Zaytinya

4.7
14311 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 Washington DC.

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 14311 People Are Saying
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JM
Baltimore
58 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and terrific service from our great waitress. We had a long wait time and the host would not acknowledge us and instead talked to his co-host about payday when there was a long line waiting to be sat.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Graduation

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday, food atmosphere and service were great

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NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic .. I still keep craving it!! All shared plates, food was incredible, desserts amazing!! Can’t recommend enough

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience and there are so many wonderful food options. Truly enjoyed it.

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C
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great ambiance, awesome experience. I would go again in a heartbeat!

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PB
Denver
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A couple of fishers were underwhelming:
Mujaddara and cold fries. The Haloumi was great as was the babaganoush

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great experience and fabulous food.

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WI
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had mezze lunch. Brussels sprouts and kebab were fabulous but everything was delicious!

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MI
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The only reason I rated service low was an extreme wait between our servings. There was over 20 minutes between the Octopus Santorini and the Chicken/lamb servings... everything else was excellent. I am from Houston, TX and will come back to this restaurant.

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AP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was super yummy. The falafels were amazing and they catered for my dietary issue too. The food is tapas style so for 2 people it is recommended to order minimum of 5 dishes to share. The ambience was amazing staff were very attentive.

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PW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. For a Monday night this place was PACKED!

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CO
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been to Zaytinya many times. Always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

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c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Food is excellent quality! José Andrés is a genius chef!

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OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Loud environment during lunch.

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DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My husband and I have been going here for years. We know how certain dishes should look and taste. Something was seriously off Sunday night. All of the half dozen dishes we had were less good than what we expected. We hope this was a momentary lapse and not a sustained decline in quality.

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BF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service for our anniversary! We will be back!

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AR
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Never disappointed!!

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JR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent Mediterranean food. Prompt service. Crowded and noisy.

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PC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good, but not exceptional. We are very much into Mideastern cuisine, and have very high standard set by Damas in Montreal and Ishbilia in London. Probably will come back to try different items.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Poor service. Things took much longer than expected to come from the kitchen and bar. New plates brought to table without clearing previous dishes. Had to ask multiple times for refills of water and wine. Piece of metal foil found in wine.
Sad bc I had come here a year ago when I was last in DC and my experience then was excellent. Maybe a fluke, but i seems the service has gone downhill.
The food is very good, however.

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the past 4 years whenever we visited our child who attended college in DC, zaytinya was always on our restaurants we wanted to dine in
Now that our child has graduated and is moving away from DC my wife and I are searching for reasons to visit DC so we can dine at Zaytinya
We shared meals there with many friends who are now All about it
The food is delicious
The ambience is appealing
Great attentive service
Zaytinya is a must if in DC
Ps you may want to make a reservation ahead of time as they are always busy even on week days

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good was just noisy and some food better than others
Soft shell crab was so good ordered two!

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C
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food fast service l, the spacing of the meals can be better there were waits between dishes that were a bit delayed.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

So noisy we couldnt even talk. Food was good tho.

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PA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious - the spanakopita is as delicious as all other reviews indicate!

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's been years since we last visited Zaytinya. This time it was fine - nothing extraordinary. The front desk folks need some customer service training - they both seemed bored and not at all welcoming. Food was good but seemed pricey. Our waitress was wonderful.

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A
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant with friendly service and quality food.

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y
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious as always, but our waiter brought us an eggplant Mezze instead of the Brussels sprouts we had ordered. We ordered 5 or 6 Mezze, and the first few came quickly. Then, nothing arrived for 30 or 40 minutes before the last 2 or 3 came. Although we both had plenty of time and enjoyed the long lunch, other diners would have been very unhappy with the long wait. We were charged for the correct number of Mezze. The price was very high, although we drank nothing but tap water. I love the food at Zaytinya but eat there very rarely because the prices are so high.

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RA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Our out of town guests were absolutely delighted by the meal. I love this restaurant on every level (waitstaff, setting, food, price). Always a treat!!

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OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always eat here when I come to DC. This is the place that sold me in brussle sprouts.

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I
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Coming back again later this week. That says it all!

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KG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at noon when the restaurant was just starting up and noise was minimal. Our food was really good—-hummus, lamb shank/eggplant, chicken, cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts sides...all good. The Turkish and regular coffee were delicious. Service was friendly and efficient and Jose Andres went through to check on the food and agreed to a selfie with my friend...what a generous man! Zaytinya is a fun and excellent scene.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great service. The Kabobs were delicious

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d
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal

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ED
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for mother’s day. We ordered the Chef Experience. It was bar non, the best restaurant experience I’ve had.

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Zaytinya is my go-to place anytime I have to go for a celebration. The food and service are consistently great and the place is a sure shot recommendation!

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JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had made a reservation for 5 at 7:15 and were celebrating my birthday and mother's day. We got there early and had a drink. The bar and the service there was great. When it was time for our reservation we were taken to a very long table that we had to share with a dozen very loud people. We were very disappointed and probably won't go back there just because of that. We asked for another private table but would have had to wait 30 minutes.

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DJ
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is the best. Go here every time I visit DC at least 2-3 times.

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