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Zaytoon

4.6
4.6
499 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 898-1316

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Cross street

    Kains

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 499 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MS

    MarieS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We usually love this place. This time it was mediocre.
  2. G

    Genet

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Most diners will be able to find a tasty option. Great Brussel sprouts and the baklava dessert satisfied the sweet tooth of our party of 4. Attentive service from all staff members.
  3. d

    dineoutoften

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tasty food and good service. A little noisy, but otherwise attractive setting.
  4. BM

    BrendanM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I really like the food at Zaytoon. The atmosphere is good as well.
  5. DS

    DianeS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious. Love the lentil soup, beet salad, lamb kebobs! Oh, and the baklava, ice cream and caramel.
  6. SH

    SonjaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have enjoyed several meals at Zaytoon over the years and have never been disappointed. The traditional dishes and the Fatoush salad with chicken shwarma are my favorite entrees. The best dessert is the warm baklava with ice cream. Inside dining can be a little noisy but the atmosphere is fun.
  7. W

    Walter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The haloumi salad is super. It's hard not to get it every time. Anything with lamb is really good. Their dessert menu is minimal and too sweet for me.
  8. MR

    MigdaliaR

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Two weeks ago, I had been at this restaurant with friends and it was terrific! We had a wonderful waiter; he was simply fantastic! And the food gas been excellent. That is why I returned with a friend last night. This time, we had this young woman who was not very friendly and kept trying to take plates away when we were not even finished eating. Also, my dish (scallop and shrimp kabob) was horrible: overcooked and bland. My friend’ was a little better but he said he would go back. It’s too bad because I had placed this restaurant on the top list of favorites.
  9. E

    Eat2live

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and friendly and efficient service.
  10. G

    Gaby

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten many times here and it is always excellent.
  11. JE

    JennyE

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great and well-spiced food. I would call it “home cooking” that we would never have at our home, so very special. And the service was very professional
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent sharing plates, cool ambiance and great service
  13. JB

    JohnB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    All good, except it was very noisy, making it difficult to talk with others at our table. The food was quite good though.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience at Zaytoon, food & service are spot on.
  15. DC

    DinerCH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice airy space. Great Food. Excellent service. Definitely recommend!
  16. B

    Bill

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent, attentive service. Despite bein rather nusy, all items ordered throughout the meal were delivered promptly. All food was delicious!
  17. JD

    JeanD

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. I love the cocktails!
  18. N

    Nick

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Maybe the best Spanakopita on the planet! Everything is delicious, though I prefer the appetizers to the mains.
  19. P

    Palm

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers were perfect. The mezzanine plate is fresh and tasty the main course arrived room temperature
  20. e

    elliebellie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate outside. They only had three heaters and we could not feel the heat. We were early and asked for a table near the heater - and there was a table for four but we were told we could not sit there. We would have been gone by the time more dining parties came. I've had their Moussaka multiple times. This one was not like the others. It had one teeny piece of eggplant in it - it was all ground beef and very watery. Inferior to their usual. Did they get a new cook? Also, we were both looking to order a glass of red wine. Our waitress who was lovely brought us six small tastes of six different reds. Not one of them was palatable to either of us - we love reds and were not demanding a fabulous one. But these were awful - I'm surprised they don't have better reds on the menu! We talked the Pinot Noir, the Malabec, the Sauvingon, and the Merlot. Not one was good. They lacked smoothness - they were tart. And it wasn't that one of our tastebuds were off - it was both of us that had the same reaction. I do wonder if it was a chef change... Saddened because it's been. one of my favorite places. Ellen Jones
  21. C

    Christy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We just booked this on a whim and were so surprised! Excellent service and outstanding food and fun atmosphere. On the louder side but that didn't bother us- it makes it a fun and happening place! Very popular.
  22. OD

    OkieDokie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Need to add some acoustic dampened material to the walls! Also needs to add more heat lamps!
  23. AM

    AndyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, attentive service. Very comfortable sitting outside with a heat lamp.
  24. t

    tnca

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious variety of meal choices. Very good especially with outdoor semi-heated seating.
  25. W

    Wolfita

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Lamb & Beef kabobs were over-cooked, which is not usually the case.
  26. e

    eat2live

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zaytoon is a family favorite. It never disappoints. We especially love the halloumi salad!
  27. c

    chrism

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food especially appetizers! Service also superb
  28. J

    John

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been coming here since they’ve opened it’s always a wonderful place with great food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Just the place is loud with all the hard surfaces.
  30. c

    cathy

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place to eat. Music is a bit loud. Hostess needs to smile and be more welcoming to customers!
  31. LP

    LaProfessora

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is always delicious---we split a mezza plate and a fatoush salad and I had lentil soup. Asked for a "skinny margharita" and it was much more sour than usual. The wait-person seemed very stressed and was not friendly. Maybe they need more workers.
  32. RN

    RobertN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We have dined at Zaytoon several times and have had great food and good service.
  33. W

    Wolfita

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wait people were not as attentive as usual; maybe short on staff. Food is extraordinary.
  34. SE

    ScottE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, excellent service, will recommend to friends in E Bay
  35. KY

    KentY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Zaytoon's Salata Arabi was perfectly refreshing for a hot evening. The Gambri and Scallop kebabs were perfectly grilled and a go-to dish, and we loved the flaky filo of the Pastilla. The service was pretty attentive without being obtrusive.
  36. e

    eileenl

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A great date night. The drinks and dinner was delicious. The best falafel and Fatiha salad.
  37. RS

    RebeccaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely fabulous, and the service was incredible. Highly recommend!
  38. O

    Oceanview

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went early for dinner on a weekday. Everything was perfect, delicious and good. The only thing that was really good, but not perfect, was the pita. I know this is a trivia matter b/c the pita was really good. But after buying pita from Oakland Kosher Foods on Lakeshore, I now know what amazing pita can taste like.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice meal together as my daughter moved into Berkeley. Food was excellent and the service good. Didn’t have room for it but managed to sneak in some dessert which was also great!
  40. V

    Veronica

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food is great! The service was iffy. This did not take away from the food. We had never been here and will come back for more kebabs and drinks.

FAQs

Zaytoon is rated 4.6 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Zaytoon

1133 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706-1636

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kains

  • Neighborhood

    Albany

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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