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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.
Albany, CA 94706-1636
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, International
Hours of Operation:
Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Zaytoon Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Zaytoon is a new middle eastern restaurant with a Lebanese influence. There are dishes on the menu I haven't seen elsewhere. I have eaten there 4 times, and all have been good experiences.
Besides the usual kebabs, which are very nicely spiced, there's a selection of traditional dishes which I have tasted most of and all are different and interesting.
Drinks and wine list are fine.
This was my first time at Zaytoon. Loved the food and ambiance. The eggplant appetizer on the mezze platter (not the baba ghanoush) was outstanding. As was the chicken schwaerma.
Only wish they gave me Opentable dining points for my reservation.
I'll go back in any case.
Absolutely delicious Mediterranean style food! We've ordered several appetizers, salads and mains, and all of the food is very high quality with excellent flavors. They started providing olives and pita chips at the beginning of the meal, which is a wonderful touch to have a little something while you decide on the menu. Full bar with an inventive specialty cocktail list, and pretty good prices for bottles of wine. LOVE the baklava dessert with ice cream, so yummy! My only complaint is that our server was borderline too attentive, barely giving us enough time to look over the menu to make decisions. Also, they started cleaning up to the point that we felt a bit rushed to leave the restaurant towards the end of the meal. Overall, excellent option on Solano Ave!
Food was very good and reasonably priced. Atmosphere was contemporary and stylish but still warm. Service was great at the bar and at our table for seven middle-aged men. Waitress didn't blink an eye when we through multiple credit cards in to split the bill. Very enjoyable evening.
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