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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17289 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 105 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 17,289 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

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

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  1. D

    Diana

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious. A great place to go every time we are in town!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here with my boyfriend and we had a amazing time! Great food, attentive service, and lovely wines. Would come back anyday.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service!! Loved our server Kevin! The food was amazing and the price was so reasonable! Definitely a MUST in the DC area.
  4. M

    Melissa

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great food and great service. Good energy in the dining room but not so loud you couldn’t hear your guest across the table. Save a little room for the walnut delight ice cream. Lovely and light. Having VIP status on the open table app saved us some wait time. What’s not to love?
  5. N

    Natalie

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! From the time they took us back to our table all throughout our dining experience, they were impeccable! They gave great drink/food suggestions and were so on top of things, it was like COVID never happened! We are looking forward to coming back!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent service. The manager and server Nico made us feel like family coming over for dinner. Nico helped us put together a wonderful meal from start to finish. He even brought out an amazing desert that we are still talking about on the house as it was our anniversary. If that was the sweetest, he leaves us with a lovely card signed by team. Any place that can get my husband to eat brussel sprouts and rave about them has some kind of special magic! Make reservations today!
  7. SC

    StuartC

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding selection! Perfect small plates so the group was able to order lots of different things to sample. Celebration Rice is a must do.... served family style.
  8. CM

    ChristosM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and amazing food! One of your favorite restaurants in DC. Consistently great!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Great food - very crowded and Service was uneven. Also had a very small table that looked like it was just packed in and was in the flow of traffic.
  10. SM

    StephanieM

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was very good. You could tell people were enjoying themselves at Zaytinya. It’s always a good place for good food and service.
  11. JK

    JonathanK

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambiance
  12. ES

    EzmeSaturday

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the soccer game at the bar. Food is always solid and tasty!
  13. GJ

    GaynorJ

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and great service. Highly recommend.
  14. BF

    Bklyn55Foodie

    Baltimore

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were absolutely fantastic. Thank you for recognizing my special occasion. Highly recommended for all occasions. I am never disappointed when I dine at this restaurant.
  15. g

    griot

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in a great setting. The shakshuka and babaganoush were excellent. Always good service too.
  16. F

    Fredo53

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent meal and service. Kebab platter was amazing.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food & service—love the Mediterranean themed small plates. Wish we lived in DC to visit more often!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ah-may-zing!! Wow! We did a vegetarian tasting menu and every dish was exceptional.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent
  20. P

    Petesip

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience1
    Zaytinya has wonderful food! But we won't be back, because the noise was so loud that we couldn't enjoy any conversation with each other, or, for that matter, the meal. We took most of it home. About the food: the hommos, the taramosalata and the tzatziki were all marvelous, some of the best we've had anywhere; the breads were pillowy soft and delicious; the flatbread Charred Eggplant Pide was excellent. While not my favorite, the Turkish Style Pastirma was also very tasty. Ah, but the noise! We asked to be moved from our first table, right next to the long, noisy bar, but even some distance away, the place was cacophonous. I had to do the ordering, because my husband's voice is too quiet to be heard without shouting. Two-thirds of the walls are glass; all the surfaces are hard. How about some tablecloths? Or some blinds on the windows? They need some fabric for sound absorption! (I noticed that all the couples near us sat next to each other, not across from each other, in order to be able to talk, presumably. We, however, did not have that option.) The servers were all prompt, thoughtful, cheerful and accommodating. I hope they're not worried about hearing loss. The wine was quite lovely, as well, although at an average of $15/glass, a little pricey. Five mezze and two glasses of wine, with tip, topped out at over a hundred dollars, which, for that food, I was willing to pay. Next time, I'll do takeout.
  21. DB

    DanandBarb

    Tucson

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

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

    JonA

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

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

    Pealetta

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    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..
  24. C

    Cindie

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

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

    Meredith

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    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.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous everything!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t think the restaurant gave me open table points for dining here. But the experience was otherwise very good. Can you help me get the points? Thanks so much
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. JR

    JeffreyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service! Thank you!
  36. 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!
  37. 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
  38. c

    cocoprincipessa

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 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.
  39. J

    Jennifer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zaytina is consistently a noteworthy culinary and dining experience. Indulging in an evening at this restaurant satisfies all five senses in a way that leaves me looking forward to our next reservation.
  40. 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.

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 17289 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 105 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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