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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17034 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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Booked 97 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.

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 17,034 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
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

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  1. C

    Christinef

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food! Great Atmosphere, and wonderful service. You will not go wrong!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is fantastic!! From the food to the service everything was excellent!! Probably the best pita bread I’ve ever had! We ordered a little bit of everything and it was all very good!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We didn’t even get the chance to dine there. We had reservations for months on the patio. The restaurant called saying there was a storm coming in and they were closing the patio and would honor our reservation inside. I told them we had our dog with us. They asked how big it was and I told them 50lbs. They said they would find a way to accommodate us. We drive down there, pay $20 parking, go to check in and they send the manager over to us who tells us we told them our dog was 6 lbs (not sure how 50 translated to 6) and that they heard her barking (he yipped once) and it would disrupt other guests. Offered us no options beyond takeout. No reimbursement for our parking and time wasted because they told us they would find a way to accommodate and didn’t, no alternative reservation on a different day, nothing. Highly anticipated going to this restaurant for months (we are from out of town) and was highly disappointed in how the restaurant and more specifically the manager handled herself. Do better.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our server had full of knowledge and was so kind. This kind of servers can mostly make your table happy and everything goes that way. Foods are good as i always expect in Zaytinya. Their kitchen reminds me my hometown kitchen (Turkey) so i can compare their menu items with traditional way and see their touches to that tradition. They’re doing good. It is not a “all you can eat” station so every food comes with a care and passion. I can understand that from how they put toppings on plates it is almost art. Thanks.

  5. C

    Courtney

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal!!!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time to Zaytinya and it was excellent! Everything from the food to the service was great. Had the scallops and Brussels sprouts which were both excellent. Highly recommend!

  7. PS

    PaulaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A find! But don’t fill up on the bread! Can’t wait to return!

  8. CS

    ChristopherS

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food variety is awesome. Once you realize that the plates servings are designed to be shared your order will be more fitting. Service and ambiance were excellent and with 100s of restaurants on Open Table(in DC Metro Area), this was recommended from a colleague who lives in DC and we were visiting due to my graduation. Thank you for a great experience.

  9. CE

    CarolE

    Pittsburgh

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Overall great experience and food! One comment was we had difficulty with knowing what we had in each course of the Prix Fixe menu. All was excellent, however. One additional comment was the bathroom was not as clean as it should I would definitely return

  10. CB

    CB02906

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food selection. Lovely flavors. Excellent service. Drinks were tasty. Over a 5 star evening!

  11. KS

    KyleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect experience. Super attentive service staff, food was received quickly (restaurant was packed) and good price for amazing food. Noise level was high (because every table was full) but we were able to hear each other with slightly raised voices. Only saying this for benefit of someone who may prefer a quiet dinner experience. Can’t wait to go back!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Graduation celebration. Service a bit slow, but on the other hand, we were not rushed out.

  13. RM

    RamaM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and wine every time! From the fresh pita and olive oil to the Branzino, our dinner was perfect.

  14. DS

    DmitrijS

    Fort Lauderdale

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Big variety of mazes you can share with your company provide a unique opportunity to get acknowledged with the Mediterranean flavours. Friendly and helpful staff. A bit pricier.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious! Definitely order the lamb shank

  16. L

    Larry

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent friendly service. As always the food was exceptional.

  17. s

    susanw

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice work lunch - fast, delicious, in a nice atmosphere

  18. NA

    NotAFoodie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server was absolutely fantastic — friendly, knowledgeable, engaging! We were together for a celebration dinner and it was exactly that! The chef’s tasting menu was delicious and ABUNDANT. More food than we could possibly eat. The restaurant was much larger than I expected — it’s not intimate and it’s a bit loud but it’s lively.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    Food was amazing but we had a reservation for 8:45 and weren’t seated until 9:15. Servers barely came to our table.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hostess desk was overwhelmed, not particularly welcoming, and never texted us when the table was ready (I suspect they forgot about us) while we waited for our reservation that was backed up.

  21. W

    Weeded

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best time, gluten free dining at its best! We went before a Caps game and couldn’t have been happier! Our service was above and beyond!

  22. HG

    HalG

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Hard to beat the excellence of the food in taste, presentation, and variety. I felt the service which was not bad could have been more professional.

  23. JC

    JCSRIC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing!!!

  24. b

    barbinarizona

    Phoenix

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    What a wonderful restaurant! The menu is outstanding and so fun to work through. We had a variety of tapas and cocktails.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food is very good and the atmosphere is very energetic. On the pricy dude but the experience is well worth the visit. Wasn't the first time, won't be the last time

  26. J

    Jangalang

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Everything tasted the same. Even my cocktail was infused with turmeric and cumin and it was just too much. The fries were delicious.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day dinner - second visit and still awesome!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Weekend lunch was perfect for my family. We love the homemade light bread that is served warm with your mezze before delicious kebabs. Everyone was sweet even during a busy Mother’s Day weekend. Couldn’t stop talking about how we all loved it after - including my 10 & 12 year old!

  29. ND

    ND108

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, great service, beautiful restaurant!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visiting but will definitely be going back to try the food we didn’t get to this time. Reservation was filled right on time, didn’t have to wait to be seated at all. Servers were all very attentive and courteous. Never had to ask for anything. Food came quick, drinks were great and food was even better. At first I thought no way a few of these plates will leave me satisfied but the food is so rich and filling I was absolutely stuffed. For two people we shared 6 small plates, went through the bread and each got desert with a coffee. Was perfect. Even brought out an extra desert for our anniversary which was so appreciated even though we could barely eat anymore. Was a truly great experience.

  31. JK

    JKershaw

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Our waiter ignored us for so long we were able finish an entire bottle of wine while we waited to order! We were a little shocked by that - enjoyed the wine, but the wait was not appropriate.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4

    Definitely not as good as it used to be. I don’t think I will ever go again. Wonderful service still, but the food is terrible now.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Unfortunately, we were served raw chicken

  34. B

    Bytheseashore

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Parts of our meal seemed to be over cooked. But the experience was great

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful all around . Very generous bread basket and wonderful hostess

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an amazing lunch at Zaytinya. Two members of our party are vegetarians and they were very happy with the menu choices. Our server Nico was fantastic. Very attentive, personable and knowledgeable about the menu! We will be back again soon!!

  37. S

    Shipra

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Chairs had the fabric ripped off. Table had stains and wasn’t clean. Service was very slow and they had to be told what to do. Bathroom was very dirty and floor tiles were broken

  38. CJ

    ChefJulie

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A true dining experience. Three foodies gave this restaurant FOURS STARS each. The staff has clearly been expertly trained from hostess to bussers. We each chose the Five Course meal, and the kitchen put out food that was stunning and delectable. Wines are, as is in most restaurants, marked up 300-400%... expected, but always disappointing. VERY busy dining room and bar scene, which translates to just a bit of trouble in intimate conversation, but the tradeoff was worth it.

  39. KR

    KatieR

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved our dinner at Zaytinya! The food and drinks were amazing. The service was attentive and fast. Emily, the hostess, was exceptional and went above and beyond for our group. Will definitely be back!

  40. CM

    CMMTH

    Indiana

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We don’t live in DC and haven’t been there in more than three years because of Covid. We chose Zaytinya as a “first visit” for our return trip. This restaurant is simply fun: a variety of great food choices, prepared with flair and spices we might use at home only rarely, in a lovely outdoor setting that was both safe and comfortable…well, Mr. Andres, you continue to do well. Zaytinya survived the pandemic and the choices are as interesting and tasty as ever. Our server, Addy, was delightful and we enjoyed a lovely Lebanese wine (not on the regular wine list at home). The only complaint is that other friends weren’t with us to add to the delights and the sharing.

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 17034 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 97 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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