Zaytoon

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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.
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GeoffO
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. They could be a bit more thoughtful with vegetarian options, in my opinion. My wife and I enjoyed our meals, and the restaurant was modern and comfortable.

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betterave
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

quite impressed with the warm stuffed grape leaves.
Dessert menu lacked gluten free option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, I will definitely plan return

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JasonP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zaytoon! We have been going there about once a week since we moved to the nieghboorhood. Great atmosphere and delicious food with healthy options and a friendly staff. All the things!

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vipkirkb
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was seated on time cocktails were served quickly service was very good dinner was great I had lamb my friend had a fish item desert was great nice place to go value was ok
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vipAimeeH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This was probably my 5th time at Zaytoon. The food is always good, but this time it was a little less great. Our server was terrible (took about 20-25 minutes for her to deliver our drinks, even though we ordered a glass of wine and a beer, and I could see my glass of wine sitting on the bar for at least 10 minutes. I assume our food was treated the same way). This place is usually delightful so I am going to give it another try and request to sit in the service area of the soft-spoken man who has been my server in the past. He is fantastic.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Extremely slow service. Long gap between soup and entree. Had the shish taouk and the chicken was cold, the rice was set up stiffly like it has been sitting for a while. Lentil soup was served only lukewarm. Took quite a while to get the check. If you don’t have enough servers, don’t seat people!

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vipilk2
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Reliable good Lebanese food. The Pastilla is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! The setting and the furnishing style of the restaurant my girlfriend and I both loved. Our food came out in a timely manner and it was all delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mom’s birthday

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JASC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Generally very nice but extremely hard to hear. Several members of out party thought the food quality was so-so, though I enjoyed mine.

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RitaD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food altho helpings are rather large!!!
Good place all round!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Reunion with friend

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Nancy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so tasty, and many very healthy options are available, too. The restaurant is decorated so nicely that it's a pleasure just to sit there and look around.

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vipWhoMe
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

absolutely BEST service we have had is a long time!

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vipilk2
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There are new offerings including Pastilla (B'stilla) which were excellent, and worth revisiting Zaytoon.

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KenF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.
We come here often.
The food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

RG
vipRipleyandGriffysDad
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Shared a fantastic dinner with my aunt prior to catching a movie at the theater down the block. We were seated immediately and ordered IPA beers which came frosty and quickly. We then enjoyed the lentil soup and fattoush salad as starters. Both were delicious. For entrees we enjoyed the moussaka entree and the lamb stew. Again, both were delicious, very flavorful hearty and exactly what we needed on this chilly evening. The only drawback was the portion sizes. For the cost of the total bill, we expected to leave fuller, more satiated. (Fortunately, we got popcorn at the movies.) We would definitely go back and hope for a little more value for our buck, as the food and service were fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great local joint. Great for happy hour or dinner.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was fairly tasty, but the portions were small. I have had better versions of almost every dish, some as close as up the street. Don’t think we will be returning.

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EmmaT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It's decent food, but has a nice atmosphere. The service was OK but the server wasn't particularly nice or helpful

JD
vipJeanD
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and good service. I loved the gambi and scallops and my husband finished every delectable bite of his fish. Zaytoon consistently provides delicious food with attentive service .

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Kate
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytoon is often our go-to restaurant when we have company in town. The atmosphere is great, and the food is even greater. Service is excellent.

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vipVictoria
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner a great deal and will be returning. Very tasty food.

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vipbrigidmartyr
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Out with a friend. Staff very gracious but right after we began our meal very noisy table of family with very unruly children basically took over. Noise, drama etc.

This is all within 6 feet or so of us. There should be a designated area for families.

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vipVendredi
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love this place. The food is good, the service is excellent. A bit loud perhaps on a Friday night, but I'd go there again and again.

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Beanman
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine: good and diverse menu. Dishes are somewhat bland. Overall, we will return.

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SheilaO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite simply the best Middle Eastern food in the Bay Area and the most delicious hummus you will ever eat. Get it with the mushrooms. It's a lovely place with really nice and efficient servers, easy parking most of the time and a lively happy place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service and ambiance were good. Food was bland and left me with a stomach ache. Mezzo plate app, chicken kabab, one beer and one ginger beer somehow came to $70.

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OpenTableDiner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. We loved the baklava with ice cream.

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vipserve2all
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always enjoy dining at this place. Hostess is lovely and cordial. Food delicious. Bartenders know how to make a drink.
Had wonderful beef kabobs over couscous. Yummie. Mezze platter for appetizer was great.
Very popular in the community.
Im a local and like to bring my out of town guests!!

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VirginieH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience as always ! We had a table close to the bar, had delicious food and drinks.
My husband ordered the couscous and I had the moussaka : So good !

TB
TimothyB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zaytoon sounds like the name of a TV show I watched as a kid in the New Jersey suburbs. But it's actually a really good middle eastern restaurant next to the Albany Twin theater. I thought everything we had was delicious, especially the kabobs and the pearl couscous. It can get noisy but if you get there early it's fairly quiet. Great service by the way.

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AWSM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating to food allergies!

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Hal9000
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

really like it but would go more if it wasn't SO LOUD!
its hard to talk, changes the feel there, i hesitate to go if i want to talk to friends and will choose somewhere quieter depending on the occasion

JP
JasonP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places. We bring people here all the time. Everyone loves it :)

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vipShirleyH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great spot for dining with family and friends. I was a little bummed they couldn't accommodate me with my food allergy as many of their items were pre-prepared, so I was limited in what I could order. Otherwise my family and I enjoyed our visit.

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vipKristenR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food and cocktails

KK
vipKristenK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot. Creative cocktails and very good food. I'll be back!

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