About Zaytinya

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 North Dallas.

701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Turkish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 638-0800

Website:
http://www.zaytinya.com/

Executive Chef:
Michael Costa

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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (210)
Tapas (207)
Fit for Foodies (202)
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Good Vegetarian Options (176)
Special Occasion (160)
Good for a Date (158)
Authentic (134)
Good for Groups (109)
Great for Lunch (109)
Fun (108)
Good for Birthdays (97)
Healthy (95)
Tasting Menu (94)
Hot Spot (89)
Business Meals (84)
Casual (77)
Neighborhood Gem (73)
Good for Anniversaries (71)
Pre/post Theatre (68)
Bar Seating (65)
Worth the Drive (60)
Sunday Lunch (54)
People Watching (53)
Romantic (51)
Notable Wine List (47)
Vibrant Bar Scene (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (44)
Great for Brunch (36)
Happy Hour (35)
Vegan (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Gluten Free Options (26)
Comfort Food (21)
Quick Bite (21)
Late-night Find (21)
Cozy (20)
Local Ingredients (20)
Seasonal (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Organic (15)
Kid-friendly (12)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Spicy (9)
Disabled Access (6)
Scenic View (6)
Live Sports (4)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Very disappointed in vegetarian menu! All fried food was done in the same oil as non-vegetarian! Waitress did warn us.
I picked this based on on line vegetarian menu. Need to correct that on line and warn ahead of time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

What a wonderful overall experience! Our waitress, Rachel, did an excellent job with offering some amazing recommendations for our first visit to Zaytinya. Everything was a hit and we can’t wait to go back!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

Great restaurant, great atmosphere, small portions, but that was perfect for the occasion.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Overall, amazing experience, from an implacable service to delicious tapas and nice selection of Greek wine. Strong recommend grilled octopus and mushrooms.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

My fav lamp chops!
The grilled octopus was done perfectly!
The cauliflower dish was yummy.
The veal kibbeh was just right too.
My friend loved the halloumi cheese and got a second plate!!
The sidecar drinks were good so we just drank the same a couple times!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

My friend and I had the Chef’s Experience with the wine pairing and it was amazing. The food was delicious and filling and the drinks were a nice compliment to each dish. The service was also excellent and our server was very knowledgeable about the menu. Would definitely recommend the restaurant and the Chef‘s Experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

We went with tapas and all five selections were good to excellent. The service was prompt and efficient and the wine suggestions were spot on. Noisy, not conducive to quiet conversation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, all the servers suggestions were amazing!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful ambiance amazing food staff was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was par excellence, couldn't have been made better.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent, service was impeccable. I ordered several dishes to share and they were all delicious. I just wish I ordered more Brussel sprouts. Lol

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Felt neglected....it was our anniversary and no one wished us nor a knowledge the occasion despite asking and filling out in detail during the reservation. Experience felt very bland.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

A really fun, creative meal with great flavors and fresh ingredients. In particular, the seafood options are wonderful. Highly recommend the octopus and the scallops, as well as the hummus with lamb. Friendly, helpful and attentive service. Really liked that they have an option for miniature versions of all of the desserts, so that you can have a taste of something rich without getting over-full. Definitely pricey but not over-the-top for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

Really lovely experience. Beyond the food, which was excellent, the ambiance is great and the service is impeccable!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was outstanding!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Best place to dine in DC!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Zaytinya is efficient and it has a good formula. It still has a great interior but it feels more like a mass produced product. The food is as interesting as ever but the execution is less impressive. The baked cheese was dry and slightly overcooked. The cauliflower seemed as if had been precooked and warmed up. The lamb kebab was good with nice spices but not as special as in the past. Overall it is worth another try but it feels like a big restaurant with a large staff and not much personal attention.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Rich experience on a special day.
Delicious food, stellar host/service and a vibrant ambiance. Thank you, Zaytinya!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service. Even though I had a reservation took some time to get seated, but it was a crowded evening.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic meal! We got the Zaytinya experience and the Classic experience and both were under 65 and came with four courses and SO much food! Everything was fantastic and happily we have lots of leftovers. They were running about 20 mins behind schedule with a reservation which was the biggest downfall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating the birthday of a friend visiting from Guadeloupe. It was a terrific place to celebrate.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere, any time. Never disappoints. World-class food at half the price.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Cozy
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was recommended to us by a friend and so we went and ordered what she said was excellent. So... the lamb kebobs were tough... in hindsight we should have returned them to the kitchen as they were chewy and not reflective of lamb at all. The other lamb dish I had was great... Hunkar Begendi ..it was about $15 and tender like stew meat and was recommended by our waitress. The pilaf was dry and not what my boyfriend expected. Brussel sprouts were a treat as was the Htipiti red pepper spread as an appetizer, especially when eaten with the pillows of pita. The dessert was awesome...Turkish Delight Messe-Style... walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey gelee, orange-caramel sauce, carmelized pine nuts. So delicious! Overall, I would return and ask wait staff what they recommend. They did not have a deep menu of beer so I was disappointed but got a Goose Island at least.

Tags: Happy Hour, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent. Octopus, Scallops, lamb Bihar and more. Noisy crowded and impersonal space

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been twice now. Wanted to give it a second chance. There will not be a third. Food is incredible. Service went from bad to worse.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great atmosphere. Great value. Healthy dishes. Hosts were very warm and friendly. Server was friendly and efficient. Manager's were friendly. Did not feel rushed. Servers who vrought out food were friendly. Bussers were efficient, table was always clean.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is always good and the service is friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 6 days ago

Went there for my Mom's 81st Birthday. She is Turkish and loved the menu. I am vegan and found many items to choose from. My mom read our fortunes in the Turkish coffee grounds. The only thing missing was BAKLAVA! Maybe the chef should let my mom teach him how to make it her way...It's the best. 😊 Highly recommend. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Jose Andres does a better Tapas job at Jaleo. Greek ingredients not very conducive; perhaps a truly Mediterranean menu would fare much better..

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is ALWAYS consistent at Zaytinya's! Eat there frequently before Caps games as well as just for a fun meal. Great positive energy, interesting small plates, good drinks, and always excellent service. Would recommend for groups or couples, goys, gals, not for intimate "romantic" dining. For that type of occasion, there other places close that are better suited.

Only write reviews for place where I have eaten consistently. Zaytinya is a no brainer. You will enjoy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Vegan, Organic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent service. Food was amazing.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant in DC, but their customer service is not the best. Their food is AMAZING though

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food is quite good, we had a hard time picking our favorite dish. However, the service was terrible. Our waiter was so otherwise pre-occupied that I had to flag people down for water, silverware etc... Also, one of the noisiest places, do not go there if you are looking for something romantic. Drunk woman to our left was plenty entertaining though

Tags: Tapas
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

AMAZING!
Excellent, excellent food, perfect service and great ambiance!
We love eating there!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing meal. Highlights were spicy hummus, goat moussakah, grapefruit salad, lamb shank and seared halumi cheese.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Disappointing. The food was only average. Would not go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food..great service!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had lunched at Jaleo, which we preferred. We felt our waiter hurried us through the meal, which detracted tremendously from the entire experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, good service. Sandwiches large and very tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was inconsistent. The food was terrific, as always. We had falafel, hummus, spanakopita, eggplant and Turkish delight for dessert.

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