Zaytoon

4.6
349 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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OmarM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT was an amazing experience. The Meze Platter and the entrees ( Makloubeh and Mansaf ) were PERFECT. the service was excellent. We sat outside and tyhe music was quite loud and we asked our server to lower the volume and he did immediately. The dessert was amazing too : Crumbled baklawa with Ice cream and Knafeh. We will back soon. Good Job ZAYTOUN !

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vipCathyC
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service, good creative food, ambiance was lively but not loud. So great so see this part of Solano back alive with restaurants and shops.

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vipDinerJohn
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good mediterranean food. Good service. Indoor and outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food !

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vipNinaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from a Palestinian woman - all of the food here is phenomenal and I really appreciate the variety. The staff are wonderful and the music is native. Appreciate it all.

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LetaH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a repeat wonderful visit and the meal was outstanding
We shared 4 appetizers: Arabic cheese, grape leaves, kubba and musakhan rolls

For entrees, gambri (shrimp) and scallop, Maklouba and moussaka ( the best I ever had)

We couldn't resist dessert: the tahini sundae and crumbled baklava- so delicious

Our server was friendly and attentive and the dishes came quickly
Overall, a stellar meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Albany

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at Zaytoon. Loved it. Great local restaurant…I will definitely be back.

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cathy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the music was a bit loud hard to have a conversation at times! Otherwise everything else was okay!

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PhilipM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We will go back. The food was great. The only glitch was that my wife ordered a beet salad and because she has a small appetite a lamb appetizer as her main dish. They brought the appetizer first and had a hard time understanding beet salad first. Not a deal breaking problem.

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hilaryw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy to find such a nice restaurant serving delicious food in a comfortable setting . Really nice . My husband and I had a sweet evening and found the food … though we liked some things better than others … to be excellent quality . Will definitely be back.

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Divah
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautifully decorated restaurant, simple and elegant Mediterranean design. Great appetizers -- dolma and shrimp/scallops kebab, the hollum (spelling?) salads was great and liked the main course -- but would probably like to try something else next time. Would definitely come back for more and have already recommended it to friends.

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NSSecondVisit
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Meat (kofta kabab) was overcooked. Well seasoned but too dry.
Service was slow and "forget've". Must have asked for milk with the coffee 4 times.

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CJBL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is our new sit down Mediterranean food location.
the hummus plate = AMAZING. we had it with the chicken sharwarma. YUM. pita bread, yum. I had the shish tauok, amazing. the rice and veggies too. My husband had the lamb kabob, he said was awesomme., and the side of sauce that came with the lamb was delish.

All and all, we will be back to this place.

oh yeah, and the cocktails were awesome as well. :)

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mehrdad
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tasty food, Excellent service, Good mixed drinks. Reservations highly recommended.

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Uman
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place - both for lunch or dinner. Amazing food and super comfy ambience. One of our Solano Ave gems for sure!

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LocalDiner15
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio/ parklet. Excellent food- we had the spanocapita, veggie kebabs, and couscous w braised lamb. Wine was also very good!

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LynnA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m always happy to find a restaurant that offers several vegan, or vegan-friendly choices. We had a delightful vegan meal including the shorba soup, the vegetable kebabs, and the mudjadara. Everything was beautifully prepared with good depth of flavor. Our server was a perfect mix of professional but still warm and welcoming.

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vipArco66
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved our cocktails (the Habibi), the various kebabs (Shish Taouk, and the Beef), and all of the appetizers (spanikopita, Musakahn roll, fried cauliflower, and the arugula salad. The restaurant has someone for everyone - my vegetarian husband, dairy-free daughter and steak-loving daughter. Just rediscovered it, and have been there twice this month. Nice atmosphere and works for a casual or special meal. They have a parklet too, for those who prefer to eat outdoors.

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Sophia
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Kibbe was outstanding. The grilled lam cubes over Couscos was cooked to perfection. The Zahra appetizer was excellent. The halloumi salad and Fattoush salad are exquisite. Our server recommended a fabulous white wine. The service was attentive and the ambience is inviting. The best value in the area. Qudos to Zaytoon.

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ScarlettL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the hummus plate! The Arabic cheese is delicious, but a tad small.

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EvangelineI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sheltered outdoor dining available. Food as always is spot on. Service was prompt. Server had a mask on. Original takes on cocktails. The one thing I wished for was more patio heaters. They only had it at select tables and our table was a bit cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best food in The Eastbay!

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Karl
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I initially ordered moussaka, then heard the server speak highly of the shawarma when my lunch companion ordered it. I decided to get it as well--it was really, really good!

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vipNadine
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Zaytoon is always delicious. The noise level is disturbing, however. The owners should baffle the walls and ceiling.

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Susi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn't been here since pre-covid. But, we met our friends, another couple, last night at Zaytoon. Oh, it was good! Complementary crackers and olive oil, and spices to start. We got a mazza plate of appetizers to share, which we all loved. Our entrees were out of sight. When we got home, we decided it was well worth driving from Marin to Albany, just to have such a delicious meal. Oh, and the restaurant has well-separated tables, and appealing decor inside, as well as outdoor seating.

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SukoT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a delicious lunch at Zaytoon, the wraps were the perfect size. The fries were particularly fantastic- crispy on the outside, creamy and potato-y on the inside. Also really enjoyed the hummus plate with mushrooms too.

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vipLola
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back after the pandemic and I am happy to say that my favorite foods remain as perfectly made as they were before The pandemic. The spanakopita is always divine. The rosé is perfect with the spanakopita. And the dessert to have is the ice cream with baklava! It is so sweet and unusual.

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vipNadine
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I love Zaytoon, and their Crumbled Baklava w/Vanilla Ice Cream dessert is one of the best ever!

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TomB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service was a bit erratic at lunch. There were only 3 servers for all tables including indoor and outdoor, and one doubled as bartender, but the food came quickly. The baba ghanoush is excellent with a deep smoky flavor and the presentation of all the food is appealing. I think that they are getting used to fuller crowds post-COVID and we will definitely come back.

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JanetF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and ambiance. I love the olives and hummus.

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Chas
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful to be back!

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RuthieL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Thought the food and cocktails were delicious. Found the cocktails to be rather small pours, or full of ice - but delicious. Increase the size of the glasses and I'd give this spot a full 5 stars ;-)

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Susan
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant. Food's great, ambiance nice. Service can sometimes be a little slow, but staff is friendly and helpful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good as always. Love coming here.

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vipSweetjustice
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We found this restaurant on Open Table because we had an event close by. The restaurant's clean lines and warm teal interior were very inviting. All the flavors from start to finish were fresh, familiar but unique. A starter of olives and pita chips with oliive oil and za-tar was really flavorful and light. Two of us had the lamb kebab with the mint-jalepeno sauce. The lamb and veggies were cooked perfectly, with a little red in the middle of the lamb and the veggies still crisp grilled. The mint-jalapeno sauce was warming but not too spicy. All was served with either pearl couscous (my favorite) or rice. The fattoush salad was fresh with warm, specially-spiced chicken shawarma and yogurt-sumac dressing. Would highly recommend this restaurant for a delicious and arguably healthy meal.

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SaraT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here. Excellent food. Great waitress. Lovely atmosphere but a bit noisy.

Good cocktail too.

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Megan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

An excellent neighborhood spot, perfect for date night. We particularly enjoyed the Musakhan (and the dill yogurt dip). Everything on the menu looked good, and the Lebanese wine on offer (from Chateau Ksara) was delightful and great value. The baklava dessert was tasty, but we would have liked more baklava in proportion to the scoop of ice cream. We plan to dine here again to try all of the dishes we didn't have space for the first time.

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IrmaB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love Zaytoon. Food good and convenient seating and location.

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TopKCat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is fresh and perfectly prepared, menu has a good variety, drinks are interesting and delicious. They have added sound absorbing panels but it does get a bit noisy as the place fills up.

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Zaytoon is rated 4.6 stars by 349 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.