Zaytinya

4.7
15915 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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What 15915 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kate
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for late night drinks, which were delicious. Had a lovely table by the fireplace. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, and great service, as usual. Just wish the outdoor space (for those of us who are eating outdoor to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19) was a bit warmer.

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vipTonyN
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Zaytinia has been a favorite restaurant of ours for almost 10 years. The menu with it's varied selection is always a pleasure to order from. The food is delicious and the presentation is enticing. The service is always spot on. If Mediterranean cuisine is your thing look no further. You won't be disappointed. Cheers!

TK
vipTrishaK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The entire experience, from the over the top cuisine, to the ambience, to the wonderful service, exceeded our expectations. We chose this restaurant to celebrate my sister‘s 40th birthday, and I am so glad that we did. We ordered the chef’s tasting menu and were completely wowed by each and every amazing creation set before us. It was quite the culinary adventure! We will be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here a couple of times 13 years ago. Didn’t disappoint 13 years later. Same excellent service and food. Do yourself a favor and get the chef tasting.

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CarlyAlice
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service! The outdoor dining atmosphere is lovely and we felt very comfortable under the heat lamps.

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Christina
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restraint never disappoints. The value for the amount and quality of food is unbeatable.

They have taken every precaution to make this a COVID safe environment by creating a great Winter Patio, which was completely open but warm enough on 31 degree night to take your jackets off. Still providing top level food and service in the craziest of times!

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PatS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent flavors and presentation, great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and outdoor seating was very pleasant—warm enough because of heat lamps and felt very safe. A treat

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RachaelB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service, and safe, warm outdoor setup during covid times. Would definitely recommend.

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vipUser17
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very ideal outdoor seating even in this cold weather!

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1lovesteak
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was truly wonderful! We drove 2 hours, believe it or not, to have brunch at our fave Zaytinya! We only eat out if seated outside and we were pleased on how far the tables were placed from each other...
Our waitress was AWSOME and we are so glad that we listened to her suggestions! We decided in the RoZay brunch and it was simply delicious along with the excellent flight of rosé! Needles to say that we went home with a bag full of delicious takeout!
Can’t wait to return!

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vipDrCAT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

I really like Zaytinya but I was freezing because the portable outside heaters were all out of propane! The tents were all set up to create a warmer, cozier atmosphere, which would be great at night IF the heaters were working to keep the heat inside, but during the daytime, they blocked the sun, keeping the warmth of the sunshine from reaching us - as it was actually warm in the sun that day! Other than that, it was nice, but I was shivering even with my coat on!

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DrDale
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great New Year’s Eve dinner there. Fantastic food.

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Nikki
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

It was very chilly and they sat us in a corner under a tent nowhere near a heater... and then served ice cream for dessert, haha. It was not what I was expecting for a New Years dinner at Zaytina :/

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I've been to Zaytinya many times, but this was the first time during COVID. Their food is always excellent (Adana kebab could have been softer though), as is their cocktail menu. They have tried their best to winterize their patio, with space heaters and heat blowers. We went when the outside temperature was 36. When it was not windy, their winterization was sufficient, but when the wind picked up, nothing helped. But that's not their fault, they've done their best to cope with the indoor dining restrictions. I will go there again, even if it's to do my bit to help them weather the COVID storm and remain in business for more comfortable dining later.

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Jasmine
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The experience was amazing. The food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was warm and modern. It was our first time going and I am making plans to return. The service was slow in the beginning but they were understaffed so I understood but our waitress was nice and attentive. The hostess was also helpful.

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cloeser8
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

We typically love Zaytinya but we had a very poor experience. The service was terrible - not the servers fault but it seemed like they were severely understaffed. We were late to be seated (no big deal) and once we were seated it took forever to just get tap water. We eventually were able to order but no one came over to take our order again so we wrapped up early.

Probably the worst service I've ever had - it's a tough time for the restaurant industry so we are glad we still supported the restaurant!

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vipCandLonthetown
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! the heat lamps actually worked!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and food

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PattyCakes
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Always an excellent meal with a vast variety of food-literally something for everyone & so fun to share. We had a vegan in our group and the chef was willing to make adjustments. Don’t miss the octopus and the shrimp.

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ChiTownFe
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Arrived early for a solo reservation in bar area. Flooring shakes anytime someone walks by the table. The bartender was in charge of to-go orders as well as tables in bar area. There were a ton of to-go orders. I had 3 cocktails all of which were delicious. With the second, I ordered chicken soup which was missed at some point. After other tables sat and received their appetizers, i reminded the bartender and it promptly came and was delicious. He was apologized and removed the soup and a cocktail from my bill. Between covid, being from Chicago where there was no indoor dining at all, and flying solo for the holidays, this dinner was a small treat before things shut down again. While I enjoyed all of my selections very much, the hiccup of having to wait well over 20 minutes for soup left my experience just shy of perfect. Being in the industry I am appreciative of all that were working and no fault or blame is being placed on any one person as I understand the many ways is which things can be missed. Overall a good experience. I really enjoyed the Greek Garden and the Brandy Sidecar with cumin (cocktails)!!

DC
vipDCdiner
Tokyo
28 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always. The weatherized patio was much more comfortable than we’d expected on a cold windy night. Plenty of heaters and a canopy overhead. Don’t miss the Adana kebab.

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ElizabethM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Members of my family have now been there several times and we just can't get enough. Everything is so delicious and creative and probably healthy too. Highly recommend.

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Leah
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

HUGE waste of money. Service was very aloof and not attentive, but the food was worse. Not anything close to real greek/Mediterranean food. Was surprised because reviews seemed to be pretty good online. Maybe the quality went downhill after covid, but it's definitely not worth the time and money.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Zaytinya so much. I go there for almost every special occasion. Val is always so kind to us and the service and food are consistently good.

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JoseM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef's Holiday Menu was perfectly delicious with a wide range of specialty foods. If in DC this place has to be on your "To-Do" list. The wait staff was polite, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. If I were forced to pick something (and this is truly being nit-picky) is the view was obstructed as the shade motor was broken and shade could not be raised. Again, this is nit-picking at it's best (or worst depending on your point of view on the matter) and digging deep to find something "wrong" that's how outstanding this place is!

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GinaB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great dining experience. We couldn't ask for better!

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President
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent ambiance and delicious food while remaining completely compliant to social distancing and hygiene protocols.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

We had chef’s special 75$/person. Food not impressive.
Service was good. vibe not impressive.

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SamM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was great, the service was very good. We really enjoyed it.

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JenniferB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful, as usual!

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vipJay20001
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Open table $50 rewards card did not work. The card was applied to this reservation. And no one has followed up with me after this was not taken. A formal issue complaint was submitted.

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vipDavidR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Holiday tasting menu is fabulous.

JC
JustinC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The heater next to our table really kept us warm, and our food came out very quickly.

JB
JamelB
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Gentleman at the welcome desk very rude. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation and had asked him if a table would be available earlier outside or even at the bar. He didn’t even let me finish my sentence and just constantly kept on repeating the time of my reservation disregarding my questions and not h be bothering to answer properly as he would in a normal conversation.

Otherwise food and service excellent.

You have to do something about front desk though as it is the first impression. If it was earlier in the evening I would have decided to go elsewhere just because of his tone.

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Hussein
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in DC, they need to add maybe couple of more Entrees’s but the menu they have currently is great enough

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Klee
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always our favourite restaurant! They have addressed Covid issues so well that we felt safe!

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Anip
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Great front staff. Slow inattentive service. Forgotten drinks and dishes. Nothing like our jaleo experiences. Very disappointed and dissatisfied. We were kind, polite but they server was painfully choosing to be forgetful or unwilling. Maybe grudging on other issues going on? Side note—soda extremely flat. Ordered twice. mr. Andres should come by and visit. That should help greatly.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Really like the scan for menu and payment.

FAQs

Zaytinya does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Zaytinya also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 638-0800.

Zaytinya is rated 4.7 stars by 15915 OpenTable diners.

Zaytinya does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thinkfoodgroup.myguestaccount.com/guest/egift.

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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