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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17116 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 80 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-0800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Heineke

  • Private party facilities

    Zaytinya offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. From our soaring mezzanine space, to the intimate bar and “blue room,” to the spacious but secluded terrace, we have the ideal space for your party. For larger events of 100-300 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant.

What 17,116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good place for quality Mediterranean flavors, and plates that are easy to share. Their pita is amazing and the servers are constantly refilling it!! We got the hommus, baba ganoush, and cauliflower tiganites!
  2. M

    Mzles

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I like to get to Zaytinya whenever I am in DC. This trip did not disappoint. The place was hustling on a Tuesday night, and service was very attentive. I love the tapas style. Party of 3 ordered -LABNEH, SMOKED BEET SALATA, CRISPY BRUSSELS AFELIA, KOLOKITOKEFTEDES, SEA SCALLOPS, LADOTYRI. Also, Walnut delight and chocolate rose desert. All delicious, but favs of this group were Crispy Brussels and KOLOKITOKEFTEDES.
  3. CE

    ChilanyEats

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent presentation of scrumptious Mediterranean dishes
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and awesome food. Kids enjoyed the meal
  5. P

    Param

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend dinning at Zaytinya. The service, the food, and the cocktails were great. The small plates let us try many dishes on the menu, and everything we ordered was delicious.
  6. M

    Maestro

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zaytinya is easily one of DC's finest restaurants...for the service, the food (and education), and the overall concept of blending cultures and opening eyes to what a meal can bring to an ever-changing world.
  7. p

    pamela

    Washington DC

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great waiter and great food
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Only problem was it was too noisy. Everything else great
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  10. AW

    AdamW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went for a date night, it was both of our first time dining here. The wait staff was gracious and knowledgeable. Our waiter was generous with recommendations. We ended up doing a full tasting priced at $70/pp. it was well worth it as we got to taste so much of the menu, I believe it was 3 dips and 11 small plates. Everything we tasted was delicious and it was so much food we wished we had second stomachs. This is a place I would fully recommend for fans of Mediterranean fare in DC.
  11. RM

    RobynM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is impeccable. Our table of four included diners with a variety of food sensitivities, and our waiter and the cooks made sure each of us had a brilliant array of delicious dishes to choose from. We all feasted in a joyous atmosphere outdoors, where we felt perfectly safe despite covid. A simply fantastic meal.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was a lovely surprise for us, as we were just looking for a nice place to have dinner and hadn’t heard of it before. The menu looked good, and so we decided to give it a try. From the beginning, the staff was kind and attentive, seating is even though we were very early for our reservation. The dinner itself was OUTSTANDING. The flavors are indescribable, each dish was beautifully presented and delicious. Absolute 5 out of 5, I will be back the next time I’m in town.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a special request to be seated inside for our 38th wedding anniversary and were initially offered a table next to the entrance and reception - probably the noisiest and most thoroughfare in the whole restaurant. When we protested we were initially told that the restaurant was very busy, then miraculously taken to a wonderful table and could not have been happier. The staff and our server were fantastic and we had a special evening. The food was really delicious and fresh Mediterranean bread was brought to the table you would want. Our server explained the menu clearly and was pleasantly attentive to see that we had what we wanted. Great evening and dinner, highly recommended.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony our waiter was super nice and accommodating and the food was amazing. I usually don’t really enjoy Mediterranean food but i liked Zaytinya food!
  15. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch with falafel, hummus, and watermelon mint-Basel salad. Excellent attentive friendly servers.
  16. MY

    MrYosway

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zaytinya continues to deliver an amazing dining experience. Consistent yet unique, the menu is so much fun with variations and twists on your favorite dishes that take them to a new level. There’s a reason this restaurant has been a staple in the DC a market for so long….
  17. JS

    JoeS

    Washington DC

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly service and well paced delivery of the small plates were the highlight of our visit. Always nice to return to an original. Before the Penn Quarter was a thing, there was Zaytinya. So good that it survived the pandemic.
  18. l

    luvfood

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely outdoor dining space. Wide choice of excellent small plates. Attentive service.
  19. NN

    NikiN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Restaurant temp was quite cold.
  20. PM

    PollyM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Great food, service and fun vibe. Highly recommend it.
  21. N

    Ndme07

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Food is always yummy here and the servers pleasant. They sometimes are a little busy and have to tend to multiple tables so getting their attention for small items in between the orders is a little slow— but nothing at all against them. They are doing their best being busy again.
  22. P

    Pedro45

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and outstanding food. Our party had a very leisurely dinner and the waiter, while attentive, never made us feel rushed. He provided some excellent recommendations and was patient while we decided which dishes to choose. All of the choices were outstanding. Highly recommend. My only caveat is a warning that on a Saturday evening, it can be very loud inside so be warned if any in your party have hearing impairments.
  23. w

    whynotletitfly

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, just about everything on the menu from the hummus to the dessert was on point. Waiters were attentive and the giant restaurant still felt intimate.
  24. P

    Prettyfirst

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  25. CS

    CynthiaS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was my birthday and we had made outdoor seating reservations for later PM but someone called us to say it was going to rain and suggested we come earlier. That was perfect as we had a lovely seat next to the water. The waitress was wonderful (Lu?)! Food was delicious and I had a fantastic cocktail.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The food was delicious, service attentive, a wonderful dining experience.
  27. r

    raulh

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rocio was the best! Attentive responsive charming!
  28. KC

    KayCee

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. I love the new outdoor seating that they added and we were very pleasant in the shade. The food was delicious from start to finish. Each dish had a unique and really well crafted flavor. It was a splurge night so it was pricey, but at least we walked away full and very happy.
  29. SA

    SarahAnnS

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic meal and experience, a must go to for locals and out of towners! A cool scene, come as you are- but look out together.
  30. C

    Catherine

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening out. Excellent food and great service
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    Service was really disappointing for the price point and quality of the food. My prosecco bottle was knocked over on the floor by wait staff and my server tried to continue to serve it to us. I had to push to have it replaced. While the food comes out as ready the timing of the dishes meant we had a long period of time in the middle of our meal while we waited on the food we ordered. I can’t recommend this location right now due to the poor service and experience given the price point.
  32. d

    dcbruncher

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Took about 30 minutes from the reservation time to be seated. Food was decent though they were out of a lot of things. Waitstaff was nice, though not very attentive and we waited about 20 minutes for our drinks and nearly 45 minutes for our first plates.
  33. AM

    AnaM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, staff and ambiance!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are on a two week honeymoon I US, and staying in DC for three days. The hotel highly recommended Zaytinya as a must go to. Their recommendation was a hit! Fantastic food, lovely environment, and the service…wow!!! Our waiter Niko were something else. He is an amazing and charming person that took his time to explain and recommend what should try on the menu. This is an restaurant that we definitely would recommend!
  35. G

    Gwendolyn1

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took a friend’s vegetarian daughter for lunch at Zaytinya and she loved it! Lots of veggie options .. and so delicious! There’s a reason this restaurant is a fan favorite .. they seat you when you arrive, service is great and food is consistently excellent. I will continue to be a loyal patron!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was amazing. I felt like I was in Istanbul. The only problem was service. At first the lady at the registration kept us 20 minutes at the door to accommodate. Secondly, I was shocked when the waiter entered the toilet with his tray
  37. J

    Jenifer

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and atmosphere was perfect. Our server knew just when to leave us alone or when we needed something. We will definitely be back. Be sure to try the Dolmads.
  38. VL

    VickiL

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Summer menu was fantastic. I had the jalapeño hummus and the grilled lamb. Delicious
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top of the line as always
  40. NV

    NeighborhoodVegan

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been to Zaytinya in quite awhile and was very pleased to find that the food is still delicious and the service is efficient and very friendly. There were many options for me as a vegan!

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.

Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 17116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 80 times today
Google Map for Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    G St NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place, Metro Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Heineke

  • Additional

    Takeout

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-0800

  • Private party facilities

    Zaytinya offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. From our soaring mezzanine space, to the intimate bar and “blue room,” to the spacious but secluded terrace, we have the ideal space for your party. For larger events of 100-300 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant.

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