Zaytoon

4.4
172 reviews
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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.
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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Cross street
Kains
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 172 People Are Saying
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MP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I went here with three friends and everyone enjoyed their meals. One friend selected an unusual cocktail that was very good. I've been here twice now. Although the ambience is a little cold to me, the food is solid.

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KO
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time at Zaytoon and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. The food is a good combination of classic Mediterranean with some unique twists, and always perfectly prepared. Cocktail menu is interesting and innovative; the staff treat you warmly and like family.

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JJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytoon continues to be one of our very favorite restaurants. It was great to celebrate my birthday there with friends!

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JJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.

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OT
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The quality of our dishes, which we have enjoyed in the past, has slipped.
Not sure we will be returning.

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AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, great staff, well-prepared and delicious food. A bit too slow service, maybe because it was a busy night. But great place! Highly recommended.

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GC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely spot, good service. We’ll be back

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e
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and friends all enjoyed the service, the setting and the food. We were treated very well and the food from appetizers to dinner were executed well. Although the Albany block party was going on simultaneously outside we weren't subjected to excessive noise. I liked how the room is organized and delineated. The bar and restaurant was comfortable. We will visit again.
Thank You

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EV
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic fresh Mediterranean food always. Good service lively atmospherr

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s
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice bar with good drinks. Friendly bartenders.
Food is very good...we especially like their lamb kabob, spanakopoita and appetizer platter.
It was a Friday night and place was packed.
Defintiely would go back again.

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MP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

A friend and I shared the shrimp/scallop entree and the fatoush salad. Salad was plenty big; main was a bit light. Flavors were delicious - I'd go back again for the food. The atmosphere was a bit chilly (figuratively and literally) - I'd like a quicker, more authentic welcome and easing up on the a/c.

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N
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely, delicious neighborhood restaurant and extremely convenient before or after a movie @ the Albany Twin!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5 celebrating my daughter-in-law's birthday. We all tried something different and everyone loved their dishes. I only tasted mine which was the halloumi salad with chicken shawarma. It was soooo good! I can't wait to go back. My only problem is that when I do go back I will probably have the same thing because it was so delicious and I really need to try another of their many wonderful dishes.

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SC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was very knowledgeable and experienced which I appreciate as a fellow service industry employee. The braised lamb and bamia were so delicious. My friends had some other dishes that they weren’t crazy about but all in all because of the service we were very happy with our experience.

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s
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This Mediterranean food restaurant is excellent.
Its all about the LAMB....and their lamb on skewers was perfection.
Spanakopita delicious. Their full platter of appetizers were delicious.
Attentive waitress.
We did a pre-dinner drink at the bar and these guys know how to make a drink too.
Bravo to Zaytoon. We will definitely be back.

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SF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, but service was quite slow this evening.

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S
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great neighborhood restaurant...convienient to Albany Cinema....food is good...try the musaka (vegatarian) and the grilled chicken kabob...enough to share for two people.

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RS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Love the okra dish, the cocktails and the tahini sundae.

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f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We'll be back! Enjoyed our dinner and the service was lovely.

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LS
Houston
64 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent! The best soup I have had in a while! Great appetizers. The service was good except he forgot to take our drink order. We had to wait for him to come back and we received our drinks when the food arrived.

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BB
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This place is very good, but does not compare with Saha (on Shattuck) or Dyafa (Jack London). If you just want salad or spanakopita or a bite of lamb, it is good. But do not expect that the sauces will be very good. They are not.

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BH
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

This was the noisiest restaurant I have ever visited. We certainly won't go back. The food was fine but couldn't enjoy it because of the noise.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for mom

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m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It appears this one-time gem is a victim of its own success. Service has become inadequate, and while the food remains delicious, the service and bar hassles make for an unpleasant experience.

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DN
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner and excellent cocktails!

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JJ
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zaytoon is our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is imaginative and comprehensive with outstanding appetizers and entrees. The service was polite, unobtrusive and conscientious. Zaytoon was a tremendous dining experience that exceeded the experiences we have had at Bay Area Michelin star restaurants. We went with a friend who is Palestinian who helped us make some very good dinner selections but as we watched as different entrees were served to diners in our vicinity we recognized that every plate looked like something we would enjoy and that there were probably no bad choices to be made from the menu.

We think Zaytoon is an undiscovered jewel and we look forward to returning.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single dish was wonderful!

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S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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AP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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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C
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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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s
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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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JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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G
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a fun environment.

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O
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and libations! Authentic dishes, highly recommend!

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