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Date
Thu, 6/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Zaytoon

4.3
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(510) 898-1316
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kains
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 145 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Every single dish was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Had the vegetarian Musakah and lamb kabob. With a nice glass of white wine. We shared and still had some leftover. Good and easy local spot for dinner.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love everything about this restaurant but the noise level. It's not the usual mediterranean cuisine although the usual is available. Some very interesting and creative plates -- and very well done. Good flavors. This was our second visit -- and there will be more although we won't come with friends because trying to have a conversation is just too hard!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We met my wife's cousin from out of town at Zaytoon. Great ambiance, excellent food. Not cheap, but definitely worth the extra money. We are big Mediterranean food fans- this place makes the cut!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We easily found parking although the restaurant was very busy with no empty tables. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The food was outstanding and we shared a lamb keaboob and a vegetarian musakka. We had too much food to finish our meal. The special drink was good too!!! I would go again any time!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Wonderful place—very loud and echoey which is fun for casual dining but more difficult when wanting to talk intimately. Food is excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 24, 2018

After having a wonderful meal at Zaytoon on a weekend a few weeks ago, I convinced 3 friends to join me for the same dishes I enjoyed....with lamb.
I was terribly embarrassed when the Couscous with lamb dishes came out and not only was there a TINY amount of lamb on the plate, the lamb was also somewhat fatty.
The mezza platter was good like the last time, but the entree dishes were VERY bad. The dish should have been called..."coucous with vegetables".

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Zaytoon might have some fancy prices, but the food is flavorful, beautiful to look at, and the staff is friendly and responsive. For the biggest bang for your buck, start out with happy hour.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We have eaten many times and it is always excellent Good service and fine atmosphere

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The four of us ordered different dishes and found them all to be excellent. The service was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Had reservations and were seated promptly on a busy Saturday. Waitstaff was attentive and we were able to order as soon as we were ready. We ordered the Mezzo plate and several dishes to share. Everything was delicious. This was our fourth time here and have enjoyed each visit.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Delicious food in a fun environment.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food and libations! Authentic dishes, highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Delicious food!! Highly recommend this place. We sat at he bar and the bartender was excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The restaurant was great. Portions are well, I and my partner shared the hummus with bread as well as a salad and kefta main dish. There could have been a little more greens with the main dish and the onion was not really peeled as much but the combination of flavors was really good, well balanced. The wine choices were good as well. I would definitely recommend coming hereto experience the food and wine.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great ambience, delicious cocktails. Tasty food!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Would not recommend for dinner again. It was so loud and it affected our conversation with young and old. Our seating for 6 was squished.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The dinner as well as the service are really great.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We like to walk there for a light meal at the bar and to enjoy a drink on Friday evening. Neighborhood gem.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious food, sloppy service. Good value for the main courses although the appetizers are fairly pricey for small portions.
Restaurant is fairly loud, ask for a quieter table near the wine racks.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

You can always count on a v good meal here (the hummus is terrific), even though
the meat and fish (scallops and shrimp in the gambri and rice) is fresher on some days
than on others. Service couldn't be better, though, and they're open to special requests.
When the restaurant isn't too crowded, the noise level is ok.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We had an Open Table Reservation for 5pm. When we arrived, we discovered that the restaurant did not open until 5:30pm. When it did open, they didn’t have our reservation and we were told that Zaytoon does not use Open Table. They advised to only book reservations by calling them directly!!

Surprising!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Restaurant was too noisy ! We have been there several times and was much quieter. We had to shout to be hear with our friends at our table. Food was not great - not worth the money. I would not go back because of the noise level and value for what you got. Overpriced. I would go elsewhere for better food and quieter place.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Fantastic place!! Really great food with wide variety and very attentive staff but never rushed. Only downside was the acoustics - noise seems toagnify so not easy to talk well.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We have eaten many times at zaytoon and it is always very good. We brought friends with us who had never dined here. They were very impressed and want to eat there again. A fun time

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, very good service, noise level high. Will return often

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was very good. Need to work on Service or hire more people.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Zatoon is a spectacular restaurant! The food is way good, the service is great and the price reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!!

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5.0Dined 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...

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