Zaytinya

4.7
16414 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.5
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlvinS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The service was subpar. We were told that our table outside was ready but there were no tables available. We just followed the host around for nothing. Just to stand outside and wait some more. RIDICULOUS. We waited 10 minutes and just decided it would be best to sit inside. Our waiter inside was uninterested and didn't seem happy to be there at all. The food was good; however, I would not go to a restaurant for good food and subpar service. Changes need to be made.

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vipKMDOC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, Great value - Eclectic Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine

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LisiLis
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, everything! The perfect spot.

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Rania
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mediterranean tapas. Make sure to try the pides.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Horrible service - bread arrived 30 minutes after being seated and 15 minutes after receiving the spreads we had ordered (left with no way to eat them). We had to ask about the whereabouts of bread, cocktails, and drinks numerous times and staff never apologized or made any effort to expedite service. In fact, the table next to us, who sat down 25 minutes after us, received bread, and every course of their meal, before we did! Bummer because this is a great neighborhood spot and the food is lovely.

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Svenja
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waited 10 mins to be seated even with a reservation.

After sitting at the table we waited another 25mins until someone took our order.

Food was good. Pretty authentic!

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MaxT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. A nice selection of delicious plant forward and gluten-free dishes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience4

This used to be my favorite restaurant in dc. The last 4-5 times I have gone, have really disappointed me. The service is bad. The food isn’t what it once was. Sad to see it slip.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Even with a reservation, it took a long time for us to get seated (10+ minutes). Most menu items came out pretty quickly, one item however came out 30+ minutes after the initial entrees, so we barely had anything to eat it with. The server was pleasant, and the food did taste good, though.

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PurviD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been to Zaytinya for many years now - one of our favorite places. Our visit yesterday was to celebrate both Father's day and our first meal out since last year since the whole family is fully vaccinated.
We are a vegetarian family and for some reason thought that there used to be a few more vegetarian options on the menu.

Looking forward to our next visit.

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Jane1184
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, our server was knowledgable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had fun. But you just need to find a solution to the hot weather🤗

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vipLoriB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day meal with our extended family. We comfortably sat outside under cover and thankfully had plenty of shade (it was hot outside!). Food was great as always. Service was good but we often had to flag down our server— she seemed to be managing a lot of tables— but she was pleasant nonetheless.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside, on the patio, in a shaded area, which was lovely. Service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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JasmineLache
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved he entire experience. I will be going back again

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vipsingingblue
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Zaytinia, and our recent dinner was great. We love the Baba Ghanouj, Brussel Sprouts, lamb, pita and beef dishes. It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was great, once we got it. It came out quickly, once we ordered, which took almost an hour after we ordered our drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zaytinya has been one of our favorite DC restaurants for years — delicious food, gracious service and a fun atmosphere! It’s a great place for a group!

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ArthurJ
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Busy place so service was a bit overwhelmed. Still, excellent visit.

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LyndaT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific server. Accommodating
We do want more of your former selections. We miss many of them.

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Comedor
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Zantinya rarely disappoints. The food choices were good., though the chicken dish had only as meager topping of chicken!

We sat outdoors. While it was great to be able to do that, the tents need to be vented on top to release the heat from the sun. They also trap the noise to the extent that it's difficult to have a conversation without shouting. Still, it is a place that is easily accessible to disabled persons, like my friend who joined us. Finally, the restrooms should be more accessible to diners. Two restrooms in the back, with NO ramp to get to them is inexcusable. I recommend it with reservations but not because of the food.

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vipMahidevran
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zaytinia is my go-t o for brunch. They never disappoint.

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Stacey
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid meal and they were helpful repositioning the umbrellas as the morning warmed up. Timing on the food was off but the rosé was spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible experience, made a reservation for 8:45 and weren’t seated till 9:10. The hostess walked us over to a table and left us there to figure it out. Food was subpar we got the Lebanese chicken and rice which tasted like airplane food. Do not recommend horrible service for mid quality food

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JenniferL
Cancun
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was delicious, ample, and beautifully presented. The trout and imam bayaldi eggplant dish were knockouts!

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AliceG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating and quick service! Food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I have been going to Zaytinya for years and it has been a destination favorite. Friday night we took some friends from out of town, raving about how good the food would be. In fact, the food was AWFUL. Every dish was cold and soggy; the Lebanese chicken was inedible. When I complained about one dish, the waiter graciously brought a “fresh” replacement, which was hotter but still soggy. I have never seen a restaurant sink so far from its former glory. Jose Andres should not have his name associated with Zaytinya.

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vipJamie
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what great food! Greek Mediterranean excellence. Staff and atmosphere was great. Did this before a trolley tour and location couldn’t be neat.

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NaomiD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside during the most perfect evening DC can give. Our waiter was really friendly and knowledgeable. I had the octopus and my partner had a kabob. The octopus was excellent, not chewy in the least and the crisp exterior was pleasant. My partner said the kabob was really good and very authentic from his travels abroad. Our desserts were really nice. I highly recommend the apricot and Greek yogurt dessert. Portions were perfect. My partner is 6'4" and, honestly, when the kabob came out, he was concerned it wouldn't be enough food. Once he was done, he said it was the perfect amount. It was his 50th birthday and we could not have had a better time.

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AnicaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough great things about our dining experience! Our waiter Elvis recommended we do the Chef’s tasting menu and it was completely worth it; we got to try everything we wanted on the menu plus a few things we would never have ordered ourselves (the Turkish beef loin and apricot Greek yogurt were outstanding!) Our favorite dishes were the Brussels sprouts and octopus Santorini. The outdoor dining was lovely; we were seated outside by the art installation, and it wasn’t too noisy at all. Can’t wait to come back!

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ChrisM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING! The food was spot on, the service was excellent, and the total experience was well worth every penny!

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JoeT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very nice restaurant for a post museum visit or for a diner out. Great food and great service.

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vipwendyk
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Patio lovely but service much declined from pre-COVID; took forever to get menus, iced tea not refilled, one dish came about 30 minutes after the others were finished, staff seems oblivious - I understand everyone doing their best and it is a new world, but shortcomings were significant. Menu also much more limited and did not have some of my favorites.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The outdoor seating left much to be desired after 9pm. The city rodents took over the dining area and literally forced us to conclude our celebration early.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We usually love this place. However, the restaurant doesn’t seem ready to open to full capacity yet. Waits were long, (30 minutes past reservation to be seated, fifteen minutes after that to get a glass of water), and they didn’t have enough basics prepared like pita bread to go with hummus, which we waited another thirty minutes for. We weren’t offered anything while we waited, and though the manager said she was going to send something to our table in thanks for our patience when we were finally seated, nothing arrived. Very disappointing experience. We understand that restaurants are eager to reopen after the pandemic and want to be supportive of that by dining out again, but they should be careful not to overextend.

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LindseyG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was absolutely fabulous! It was my 21st birthday and they were super attentive and gave us amazing recommendations. They also brought out a cake for us to celebrate. Our waiter was the best I've ever had and he was still in training. For ~80 dollars we were able to get 8 different plates for 4 people! The drinks were also absolutely fabulous!

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LisaI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gourmet food. The cocktails are wonderful. Beautiful site.

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RachelS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Definitely worth the trip!

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BekahB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Service was really nice. Can't wait to go back.

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Julia
London
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A bit disappointed with food. With 4k plus great reviews were were super excited to dine there, but maybe the cooks were tired or it was Mercury in retrograde (Lol), but everything we ordered tasted very mediocre: the octopus was burnt and the tentacle tips were almost charcole-like, the pide was okayish, tasting like a papa jones pizza crust; the Brussels sprouts were marred by some mayo-like heavy sauce - something you never encounter in the true Turkish or Greek cuisine, and so were the mushrooms - that heavy sauce combo definitely degraded the taste of the main ingredients; the babaganoish was okay, like from a fast food express chain. The food was fine, but definitely way below our expectations. We wanted to order more, but we had to stop as we were discouraged by what had already arrived to our table. This is my honest opinion, intended not to hurt your business but hopefully to help you make it better. The service was good though, and the ambiance was very nice.

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 16414 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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