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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17185 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 118 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 17,185 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Mediterranean

  • District of Columbia

    Most Booked

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  1. HI

    HungryInHawaii

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Overall the restaurant, food, and atmosphere were perfectly wonderful. However, from making reservations to sitting at our table was a complete disaster. on OpenTable, I was only able to book a table of four people, maximum, so from Hawaii, I booked a table of four at 6:30PM on a Monday night. I immediately called the restaurant to add one additional guest, however, they were already closed due to the six hour time difference. And then left a message through the OpenTable platform to the restaurant, which was never responded to. I called the following day and was told that there was no table available for five people at 6:30 but they could get me in at 6:15. I graciously accepted. I guess were the first two arrive since we were slightly delayed in our arrival that afternoon. I was bombarded with text messages that we only had a reservation for three and at 6:30. My guest ended up, having to sort out the restaurants ineptitude and we were eventually stuck in a corner for top. I win highly recommend anyone planning on eating at this restaurant to make reservations and changes online so you have something to show the host when you arrive. Otherwise, you may look like a fool to your dining companions as well.
  2. JT

    JoshuaT

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back since before the pandemic and the experience was exactly like it was in the before-times: Outstanding food, drinks, and service. Everything was amazing.
  3. j

    joseph

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my very favorite restaurants in DC. Excellent variety of food and a very pleasant outdoor seating area.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and ambiance was perfect! I also appreciated that they were open late on a Friday night.
  5. AB

    AhmedB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere and food was good. Took a friend visiting from out of town and he really enjoyed it.
  6. VM

    ValarieM

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always bright, fresh, and perfectly seasoned. A great place for pescatarian or vegetarian diners. The only thing I don’t like is when the restaurant is relatively full it is very noisy.
  7. LL

    LLE145

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cuisine. There are so many things to try. I definitely will return to dine here again. My first time at Zaytinya’s
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat!! Ambience was awesome.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Text notification for table reads ‘Your table is nearly ready!’ Then on a separate line says to contact the front desk. In the speed of conversation I only glanced at the text and so expected another text for confirmation that the table was ready. This did not arrive only continued messages telling me that the table was nearly ready. After the 3rd message 20 minutes after our booking time I went to ask why our table was not ready.
  10. Q

    Qbanita

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service as always! One of my favorite restaurants in DC. Chef Jose Andres does not disappoint with this menu. We tried about 10 different mezzes, and they were all delicious! Very good wine list, too. The restaurant was very busy for mid-week evening. However, staff was very accommodating when we had an extra person join at the last minute. Also, lots of outdoor seating available, which is good to know for next time. Very close walk to the Capital One Arena if anyone is planning to grab dinner before an event. I highly recommend this restaurant!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amaaaaaazing! Don’t hesitate to eat here!! Jose Andres is an amazing human and chef!
  12. M

    Mako

    Naples

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The food was amazing! ChefJose did it again!!
  13. MH

    MelodyH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great for vegetarian options. Man eggplant dish was excellent.
  14. HB

    HalleBros

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Mostly enjoyed our selection of small plates. Service was fine. Excessive indoor noise level made it a challenge to engage in conversation.
  15. G

    Geegeesc

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We loved the food but it was way too loud - we only had a party of 2 but I wish we had eaten outside - the menu and service were great -
  16. S

    Susan

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is good but all ther plates basically come out at once which does not allow you to enjoy each plate. Also the hot dishes are cold by the time you eat them. I imagine they do this to turn over tables.
  17. RM

    RachnaM

    Louisville

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always terrific! We have to eat here every trip to DC!
  18. C

    Chucec

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiters, service, and food and ambiance were outstanding.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, breathtaking ambiance, and 10/10 food!
  20. SC

    SolC

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mediterranean food we have ever had with amazing and super friendly service
  21. p

    perla

    Atlanta

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food. Great energetic atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful.
  22. T

    Timur

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    very good food. good service. noisy. i would expect table cloths at this price level.
  23. EM

    EdithM

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Honestly, food was fine. Not sure what the hype was all about.
  24. L

    Lmac

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch and enjoyed the tapas selections fattoush salad, hummus, shrimp with garlic butter and dill, a lamb dish, Brussels sprouts, octopus. Everything was delicious.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    Reason for 3 star experience is because I had to wait more than 1/2 hour to be seated for our 7:30 reservation. The restaurant was packed with patrons standing around inside the restaurant. Otherwise the food and service was good
  26. MD

    MacD

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We dined at Zaytinya early in the evening--having traveled to the city that same day. When we arrived at the restaurant, we faced a staff of wait people all talking energetically to one another--but with little recognition of those entering the establishment. When we gave our name for the reservation we then had to face breaking through. Then we were positioned to sit right behind this grouping --which initially was a put off. Once we ordered, the wait person was friendly and turned away from the loud and energetic grouping to attend to our order. The food we ordered was varied and excellent. I would highly recommend the food--especially the shrimp. But I would work on positioning the wait staff somewhere else to make a more welcoming experience for the arriving diners.
  27. l

    luvdesserts

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great, a bit noisy indoors , too close tables
  28. PH

    PamelaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am in love with the food, good service and the ambience of this place. GREAT!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful evening!
  30. MH

    MH2019

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    I have been to Zaytinya several times. This was definitely a subpar experience. The biggest problem was the service which was terrible. We had to ask multiple times to get a wedge to put under our table so it wouldn’t rock. I had to order a drink twice and it took at least half an hour to come. The other couple who were dining with us arrived a few minutes late. They ordered drinks that did not arrive until we had finished our meal! At one point it started to rain a bit and we asked for an umbrella. They brought one over, and then as they were starting to put it up THEY TOOK IT AWAY. I guess for a more important table? On top of all of that, the food was subpar. The menu seems smaller than I remember it. Bread (which is usually excellent) was a little stale. Most of the dishes were passable but not great. This has been one of my go-to spots but not sure I would come back.
  31. AR

    AdamR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Has gone downhill in the last few years. Food was bland (crispy eggplant/cauliflower) or overcooked (octopus). Will not be returning again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    INCREDIBLE
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything tasted incredible.
  34. G

    Gregg

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Interesting and flavorful dishes - great service - never rushed, even on a busy Friday night!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. A little pricey but worth the indulgence. Will definitely come back!!
  36. LM

    LocalMcLean

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our server was very friendly and helpful.
  37. RC

    RickyCal

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I found the restaurant to be more like an Olive Garden, but I was looking for a fine dining restaurant experience. The $100 bottle of wine was hot, the hummus was delicious, the scallops were cold, and the rest was fine. So it is a nice finely decorated place, but not an amazing restaurant to remember or recommend to my food loving friends from all over the world.
  38. E

    Easy

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Service was very slow. Worst we have had. Server was waiting on our food to come before he returned to the table to take the remaining order. He never checked on the food or us.
  39. D

    Darkheim

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but seemed rushed. Slow the tempo by pacing out your selections from the menu, especially if you are not in a group.
  40. p

    pateb

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food with lovely service so it’s easy to recommend.

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 17185 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 118 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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