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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Catering on a whole new level; José Andrés Catering elevates catering and event planning to new heights in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Now you can experience the inspired creations of celebrated chef José Andrés at your own party or venue. Visit us for more information at www.joseandrescatering.com, or call us at (202) 638-0800.
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:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Zaytinya Ratings and Reviews
Zaytinya never disappoints. The food is ...
Zaytinya never disappoints. The food is imaginative and tasty. Ordering a few small plates yields a wide variety of flavors, textures and beautiful presentations.
Fantastic food, service was wonderful, ...
Fantastic food, service was wonderful, the outside patio is so nice on a beautiful summer day.
Good but staff seem to be going through ...
Good but staff seem to be going through motions and portions small for price We went here for a business meal. The waitor was not very warm and would not give us separate checks even though we were only a group of 5. They spilled a glass of wine on my colleague and were not that apologetic and the replacement glass was modest in amount. The tabouleh was tasteless , very small size, and mostly just parsley. There is no one dish that sticks out to go back for again. Pricey and disappointing.
Food quality and preparation were except ...
Food quality and preparation were exceptional. Wait staff service excellent. Hostess service was not very welcoming and appeared quite disorganised. It appeared(my assumption) our table was used to accommodate a larger party and left the hostess with a challenge as to where to seat us. We did have an Open Table reservation and declined an outdoor table at the time of our reservation, however after waiting an additional 15 minutes without any recognition from the hostess, we were escorted to an outdoor table without comment; a very unprofessional front of house. Fortunately, the food and waiter more than made up for the uncomfortable introduction.
Our party included a vegan and a child w ...
Our party included a vegan and a child with severe food allergies. Our server was fantastic and never made us feel like our special requests were a burden. In fact, it seems the policy is to make every effort to include those with dietary challenges. We were informed that many of the dishes could be altered to suit vegans and were brought options for the bread (which includes some dairy). The nut/seed allergies could have been a real pain for a mediterranean restaurant! But again, each item was checked for us. So, because pistachios are fried in the same oil as the french fries, we were told to avoid those. We would not have even considered that. Za'tar was provided in a separate bowl rather than sprinkled on top of dishes so that the sesame seeds would not be a problem. Our server was so attentive and kind and could not have made it a more pleasant experience. We were celebrating a high school graduation (the vegan) and she chose Zaytinya because it had enough options for all of us. The graduation ended earlier than we thought and the restaurant was wonderful in seating us a full half hour before our reservation. The atmosphere is upbeat and fun and beautiful. And the food was absolutely what one would expect from a José Andrés restaurant. We loved everything we ordered. The lebneh was so good we nearly licked the plate! It is rare that expectations are exceeded, but ours were at Zaytinya.
Excellent vegeterian option. Will defin ...
Excellent vegeterian option. Will definitely go back again. Great drinks and perfect for date.
Perfect as always.
Perfect as always.
For years this was my favorite DC restau ...
For years this was my favorite DC restaurant. This time I was very disappointed in disorganized, slow service at a time not crowded (2:30 mid-week). My view was of dirty tables. It really colored my experience. I won't be going back anytime soon.
Great food but very loud difficult to ha ...
Great food but very loud difficult to have a business lunch at peak hours. Waitress in a hurry didn't take enough time with us, food didn't arrive together.
The food was great as usual but service ...
The food was great as usual but service was not as good. The hostess said there were no outdoor tables available so I told her several were empty as we arrived. Only then did she leave her desk and check. Then we had to constantly wave the waiter down for drink refills. Usually service is the best I've seen and yet this time we were left to ask for help. Maybe it was just a bad day.
Fresh and unique food served artisticall ...
Fresh and unique food served artistically and with enthusiasm. Make memories here!
I love the menu at Zaytinya! The small p ...
I love the menu at Zaytinya! The small plate options this time were exceptional. Great, attentive service and cool new cocktails.
Carefully prepared, first class food ing ...
Carefully prepared, first class food ingredients assembled into amazing delicious dishes.
Excellent as always Special highlight w ...
Excellent as always Special highlight was the soft shell crabs superb!
Wonderful outdoor patio - roomy and rela ...
Wonderful outdoor patio - roomy and relatively quiet given it's in the heart of busy downtown DC.
Zaytinya provides small plate dining. M ...
Zaytinya provides small plate dining. My favorite dishes are the red pepper spread and the lamb shank. The brussel sprouts were very good as well. Service was excellent. Our server, David, was very attentive and enthusiastic. The menu is in Greek and English and there are many wonderful choices. We were there for Father's Day lunch and it was very relaxing.
Great server! Recommended nice geek wine ...
Great server! Recommended nice geek wine. Only noticed a tad difference in the plates on fixed prix were just a little less enthusiastic about than other menu choices. Baba ganuosh was fab
Great combo, great food
Great combo, great food
We had 6 people in our party. Bill was 3 ...
We had 6 people in our party. Bill was 300.00 +\- And WE ALL LEFT HUNGRY. We are all into health and nutrition; portions were painfully small and the waiter was not particularly helpful.
Absolutely love eating here. Food and s ...
Absolutely love eating here. Food and service are excellent. Everything about this place is vibrant! We have had many things on the menu as this was our 4th visit and haven't been disappointed yet! Go and enjoy!
Food excellent, staff generally good but ...
Food excellent, staff generally good but our waiter was barely medicre, pricey, ambiance relatively noisy, lots of people with little space to maneuver, back to food excellent
Awesome menu: it's all small plates. We ...
Awesome menu: it's all small plates. We got 7 for 2 people, and every single dish was great. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable.
We arrived 5 minutes early for our reser ...
We arrived 5 minutes early for our reservation, but had to wait 20 minutes for a table even though there appeared to be empty tables. Our waiter was very energetic and upbeat. The food was lovely - everything had a great taste, but while I realize that the concept is small plates, some of the portions were chincy given the ingredients . . . the spanikopita being one example. Given some of the other Greek/Mediterranean restaurants in the city, this definitely isn't my go-to place.
Great location - right across the street ...
Great location - right across the street from the National Portrait Gallery. Modern and sleek décor makes for a lovely bright space. Perfect spot for lunch. Food was generally very good but the outstanding items on the menu are the starters and the desserts. The main courses are ok but not special.
Food beautifully prepared and presented. ...
Food beautifully prepared and presented. Great server and excellent busboys.
Great dinner with excellent service. We ...
Great dinner with excellent service. We had seven small plates between the two of us and then dessert - perfect. Wine list also is very helpful in choosing Greek wines based on your flavor preferences.
This place never disappoints. Great port ...
This place never disappoints. Great portions and presentation. One of my reliable mezze spots.
Zaytinya as usual was brilliant. Since t ...
Zaytinya as usual was brilliant. Since they are too busy they have a late service. That's it. i went with my aunt and it was an enjoyable experience for both of us.
Chef's tasting menu was filled with many ...
Chef's tasting menu was filled with many interesting and tasty dishes. Dessert was a bit of a disappointment though. Overall excellent evening with servers who could explain the many elements of the many plates.
This is my favorite DC restaurant. All t ...
This is my favorite DC restaurant. All the food is excellent as well as the interesting and delicious cocktails. Excellent and friendly service, too!
From the fresh pita bread to the dessert ...
From the fresh pita bread to the desserts, impeccable. Humus the city's best!
Lovely food - the hummus was amazing, as ...
Lovely food - the hummus was amazing, as were the brussel sprouts! Attentive staff without overwhelming.
Dear Staff of Zaytinya, Our food waste ...
Dear Staff of Zaytinya, Our food waste audit team from the World Wildlife Fund Had a remarkable meal - Everything came out perfect and in perfect timing! Chef Michael Costa is amazing and it is a business lunch we will never forget. We look forward to working with Chef Costa and his team as well Zaytinya. Very Best Regards, World Wildlife Fund
Allowed the wait staff to select our mea ...
Allowed the wait staff to select our meal. It was excellent. And for $55 great value. Arrived exactly at reservation time and was seated immediately. Will go back again.
Great food. Really noisy so hard to talk ...
Great food. Really noisy so hard to talk. But great scene.
The food at Zaytinya is always amazing. ...
The food at Zaytinya is always amazing. The tastes are familiar, but the combinations are inspired. I find that my taste buds are always refreshed by a visit, and my own cooking imagination enhanced.
I tried a falafel burger and it was awes ...
I tried a falafel burger and it was awesome. I really like food. However, service was terrible.. My server nerver come to my table while dining and did not say nothing after I finished my meal. She just gave me a check and left.. While I did not like service, food was so good.
Food and service was great - albeit the ...
Food and service was great - albeit the portions are small and plate sharing is recommended. The noise level was extremely high... Bare this in kind of you want to converse. I wish we would have opted to sit outside on the patio.
Return visit to this gem of a restaurant ...
Return visit to this gem of a restaurant did not disappoint. Will return whenever I'm in DC!
enjoyed the food. lots of veggie options ...
enjoyed the food. lots of veggie options...a bit too noisy for me
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