Washington, DC 20001
Under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday–Thursday: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM to Midnight
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM (regular menu available all day)
$31 to $50
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We offer valet parking Monday - Friday starting at 5pm and starting at 4pm Saturday and Sunday till one hour after restaurant closing time. Cost is $12.
Gallery Place/Chinatown station.
9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.
Executive Chef José Andrés; Zaytinya Head Chef, Michael Costa
Private Party Facilities:
Zaytinya is the perfect place for your next event. We have a number of large spaces, intimate coves, and dramatic communal tables to accommodate any size and type of event or group dining big or small.
Private Party Contact:
Events@zaytinya.com: (202) 810-8283
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews
Great food, noisy environment and less than attentive service pretty much sums this place up. I chose it because it was a mixed group of vegans and non-vegans and I'd hoped they'd be able to do a better job of accommodations the vegans. I can't knock then for not having vegan-friendly items clearly labeled as I knew that going in. My issue was more that there was no attempt to ensure that the vegan versions of dishes were delivered to the side where the vegans were sitting. Instead, the server took our and disappeared. The runners delivering the just dropped everything in the middle of the table and we were left to try to figure out what was what. This place doesn't bill itself as being vegan (or even vegetarian) friendly. I simply expected better service in this regard.
Additionally, the place it loud. It's almost as if this is by design. The noise isn't so bad that you can't hear the person next to or across from you, but in a group of 7 people, it was imposing for the people at the ends to hear one another.
All-in-all, if the food is your number priority and you like a place with a lot of energy, this is a good spot. Also, the price was quite reasonable which was another plus. For a special occasion though, I'd go somewhere with better service and less noise.
Great service, food was small and tasty but rather limited menu. Had lamb and was surprised to find it was puréed! However still tasty. The place is loud lots of hard surfaces. Drinks are good service was great. It's fun with a group or happy hour not the best for quite conversation.
Scrumptious array of unique delights. Hummus was perfect. Loved the mushroom couscous, crispy Brussels sprouts and chicken skewers. It it was ALL so good and we ordered about 10 small plates. Each was more interesting and tasty than the next... hurry there!
It was a good variety of food, however a bit hyped up in my opinion. The flavors weren't phenomenal. A plate of cubed potatoes cost $20 simply because it had truffles on it, but wasn't wowed and could have been something easily home made. Also server was hard to understand. Otherwise nice atmosphere though.
Zaytinya is reliably great. The Mediterranean menu (Greek, Lebanese and Turkish) combines traditional and innovative small plates that allows diners to experience many flavors in one meal. The cocktails are unique (one of my favorites is the Ankara Rye Club) and the wine list is extensive. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable, without being intrusive. The setting is open, warm, comfortable and artistically modern. It's great for a date, celebration or just a fun evening.
One item on our order did not appear and we had to ask for it, but it came too late for us to stay and eat (we had theatre tix). But the server wrapped it up and sent it with us at no charge. This is not the first time something similar has happened here and the restaurant always deals with it smoothly and fairly. But I wonder about the amount of "free" food that needs to be given away to keep goodwill vs. paying closer attention to diners and orders.
The food and outdoor dining was great. Perhaps it was the warm weather, but sitting outside near the heaters made me feel I was on vacation.
I would definitely go back again -- sooner rather than earlier. We went before going to the Shakespeare Theatre, and the timing and location worked wonderfully.
friendly and helpful wait staff. Seated ahead of reservation. kid friendly. Very tasty food. kids and adults loved fish and grain dishes. Soups were terrific too. My kids wanted to go back the next night. Best meal we had all presidents day weekend in town
Zaytinya is a great restaurant, we were very pleased with the dishes we chose and our server was very knowledgable, lots of flavor on every dish, the pita bread is incredible, our cocktail had a taste of cumin and as a perfect pairing for our meal, i would love to go back to DC just to visit this restaurant!
Unique and stimulating menu with a diversity of vibrant flavors. It was very hard to select which of the multiple items to order. The waiter made some good suggestions, which we followed. I could eat in this restaurant every day for two weeks and enjoy diverse dining with excellent taste and presentations without concern of repeating or tiring of anything. The various dips and sauces were outstanding, and our pita bread was replenished frequently enough for us to fully enjoy the sauces/dips. Our two lamb dishes were excellent.
Out waiter was especially helpful, suggesting various dishes while avoiding the aggressive upselling that has become so common in many restaurants. Overall the service was outstanding--we were seated promptly, our waiter explained everything and offered helpful suggestions, our water glasses were filled frequently, and empty plates were promptly removed.
I thought the wine was on the expensive side. I'm annoyed when a bottle is priced at exactly the cost of four individual glasses. Good variety of wines, although most of it seemed to be from Greece, Turkey, or Lebanon.
We dined on Valentine's Day and our waitress was not very attentive. She came by to bring water and it took some time for her to come back and take our order. She also never brought us bread and we had to ask another staff member. Once we ordered, two dishes came out very quickly, but we had to wait at least 15-20 minutes for our next 3. Our waitress came over once and never cleared our empty plates and never came back to check on us until the bill. As always, the food was fantastic, but this was the first time our service had been subpar.
The dining for two seating options at Zaytina aren't great. We were seated at a very small two seat table with tables on either side of us less than a foot away. I don't mind being around other people but being so close that you can hear them chew is uncomfortable. The close proximity of the two couples next to us allowed us to notice that the table to our left was offered a beautiful appetizer "on the house" and the table to our right received two glasses of champagne compliments of the restaurant. I'm not sure why this happened but we couldn't help but feel a bit miffed that we weren't given the same treatment. The food was of a high quality (especially the lamb chops) but was certainly not the best in the city. Some of the dishes were over salted (taramasalata was the worst offender) and the chocolate cake was dry and bitter. We concluded that Mike Isabella's Mediterranean restaurants served better food at the same price point. We will go there from now on.
The food could have been a lot tastier. We ordered vegetarian and it was kind of bland to be honest. You are paying a lot for what you get. I was not blown away by what the food tasted like. We like rich flavors that last. The flavors were small impact. Jaleo by Jose Andres has better tasting food.
The best part of the food was how fresh it was, in terms of ingredients. It was costly though for what you get.
Zaytinya has a great atmosphere and a lively clientele. I was there to celebrate my birthday and I had a great time. Food was interesting and tasty plus the wait staff were great. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good food and wonderful atmosphere.
Maybe my favorite restaurant in Washington....the food is always interesting and well prepared. While I prefer some dishes over others (the lamb selection was very dry), none are ever 'bad' and the variety is wonderful; I think the vegetable dishes are especially terrific. Yes, it is quite noisy and a bit hard to get a table without a reservation, but once seated, the service is good, the food comes at a reasonable pace.
We loved everything and would take family or friends for any special occasion- with each of us having a cocktail ($12 each), an order of Turkish pizza, an order of pilaf, an order of fried squid, an order of lamb, an order of chicken, fried eggplant, spanakopita and ...a cappuccino and a dessert (cake and ice cream - cake not very good - only less than great item)....with generous tip it came to $134 for two people ($105 before tip) (note - it was restaurant week but as we were celebrating Valentines we just did regular menu - we could have saved a bit going that route but did not want to be limited)
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