Zaytoon

4.6
383 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipOneMoreMartiniPlease
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine at Zaytoon. The food is wonderful prepared, especially the starters. Decent portion size and none of the food is too heavy. Always a fun time, and a beautiful, modern dinning room.

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DoctorKerry
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. Our last visit was GREAT! The food, (the chicken roll starter! and kabobs!) The service, the ambience!!! I love it all!
I go here as often as I can get in !!

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vipSteveW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Enticing variety of Mediterranean dishes that are all artistically created. Their website has it right: ". . . tantalizing taste of the traditional and contemporary: enjoy fresh takes on favorite dishes and discover something new and extraordinary." Very popular with locals.

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Yesiknowalot
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was very cold…..frigid is a better word. This changed the flavors of experience and food

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Reem
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The olives, musakhan rolls, mansaf, and mint lemonade were great. The portions were filling. The fattoush was alright--my dinner guest and I are Arab, so we had high expectations. The costeleta special was mixed--the lamb chops and mint jalepeno sauce were great but the couscous and vegetables that it came were just ok. The crumbled baklava dessert was too sweet--and that's crazy for me to say because I LOVE sweets.
It's a really cute spot. It's upscale but doesn't totally break the bank. I think I will be coming back for future special occasions.

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cathy
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Mixed drinks are weak wine choices are better. Food took a long time, maybe because we ordered a stewed meat?

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None
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is consistently delicious, with lots of tempting choices. Service friendly and competent. Appreciate having the outdoor eating option (with heaters). Street traffic can be a little noisy, but otherwise able to have comfortably normal-volume conversation.

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Sherrypi
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I have eaten at Zaytoon many times for both lunch and dinner. I have always liked it until last night. The food was lacking taste and seasoning, didn’t seem fresh. I ordered a salad, which I frequently do, and it came on a very small plate. At lunch it comes on a full size plate. Why? The plate was overflowing and was difficult to keep the salad on the plate. Very annoying. Secondly, the menu hasn’t changed since they opened several years ago and it’s become boring, and there were no specials. The best thing is the space. It was very busy (as always) and it seems they could step it up a bit!

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pedalergal
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this place... food comforting and "special date" level at same time. Portions are generous. Servers are attentive, and one never feels either rushed nor neglected. Atmosphere is casual but refined, a bit uplifting.

Space is very pleasant with very high ceilings yet does not feel at all "industrial". Simple but artful decor. Sound level and placement of tables/seating allow conversation and a bit of privacy.

This visit we were a party of 4 with an early, 5pm reservation to minimize health risk (COVID, still!). We started with cocktails and appetizers (Mazza Platter and a dish of the Warm, marinated olives served with fresh pita bread), relaxing a bit before ordering our dinners & sides. Everyone was happy with the starters and dinner choices, and there was even a small bit left over. Last visit I had Bamia, so I tried the Maklouba (with very tender, nicely spiced lamb).

Even without soup or salad, between the shared appetizers and my entree, I was too full this time to consider dessert (aside from the traditional baklava, Zaytoon's dessert menu offers a delicious Tahini Sundae (which i had last time) - ahhhh, just a good excuse to return!

Happy Hour menu beckons (cocktails are creative but a bit on the "light" side). I note Zaytoon also offers a new 4 course "Family Meal" (including Baklava!) ... stay tuned!

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viptapbirds
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was good. The Musakhan Rolls and kubba starters were delicious. I had the shish taouk (chicken) and kefta Mashawi for the main course. They were good, but not great. The service was the challenging part. The waitress was doing the best she could, however, the four (four!) wait-persons standing around doing nothing and avoiding eye contact with customers made it difficult to get service when needed.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great local place to get mediterranean food. For my wife and me, splitting the hummus appetizer plate plus one entree is just right.

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SAURABHK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was top notch. Food was delicious and with so many Veggie options as well . Highly recommended

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vipSteveW
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice selection of Mediterranean dishes that seem to be getting more sophisticated over time. There is nothing routine about the dishes, which makes everything delightful.

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JOHNW
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our waitress was exceptional. service with a smile. there when we needed her.

all the staff were friendly and engaging

food was savory, prepared exceptionally well

a go-to place for my wife and I

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GaryD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well prepared food, reasonable prices, festive atmosphere, friendly staff. What more can you ask for.

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LorraineG
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very unique ingredients, excellent presentation...food you don't make at home, so it's a real treat...loved the Habibi cocktail - a great tasting drink without being too sweet - bourbon, amaretto, allspice, tahini and honey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is excellent! Love this place!

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Kathy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We especially love the salads, fish, moussaka, and lemonade. Highly recommended.

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cathy
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and helpful service! Waitress are always so accommodating and friendly!
Better to make reservations esp weekends!

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vipSandra
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely small restaurant and food was delicious. Sever friendly. All in all
great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, value and ambience. We’ve eaten at zaytoon since it opened and have always had a fantastic experience. It’s also the most elegant place to eat on Solano Ave but not high priced.

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vipJeanD
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! They even made a vegetarian dish out of one of the meat dishes.

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leahb
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - all categories, delicious appetizers, drinks, fun decor and vibe

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JasonM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful delicious food and great service, can’t get much better.

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Yansome
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and the Mediterranean cuisine were very good, but the restaurant was
very noisy with loud background music, making conversation very difficult.
Good for a group get together, but perhaps not for a romantic meal out.
The olives, hummus and chicken shawarma plate, and the chicken mushaka
rolls appetizers were all delicious. I enjoyed my huge portion of couscous though the braised lamb that came with it was a bit dry. My husband liked his moussaka with beef though he said it was a bit salty and lacking in eggplant, and he should have ordered the vegetarian version which another dinner companion declared
to be the best moussaka she ever ate. Overall, the prices were reasonable, the food was tasty and filling, and the service was good.

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Sharbear
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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HilarieH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food greasy and not very flavorful

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robertar
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent and we loved the kubba, very well made, we used to eat a lot of those in brasil and finally found a great one! We’ll be back for sure! Great staff too.

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Susannah
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I am a big fan of Zaytoon and have always been impressed with the food and the professional, friendly service. My latest experience, a birthday lunch for a friend, was a disappointment. The food was good, as usual, but the service was so poor that I was embarrassed. For example, when I asked at 1pm if we could sit at one of the four empty tables for four, I was told yes but we would have to move if they needed the table. They didn't. When the server brought a steak knife, she placed the blade facing me. I would still recommend Zaytoon for the food with sincere hopes that my last experience was an aberration.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for lunch on Saturday. We tried eggplant salad, halloumi salad, lentil soup, and shuarma! All entries were fantastic! The staff is friendly and accommodating. We definitely recommend the place and will come back.

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vipbeachcomber
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salads, cauliflower and eggplant were fantastic. The service was quick and friendly. We loved all the dishes and they were generous. My only complaint is that the cocktails didn't match the quality of the food.

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vipHandmark
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The post-pandemic version of Zaytoon was not at all up to its pre-pandemic standards of gracious hospitality and delicious food on the Sunday night our party of four were there. Even though we had a reservation, we waited more than fifteen minutes after everyone was seated (two of our party had arrived 5 minutes before and had water) with no attention from a server. There seemed to be plenty of servers? Finally, we flagged someone down, who then took all of our order at the same time. The starters and salads came all at the same time, and the mains came before we had finished those. So we ended up rushed in eating due to the lag in their attention when we first sat down at 7pm. The food, while good, was not the delicious Zaytoon meal we had come across town for. The spicing seemed stingy, and the balance of several dishes was off. Finally, we let restaurant know, in advance, that we were celebrating the birthdays of the two of the four of us, along with the birthday celebrants very recent engagement to each other. We also reminded the person who seated us of this fact. Nada, nothing.....no candle on the dessert, no complimentary anything, etc. All in all, a disappointment. However, we give them a little leeway because the pandemic. We will likely try one more time, but if the slip in both the service and the food remains....?

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CeCe
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytoon is a gem of Mediterranean flavors, attentive service, and lovely ambiance.

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vipfezthecat
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been supporting Zaytoon for years because of the fantastic dining experience. Dishes are well executed. Once seated, the staff make a solid effort to meet your needs. Maybe a testament of their success is having to wait to get seated (even if you have reservations), which can be frustrating sometimes but definitely not a deal breaker. All in all, a great place that you should try if you haven't yet.

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OmarM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT was an amazing experience. The Meze Platter and the entrees ( Makloubeh and Mansaf ) were PERFECT. the service was excellent. We sat outside and tyhe music was quite loud and we asked our server to lower the volume and he did immediately. The dessert was amazing too : Crumbled baklawa with Ice cream and Knafeh. We will back soon. Good Job ZAYTOUN !

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vipCathyC
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service, good creative food, ambiance was lively but not loud. So great so see this part of Solano back alive with restaurants and shops.

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vipDinerJohn
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good mediterranean food. Good service. Indoor and outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food !

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vipNinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from a Palestinian woman - all of the food here is phenomenal and I really appreciate the variety. The staff are wonderful and the music is native. Appreciate it all.

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LetaH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a repeat wonderful visit and the meal was outstanding
We shared 4 appetizers: Arabic cheese, grape leaves, kubba and musakhan rolls

For entrees, gambri (shrimp) and scallop, Maklouba and moussaka ( the best I ever had)

We couldn't resist dessert: the tahini sundae and crumbled baklava- so delicious

Our server was friendly and attentive and the dishes came quickly
Overall, a stellar meal

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Zaytoon is rated 4.6 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.