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For 2
Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:30 PM
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Zaytoon

4.3
132 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
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 132 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food!! Highly recommend this place. We sat at he bar and the bartender was excellent!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was very good. Need to work on Service or hire more people.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Zatoon is a spectacular restaurant! The food is way good, the service is great and the price reasonable.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Consistent and predictable fare. Good value. Lamb and aggplant dishes great.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We've been to Zaytoon more than a few times and have never been disappointed. The service is always friendly and attentive. The food is very good and the drinks are also very good. We enjoyed the atmosphere and our time at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

The food was great and the service was excellent. Every dish we ate was delicious and fresh. We were in a bit of a rush as my 2 year old was about to have a meltdown and they got us in and out within an hour on a busy wknd night. Look forward to eating here again!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Went on a Friday night. Loved the fried halloumi salad, the mezza platter, and the kofte. The spanakopita was a different take on a classic and my family and I really loved it. Also the baklava with ice cream and a light caramel sauce was great, and perfect to share for 4. They have super cocktails, but if you want something non-alcoholic, I really liked their lemonade with mint -- refreshing and not too sweet.
We had reservations, which I would recommend or going on a week night.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2017

I have been there before and found the food great. This time it was tasty, but the chicken Kabob was tough and dry. The rest of the salad was good. Could be that the afternoon is not as good as the dinner chef.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The staff was professional and knowledgeable. We started with two appetizers the fresh cheese with olive oil which was delicious. We also had the eggplant salad which was the highlight of the meal. It was delicious with lively seasoning and fresh ingredients. The mains were a upside down rice dish with lamb. Also a couscous dish they were both had good flavor. All dishes were good portion sizes and we were not hungry when we left. However there were a few negatives that were unexpected. We had to ask for pita bread to go with the cheese and the salad. Also the room while large and open is a bit cavernous which causes a tinny reverberation to the noise in the room. Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend it and go back again. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

We (party of 2) had a great time eating at the bar! Started with 2 apps and a salad, shared an entree and ended with dessert and ice cream. Everything was delicious with good serving sizes. Ambiance was private while brightly lit. Service was personal from our bartender, Bill. Will come again.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Great service and the setting was fantastic. My party of 4 tried 10 different dishes (including all 3 desserts offered) and each one was flavorful and unique! I'll definitely be back to try the rest!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Wonderful space, lighting, comfortable waiting area. My fourth visit and the excellence has been consistent from the fresh ingredients, to the presentation. The server was very accommodating despite our late arrival. He also offered good suggestions for a gluten free diet.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2017

Just Ok. Lamb couscous skimpy on meat and spices, heavy on carrots.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Wow! This place never fails to impress me. The middle eastern food is outstanding the prices
are most reasonable. the night we went it was quiet and the wait staff were very friendly. They described each dish as if they had eaten it that night. Dont miss the Baklava dessert which is a type of crumble. Yum!!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

First time at Zaytoon and we were not disappointed. We had a 1 yr old with us and they even cleaned up the high chair before handing it over to us. Food was great, service was wonderful. It was all perfect for a birthday lunch with the fam! We will be back...

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I have eaten here before and enjoyed the food, service, and the ambiance. Service was a little off with drinks coming late. The hummus plate was enjoyable with the pita bread. The salad was plain and not very interesting which was disappointing. We'll return and perhaps try different dishes.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Great newish neighborhood offering. Lovely entry/wait area---unique, light-colored welcoming couches, ottomans etc. General atmosphere/decor is open, modern, airy. Can be a bit echo-ey, but we were in a quiet, private-ish area by the window, and not very crowded for lunch. Food and service were good, but a bit pricey for same option elsewhere. Would return for that sort of food close by, with nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Loved that everything was very fresh and the added twist to some traditional fare. Presentation was lovely

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Absolutely delicious Mediterranean food! Everything was wonderful, from meat-based dishes for the meat-eaters to the vegan "mazza platter" (hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and yummy eggplant with walnuts) and a great lentil dish for the vegans. A gorgeous dining space, and friendly service. Hope it sticks around for a long time!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Very Fresh! We had fattoush. Delicious. I liked the pre-service goodies.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Zaytoon is now on our shrot list for interesting middle eastern cuisine.
Basically Greek-Lebanese, there are dishes here that are new to many diners.

We have been there 4 times in the past 6 months and food quality is consistent.
Wine list and mixed drinks are very good.

Our most recent visit was "marred" as they say, by slow seating, and pretty slow service.
Explanation was that staff was short, but that didn't explain why we needed to wait more than 30 minutes for our reserved table. We'll see if this is a regularly occurring issue.

Otherwise, no complaints. Kefta Kabob on couscous was great, A vegetarian friend had a cauliflower-based dish the Zahra, that he finished off. The Maklouba was very good. Salads and starters, especially the grape leaves, were equally plentiful and satisfying.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Not a kid welcoming place. Parties with kids are moved to the window tables away from the main section of the restaurant. That's fine, but I doubt I'd return even without my kids. Food was mediocre -- chicken was dry, most things lacked any spice. Hard to justify a date night there when there are so many truly outstanding restaurants in the East Bay.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2017

I have dined at Zaytoon about 8 times and love the food, especially the kabobs. My only complaint is that the meat is sometimes cooked a bit too much and sort of dry, other times has been juicy and tender and wonderful. The ice cream desert with tahini and date syrup is terrific.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2017

had a lovely lunch once and took a friend for his birthday
enjoyed the food and we requested a quiet spot and it was very lovely
my only regret was that i did not tell the server we wanted more time to eat more slowly

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

I ate her twice in one week--this is saying a lot! Nice new restaurant with fresh, traditional Mediterranean food. Delicious Cauliflower, eggplant and hummus dishes--and delicious steak and lamb Kabobs with traditional rice and salad. Must mention--delicious baklava dessert and nice cocktails which pair well with the food. Nice ambience and décor, good service overall---I'll certainly be back!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

We have been to Zaytoon on a few occasion and love the food and the atmosphere. The food is healthy but also very tasty. On our latest visit there the four of us all ordered something different and each one of us enjoyed our meal. I certainly would recommend Zaytoon for a casual night out or a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Great salads and appetizers. Very good place to share plates. The portions are decent-sized, but the flavors tended to be uninteresting after a few bites. Main fish dish strangely arranged. A piece of pan-fried cod swimming in tomato sauce, with potatoes hiding underneath. Least favorite dish of the night. Noisy place. Wine list has some interesting selections, particularly a Syrah/Grenache/Carignan blend, but the prices for the size of the pours put them at the upper end of reasonable

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2017

We enjoyed our evening at Zaytoon. Good food, friendly service, especially when staff realized an ethnic connection with the "birthday boy." A bit noisy, but families welcome. Parking can be difficult.

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