoor seating was really safe feeling and warm even on a fairly chilly night.

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vipJonah
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and the food was delicious as usual. Can’t wait to come back.

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DougD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was great. It was busy which made the side by side bench seating rather loud, but we greatly enjoyed our experience at Zaytinya.

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Katy2
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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ReedN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very accommodating for a late arrival. Service was friendly and quick. Great food!

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Bill
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Sorry to say, overrated. The taste of the food, average at best.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was just terrific. Great service too. We had a play to get to and the staff made sure we had a lovely dinner and got out on time.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veal shank over basmati family style! Magnificent

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MarysueV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've loved this restaurant for years (I often book it before Shakespeare Theater performances). During our recent visit, I was disappointed to learn that a recent menu change dropped my absolute favorite: Spanakopita. Although offered by many, no one made it better than Zaytinya. Please reinstate this wonderful choice!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. We went there to celebrate my partner’s birthday and I had requested to have a candle when we order dessert. But they gave us when we hadn’t even ordered the cake with the candle. It was really nice of them.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and loved the atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, attention to details. Everyone was pleasant and nice. Food was great. Would recommend and return in the future.

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toadie622
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The outside seating is very big and warm. Food was very good. Service was too. Lots to choose from.
A great place to eat if with people who eat different things as you can easily order and share small plates.
Our waiter made very good recommendations for wine and dessert.

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vipBelindaP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have been to the restaurant once before and I forgot how good the food is. Good wine. A great experience.

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vipWahoo
Richmond
119 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Zaytinya is another part of the Jose Andres restaurant network & lives up to the high standards set by him. The menu has a large variety of small plate eastern Mediterranean choices. We shared mushroom, eggplant, chicken, octopus, brussels sprouts & falafel dishes and all were quite good. The restaurant is large but was quite busy on a Sunday evening and thus a bit noisy. Service seemed a bit harried but was still attentive. Give it a try!

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vipDianaS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was perfect—food, wine, service, ambiance. We heartily recommend the RoZAY brunch for two.

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vipLindaS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. All recommendations by wait staff were spot on. Brussels sprouts not to be missed! Outside dining on the upper patio was warm and toasty on a cold evening.

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vipBMac
Miami
52 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Zaytinya was recommended to me by a business associate who knew my wife and I were laying over in DC for a couple of nights. It was the perfect recommendation. Food was a great value and very delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a very good, relaxing Greek meal.

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vipgladys
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food, nice vibe, pretty/cool/comfy.

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Subs
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Quick service and delicious food, especially the falafel and brussel sprouts

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halls
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely Amazing. Would recommend it to everyone. The food was delicious.

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with 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 16851 OpenTable diners.

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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