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Zaytinya, Washington, DC

Zaytinya

4.7
4.7
17360 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 p.m.


Booked 90 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 17,360 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

  • District of Columbia

    Innovative

  • District of Columbia

    Mediterranean

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  1. HC

    HillChick

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited Zaytinya for brunch with a friend and it did not disappoint. We had the rose brunch which is a great way to sample several dishes and rose wines. Great options, great food, great service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisit food and energetic ambiance!
  3. AJ

    AviatorJ

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Middle of the day/weekday reservation, so the restaurant was empty. Service was good, ESL made communication a little difficult at times. Overall, the experience was elevated but not eeexcellent. I did enjoy it and I’ll be back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    I felt it was better first time. But second course was weak.
  5. B

    Benny

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in DC by far! Will definitely be back!
  6. RK

    RahK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    We did have a mostly pleasant experience and liked the variety in the food and the ambience of the restaurant. However, I dont think we would like to return or be able to recommend the restaurant to others. We had taken the prix-fixe meal and about midway through our meal one of the chicken dishes that we got was undercooked. After mentioning that to our server, he got us a replacement but I don't know what happened and whether the chef was upset at our sending the dish back, but every single dish that followed was quite overcooked including the replacement chicken as well as the 2-3 courses which followed.
  7. AA

    AmyA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Everything we had was good food and beverage wise. It was really loud and the Temperature of the restaurant was too hot.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My favorite restaurant! Celebrated my birthday there once again. Food was delicious as always!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We went for restaurant week. The service was good, the food was ok, and ambiance was loud and distracting.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is soooo good!
  11. DN

    DanielleN

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great and the atmosphere was comfortable.
  12. Y

    Yep23

    Portland

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week. Excellent food and service. We loved everything we tried. We will be back for sure.
  13. r

    rebeccaofdc

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday mid-afternoon “lunch.”
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing! Service was little slow, it was our first time there.
  15. JH

    JoanneH

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious as usual! Our server was attentive. Can’t wait to go back!
  16. CF

    CarlaF

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The octopus was cooked to perfection! Great atmosphere! Small plates all have delicious sauces. Fresh delicious warm bread! The only negative is the food was cold. But overall great experience!
  17. DD

    DiningDan

    Washington DC

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped in Zaytinya after the Caps game and had another great meal. Service is always first rate, atmosphere is fun, and the food is GREAT! Still humming along after all these years.
  18. V

    Verne

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    This is my third time at this restaurant. The first two times it was great- this time not so much. The food was cold and soggy. Too expensive for it yo not be great. I won’t be going back
  19. D

    Deeeats

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zaytinya is one of my top favorite restaurants in DC! Each and every dish is it’s own wonderful experience. The service is spectacular! I can’t wait for the next visit!
  20. j

    jroush

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic all around! Will definitely come back on our next trip.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The noise level was very loud. Service was excellent
  22. s

    spatzdo

    Washington DC

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is one of the best restaurants in Penn Quarter. The food is always great. We had Branzino, and scallops as the protein. with mushrooms and the zucchini fritters. all were outstanding. We had some minor issues with a coupon but the manager worked it out. Plan to go back again soon
  23. AL

    AdventureLovingJayhawk

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food are top notch, even when ordering Lunch sandwiches. Beverage selection also delightful.
  24. s

    supertaster

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner on the patio!
  25. J

    Joan5parrow

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped by after a day at the museum and absolutely loved everything about Zaytinya. Small plates to share we had just enough. Best hummus I have ever had. My friend loved the seared halloumi and I had the dolmades. Everything was just perfect ~ We can't wait to go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food at this restaurant. Been here several times. Service this time was a little out of sorts we couldn’t figure out who our server was. Had about 4 different people that attended our table. The kebabs are outstanding. Try the arak too.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My server was very attentive and informative about menu options. The food was excellent and I will return!
  28. t

    thomass

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having just visited Turkey and Greece, this restaurant has been our favorite since coming back. Fresh food, great service and always spot on.
  29. SH

    ShangH

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food; small plates of tasty Mediterranean dishes; somewhat noisy
  30. K

    K1234

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very balanced flavors, almost a bit muted -- perfect for a refreshing and relaxed lunch.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service not up to usual standard. Server seemed overwhelmed.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh José. Zaytinya has been one of our top 5 favorite restaurants for years. The food and drink are outstanding every time. The new renovation is beautiful. We love the new furniture and decor, which was needed at this DC staple. Thank you for investing in this beautiful restaurant. We eat here about 3 times a month and it never fails to be excellent. Favorites: Mediterranean gin and tonic and 3pm in Istanbul cocktails, the Brussels sprouts, Zaytinya fries, shish tauk, lamb meatballs, cheese pide, shrimp, ashta, Turkish coffee. Would love to see the original beet salad (with shaved fennel, orange, goat cheese, and nuts) and lamb chops come back to the menu if ever possible. But my goodness the food is divine, service great, and now the decor is beautiful again too. Wonderful.
  33. HH

    HH4evr

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It’s been at least 10 years since we’ve been in DC and could eat here and we were not disappointed! The pita bread! The hummus! The falafel! The flavors and spices! The mezzo we tried were all delicious! Vibrant atmosphere and good service.
  34. K

    Klee

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely as always. Our favorite restaurant for food. Not intimate EVER, due to noise level.
  35. KB

    KB2021

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding meal at Zaytinya. We enjoyed hummus, fettoush, lamb and falafel. We had an extraordinary Chateau Musar red wine. Service was awesome!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails, and wine!!! So glad we got a reservation.
  37. P

    Patty

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are a family of 4 adults and ordered the chef's tasting menu. It was fabulous. I would not be able to pick a favorite as it was all just so good. By the end, we were stuffed. Highly recommend. Bring your appetite!
  38. R

    Redwildgoose

    Coastal Georgia

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was very crowded and so noisy we could not hear each other. Mostly younger people. We are older and need quiet for conversation. But the food was wonderful and the staff were very attentive. Division of labor, someone only picked up dishes and promptly. Also the tables are very close together so when it’s full you are on top of each other. Our waiter said they are very busy whenever there is an event at the arena which is right up the street. Wonderful location, next door to Gallery Place Metro. I would like to have given it 5 stars.
  39. p

    pamb

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food is amazing- mushroom kapnista delicious blend of flavors and ingredients; baba ghanoush one of tastiest; can't go wrong with their eggplant dishes .
  40. B

    Bloomkoi

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Zaytinya for years and it’s always excellent! Highly recommend trying this restaurant that smartly balances classic Mediterranean food with innovative cooking.

Safety precautions

  • 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 17360 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 p.m.


Booked 90 times today
Google Map for Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    G St NW

  • Neighbourhood

    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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