Zaytinya

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15191 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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BS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As one would expect during the holiday season, the restaurant was very busy & had somewhat high sound levels. The food & service were both up to Z’s usual high standard, and I will be back soon.

MD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our department holiday dinner here. Great food and service. Noise level is very loud.

SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant although it would have been helpful to have valet parking services during lunch time.

CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The baba ganoush and the pita never disappoint. The Brussels sprouts are also amazing. It's a popular spot so definitely make a reservation!

m
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience1

It was the second time going to Zaytona! First I had made an open table reservation for 8:30 and because I had called to see if I can move it earlier they had cancelled it. Well that issue got resolved and we were seated. The amount of noise was unbearable! We ate quickly and left. Then we realized that all the food were small plates and mezzas so two or three plates would fill one up. The Fatoush was not original and too much onion. The taboule was dry and not tangy. My kibbi was also not done properly. Summing up the value and the ambiance we decide that it’s not going to be on our go again list. Unfortunately since I love middle eastern food.

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience as always! Perfect place to celebrate my birthday.

SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I’ve been to Zaytinya many times, and I love it. On this particular occasion, the service was very slow. Three requests to get a glass of water. Three requests to get some bread. Half an hour without a visit from the wait staff. To be fair, there were extenuating circumstances. Zaytinya was hosting some office holiday parties, and the place was mobbed.

GV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Zaytinya, the ambience is nice and food is great!!

N
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. Friends from out of town enjoyed too.

CM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It took a little while for our server to come see us but he had a ton of tables. It wasn't just our table that had a bit of a wait. We did get water and bread quickly. Once we ordered (2 vegetarian dishes, one seafood, one meat), our dishes came out quickly and they were delicious. We didn't have any problems getting our check either when we were ready to go. Given the the location of the restaurant and it's proximity to the ongoing holiday market in DC, I didn't complain at all. The quality of the food was equal to that of Jose's other restaurants (Jaleo, Oyamel, China Chilcano) . I'll definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An elegant and classy place sure to impress.

ND
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in DC!
Amazing Turkish food, great wine selection. We got chef's choice, it was great!
It was very crowded but still a great experience!

DO
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Good food
Couldn’t hear anyone talk

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My first experience. I loved the food, but the noise level was a bit much for me. I will definitely visit again.

CS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always excellent and consistent. Service was a little slow this time, not as many servers coming around but our server was nice and supportive.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was over the top excellent. Our server, from Egypt, she was wonderful and suggested the chef selection...it was soooo much food. The only not great service was the host. We had reservations. Still had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. She was rude in general, never smiled nor gave us proper instructions when we were seated.
Overall 4/5 experience just because of the host.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

We waited about 40 minutes past our reservation.

OT
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best small plates ever. So fresh and well done! Wait staff worked as a well oiled team.

LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and experience but this place is LOUD. Hard to carry on a conversation

DH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We make special trips into DC just for Zaytinya'a.

TS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was an excellent meal. I particularly liked the way the desk, when I asked for a silly candle in a cake to celebrate a birthday, solved the problem. They inserted two candles in the Turkish delight instead so my son and I could be merry about his natal day in the low-key fashion which we prefer.

RR
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m vegetarian and they have lots of tasty vegetarian dishes.

YN
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

great food. but Way too LOUD to talk with my friends!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service nice atmosphere on the loud side

TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good ambiance but I was expecting more based on the super reputation of the restaurant.
Food was disappointing. I have been to many Mediterranean restaurants before. The food-except the bread and the desert was not very tasteful and some plates were preprepared and it was obvious. The hummus was dry at the surface.
I am sure with a few improvement touches this could be turned around big time.

JP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent! Could have used a bigger table for our group of 7. Busy for a Tues night.

A
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was excellent, but the service was lacking. My friend and I ordered the four-course lunch, and it took 1 1/2 hours for it to be served. Our waiter didn't check on us except when we flagged him down. In fairness, he had a large table upstairs, so he was frantically busy. But, we had to ask for more water, for a refill of iced tea and for our dessert (the fourth course). The waiter gave us a "long wait" discount, but it's too bad the service was problematic, because the food was excellent! The brussel sprouts, the hummus, the yogurt and apricot dessert...all fantastic!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience at Zaytinya! The food was exquisite without losing authenticity. All of my favorite vegetarian dishes were available and we really liked the lunch mezze menu for $25. The service was intentional and we never felt unattended. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

LM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Hair in the soup

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - really enjoyed the tasting menu, which is always a good option at Zaytinya.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Small plates shared with the whole table. Lively night the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but still easy to carry on a conversation.

LT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Tried this restaurant a few times now thinking it would be better next time. I shall not be going again.

c
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The only negative is the darn small plate concept. You can try more things but they don’t equate to an entree and I was hungry. And it gets expensive. Plus there is no logic to the delivery of the items ordered, some of which were cold. That said, most of our plates were delicious. And the apricot desert was spectacular!

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were at Zaytinya for the first time in years a month ago and it was fabulous. The food was delicious, service friendly and impeccable. So we went again. It was very busy the second time, so we made allowances, but we didn't even get asked for water for 10 minutes, and the hot bread that comes with the oil took 15. The lamb kebab was overcooked, but the rest of the food was as good as the first time.

OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

When I am entertaining, it is hard to know everyone's food preference. I have had multiple, positive experiences at Zaytinya. The experience is reliably consistent and the food is interesting but not weird for those who have not eaten there before. Thanks for keeping it fresh.

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best lunch with friends here. The mezze lunch menu is great. Also got a bonus Turkish coffee reading.

p
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sort of a corporate-y facade, but the place is great. 2 out of 3 cocktails were excellent - the 3pm and the gin/cucumber-y one. The margarita was way too sweet, but the za'atar foam was really interesting! Service was pretty good, the food was great - especially the lamb baharat and the adana kebab, but we also had the baba ghanouge and labneh (both excellent), the turkish style pastirma (pretty good), the brussels sprouts (!), the bantijan (good), and the salmon (wasn't seared, was fully cooked through). We never received the persian yogurt soup, so they took that off the bill, and I'm now realizing we never received the sabzi salad either :/ aside from that - it was all good, and I'd go again.

MD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The food recommendations were also on point.

s
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was slow at first, then waiters changed for some reason and it was fine.

S
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious cocktails and small plates. I wish there were more gluten free options and the restaurant was busy so the service was pretty slow but overall we had a really positive experience.

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