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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17269 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-0800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Heineke

  • Private party facilities

    Zaytinya offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. From our soaring mezzanine space, to the intimate bar and “blue room,” to the spacious but secluded terrace, we have the ideal space for your party. For larger events of 100-300 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant.

What 17,269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

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  1. DB

    DanandBarb

    Tucson

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding food and service. Overall temperature indoors was a bit cool.
  2. JA

    JonA

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server who helped us today was masterclass! Thank you for your service; we appreciate you!
  3. P

    Pealetta

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    i did not honor this reservation I called twice and each time was on hold for 20 minutes before I hung up . I called to learn whether the Sunday menu was the brunch menu only or the general, main menu. This was because i realized I was not interested in any of the brunch items, but the main menu items. When I could not make that determination,, I chose not to go..
  4. C

    Cindie

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always one of our favorites. The food is fantastic and service impeccable. A truly unique experience. Diego was a wonderful server.
  5. M

    Meredith

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The only downside to this particular visit to Zaytinya was that there was an issue on Zaytinya’s side with our reservation. We had an indoor reservation for 5:15pm, and weren’t seated until almost 6pm. We checked in at 5:10, confirmed the reservation details with the host, and were told it would be about ten minutes before our table was ready. On the plus side, one of the managers spoke with us during our wait (unprompted) and checked with the front desk to make sure they were getting our table ready and they confirmed. After a half hour, we checked at the front desk again and they told us that they couldn’t find our reservation but that they could seat us at an outdoor table. After more conversation, they were able to seat us indoors - albeit 45 minutes after our reservation. The waiter was fantastic and the food delicious, as always. Having been to Zaytinya many times over the years for various different occasions, this was the first time it’s ever been less than stellar so we chalked it up to a busy night.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an 11:30pm appointment and the wait staff was so amazing! They ensured that I got everything that I wanted ordered in time and continued to check on my party throughout the evening. I will certainly visit again. The food was phenomenal as always.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous everything!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    I like this place a lot. All was good except the octopus which came out cold that was disappointing as I have had it many times there but this time is was not right.
  9. MB

    MangiaBene

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There is a reason it's among my reliable lists of restaurants--it's consistently *that* good. Great food, attentive staff, and great service.
  10. D

    Dineoutmom

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant told us they did not have our reservation. It was my first time eating indoors in about 2.5 years, so I was very angry. I am luck they set us up at the bar area which was quite empty, but going through all the motions to make a reservation and then not have one is very aggravating.
  11. T

    Theresa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love, love, love this restaurant. I will come again and again.
  12. MM

    MeMe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Meh, why is this place so packed? The food at my local kabob place is so much better. Mixed drinks were meh, octopus was the worst I've ever had, the hummus and baba g. were very sparsely served, it all just felt incredibly over-hyped. I'd rather order Door Dash from a diverse local restaurant and let the D.C. hip/wanna bees go spend their money at this place. Won't be back for sure.
  13. DD

    DineD

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our waitress was wonderful, but the host was super rude. He barely greeted us and didn’t even ask if we had a reservation, he just looked at me like “what?!” We had a reservation and I literally had to say “hello, how are you, we have a reservation” This was sad as one of the only African Americans dining at the restaurant. Other individuals checking in did not have this experience as I observed first hand. I felt super unwelcome and it really made me not want to return. The only saving grace was our waitress was wonderful.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service! Thank you!
  15. AP

    AnnP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food with fresh, bright flavors. Excellent waiter, too!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food. Busy. Service was acceptable ; waiter was busy
  17. c

    cocoprincipessa

    Philadelphia

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites restaurants. You can make a meal out of tapas or more substantial items, but everything is inventive and delicious.
  18. s

    snowy

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food, never fails. great to meet friends before a game or a show.
  19. J

    Jujay

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Small portions in appetizer plates even though you pay about $15 prior to tip & tax. Plenty of hot bread served as a filler. I tried the Adana kebab-- it was a bit undercooked & tough. My friends had different things and we all sampled each other's food. What makes this place great is the location & the service. The waiter's are patient and friendly.
  20. DK

    DennisK

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    At my most recent visit to Zaytinya, my friend and I opted for the Chef's Tasting Menu. We highly recommend this experience as the food was varied, delicious, and plentiful. The entire dining experience lasted about two hours, and the value was good. What a treat!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and great service. It was a home game night so the place was packed. But for the noise you wouldn’t know it, because everything happened in a timely manner: drinks ordering and food delivery. Our waiter was attentive and made us feel as though he had time for us. IT had been a while since I had been to Zaytinya and I won’t let that happen again!
  22. G

    Gregg

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  23. A

    Artie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The patio is the preferred option -- plenty of heaters and it's mostly covered and you can hear your group talk! The food is meh these days--- some quite good, some just okay. The kabob platter (meat) was tough and not nearly as flavorful as it used to be. A couple of small plates are quite lackluster. The spreads are still quite good and the steaming puffy pita is still awesome! Service was good, though the staff is too eager to take plates away before they're done. Our waiter directed us to 2 very fine bottles of Greek wine - a rhone style blend and a bordeaux style blend with interesting variations owing to the Greek grape varietals -- both were reasonably priced and delivered great tasting wine as described. Still a good place to bring visiting friends, but not itself the local destination it used to be.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Husband’s birthday. We loved the food. Anxious to try all Chef Andres DC restaurants
  25. TS

    TimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and service. We were able to have normal conversation without extra noise. The service was fast and courteous, the food was outstanding, and the value was great.
  26. NY

    NYIAH

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Great food. Slow and inconsistent service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere and good service
  28. HT

    HarrysT

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience and great food. The General Manager Jaclyn Stetler was also extraordinary.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and great food recommendations!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This was my fourth dining at Zaytinya. I needed to modify the reservation but their phones were not working which I learned when I got to the restaurant. We ended up sitting at a table in the bar area which turned out great. We ordered a number of dishes to share. A number of the hot dishes were served lukewarm. The last dish we ordered was chicken in orzo and tomato sauce. There was very little chicken and the sauce tasted like Campbell's soup. This was the low point of the meal. Dessert was great. Overall, the ambiance and service was great but the food was subpar compared to prior visits. It was definitely an off night for the kitchen for our table.
  31. AB

    AmirB

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect food and drink with a good service as always!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Had a reservation for 8:15 for me and my partner’s anniversary, but was not seated until 8:40. We were told by the host that the texts to guests when their tables are ready wasn’t working, but we were standing outside and someone could have gotten us when the table was ready. It wasn’t until we came in to check after originally checking in with the host that we were seated. Once seated it took quite some time for our server to come to our table. We ordered drinks and food which were good, but the drinks didn’t come around until we had almost finished our food! We also had two dishes that came out 30 minutes after we had finished the rest of our food. The server came by a few times and each time was surprised we hadn’t received our food yet. There was no apology or explanation. While we were sitting at our table outside, 2 cockroaches began crawling underneath our table which was disgusting. When the last 2 dishes finally arrived, we asked for boxes and could not leave fast enough. Not what I expected whatsoever from this restaurant, which is one of our favorites! Extremely subpar anniversary dinner (which I indicated on the reservation) and we probably will not be back for a while.
  33. MK

    MKay

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Had a reservation at 8pm and wasn't seated until 845 even after we asked multiple times what was going on. We also waited about 20 minutes after sitting down to order food and get water. The food was good, but small and not worth the wait. Probably will not make another trip here at this time.
  34. K

    Kevin

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great variety of flavorful dishes for every type of eater. Despite a huge crowd and busy scene, wait staff was very attentive and service was excellent.
  35. DW

    DanielW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside. Inside is deafening! Food is delicious and service top form.
  36. MM

    MsMiMi

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My main problem with this restaurant is that we were running late, called eight or 10 times, never got an answer. Sent a message through OpenTable., Never got a response. And when we finally did get there and explain to them that we have been trying to call, etc., they just chuckled. It’s a good thing the food was good. Otherwise we may have walked out.
  37. VP

    VPTR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for a birthday, and it was such a great experience. The staff was very welcoming. Our server was absolute perfection. He patiently explained the menu, part of our party was vegetarian, and the server answered all their questions kindly. The server timed the food being sent out perfectly. Plates came out a little at time. I highly recommend on the RoZAY brunch. It came with a taste of everything and included a Rose flight and dessert. Every single dish tasted phenomenal. We thoroughly enjoyed all the dishes. A wonderful experience as a whole. The only complaint I have was getting in touch with the venue prior to attending. I have had issues in the past with bringing in outside cake, so I had called the number on the website over the course of a few days, and it just kept ringing. I managed to get in touch with someone via email. So if you need to call them, it is very hard to reach someone.
  38. TL

    TameraL

    Washington DC

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful surprise November night warm enough to sit outside. Another round of good service and great food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Tried the tasting menu and it was phenomenal! Will definitely try again.
  40. TD

    TomD

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were very good. Tables a little too close together for our liking but I guess that’s not surprising in DC.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

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 17269 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today
Google Map for Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    G St NW

  • Neighborhood

    Penn Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–12:00 am Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Turkish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Public transit

    Gallery Place, Metro Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Heineke

  • Additional

    Takeout

  • Phone number

    (202) 638-0800

  • Private party facilities

    Zaytinya offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. From our soaring mezzanine space, to the intimate bar and “blue room,” to the spacious but secluded terrace, we have the ideal space for your party. For larger events of 100-300 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant.

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