Zaytinya

4.7
16636 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
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.

ThinkFoodGroup requires all staff and guests over 12 years of age who are dining indoors to be fully vaccinated.

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Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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vipShel
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We made reservations at Zaytinya because we have always found the food great and the service outstanding. Maybe we were a table he didn't think he should get, but it was not a great experience. He seemed to be serving the table next to us really well, but kept his back to us, and didn't bother with us at all. Dinner took well over 2 hours because he was really slow to come by with water, delayed taking drink orders - which ended up to be a simple glass of wine- and then we had to flag him 20 minutes later to put in our order. Once the food was ordered, it came promptly and was fine. When we asked for a bag for a take home box, it was similarly long delayed. I guess they were understaffed.

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vipCecielR
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Spent two and one half hours for lunch. The host ended up taking our order and helping us along the way. Never got the second Diet Coke I was charged for. But the food was fabulous

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AngelesG2021
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sitting outside was not comfortable so we move inside and it was great. Food was delicious and service by Tony was great.

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vipCarlS
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the top wonderful meal. Thanks for a great time.

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Kreatout
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Went after Feb 2020. The food was average, especially the lamb chops. The food quality has gone down.. Maybe they have changed the chef? I wish the restaurant all the best and hope they improve..
It used to be one of my favorite restaurants..

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Nice location. Good service.

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vipAndyW
Denver
71 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was terrific.

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VeronicaC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Assorted Kabob plate and other small plates were OUTSTANDING!!!!!@

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Shirley0415
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love dining here -- the servers are super nice and they help with explaining the menu. We had someone with us who has celiac disease and has to be very careful about not eating gluten. They made 4 dishes "safe" for her and we really appreciated the attention they gave it. With the dips and spreads they gave me several plates of carrots and cucumbers which we also thought was very kind of them. We thought the chicken dishes, the octopus, the hummus, and the tzaziki were all exceptional here. Highly recommend.

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CharlieW
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to kick off my wife's birthday weekend. Could not have been happier. Service was excellent and friendly and our server, Joel, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Food was outstanding, drinks were delicious. Atmosphere and vibe was upscale but comfortable and friendly. Restaurant was clean. Prices were very reasonable, all things considered. There's nothing I wish were better or that I would change.

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vipDCFoodie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a long time since eaten here. Everything was excellent - food, drinks, service, etc. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and such kind and timely service!

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vipPatrickC
New England
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Evertyhing was great - a little louder than I would have liked but it was a nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service. The patio looked like fun but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. A bit noisy inside but a fun atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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Marla
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little pricey... $95 for two with two drinks and no dessert. Service and food impeccable. Were not rushed though we lingered for two hours. Server comped the coffee.

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vipTameraL
Washington DC
164 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to eating where I once went to the office, and we had another lunch, with an outdoor table, of terrific food, good service, and the food delivered swiftly.

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Luus
Columbus
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a meal at Zaytinya quickly becomes a grand event, especially if one begins with a 3 PM in Istanbul. Our waiter, I believe he was from Puerto Rico and he was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided outstanding service. The food was excellent as ever although one misses the special prix-fixe lunch. My highest recommendation. Dine with confidence!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding; food (fatoosh salad and meatballs) was really tasty, and filling. I was outside (84 degrees) but it was delightful under the tent. First time there in almost 29 years - I should have made it sooner.

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ThomasB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, as usual. Restaurant is highly recommended.

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vipskylonseven
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foos. Terrific service. Half price wine Wednesday’s is terrific.

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vipJami
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Attractive, large patio. great for outdoor dining.

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NikkisMom
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fresh. All selections were delicious and seasoned to perfection. The Lebanon beer was light and refreshing for lunch.
Zaytinya never disappoints.

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xmasma
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. I don’t know how many times I’ve eaten here for different meals, indoors and outdoors, pre-covid and since. The quality of the food has remained the same. Delicious!!!!!!! Worth the 40 minute trip from Maryland.

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MelanieG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing here! I highly recommend. Love that dishes are small yet shareable so you can try several things during one outing. I highly recommend the mushroom dish! Super yummy!

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Michele
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time dining here since pandemic onset. Food was, as always, delicious. The current menu has less options than pre covid but we were more than satisfied. Especially enjoyed the mushrooms and cauliflower which were new to us. The Turkish molten cake was amazing. Lovely outdoor dining space with light decorated trees. Highly recommend.

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AliceM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Brussels sprouts were amazing with the lemon flavored sauce a nice touch. Chicken and rice delicious. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Front desk manager was kind of rude. I specifically requested outdoors and he just said they don’t have a big enough table for 6. Id figure they’d want sit bigger groups outside during a pandemic.

Also they could’ve called ahead to let me know that. His tone was rude.

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DCChuck
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat outside, service was good and each dish tasty, the Maia & Minthe cocktails were also very tasty on a warm evening

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Kalaiopua
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but not superb. It seems volume-driven without great soul. So, if what is needed is pretty good sustenance, then OK, but if you want something more, then best to keep looking.

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Funrunner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent, every time we are in DC we make sure to make reservations in advance and dine at Zaytinya. Great food, always.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Limited food. Food was cold. Service terrible. Its my favorite restaurant in DC and last two times its lacked

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vipJtable01pr
62 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience. Tapas style food with unique flavors that were not overpowering. Everything was delicious. Great for sharing.

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KrisWH
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mediterranean restaurant I’ve been to in dc/Baltimore area. Portions are small. Meant more for sharing small plates. But the food is superb. The ambiance is excellent. Just overall wonderful restaurant and I’m glad we found it because I will be returning

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DaraB
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Especially the Brussel sprouts.

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MorganS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Absolutely can’t wait to go back!

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KhariG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's my go-to place when I'm in the city. The service was impeccable and we've never had a bad experience. My wife is a fanatic of the mushroom dish and I'm a big fan of the Brussel sprouts. Divine.

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Wencap2
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely setting. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Experience was very good. Food was amazing. The only issue was the plates had a strange smell of a fish tank water. Did mention it to the server and later the manager came to apologize. But the experience was really good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food!

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Sharonm
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic dinner - being it was our first time there our server was helpful with describing various dishes and making recommendations - food was delicious and we loved it!

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with 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 16636 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.

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