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About Zaytoon

Zaytoon Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar offers Mediterranean comfort foods with a modern American twist. Located at the corner of Solano and Kains, Zaytoon embraces the everyday Mediterranean kitchen, making it the focus of your casual fine dining experience. With hummus inspired by the flavors of Jerusalem and humanely raised meats, Zaytoon is much more than your average shawarma joint! Come try Zaytoon’s craft cocktails, created by the Jessica Maria, the owner of Albany's craft cocktail bar, the Hotsy Totsy Club. Meet up with your coworkers or friends for Zaytoon's full bar and Happy Hour! Reserve a table for your romantic night out.

1133 Solano Ave
Albany, CA 94706-1636
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, International

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Kains

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 898-1316

Website:
http://zaytoon510.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zaytoon Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (45)
Casual (39)
Authentic (38)
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Fit for Foodies (35)
Good Vegetarian Options (34)
Healthy (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Fun (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Outstanding Value (11)
Tapas (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Business Meals (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Spicy (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Organic (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Romantic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Consistent and predictable fare. Good value. Lamb and aggplant dishes great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

We've been to Zaytoon more than a few times and have never been disappointed. The service is always friendly and attentive. The food is very good and the drinks are also very good. We enjoyed the atmosphere and our time at the restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tapas, Casual, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food was great and the service was excellent. Every dish we ate was delicious and fresh. We were in a bit of a rush as my 2 year old was about to have a meltdown and they got us in and out within an hour on a busy wknd night. Look forward to eating here again!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Went on a Friday night. Loved the fried halloumi salad, the mezza platter, and the kofte. The spanakopita was a different take on a classic and my family and I really loved it. Also the baklava with ice cream and a light caramel sauce was great, and perfect to share for 4. They have super cocktails, but if you want something non-alcoholic, I really liked their lemonade with mint -- refreshing and not too sweet.
We had reservations, which I would recommend or going on a week night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 23, 2017

I have been there before and found the food great. This time it was tasty, but the chicken Kabob was tough and dry. The rest of the salad was good. Could be that the afternoon is not as good as the dinner chef.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The staff was professional and knowledgeable. We started with two appetizers the fresh cheese with olive oil which was delicious. We also had the eggplant salad which was the highlight of the meal. It was delicious with lively seasoning and fresh ingredients. The mains were a upside down rice dish with lamb. Also a couscous dish they were both had good flavor. All dishes were good portion sizes and we were not hungry when we left. However there were a few negatives that were unexpected. We had to ask for pita bread to go with the cheese and the salad. Also the room while large and open is a bit cavernous which causes a tinny reverberation to the noise in the room. Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it and go back again. Enjoy!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2017

We (party of 2) had a great time eating at the bar! Started with 2 apps and a salad, shared an entree and ended with dessert and ice cream. Everything was delicious with good serving sizes. Ambiance was private while brightly lit. Service was personal from our bartender, Bill. Will come again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great service and the setting was fantastic. My party of 4 tried 10 different dishes (including all 3 desserts offered) and each one was flavorful and unique! I'll definitely be back to try the rest!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Wonderful space, lighting, comfortable waiting area. My fourth visit and the excellence has been consistent from the fresh ingredients, to the presentation. The server was very accommodating despite our late arrival. He also offered good suggestions for a gluten free diet.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Just Ok. Lamb couscous skimpy on meat and spices, heavy on carrots.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Wow! This place never fails to impress me. The middle eastern food is outstanding the prices
are most reasonable. the night we went it was quiet and the wait staff were very friendly. They described each dish as if they had eaten it that night. Dont miss the Baklava dessert which is a type of crumble. Yum!!!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

First time at Zaytoon and we were not disappointed. We had a 1 yr old with us and they even cleaned up the high chair before handing it over to us. Food was great, service was wonderful. It was all perfect for a birthday lunch with the fam! We will be back...

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

I have eaten here before and enjoyed the food, service, and the ambiance. Service was a little off with drinks coming late. The hummus plate was enjoyable with the pita bread. The salad was plain and not very interesting which was disappointing. We'll return and perhaps try different dishes.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great newish neighborhood offering. Lovely entry/wait area---unique, light-colored welcoming couches, ottomans etc. General atmosphere/decor is open, modern, airy. Can be a bit echo-ey, but we were in a quiet, private-ish area by the window, and not very crowded for lunch. Food and service were good, but a bit pricey for same option elsewhere. Would return for that sort of food close by, with nice ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Loved that everything was very fresh and the added twist to some traditional fare. Presentation was lovely

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Absolutely delicious Mediterranean food! Everything was wonderful, from meat-based dishes for the meat-eaters to the vegan "mazza platter" (hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and yummy eggplant with walnuts) and a great lentil dish for the vegans. A gorgeous dining space, and friendly service. Hope it sticks around for a long time!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Very Fresh! We had fattoush. Delicious. I liked the pre-service goodies.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Zaytoon is now on our shrot list for interesting middle eastern cuisine.
Basically Greek-Lebanese, there are dishes here that are new to many diners.

We have been there 4 times in the past 6 months and food quality is consistent.
Wine list and mixed drinks are very good.

Our most recent visit was "marred" as they say, by slow seating, and pretty slow service.
Explanation was that staff was short, but that didn't explain why we needed to wait more than 30 minutes for our reserved table. We'll see if this is a regularly occurring issue.

Otherwise, no complaints. Kefta Kabob on couscous was great, A vegetarian friend had a cauliflower-based dish the Zahra, that he finished off. The Maklouba was very good. Salads and starters, especially the grape leaves, were equally plentiful and satisfying.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Vegan
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Not a kid welcoming place. Parties with kids are moved to the window tables away from the main section of the restaurant. That's fine, but I doubt I'd return even without my kids. Food was mediocre -- chicken was dry, most things lacked any spice. Hard to justify a date night there when there are so many truly outstanding restaurants in the East Bay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 28, 2017

I have dined at Zaytoon about 8 times and love the food, especially the kabobs. My only complaint is that the meat is sometimes cooked a bit too much and sort of dry, other times has been juicy and tender and wonderful. The ice cream desert with tahini and date syrup is terrific.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2017

had a lovely lunch once and took a friend for his birthday
enjoyed the food and we requested a quiet spot and it was very lovely
my only regret was that i did not tell the server we wanted more time to eat more slowly

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I ate her twice in one week--this is saying a lot! Nice new restaurant with fresh, traditional Mediterranean food. Delicious Cauliflower, eggplant and hummus dishes--and delicious steak and lamb Kabobs with traditional rice and salad. Must mention--delicious baklava dessert and nice cocktails which pair well with the food. Nice ambience and décor, good service overall---I'll certainly be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea
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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We have been to Zaytoon on a few occasion and love the food and the atmosphere. The food is healthy but also very tasty. On our latest visit there the four of us all ordered something different and each one of us enjoyed our meal. I certainly would recommend Zaytoon for a casual night out or a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Great salads and appetizers. Very good place to share plates. The portions are decent-sized, but the flavors tended to be uninteresting after a few bites. Main fish dish strangely arranged. A piece of pan-fried cod swimming in tomato sauce, with potatoes hiding underneath. Least favorite dish of the night. Noisy place. Wine list has some interesting selections, particularly a Syrah/Grenache/Carignan blend, but the prices for the size of the pours put them at the upper end of reasonable

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We enjoyed our evening at Zaytoon. Good food, friendly service, especially when staff realized an ethnic connection with the "birthday boy." A bit noisy, but families welcome. Parking can be difficult.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Everything was delicious! Especially enjoyed hummus w chicken, beef kabob, and rice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2017

We have eaten several times and it is always excellent. Mediterranean food with a good selection of choices. Very good service.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Service was very very good. Spend the $4 to put falafel on your salad. Dining room is very loud.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The service was good and the food tasty. Would go again but not a place I would go all the time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

This was our second visit to this newer restaurant and both experiences were excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Very good food! My favorite restaurant in the area! Saturday nights can be a little loud, and service is a little slower but thats to be expected on a saturday evening at a great date spot.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Most of the food is, unfortunately, mediocre which rather overshadows the good service and pleasant ambience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Zaytoon is a new middle eastern restaurant with a Lebanese influence. There are dishes on the menu I haven't seen elsewhere. I have eaten there 4 times, and all have been good experiences.

Besides the usual kebabs, which are very nicely spiced, there's a selection of traditional dishes which I have tasted most of and all are different and interesting.

Drinks and wine list are fine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

This was my first time at Zaytoon. Loved the food and ambiance. The eggplant appetizer on the mezze platter (not the baba ghanoush) was outstanding. As was the chicken schwaerma.

Only wish they gave me Opentable dining points for my reservation.

I'll go back in any case.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I think this is the best (and best value) Lebanese/Syrian/Palestinian I've ever had in the Bay Area. Great cocktails, very cool space. Hope to get there again soon.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Chaotic! Stress-out wait staff running around. After a long wait, wrong food brought to the table! Ingredients in Maklouba was obviously not cooked in the same dish as it was supposed to, but thrown together just before serving, in a soggy pile.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Good lunch. We don't live in the area so likely will not b returning but would recommend the place to others.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Absolutely delicious Mediterranean style food! We've ordered several appetizers, salads and mains, and all of the food is very high quality with excellent flavors. They started providing olives and pita chips at the beginning of the meal, which is a wonderful touch to have a little something while you decide on the menu. Full bar with an inventive specialty cocktail list, and pretty good prices for bottles of wine. LOVE the baklava dessert with ice cream, so yummy! My only complaint is that our server was borderline too attentive, barely giving us enough time to look over the menu to make decisions. Also, they started cleaning up to the point that we felt a bit rushed to leave the restaurant towards the end of the meal. Overall, excellent option on Solano Ave!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Great food and service. Extremely loud impossible to talk had to scream at my companion.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Atmosphere was contemporary and stylish but still warm. Service was great at the bar and at our table for seven middle-aged men. Waitress didn't blink an eye when we through multiple credit cards in to split the bill. Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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