Excellent Middle Eastern food. The baba ganoush is the best I've ever had. Not an innovative, Berkeley-style creative menu, but excellent version of the classics, served in a nice space where you can talk!
We booked a 915 reservation. We arrived on time, sat down at a table, and were told the kitchen was closing in 5 minutes. We were rushed through the entire meal, and were basically asked to leave 45 minutes after we arrived. They should not be posting availabilities at 915, if they know they will be rushing towards a 10 close of the restaurant.
As always, the food and the service were wonderful. My only caveat is the noise level--it is often too loud for us to hear each other across the table.
We chose to be seated inside because of the weather but recommend sitting outside among the trees w twinkling lights or the seating around fire pits. Learned there is music too but there wasn’t the evening we went. Food is good, unusual for an area dominated by California and Italian food. The restaurant is directly behind the Spanish Garden Inn, where we stayed. Perfect!!
Well-prepared food, good service, and food arrived timely. I will frequent this restaurant again. I do hope the menu will reflect the change of the season.
All good - food, service, ambiance, and price. All 5 of us praised the food and the service. Prices are very reasonable. Friendly, lively atmosphere.
Excellent Solano Ave./Albany neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant. All dishes nicely prepared, good sized portions. Menu has excellent variety without being overwhelming in size (so they do what they do well). Good for mixed carnivore/veg family like ours. Nice bar with good wines, reasonably priced, that pair well with fare. Hint for those with moderate appetites: order kabob plate with an extra kabob and take half home for a great lunch.
Ive been to Zaytoon four times. I have always really enjoyed it. However, I was a little disappointed in my mousakka on Sunday night. Seemed less flavorful and rich tasting than in previous visits. My wife said the same thing about her dinner. Still great service, nice atmosphere and a good value. Hoping it was just an off night.
Amazing food and service.
A pleasant surprise. Can’t wait to return. Had the veggie kabob and it was awesome
We have eaten many times and it is always very good
My friends who ate with us were very impressed
Portions are plentiful but food is bland. I added salsa to my leftovers, which brought ingredients alive.
Thank you zaytoon for always accommodating us. Even with kids in highchairs we are still made to feel wantes. Food is always gorgeous and tastes incredible.
The dessert was the best of the night. Tahini something
Great food, nice service, beautiful sosce
As always Zaytoon was great. It never disappoints, you can count on having a good meal, good service and pleasant ambiance.
Delicious food and ambience - new favorite place in Albany!
Great service, well prepared food. Nice ambience.
Having enjoyed Zaytoon when it was a small space near downtown Berkeley that was open only on weekends, I was looking forward to my meal at the expanded location. It was a very disappointing experience, primarily from a food standpoint. It's clear that the owners have dumbed-down the authenticity of the dishes on their menu to suit the near-suburban demo of their new location, but jeepers, this is Berkeley ... they didn't have to do that. The restaurant is only a couple of blocks from one of the most authentic Szechwan restaurants in the country, which is always packed. If Zaytoon were one's introduction to Middle Eastern food, I suspect one would never try it again. I had two plates: a starter of the most flavorless hummus I've ever tasted (well-prepared but completely unseasoned), and a fatoosh salad that was mostly lettuce, with a few small pita chips scattered around, and a dressing so innocuous that I had to ask a server if it had been forgotten. I was brought a small ramekin of the dressing, which was basically neutral salad oil with some herbal flavoring and a hint of citrus juice. I then had to ask for lemon wedges to give the salad any acidity at all ... .but by then it was soggy from the oil, and completely inedible. Wine prices are also way too high, but that's true everywhere these days. It's a pleasant if noisy room when packed, but the food is a real disincentive to return.
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.
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.
Zaytoon continues to be one of our very favorite restaurants. It was great to celebrate my birthday there with friends!
Great food and great service.
The quality of our dishes, which we have enjoyed in the past, has slipped.
Not sure we will be returning.
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.
Great food, lovely spot, good service. We’ll be back
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.
Great authentic fresh Mediterranean food always. Good service lively atmospherr
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.
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.
Really lovely, delicious neighborhood restaurant and extremely convenient before or after a movie @ the Albany Twin!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food, but service was quite slow this evening.
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.
Love this restaurant. Love the okra dish, the cocktails and the tahini sundae.
We'll be back! Enjoyed our dinner and the service was lovely.
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.