Zaytoon

4.3
159 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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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 159 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great food, but service was quite slow this evening.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Birthday for mom

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great dinner and excellent cocktails!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Zaytoon is our favorite restaurant in the Bay Area!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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