Zaytoon

4.6
295 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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vipJeppo
Portland
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was well prepared and tasty. Good presentation. We had a new server who failed to come check on us. They needed better supervision for this person. We had to wait quite some time to get their attention to order and then we had to go look for the waitstaff 2x to get our bill. In general, it was a good food experience but inexperienced staff need more support.

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WillM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Mediterranean fare in a modern setting. One of my favorites is the halloumi salad, any of the lamb options are also a winner choice!

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vipAK19
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. A lot of choices. Great looking bar, although did not get a chance to try. The starters and the salad were excellent. No hesitation in recommending.

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JeffreyD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and drink were really good. Open Table reservation was not in their system when we arrived. We were given seats at the bar, without any attempt to find us a table.

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Di9Flaca
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First-time diners; loved the lamb shishkabob over couscous. Great to share dishes to enjoy different flavors. Great desserts, too. All dishes were light and healthy.

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MaryG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, always great food and friendly service!

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ErikS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, ate indoors. Appreciated the increase ventilation as we emerge from the pandemic(!). I will be back.

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AliceS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, good service. Outside seating was a little noisy due to street noise, but otherwise pleasant.

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UBtheGreat
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was quite different and quite good. The service was quite bad. On more than one occasion we had to signal our waiter to ask for our appetizers, our drinks, our entrees, and the bill. In their defense I think it has been very difficult in finding good help, but someone could have looked in our direction

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ScarlettL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the hummus. Extra smooth, creamy, and delicious.

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MattB
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The vegetarian spanakopita is one of our favorite dishes of all time, anywhere (including Greece).

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vipFunMom
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arugula salad with chicken shawarma was tasty, but the moussaka was okay, it’s not what we’re used to get at other restaurants. Atmosphere is lively but quite loud, a little difficult to have conversations among friends. Overall we had a nice meal.

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Ginnykins
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazng! Seriously delicious. A++++!

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pedalergal
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our 2nd time here, 1st being several years ago and just appetizers & drinks at bar (very good then, btw!). This visit reminded me of why we need to make this a favorite hangout!

Food has exquisite flavors, textures and techniques... and I'm happy to say, decent portions! (you actually feel you are there to have a meal rather than admire the "presentation", which is also lovely, btw). I have no idea how they get the cubed Halloumi in the salad so light and dry, so tasty and zero grease! We also had the calamari as a starter and it was excellent. Tender and served with a light dusting of crunchy pine nuts. For main course I ordered the Bamia (okra, lamb, and tomato stew over rice). Delicious! Hubby had the Beef Kabob (sirloin steak with mint-jalapeno sauce), served with grilled veggies and couscous. Very tender and tasty, too. Cocktails before ("Arabian Nights" with Mezcal for me, Old Fashioned for him). Good Cab by the glass with main course. Shared a Tahini Sundae dessert (vanilla ice cream, tahini, date syrup, halvah). So good! Sipped an Arak with that (traditional Middle-Eastern spirit of anise). Perfect!

Service: attentive, aware, personable and members of the staff share some of the service & pickup jobs happily.

Decor: pleasing to the eye, simple yet comfortable seating. Noise level allows conversation and a bit of intimacy. We arrived at 6pm for our reservation; most tables empty, we were seated in the back, which is quieter (further from the bar area); noticed all tables filled well before the time we left. Our first indoor dining experience since COVID; Zaytoon following guidelines (masks on staff; sanitizer on tables; tables spaced appropriately). Reservations are for indoor seating only. Outdoor area can be "walk-in".

Good to see Zaytoon doing well! We will definitely be back. A neighborhood treasure only a few blocks walk from home!!

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Dizzy
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood find! We celebrated a CAL graduation. A memorable event.

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LauraS
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Savory and delicious...hummus and mushroom starter great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is always so amazing! My first time dining inside and loved the ambiance

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ArleneM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. Noise level was a bit much.

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vipAnne
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

authentic says it all Lamb makhlaba - full of flavor; the lamb is tender annd really well cooked.

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MartaB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great - attentive, and returned multiple times to take our order in parts (drinks, starters, mains) as we were having trouble deciding between the great options. Drinks and food were all great, the special starters were especially delicious - roasted brussels sprouts and marinated shrimp.

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WendyB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zaytoon is elegant, with ambience that is lovely, wait staff who are wonderfully attentive, and food that is non pareil. I ordered the leg of lamb, and it was succulent, beautifully seasoned, with al dente couscous in a tomato puree. My daughter ordered the tender chicken kebab. We both had exquisite cocktails, mine with a sumac/salt rim, hers with arac and lemon-- a delicious counterpoint to the main dishes.

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PaikanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great waiter! and you need to try the Sultan and Lentil Soup.

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vipNakki
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They have a very nice outdoor table set up for Covid, most seating still allows you to feel you are dining at a restaurant despite being in the street.

Overall, the food is just okay. My favorite thing is the hummus which is great, but everything else I’ve tasted is just okay. It’s a little expensive for just being okay.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, severely understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding and it was nice to be back inside the beautifully decorated dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent!

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SharonS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch on a Saturday, had a choice between inside or outside, chose inside but either would have been fine. Shared a Mazza plate with fresh pitas.... Hummus, tabouleh, baba ganoush, a couple of falafel... all delicious. And the Spanikopita was flaky and stuffed with a mixture of spinach and mushrooms and feta... perfect appetizer. I think any of the appetizers would have been delicious so will have to go back to try others! The chicken Kabob (Mary’s organic chicken) was perfectly cooked and the rice and salad on the plate were perfect additions. Very generous portions. There were 3 choices for dessert and we chose the Tahini Sundae to share. Not overly sweet and the date syrup on top was the perfect “sauce” for it. Will definitely return to try other dishes on the menu! What a “find” in Albany, worth making the trip!

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vipAnne
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite place in the Bay Area. It has both indoor and outdoor seating. We sat indoors and far from anyone else. The lamb maklouba melts in your moth and is exquisite. The moussaka was disappointing, however. The mezzanine plate was varied and tasted fresh and the bread was one step up from grocery store bought.

Ambiance was anything but frantic and servers appeared out of nowhere. Yes, I will dine here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, sitting outside is not always very pleasant but it is a good restaurant

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NaomiS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and service at Zaytoon. It is consistently excellent--I love how delicious everything at the restaurant is! Thanks!

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Piero
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teamwork makes the dream work.
Astonishingly good Middle eastern food, made by a gifted, chef named Issa, and served by staff, who really care about what they do. The Bar is great, and some of the house drinks, like the "Arabian nights" designed by brilliant bar manager Kalyan, are just amazing. If you're a first-timer, I recommend The Mashawi combo plate with Beef and Kefta, (ground beef and lamb. you can choose other options) since it was just something to revel in. with perfectly grilled vegetables, and the Kefta was tender and perfect as was the beef with just the right amount of char on it for that grilled taste, and perfect rice, the plate itself visually, was something that could have wound up at the MOMA, but wound up in my tummy.
The addition of a glass of Lebanese Ksara red wine, and some "Toum", a sauce very few restaurants in the bay area even try to make, because it cannot really be made without the participation of someone’s grandmother, took this meal into the next lever.
Don't sleep on the Toum.
For dessert I ordered Baklava, not expecting a perfectly deconstructed Baklava, in 1/2 inch squares, underneath a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream with a minimal ribbon of caramel, To be honest, this is best to tackle with a friend. (Which I did the following week)
Finally, I was impressed with the bartender Natasha, who made me a custom tequila drink, (I always test the bartenders by asking them to make me a "fancy schmancy tequila drink" which she did, and killed it with "The Natasha", which was what I started out with.
To end my night I had a nice shot of Arak, a liquor from the Levant, which tastes of hints of anise and grape, perfectly ending my night.
Zaytoon is a restaurant with chefs on a mission, with a kitchen and staff that have a real heartbeat, and a drink menu you won't find anywhere else.

Prices: Moderate
Ambiance: Warm and quiet
Food: To die for
Staff: Super friendly
Overall: 5 stars
Highly recommended!

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GeoffO
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious. They could be a bit more thoughtful with vegetarian options, in my opinion. My wife and I enjoyed our meals, and the restaurant was modern and comfortable.

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betterave
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

quite impressed with the warm stuffed grape leaves.
Dessert menu lacked gluten free option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, I will definitely plan return

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JasonP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Zaytoon! We have been going there about once a week since we moved to the nieghboorhood. Great atmosphere and delicious food with healthy options and a friendly staff. All the things!

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vipkirkb
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was seated on time cocktails were served quickly service was very good dinner was great I had lamb my friend had a fish item desert was great nice place to go value was ok
Kb

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vipAimeeH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

This was probably my 5th time at Zaytoon. The food is always good, but this time it was a little less great. Our server was terrible (took about 20-25 minutes for her to deliver our drinks, even though we ordered a glass of wine and a beer, and I could see my glass of wine sitting on the bar for at least 10 minutes. I assume our food was treated the same way). This place is usually delightful so I am going to give it another try and request to sit in the service area of the soft-spoken man who has been my server in the past. He is fantastic.

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vipFoodie
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Extremely slow service. Long gap between soup and entree. Had the shish taouk and the chicken was cold, the rice was set up stiffly like it has been sitting for a while. Lentil soup was served only lukewarm. Took quite a while to get the check. If you don’t have enough servers, don’t seat people!

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vipilk2
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Reliable good Lebanese food. The Pastilla is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! The setting and the furnishing style of the restaurant my girlfriend and I both loved. Our food came out in a timely manner and it was all delicious!

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Zaytoon is rated 4.6 stars by 295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.