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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.
Washington, DC 20001
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
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
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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews
great food and tons of choices. i was excited that the wine list is from 3 regions only, and i enjoyed a bottle from greece. great place for sharing small plates, enjoyed cauliflower, meatballs, lamb and octopus. finished it all off with some turkish coffee. jose andres can do no wrong!
Before attending an event at Capital One Arena, my friend and I decided to have dinner at Zaytinya, a Greek restaurant near Gallery Place - Chinatown.
My friend ordered a beer while I ordered a non-alcoholic beverage. The server recommended the
Cucumber Mint Cooler which was garnished with a cucumber ribbon on a toothpick. It was surprisingly tart (tasted like pickle juice) and a bit too cucumber to me.
After placing our order, our server brought us a basket of puff bread with a Balsamic Drizzled EVOO dipping sauce. It would have been nice if it came with a garlic toum too.
The service was outstanding. Our server kept checking on us to see if we needed anything and to replace our dishes in between our dishes.
We shared the following dishes:
(1) Imam Bayildi - ottoman style roasted eggplant stuffed with pearl onions, roasted tomatoes, and candied walnuts
The taste reminded me of an eggplant parmesan.
(2) Summer Vegetable Saganaki - local green and yellow squash, crushed tomato, kefalograviera cheese, feta cheese, spices
It wasn't what I expected it to be. I don't know why it has saganaki in its name because there was no fried cheese.
(3) Garides Me Anitho - sautéed jumbo shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice
This is my favorite dish. If you aren't allergic to shellfish, you must get this. The leftover sauce goes nicely with the puff bread. My date jokingly told me to drink the plate of sauce since I loved it so much.
(4) Knisa Lamb Chops - a pair of grilled lamb rib chops, smoked yogurt tzatziki, caper dill salata
It was tasty. We requested the lamb chops to cooked to medium rare but it was rather medium well.
(5) Shish Taouk - grilled chicken skewer, sumac, onions, garlic toum, grilled tomatoes
My friend was surprised that the chicken didn't come on a skewer. The chicken meat was tender and flavorful. We loved the garlic toum that came with the dish.
Wasn't greeted for about 10 min. After we sat down. The section got triple-sat, our 2-top was the first to sit, the last to be greeted, and the last to be served.
The hostess sat us between a family of 4 with 2 small kids, and 2 older unruly and obnoxious talkers.
The waitress noticed we hadn't been acknowledged and said our server would be right with us. 5 min later she approached our table again and said 'nevermind, I will be taking care of you two'. She was great - she did the right thing and tried to help us when it wasn't her fault there was miscommunication from the host stand or sections (?).
Overall the food wasn't great, flavor was ok, ambiance was ruined by the people around us, experience was below average and bill was high and disappointing considering food quality and overall visit.
Another note: restaurant patrons don't FaceTime while at the table. Excuse yourself and let others enjoy their evening.
Bit of confusion with waiter bringing alcohol when non-alcoholic was ordered. Also, cards were not charged properly and not discovered until we left Restaurant. I love eating here but was disappointed with the service this visit. Especially, because I invited first time diners with me after I raved about it.
We love Zaytina and have returned many times over the past few years to enjoy their flavorful, creative dishes! We have tried many things on the menu and have never had something we didn't thoroughly enjoy! The vibe is fun, lots of interesting people, and the ambiance is pleasing to enjoy a meal in. We loved our server, Ricardo this past Sunday afternoon. He was excellent! Perfect Sunday afternoon meal after church. We will surely be back again.
What a disappointment. This is not our first time here, but our first time ever being disappointed. We were seated immediately at the entrance, with my chair hanging out where everybody had to bump it to go by, wait staff and customer alike. I finally had enough and asked to be moved... and apparently we got a new waiter, but he never said his name or asked if we wanted anything else... which was fine, since the food came out cold and disappointing.
The other half dozen times have been five stars but this one deserved a one. Happy birthday indeed.
This was my second visit and what a disappointment. Our server was not easy to talk to and his food and wine recommendations were not good. We wanted a mix of fresh and crispy items and the two fried things were soggy. The two hummus items were the best dishes. But the air pitas were heavy. Everything was blah, frankly . Last year's visit was fantastic. This year was embarrassing for me as the host at our table.
The food here is always fresh and good. Our service was terrific too, with good recommendations on wine and food. We stayed a few hours which was fine with the waiter, who stopped by occasionally to check on us. Terrific meal, with lots of vegetarian options.
Worn out. We were last here when this restaurant was just opened. Now the tables are rubbed and shabby. The various small plates we had were bland - the brussels sprouts under cooked, the escargots flavorless. Skewered lamb was better. But the whole evening had the feel of a restaurant which had become tired of itself.
Probably like a number of people, after reading some reviews about Zaytinya, we thought that we would have one of the most exquisite culinary experiences in DC. We went there quite open minded and left disappointed since we felt that we did not come even close to what we had in mind... First mistake, we made - one of us got the Chef's Experience on the menu. It's $65 but in reality, it's not worth than $45 since you can REALLY get the most interesting items from Chef's Experience a la carte for much less. Second, drinks are a little bit overpriced too... they are good, but nothing more - hence, why they are overpriced. All in all - a good dinner - but nothing above and beyond as we initially expected.
I've been here twice with great experiences- awesome food, good service, and nice ambiance. I went here for a meeting of my parents and my boyfriend's parents this past Tuesday evening at 6:45pm, and it was packed and noisy. Our waiter seemed overwhelmed and way too much time went between him checking on us. The food was just okay and little help was given to our table in terms of ordering the right amount of food per wave of small plates. At least the bill was manageable...
Probably won't be back.
The food is always wonderful, but the service was not great. We ordered 4 mezze, including one eggplant dish and one meatball dish. We were brought 2 of the same eggplant dish and no meatballs. We told the waitress and she removed one eggplant. Still no meatballs. After asking twice more, meatballs finally arrived after we had finished the first three dishes.
We ate a number of mezzes here. I am Turkish, and I was hoping to eat authentic Turkish food. But unfortunately the dishes were a bit "Americanized". For example Mercimek koftesi is not like what you would eat back home. Overall, they were tasty, so I would recommend eating here.
The ambience was very nice but not a diverse crowd. The food was amazing- I highly recommend the Chef Experience for the many options of food to taste. Btw- best pits bread I've ever tasted !! The price is reasonable for the location but you can find more authentic Mediterranean food for cheaper im sure.
I went with a couple of friends for brunch. The food was delicious- we ordered the pre- fixe brunch menu which was $25. It was a good amount of food considering it was tapas. Waiter was friendly. Sat outside which was great. Overall I would highly recommend for brunch or lunch.
Food was good but the service was terrible. Never got the pita bread to eat the rest of our food so we ate half of the hummus, etc. It took forever to get our drinks and they never cleared the empty plates of our table until we asked bc apparently they pretended to serve dessert around all the empty/ dirty entree plates.
The food and service are always excellent and provide a wonderful opportunity for variety and experimentation at a good price. Sometimes, I experiment and try something that is not my cup of tea, but that should be part of life and simply reflects my taste rather than an issue with the restaurant.
Very mediocre - not at all what I expect at a Jose Andras restaurant. We sat outside which was pleasant but the service was sooooooo slow we missed the opening act at our concert at the Verizon Center. We had a variety of plates - crispy eggplant, spanakopita, Bronzino, mushroom couscous and baba ghannouge. They were all so bland. The couscous was the best dish but it was a very underwhelming experience. We won't be going back.
From the first hello at the host station to the warm and friendly service by our waiter, we had a great time. The food was remarkable, full of interesting flavors and quite beautiful as well. We took the recommendations of our waiter and were not disappointed. The small plate concept is such a wonderful way to dine, as it allows us to experience many different dishes without regretting it!
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