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 (207)
Tapas (207)
Fit for Foodies (206)
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Good Vegetarian Options (179)
Special Occasion (162)
Good for a Date (158)
Authentic (132)
Good for Groups (112)
Fun (107)
Great for Lunch (103)
Good for Birthdays (94)
Healthy (94)
Tasting Menu (94)
Hot Spot (90)
Business Meals (85)
Casual (79)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Neighborhood Gem (70)
Pre/post Theatre (70)
Bar Seating (67)
Worth the Drive (59)
People Watching (54)
Romantic (54)
Sunday Lunch (50)
Notable Wine List (48)
Vibrant Bar Scene (47)
Handcrafted Cocktails (43)
Great for Brunch (35)
Happy Hour (35)
Vegan (30)
Gluten Free Options (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Cozy (21)
Late-night Find (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Quick Bite (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Seasonal (17)
Organic (15)
Kid-friendly (13)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Spicy (9)
Disabled Access (6)
Scenic View (6)
Live Sports (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Went here for a birthday dinner due to reviews and hype around it being a José Andrés restaurant. We ordered the Chef’s experience which left much to be desired. For a $65/person tag touting an adventurous culinary experience, it seemed more like a traditional everyday Turkish meal. Our waitress could not answer our question of what the Chef’s Experience entailed except vague answers of 3-4 dishes and that it’s better than the classic one. However, some of the dishes were clearly on the lower end of the price range found on the a la crate menu. For these tasting menus, it would be nice to actually know the 4 dishes that will be served rather than feeling as if it were an impromptu set-up.

Overall, it is much better to order 4 separate items rather than the tasting menu.

The service was okay, but it seemed our particular waitress needed assistance as she kept asking us to pass the dishes to her throughout the course. After the first two course, our plates were finally changed. Not to mention our valet parking guy left a scratch on our car’s rear side - drive more carefully buddy, it was a new car..

There are better options for Mediterranean cuisine in the area. Will not be coming back.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

John was a great server. The food exceeded expectations!

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·Dined a day ago

Love this restaurant. The staff is fantastic and the food is unbeatable. Go with a few people and try as many things as possible. You won't be disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

Food was good and the service was attentive despite the restaurant being busy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great service, highly enjoyable night for all four of us.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 2 days ago

Even with a 9:30 reservation, there was a thirty minute wait to get seated. Great food and friendly service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

Definitely one of my favorite restaurants - fantastic food, excellent service and the drinks are fantastic. The restaurant accommodated our group of 11 and provided flawless service along the way - they were also really accommodating with our request to have separate checks. The food was amazing, and we definitely recommend the lamb shoulder and the Brussel sprouts.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

As usual, Zaytinya was excellent. We arrived half an hour before our 6pm reservation, but were seated right away-even though the place was jumping and crowded. We each ordered 2-4 tapas-style Middle-Eastern dishes to share. The food was delicious. We even ordered a tart cherry drink to go with the meal. It too was delicious! Zaytinya never disappoints! Thank you

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, service is a bit slow. But overall good experience!

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best restaurants in East Coast, for many years! Highly recommend

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, good service and a great atmosphere. I can’t wait to go back and try more of the dishes on the menu. Just an overall amazing experience. Every item we tried was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Zaytinya is one of my favorite spots for special ocassion lunches or drinks with colleagues and business partners. There’s no happy hour, but the value for lunch isn’t excellent. We hosted a baby shower lunch here this past week and they gave us a great table and excellent service corn group of 10.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days 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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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Kent)·Dined 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food, all the servers suggestions were amazing!

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·Dined 5 days ago

We were at the restaurant on Valentine’s Day and ordered the special Valentines menu which was probably a mistake as it was far from traditional meze. Some of the dishes were good, but eg the truffles used were dry and not tasting of truffles at all. It took a long time after being seated before we were attended to. Our waiter was nice, but somewhat forgetful. The personnel bringing the dishes and clearing away plates were confused and not very responsive, eg bringing wrong food, handing my wife a hot plate without warning and not clearing away all used plates along the way. All in all I expected much more at the price and would not come here again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful ambiance amazing food staff was great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 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 5 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 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 5 days ago

Food was outstanding!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Best place to dine in DC!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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 on February 12, 2018

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 on February 12, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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 on February 11, 2018

The food is always good and the service is friendly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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