Zaytinya

4.7
13288 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 North Dallas.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Turkish
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner:
Sunday & Monday: 11 AM - 10 PM
Tuesday - Thursday: 11 AM - 11 PM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight
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Phone number
(202) 638-0800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Costa
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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 13288 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my absolute favorites in DC. It’s become a staple for special nights out.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was not nearly as good as I had hoped. I was with other people who had eaten there before who said the food was not nearly as good as it had been when they'd been there previously. Also, the waiter was great except he forgot to bring some items we ordered. We never did get them. Other than that, he was very good.

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Had a wonderful waitress. Food was great. Only complaint was our table. It was tucked below the stairs but the wait staff had to squeeze between us and another table to serve everyone. Not so great

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CP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated at the time of our reservation although there were crowds waiting for tables, the service was very attentive, the food very tasty. One problem was that all the dishes in tomato sauces tasted the same. The waiters might direct people not to order stuffed eggplant, mushroom rich, and a few more that have the same sauce base because that was boring. We had enough other dishes to make up for this so it is not really a complaint about the food. All in all, a great place to keep returning for a great meal!

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MD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Always! Service, food presentation, cocktails, dessert - excellent!

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b
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great selection of Mediterranean food. Excellent service and fun ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Denzel A was an inattentive waiter. First course at lunch took 20-25 minutes to come out, without him coming to check on us, and then all other courses came out at once. He also messed up one of the orders.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic food,enjoyed our dinner at Zaytinya. The lamb chop and sirloin misir reallyn impressed us. The rest dishes are very delicious as well.

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T
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, fantastic, thoughtful flavors. Great for a group, we ordered many dishes, all fantastic.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply put Zaytinya is classic, high value, attentive with outstanding tapas.

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NG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and good service in a beautiful restaurant

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MW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have dined here often and have never had anything that I didn’t enjoy. On my last visit, brought friends from New York and LA. The restaurant didn’t disappoint. We chose to eat outdoors which was much easier for conversation as the noise level indoors can be a bit to contend with. Recommend highly.

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SS
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. WAY to loud for getting together with people we haven’t seen in a while.

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d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Used to be better. Most Food came cold though we were there early and n evening before dinner rush, lots of fried things that used to be grilled. time has worn down or lost the snappy, edgy flavors.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food.. Amazing! Service was as good as it could have been with so many tables to service.. Def not the place to have intimate convo. Very noisy due to high ceilings.

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LG
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Zaytinya. Our party of 9 started with all six spreads and the warm bread. Servers were prompt and friendly. Both the veggies and meats were perfectly done and the portion sizes were generous for “small plates.” It’s a place where we will go back.

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HB
Baltimore
69 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Zaytinya two times within 24 hours. We will try for three times when we're back in DC.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect. We loved it.

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NV
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner with friends. We shared the spread pikilla which was delicious. Love..love the shrimp with lemon and dill. The catfish and chicken with orzo were great as well.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A culinary experience! Tasty Gluten free options too. Reasonably priced . Sat in the patio that was quieter than the bustling indoors dining areas.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!! Outstanding service and exceptional food!! Waiter was excellent!!

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R
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous environment and great food. Wonderful experience which I would recommend to all for date night or a special occasion!

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D
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot!!!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was for my girlfriend’s birthday. We had great company, wonderful food, and fantastic service.

Thanks for making her night special!

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JM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch menu

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A
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rainy day (most quiet seating ever; refreshing actually 🙂) and perfect meal at Z's. The kitchen staff gave us their best on each dish, much appreciated.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner one of the best I ever had

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DC
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service.

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BD
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun place with good food, small plates with a diverse menu. 4 people will run about $100 without alcohol. Noisy as lots of marble and glass for sound to bounce,. My 3rd visit and I will go back,

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced but tasty

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always great food. It's just quite noisy.

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R
New York Area
325 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, for the third night in a row we came back to try different dishes!!! We were almost done vacation and we didn’t want to leave without having more of their many dishes!! We are really glad we did! I got the Greek Flight of Roses which was fantastic... loved all 3 wines, light, fruit forward and yummy!! We got the flatbread- perfect size and delicious!!! We had a lovely lettuces salad/ light and healthy and so tasty. We also had the cooked kibbee which was excellent.... Almost full, we saved room for dessert!!! We shared the chocolate cake which was tremendous... do get it if you haven’t tried it yet!! This is a fabulous, fun dining experience! Our server, Jessica, was wonderful! Next time we are in DC, we will definitely come here multiple times!!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

family from Omaha in town-they loved it but then, what’s not to like! the NOISE!

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R
New York Area
326 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time ever at this restaurant! We loved it so much the night before that we had to come back and try different dishes!!! We ordered babaganush as well as an enhanced hummus this time and both were very good! We also got the Ottoman-style eggplant and the raw kibbee and both were excellent! We got Turkish wines which were very delicious! We were full, so we did not get a chance to try any other dishes tonight! Our server, Juvan, was funny, efficient and attentive! We had a great time!!! Go for great food and fun!!!

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PK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service is generally excellent. Small plates usually work well for two people or a small group of 3 or 4. Most of the dishes (we ordered 12 dishes with multiple orders for a few, for a group of six), were very good. The Taramasalata was a little too salty and the Keftedes Kapama was okay, but some of the dishes worth mentioning are - Htipiti, Blue Catfish Skordalia and the Knisa Lamb Chops. Service was excellent.

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Quite noisy and the food overall was unexceptional with a few exceptions such as the babaganoush, Brussels sprouts and chick pea salad.

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DC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The small plates were fun to share and surprisingly filling. Interesting combos of lamb and eggplant, grilled octopus and yellow peas. Delicious of course, and fun to sample Greek wines. Topped it off with Turkish coffee and rose ice cream w/ pistachio cream. Lovely meal!

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R
New York Area
326 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and we loved it!!! We were celebrating our wedding Anniversary ! They gave us complimentary sparkling wine and dessert!!! How gracious and generous of them! We loved all the “little plates” we shared!! The hummus, the tabbouleh, the scallops, the branzino were all wonderful! AND the freshly made pita bread is outstanding as is the olive oil with pomegranate molasses...yummy! The wait staff is great as is the manager! We highly recommend this restaurant!

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WM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your food was very, very good. some of the best I've had in DC. Our waitress actually had recommdations that made sense! Thank you!

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Zaytinya was packed when we went there. Even though we obviously had a reservation, we had to wait to be seated. We were eventually seated at a table for four with one chair pulled up: we were a group of five adults and this strategy definitely didn't work. We asked to be moved and we were relocated to a table for six on the other side of the restaurant which was great except that were were maybe out of view of the server, which didn't work the best.

I really, really like the food at Zaytinya and the fun atmosphere, but think they need to step up their game when it comes to managing a busy floor.

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