About Zaytinya

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.

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

Cuisines:
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

Brunch Specials:
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM (regular menu available all day)

Cross Street:
G St.

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/

Catering:
Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 638-0800.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.

Executive Chef:
Executive Chef José Andrés; Zaytinya Head Chef, Michael Costa

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
Please visit our website www.zaytinya.com and sign up for our mailing list to receive the latest information and updates on special events at Zaytinya

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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (163)
Good Vegetarian Options (162)
Special Occasion (158)
Authentic (148)
Good for Groups (144)
Great for Lunch (118)
Tasting Menu (118)
Fun (116)
Good for Birthdays (114)
Healthy (107)
Casual (100)
Hot Spot (97)
Business Meals (89)
Neighborhood Gem (85)
Good for Anniversaries (83)
Pre/post Theatre (79)
Worth the Drive (77)
Great for Outdoor Dining (76)
Bar Seating (62)
Sunday Lunch (59)
Vibrant Bar Scene (59)
Romantic (57)
Notable Wine List (53)
People Watching (51)
Handcrafted Cocktails (46)
Great for Brunch (45)
Happy Hour (41)
Vegan (38)
Local Ingredients (32)
Late-night Find (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Gluten Free Options (23)
Cozy (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Paleo Friendly (17)
Quick Bite (17)
Seasonal (17)
Kid-friendly (13)
Scenic View (12)
Spicy (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Organic (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Great experience! Can’t wait to go again. We ordered the Chef’s choice and Classic combos along with a family style kebab sampler. It was a taste of the best of the restaurants dishes. The courses were served at a very nice pace. We never were rushed or left waiting long for the next course. Dips and spreads with delicious warm breads, followed by salads and seafood and finally kebabs and deserts. It was more than enough for 5 adults. We even took home a doggie bag!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Exquisite service!!!!!!
Seafood with broth and lamb kebab were delicious. Cauliflower and mushroom couscous were bland - not enough seasoning or textural elements; e.g., capers and raisins in the former and mushrooms In the latter....would not order them again.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was fabulous; everything was very flavorful and artfully presented. Décor is attractive. Fixed-price, four-course lunch menu is attractive; plenty of food; variety of food; very reasonable price.
Service started well, but waned as the lunch hour progressed. Perhaps they were getting busier, but business people on lunch hours can't be left waiting and waiting for final courses with wait staff no where in sight.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was bland - it was underwhelming and frankly disappointing, especially given the price of the meal. Things were not well cooked. I think the celebrity chef is resting on his or her laurels, I would strongly encourage prospective diners to find an alternative.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The waitress was friendly and the food was delicious. We were four and each ordered about two of the mezze plates, the sangria, and an appetizer. The order was delivered together, however, two of the dishes came as we finished the meal. No explanation was given as to why the two dishes were so late. They came so late that we asked to return them as we were done eating. Overall, good place for friends to get-together.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

The food and scene of the restaurant was wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

service was awful. two dishes came 30 mins after the other two dishes came.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We really enjoyed this for the second time ..
A gem for Washington DC !
Will definitely come again ..

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Zaytinya never disappoints. It is quite popular, so be sure to reserve a table. Every dish has been very good - tasteful, nice portion, and appetizing. We arrived early for our reservation and grabbed a couple of seats at the bar for a nice glass of wine. Bartender was very friendly and juggled her workload well!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service were exceptional. The only drawback was the ambiance. The restaurant is housed in the first floor of an office building, with a towering ceiling, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and open floor plan. Although the "look" is striking, the openness creates a cacophony of sound, and the louder the sound gets over the course of the evening, only encourages diners to speak louder and louder. I learned more than I cared to about my neighbors life story, while trying to have an intimate holiday dinner with husband.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Savannah)·Dined 5 days ago

We were extremely cold sitting right by the door and inches apart from another diner. It appeared they just stuck this table in a place there should not have been a table. If ever returned would specifically request a table away from the door.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Pre-concert dinner. Service and food was phenomenal. Definitely a do over!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Favorite restaurant in this country !! Never disappoints.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Zaytinya is a DC staple. Everyone who lives here needs to go at least once. The Brussels sprouts, the shrimp, and the kibbeh were delicious and fan favorites. One of the things Zaytinya is known for is the constant flow of fresh, warm pita. Everything the restaurant serves has delicious sauce that can be lapped up with the warm pita. Everyone should try this restaurant!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We eat here every time we visit Washington which is 2-3 times a year. The food is always very good and the service is outstanding. During the day which is our usual time for a visit it is bright and cheerful. We thoroughly enjoy it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Always great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Such a lovely dinner! The service was great, the wine was great, and the food was incredible. Already looking forward to going back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food and service! We had an awesome time and experience

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was great, we had a seasoned waitress. The food was good, although extremely tiny seafood portions - even by small plate standards. My biggest issue had nothing to do with the food; but rather poor lighting in my area, and LOTS of noise.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 8, 2017

When I eat at a Mediterranean place I expect my phyllo dough to be cooked and not raw.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always my go-to DC restaurant....fantastic food and wine. Never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Casual, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was delicious but ambience and decor only average and service was extremely slow even though they weren’t busy

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Salad great. Chicken Sharma chicken was so-so.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Good food, just a little too pricey for tapas. Pretty noisy, we had a difficult time hearing the waitress and each other.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Had a wonderful time dining here. Service and food were on point.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food but way too loud for a business dinner. We had a middle table anr could barely hear each other.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My son and I stopped in for a bite and drinks before a Washinton Ballet performance. The place is beautifully designed, the drinks were fun and creative and they happily accommodated our vegan diet with very tasty small plates. Look forward to going again soon.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Delicious food and very good service. We will not return, however, because the noise level is unbearably loud.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service and food was great! Really energetic vibe and the overall restaurant ambiance was nice. Highly recommend to visit.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Zaytinya has amazing food. My colleague ordered the Classic Zaytinya Experience and I had the Chef Experience and we shared all of the plates that came out. I would recommend if this is your first time just sharing one of these (the Chef's Experience was more exotic). It was too much for the two of us, but it was all amazing. I also saw the lamb shanks, and while I did not try them they looked tender and delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great food but too loud and too hot atmosphere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very nice ambiance and food. Service was also very nice, friendly and efficient.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I dined here with a dear friend with whom I definitely didn't mind sharing plates. We both started with salads. She had the Fattoush and I had the Beet Salata. Both were fresh and well-balanced. We then tried the Htipiti spread, Mushroom Couscous, Octopus Santorini, Shish Taouk, Knisa Lamb Chops and for dessert a dish that consisted of ice cream, a crisp shell, apples and other ingredients I couldn't name. The spread was wonderful on the pita bread that was constantly replenished. We had to try the octopus since everyone raved about it in their reviews. They didn't lie! It was so fresh and tender. The Shish Taouk was also tender and good but I wanted something other than a kebab. I am a huge fan of lamb chops and they did not disappoint in flavor or otherwise. I was so grateful that my friend doesn't like lamb chops! Yay me!! My least favorite dish was the couscous because I hate peas and didn't care for the tangy sauce that accompanied the dish. My dinner partner loved it. Our waiter, JuVaughn, was phenomenal. He was very attentive and engaging even though the restaurant was packed and he had challenging customers to deal with that evening. We went on a Monday night right after work and were promptly seated. We definitely plan to return!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Tapas, Business Meals
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My second time there, and my first for lunch! Great food and timely service!

Tags: Tapas, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Stuffed ourselves with amazing food. We got six plates of food, not including dessert. The waitress was extremely nice and even gave us free Turkish coffee after we were done. The bill ended up only $45!! The atmosphere is really cool and lively. We got right in without having to wait. We love this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

All was great and food was overall good except the falafel I won’t recommend it. The Hummus was great.
One disturbing thing I saw was at the end of dining I went to the bathroom and saw one of the restaurant worker who came out of a stall and from the noises he was making it was clear he was going heavy and he left back to the kitchen without washing his hands! Will never go there again for this reason! #FoodSafety matters

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Superb food like always!! The mix of different flavors is outstanding on EVERY plate. SERVICE was a little slow at the beginning,and got better when we start eating. The waiter was not the usual incredible waiters that Jose Andres has in his restaurants. Overall like always Superb superb!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is always fabulous. Staff are very well trained, although the people who bring the food can be a bit brusque. The very high noise level is why I marked down on an otherwise great experience. I loved the idea and execution of the wine flights.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was fantastic and reasonably priced. The recommendation from the staff was for 3-4 small plates per person. We were two people and 7 plates plus dessert was perfect. Two drawbacks. First, the restaurant was very very loud. We had trouble hearing each other and we were sitting adjacent, not even across the table. Second, the delivery of the food was sloppy. Our server told us that he would arrange how the plates came out after we placed the order, as is customary for small dish meals. The first 2 plates came out, and before we were finished with them, the remaining 5 came out simultaneously. It made for a crowded table and gave the impression they didn't know what they were doing on our side of the counter.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food, creative menu based on Middle Eastern ingredients. Small, artistically-presented plates. I visit on a regular basis and look forward to new and old dishes.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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