Zaytinya

4.7
16377 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Zaytinya is open with patio and indoor seating for parties of 6 or less. We cannot guarantee a request for patio seating. We are open for dinner Monday thru Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday thru Sunday. For more information on our commitment to our guests, please visit Zaytinya.com/commitment.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

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.

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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Julia
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

A bit disappointed with food. With 4k plus great reviews were were super excited to dine there, but maybe the cooks were tired or it was Mercury in retrograde (Lol), but everything we ordered tasted very mediocre: the octopus was burnt and the tentacle tips were almost charcole-like, the pide was okayish, tasting like a papa jones pizza crust; the Brussels sprouts were marred by some mayo-like heavy sauce - something you never encounter in the true Turkish or Greek cuisine, and so were the mushrooms - that heavy sauce combo definitely degraded the taste of the main ingredients; the babaganoish was okay, like from a fast food express chain. The food was fine, but definitely way below our expectations. We wanted to order more, but we had to stop as we were discouraged by what had already arrived to our table. This is my honest opinion, intended not to hurt your business but hopefully to help you make it better. The service was good though, and the ambiance was very nice.

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Jenn
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

the worst experience ever. was seated and there was no server bringing us water for 15 min. we waited and asked for sparkling water which took another 15 min to come out. no one came to check on us or take our order. it took them another 15min after bringing us water to even take our order. the food came out and was so disappointed. most of the things were bland had no flavor. do not get the cocktails here. tasted like straight rubbing alcohol couldnt take another sip after my first taste. even my boyfriends cocktail was so gross it tasted like air freshener. server did not even check on us to see how the food was or if we needed anything. it wasnt even busy inside and everything was so poorly handled. came here cause of the good reviews but this was a huge mistake to come. we are never coming back to this place. just expensive and lacks flavor and taste. service is horrible. fattoush salad was so sad looking id had better kebab and salads at a small hookah and kebab place than this restaraunt. horrid. avoid at all cost.

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PamelaH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got back together with my SIL who lives in LA. She had visited an Andreas restaurant in LA and was totally delighted to find an equally delicious spot in DC. it was a Sunday afternoon and the place was jammed—with tables outside, in the shade, and inside, it felt like a joyful post-pandemic reunion for EvERyONE!
Delicious food in a gloriously lovely spot!

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Priya
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Zaytinya was my fav restaurant to go to, that’s why I went there to celebrate two of my friends birthdays. The experience was not what I was looking for. We did an outdoor reservation and when we went to check in the person at the front desk led us to a table which was tiny and had no place for the 5th guest. We walked her for another table and showed her one which we could have but she said that area is closed and made us sit at another table. Which was understandable but within minutes another party of 5 came and she made them sit there. Which surprised us. But never mind. Now after 15 mins we get our waitress Alex who seemed fine and happy to see us there but was so inattentive I told her to celebrate birthdays and we want menus and water. She was so
Lost. She didn’t bring us QR code or water for next 20 mins. We were there at 1:08 and our food order wasn’t taken till 2:00. We didn’t even get water till 1:45 and that too after asking several times. Then we asked her if we could move one of the umbrellas as it was super sunny and bright she said we can’t move the umbrella as each one is for a table but we showed her an umbrella which wasn’t for any table and was a liner but she ignored us. Now somebody with the name Danielle came and said heard you guys want an umbrella we ll see what we can do and she left till 3:00 nothings happened. The experience was so belittling it was painful. Now it was raining we asked if we can move in and that happened luckily and our server inside was amazing I am so sorry I couldn’t get her name. She saw us sitting inside without anybody to cater to us she came and took over our dessert and coffee came within mins.

We left a $10 tip on a 107 charge I was in no mood to give a tip but I did. Left a note on the receipt and asked for the manager. To my surprise the manager was Danielle the sam lady who couldn’t figure out the umbrella situation. I gave my feedback she asked me if I need a gift card and I declined. It wasn’t a happy exp

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KhariG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat in the city. The food is great and the atmosphere is inviting.

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IsabelleM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mediterranean food I’ve had, simple small plates and yet sophisticated. Constant quality. My favorite restaurant in DC, in a wonderful location.

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BruceM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ate outside in the shade. Did not miss the : baba ghanouj, lamb skewer and meatball dishes!

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LilaQ
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant - the food is amazing. The cocktails are very creative. However, I was disappointed to learn that there is absolutely NO vegetarian option for the Roze Brunch.

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vipMaryF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food was very tasty.
Excellent ambiance.

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JjJj
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Great atmosphere. Fabulous service! Cannot wait to come back again.

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MichaeleenO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lamb and tabouleh with the best falafel I’ve had in ages.

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Manda
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very tasty and authentic. The food came by surprisingly quickly, despite it being a large, crowded restaurant. The staff was so friendly! Our waiter was very attentive, made sure that we were doing well continuously throughout the meal, and recommended good food. Also, the dessert was exquisite! We ordered the chocolate coffee cake with the ice cream and the deconstructed cheesecake, which had original flavors and was very good. The environment felt welcoming and friendly, and the restaurant had great taste in music.

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Gwen
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and good ambience. Definitely feels like a corporate restaurant and the food is great but not revolutionary.

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HamiltonPat
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are consistent patrons. The food has wonderful flavors. The meats are perfectly medium. The noise was a bit loud but the service was efficient and friendly. We recommend highly if you like Mediterranean/Middle East food.

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NavyVet
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outdoors under cover with excellent service. Always a favorite

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice and our first experience with Medertainian.
Zantnayia set the bar! No regrets, can't wait togo back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away at a nice table with plenty of space . All the food was delicious, especially the fattoush salad and the Brussels sprouts. The noise level was a bit high, but overall a great meal.

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vipMlouise
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was simply quite fabulous. My guest is a vegetarian so our meal was primarily vegetarian. I barely noticed it was all so good

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PamelaS
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

José Andrés restaurants always deliver. Our waiter, Hector,was very friendly & accommodated my dietary preferences. Every single dish was delectable. Tonight we’re going to Oyamel, another J. A. favorite .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food, drinks and service 👌🏽 My friend and I ordered so much food because everything was delicious and nothing disappointed. Will be back soon!

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kathew
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I love the food at Zaytinya and our waiter was great, but the noise level was unacceptable. Overall it was very noisy, but on top of that the people next to is were shouting horrible!! I will only return if we can sit outside.

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Cathy
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service. Restaurant had to make last minute adjustments when rain caused outdoor reservations to be moved indoors. Did so seamlessly. It was a wonderful birthday celebration! I can’t wait to go back.

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LindaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was knowledgeable and attentive. Despite being busy, it was not a long wait for the food. Ambiance was cheery.

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TheresaS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent !
Do the Chef's special !!
Let them pick the entire meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food!

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vipjimmyd
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. I've been coming here for years as a go-to and was embarrassed to bring new friends for dinner. It look a 1/2 hour to get drinks (some food actually came out first). They forget several dishes and I left disappointed after almost 2 hours.

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FoodLOVER
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great Food, Ambience and customer service in the heart of DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food was amazing, from the Spreads to the Beet Salad and Marousalata, to the Octopus and Shrimp small plates, flavors were great, the Kebab platter was cooked to perfection, the home made Harissa delicious and the service was top notch by Sonia, highly recommend this Restaurant to everyone!

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vipCaitlinD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

After a great lunch at Zaytinya a few weeks ago, we returned for a celebratory graduation ceremony. We were seated inside at our request, but in a corner with insufficient light. The restaurant does not offer candles or other table lighting to improve the situation. More concerning was the service - our waitress was indifferent at best. We had to ask the hostess and several staff several times to have someone come over and take drink orders, clear plates, and take additional orders. When in sight, our server seemed to be particularly focused on the terminal at her station versus her guests. She made no mention of the occasion, despite it being noted in the reservation and seemed oblivious to our frustration with her service.

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Disappointed
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Restaurant seems to be having problems finding good staff. Service was erratic, slow, and failed to get the order correct. Tables and chairs are tired. Food remains good, however.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food! Everyone was very attentive!

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JhanviS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Amazing food and a good variety of vegetarian options! Unfortunately the service wasn't the best - our waters were refilled only once despite us asking multiple times (for context, it was 92 degrees and we were dehydrated) and it took 25-30 mins after we were done with our meal, to receive the check/pay/leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent food. Waitress was extraordinarily inattentive and we basically had to beg her for attention. She was not rude just disconnected.

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NicMc
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Sat 30 mins after reserved time, then waited another 20 to be served. They did not appear to enforce a time limit on dining especially with outside seating. It also seemed as if the unenthusiastic waiter had sections all the way across the restaurant. Overall felt like he couldn't be bothered. Once our orders were in, the food did come quickly. The food was ok...nothing I would crave and come back here for.

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vipLyndsey
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Great food but awful service. Understaffed and took 20+ minutes to get a waiter or waitress. Food came out before drinks

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vipNeighborhoodFoodie
London
71 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in D.C. Love the food!

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vipMtncathy
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not disappointed at all. Had a lovely and lively dinner outside. The chef’s tasting menu was perfect to experience it all. Great service, fun atmosphere, tasty food and drinks.

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vipWoody
Oklahoma City
27 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely loud. Food excellent. Wine/cocktails overpriced. Service impeccable.

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SpartyNJGo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this dinner. The food and service were both excellent.

We ate outside on a hot day but by 6:00 the sun was below an adjacent building so it was not too hot. Thanks for creating a special occasion.

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Owen
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, great prices! The portions are reasonable for sharing and every dish we ordered was fantastic.

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 16377 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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