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Downtown / Chinatown
0.8 km from Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Chef José Andrés' ocean-blue ode to the cuisine of Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey means an ample, wide-ranging carte. The space too, sleek and modern, spe...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Comfortable restaurant
Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
US$31 - US$32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Lebanese, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a treat. Mediterranean small plates that rock. Delicious hummus, Flatbread, garlic shrimp, and more. Indoor and outdoor seating. Everything we tried was excellent!

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Greeted great. Good starter with flatbread, then a great main, Chicken and rice. Food all and all good, however, staff really slow. Too much waiting

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Zaytinya is the perfect place to go for a meal after visiting museums. The varied and interesting menu is best experienced by a group sharing several dishes. Do not miss the Lamb Baharat.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I lived in DC for 20 years and have loved this restaurant since it opened. Consistently good and interesting food, great drinks and service. Always a solid choice.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended on a Monday night out. Noisy and busy but nice atmosphere. Comfortable. Good service. Good food. I would recommend.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first return to the area since our 2nd date 4 years ago. We loved the Chef’s tasting menu then and we still love it now! It’s a sampling of maybe 12 or 13 things, and it was exquisite! Every dish was phenomenal...and it is so much food, it’s an amazing deal all around! The staff are super attentive and top notch. We sat in the bar area (take advantage of happy hour drink specials!) and the bartender never let our drinks (or bread!) get low. All on a Friday! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first two wonderful experiences at Zaytinya were in 2010, 2011. It was exciting in every way with outstanding small plates, attentive service and excellent cocktails. We had dinner reservations on November 5. Again, excellent food. Our server could not have cared less whether we...were there or not. But I must address the very poor cocktails. I know a good Manhattan vs one made in a hurry by an inexperienced bar tender. I was served the latter. I could not put my finger on what made the difference...perhaps a different bourbon that I ordered or a cheap sweet vermouth? My husband's martini was equally poor. We did not send them back as we were going to the theater and the restaurant was very busy. I took a look at the bar on llm y way to the restroom. It was a zoo. Understandable why drinks may be of poor quality. I wonder how well trained all the bar tenders are? I deduced Zaytinya has now become a mecca for the young who would not know a good Manhattan or martini from a bad one.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place was packed on a Saturday night and the food and service was still excellent. Outside heaters kept the outside space adequately warm. Lots of interesting food choices; small plates allowed us to try different things.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2021

My TA reviews are almost all 5 stars but can't do it for this one. I booked dinner here to celebrate a friend's birthday. The food was good but the staff and manager completely screwed up a special order -- even after I'd confirmed it...with the manager in writing beforehand AND also with the asst. manager when we arrived. BTW, on our way out I pointed out the problem to the asst. manager and he didn't seem to care.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 31 October 2021 via mobile

Rolled in for a later dinner (9:15) on a Sunday after work. Outstanding food, excellent Bekaa Valley wine, and a very cool atmosphere. Can’t believe I waited this long to come here. It will become one of my go to spots in DC.

Date of visit: November 2021
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I think it is always best to check with the restaurant directly. They do have a wide range of choices so there are probably things they could recommend without modification and then you could also see how willing they are to... More
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Response from r0ger | Reviewed this property |
O don't really know if they have a dress code but the night I went there everybody was kind of sharp. I didn't see anyone in T shirts. I suggest you call them first
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Yes, Zaytinya offers takeaway services.

Zaytinya is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5