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Under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup team, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Building on Jose’s deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines, making Zaytinya one of the most exciting restaurants in Washington DC.
grilled Mediterranean octopus, marinated onions, capers, yellow split pea pure
traditional crispy chickpea fritters, tumeric pickles, cherry tomato, tahini
tahini, preserved lemon, pine nuts, capers, golden spice vinaigrette
I’ve been coming here for a decade. It’s so consistent. I know I will get great food, and service every time. Tonight was no different.
Fantastic evening! Food was excellent as was the service.
I was not happy with the outdoor seating. They have a sign that indicates the entrance is up the ramp. However, because they don’t direct traffic up the ramp, most people just walk up the stairs. This caused the “traffic” to pass right by our table. As the hostess stand got crowded, we had people standing less than 2’ from our table. I mentioned it to one of the hosts but no effort was made to redirect the traffic.
great food, wine really nice and great service. would go back
Excellent service, delicious drinks and food. Nice ambiance.
Food was very good - did the tasting menu which was fun and exploratory. Overall a great meal and experience with our family. The service was superb.
Very cute place. Good presentation. Food was only ok. A little overpriced for what you get. Pretty cold outside and they said they couldn’t turn on the heat lamps. Not his best restaurant but worth it if you happen to be in the area and are hungry.
The food was great, very tasty, the server was awesome but we had to wait for 45minutes even though I made a reservation and the hostess told me that I will get a message to notify me that my table is ready but I never received anything, I kept going back to the host stand to check. That was very annoying but the food and service was worth the wait. I will definitely come back!
A long standing staple of Penn quarter, always vibrant and energetic.
Good food and drinks with elevated outdoor seating you can enjoy the weather (umidty allowing) without seating on the curb! Don't miss the Baba gannouge, imam bayildi, and the beef soutzoukakia.
These days they offer a $35 tasting menu that is a great value too.
Good social distancing practices. A little crowded at the check in, but plenty of space between tables inside often separated by plastic dividers and lots of tables outside. All staff wears masks, and contactless menu and payment options
I am usually a big fan of Zaytinya, but the reduced menu id not ad good as the original.
Great outdoor dining experience with sufficient social distancing to make me comfortable
And the food was terrific
Excellent as always
The service could definitely have been better but overall not a bad experience.
Overall the best service, food, and ambiance. 10/10 would recommend.
The food was as good as ever, service terrific, lots of people eating outside social distancing. Will recommend to all my friends. And it's owned by Jose Andres, what could be better.
This is a great restaurant overall and reasonably priced. The food is original and tasty, with Chef Jose Andres's signature touch. The sitting outside follows the COVID-19 spacing requirements, but perhaps the waiters could be trained to take orders at a distance and not approach the tables while patrons are unmasked eating. Otherwise - great restaurant.
Lovely service. Exceptional dishes. Loved the puffy pitas, the watermelon salad was BAM, the Brussels sprouts were great. The shrimp! O.M.G. Desserts were perfect size and sweetness. Great meal!
Was in Penn Quarter and wanted something tasty. The front desk from the Riggs recommended this place. Got the tasting menu and was happy with the variety and the fact that I didn’t have to decipher the menu. Also tried the wine flight and enjoyed the selection. Would try again but wish the location was a little more secluded.
Zaytinya is a delight always. So happy to see you all faring well and serving the community with all the love!
The food is amazing! The service impeccable. Fresh pita is delivered constantly to your table, waiters and staff are so attentive. We ate outside so the city sounds were pretty energetic. If you want quiet dining I'd recommend inside. Food was delicious and it made for a great location for a ladies night out and the food was easily shareable!
We came here for a birthday dinner and had a very disappointing experience. Even though we had a reservation, we were told that "Reservations cannot guarantee a table" which is RIDICULOUS and then were given a high-top by the bar. Which normally would be fine if we were a walk-in, but it was a special occasion and we had a reservation. Then the host completely forgot about us (we wanted to move to a real table after a drink) so we had to go back up. Then they tried to move us to a table outside by the road even though our reservation was for inside. Finally they gave us a table (about an hour after our original reservation). Food was good, but expensive. Service was poor - our waitress almost never checked on us and when she did it wasn't great. Fine service for a burger joint, but not a higher tier restaurant. There was also no birthday celebration, which is fine, but once again a little disappointing for a nicer restaurant. Overall, would not go back.
All was fine except the check in. Had to wait 35 minutes despite a booking and a confirmation. The hostess was rude, luckily a floor manager solved the problem. The service and food were great but they do have a booking issue especially for outdoor seatings
Perfect outdoor dining spot. Same phenomenal service, food, and cocktails. While servers' faces were hidden behind masks - thank you - they really showed their best selves. Grateful for a wonderful evening.
I really do feel for Zaytinya. I've visited it during very busy times, during very fun times (Dine & Dash), and now during COVID times. It is sad to see such an amazing restaurant, so empty, due to the pandemic and associated restrictions. That being said, I am happy that the restaurant has put up plexiglass walls between booths, and separated seatings in areas where this is not possible. The menu is slightly downsized, and some of the favorites are temporarily missing, but hope they make a return once things are back to normal. The food and service were great.
We went with my boyfriend for a tasting dinner and it was a very good experience! Food, atmosphere, staff - We highly recommend:)
Food was amazing. Wine was amazing. Service was amazing. Ambiance was amazing. Period.
Delicious meal and great outdoor seating! Service was excellent. The bread and labneh are a delicious combo, and the watermelon salad was my favorite starter dish. The brussel sprouts were incredible. Overall, 10/10 experience.
Great spot for a weeknight dinner!
Staff was very attended to our needs. They sanitized table before we sat, electronic menus, hand sanitizers to make us feel safe.
Food was amazing!
Great dinner, great service and friendly staff. Definitely can recommend Zaytinya. We both had the tasting menu, which offered a good value for the variety of food offered - 5 courses including dessert. The food was delicious!
Quality of food was great and the service was outstanding. We try to pass by every time we’re in DC
great covid outdoor experience, food great as always!
I have loved dining here several times. My most recent visit in September 2020. I don't feel comfortable eating indoors, and I was able to reserve an outdoor table for my mom's birthday dinner. The ambiance was lovely, pretty quiet even though they're in a busy part of town. Lovely lights over the patio. We described is as magical several times throughout the evening. Food never disappoints. Started with two spreads, then got two meat dishes, (lamb and beef) and an order of the Brussels. They are a not to be missed item. We ordered a second plate for our dessert! Seriously - you must order them. Food flavors are vibrant yet subtle. Highly recommend if you like Mediterranean food!
We had a superb dinner at Zaytinya’s outdoor patio. The menu has been updated and there are lots of terrific new dishes, along with old favorites. It’s fun to order a variety of Mezze small plates and share them, getting a good taste of everything. Each dish was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Can’t wait to go back again.
Fruit salad followed by octopus was delightful
It was a bit expensive but everything was delicious!
Outdoor seating was perfect! Food was delicious, service (Marlon and his team) were great - quite attentive, but not at all intrusive. Zaytinya has outside dining in the time of Covid down to a science!
This was a lovely experience. I had dined here before, about a year ago, and enjoyed it, but this patio dining was great. It felt like a normal (pre-Covid) summer terrace dinner out. The service was very attentive and considerate, and the food was delicious overall. One of the most seamless restaurant experiences we have had since the pandemic began.
Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.
Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 15760 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.