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Zaytinya

Zaytinya

Mediterranean Restaurant, Greek Restaurant, and Turkish Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Helena N.
    "Another great Jose Andrés restaurant, everything is delicious!"(9 Tips)
    Sheila L.
    "My favorite restaurant in DC!! Go during lunch - 4 courses for $25."(7 Tips)
    David M.
    "Delicious Htipiti that complements the pita bread perfectly."(6 Tips)
    Suzanne L.
    "Absolutely amazing, creative and flavoursome mezze."(8 Tips)
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  • Parvathy N.
    Parvathy NairAugust 4, 2015
    Brilliant! Baba Ghannouge & Brussels sprouts werethe best we ever had. Fried squids came with a buttery & delicious garlic sauce, also the Shish taouk is a MUST. N those desserts...DELECTABLE. (10/10)
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 21, 2015
    "Stylish mid-priced Turkish and Middle Eastern eatery that serves a range of inventive meze plates...Lebanese beef tartare to pork-and-orange-rind sausage and veal cheeks." Rough Guide on TripExpert Read more
  • Derek F.
    Derek FromsonMarch 31, 2013
    Jose Andres scores again w/innovative Mediterranean tapas. Try Htipiti, Kolokithokeftedes, crispy eggplant, crispy potatoes, okra, grape leaves, squid, lamb. Impeccable service. Save room for dessert.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SOctober 17, 2015
    BEST FOOD EVER! This was one of the best dinners I've ever had. Waitress offered great choices. Will definitely be back! Tried 12 plates least favorite was lamb chops, everything else was great!
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinSeptember 24, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in DC. Consistently great food - Mediterranean tapas style. Excellent hummus, tzatziki, salads, falafel sandwich, salmon, Brussels. Cannot make a bad choice on this menu.
  • Debanjan D.
    Debanjan DeyJanuary 21, 2014
    Get a reservation & be dazzled by a menagerie of Greek delicacies. Our waiter was very prompt as we worked our way through imam bayildi, lamb kleftico & snail kibbeh washed down with Limnio wine. Wow!
  • QQ T.
    QQ TFebruary 10, 2015
    Incredible Turkish tapas-style meal for the price. Get Soujouk Pide (flatbread), mushroom couscous (vegetarian-friendly), & order extra of the Hunkar Begendi (braised lamb shank w eggplant purée)
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    It's hard to go wrong with the ever-changing menu. The buzzy restaurant has delicious brussels sprouts, octopus small plates, and a number of fun festivals throughout the year. [Eater 38 member]
  • Nushy S.
    Nushy SCFebruary 4, 2015
    The snails skordalia are one of the most delicious dishes I have ever eaten. Jose Andrés I need the recipe. All the food is good in thie fun and cool place 
  • Sheila L.
    Sheila LampitocAugust 14, 2014
    My favorite restaurant in DC!! Go during lunch - 4 courses for $25. Love the baba ghannouge and the shush taouk. And the olive oil w/ pomegranate molasses is love; can't get enough of it!!
  • Suzanne L.
    Suzanne LAugust 5, 2010
    Absolutely amazing, creative and flavoursome mezze. Brussel sprouts with berries, scallops with dill, melt-in-the-mouth lamb shank with eggplant puree, baklava icecream and amazing melon sorbet. Every
  • Nurgul E.
    Nurgul ErdoganDecember 24, 2012
    I tried Lebni. My suggestion is for the Chef that yogurt should be mix with smashed walnut and nuts makes the meze more delicious .. Also , Imam bayildi needs more beef and ingredients with spicy ..
  • Mirko P.
    Mirko PintarJuly 12, 2015
    Mezzo choices imam bayildi, piyaz with specials crispy squash blossoms and grilled whole bronzino was excellent choice. Delicious food, outstanding service.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SchwartzNovember 26, 2010
    Try the Tapas. Just kidding. Everything is good--I stuck to the middle eastern Hummus falafel menu but tasted everyone else's. And the drinks are lovely too. Lemon, vodka, sugar, forget what its calle
  • Katurah T.
    Katurah ToppsMarch 21, 2014
    Oh, the lamb thing that's kinda like an empanadas is meh, not bad but nit great. But he dessert tht has CUSTARD underneath a shell type thing with sorbet on top- AMAZINGGG - seriously soo friggin good
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StationApril 4, 2015
    Great, light food! Staff extremely nice, food also came out within a few minutes! Below is the octopus that was suuuper delicious! Love this place forever!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SilvaMay 18, 2010
    Dont skip a dish because you dont know how to pronounce its name. The best fare in Zaytinya is the Turkish, so forget the hummus, falafel. Go instead for the hunkar begendi (braised lam on a puree of Read more
  • Wu
    Wu2 weeks ago
    Two visits: both outstanding. Never thought of DC as a strong food town, but this place has served up two of my favorite meals in years. Subtle and refined flavors in every dish.
  • Regina L.
    Regina LindseyJune 24, 2014
    The Octopus Santorini and lamb meatballs are to die for. The octopus is braised is red wine for 45 minutes and then roasted. It is sooooooo tender. Lamb - peefect amount of cinnamon
  • Paul P.
    Paul PDecember 4, 2010
    Great assortment of vegetarian options beyond the standards. Make reservations if possible, and take your time meandering through the meal a few small plates at a time. Must try: brussels sprouts.
  • Bernadette D.
    Bernadette DavisApril 17, 2014
    If you do not have a reservation, do not rely on waiting. After waiting for over 90 minutes for a table that never came, we ate at the bar. Wish we had done that sooner, Jameson was excellent!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziOctober 5, 2014
    Some of the brunch options are actually sizable, so be careful when ordering several plates at one time. The ashta is very sweet. Sausage and meatballs are both incredibly good with fetta.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJanuary 19
    All the lamb dishes are awesome! Also try the beef tongue, octopus, and halloumi cheese. It's good to order about 3-4 mezzes per person
  • Lyss
    LyssJuly 3, 2010
    Spread Pikilia choice of three Recommendation: (Htipiti/BBaba Ghannouge/Hommus), Octopus Santorini, Crispy Skirt Steak, Ottoman Pilaf, Knisa Lamb Chops. Loved their bitterswt Turkish coffee <3 Read more
  • Noaf H.
    Noaf HamoudFebruary 1, 2014
    One of the best restaurants in DC, Greek Turkish and Lebanese try their set menu and choose a four-course meal with dessert I liked the Kabob and shrimp and shish taouk
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comSeptember 21, 2012
    Zaytinya serves Greek, Lebanese, and Turkish food, small plates or “tapas” style. The space itself is equally as impressive with a combination of small tables, and longer, communal tables. Read more
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostApril 1, 2015
    Only at lunch can you get Zaytinya’s crunchy falafel in jumbo form. The Lebanese-style falafel is patted into the shape of a burger and served on a soft, glossy olive-oil brioche. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10
    The Horta Salata is a kale salad made with smoked olives, fava Santorini, ladolemono (lemon and olive oil sauce), and toasted pistachios. Read more
  • John
    JohnJune 20, 2012
    One of the only places where I consider the bread and accompanying "dip" a decadent delight...and that's not even touching on the fantastic tapas plates! Service is spotty though.
  • Jaime W.
    Jaime WojdowskiOctober 16, 2014
    So many delicious and different flavors... The meatballs are amazing, and the Turkish delight is to die for. So much care detail into the dishes, and great service!
  • Yong K.
    Yong KwonSeptember 15, 2014
    Do this: Down ouzo on the rocks at bar. Pick up bottle of red. Proceed to table. Order octopus, baba ganoush, Brussels sprouts, lamp chops. Eat until you can't. Fin.
  • David M.
    David MorenoJuly 16, 2012
    Delicious Htipiti that complements the pita bread perfectly. The lamb is very tasty and if you are feeling adventurous, the kibbe is also a delight. Also loved the okra dish.
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.December 12, 2011
    Middle Eastern flavor and Mediterranean favorites served with a gourmet twist. Serves any purpose, business or pleasure. Delicious appetizers and good service. All around delightful
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Another great Jose Andrés restaurant, everything is delicious! Try the red lentils pasties with lettuce, it is amazing. Also, get the hummus. And the kibbeh. And desert!
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    he long communal tables and menu of perfectly shareable small plates (dishes are designed to be shared rather than ordered individually) make this a great place for your next celebration. Read more
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    If you can go here during restaurant week (and bring at least three other people) you can try almost everything on the menu. And there wasn't a bad dish on the whole thing.
  • cheryl v.
    cheryl vukelicDecember 29, 2015
    Shish taouk, hommus, spanakopita, mushroom couscous, tabbouleh,kebab tasting platter. Lamb tongue soulvaki was special. Small plates. Need to order a lot. Yum.
  • Naz A.
    It quite average place! Don't really worth the given rating at all! Food ain't Turkish at all! Not even Lebanese. Over seasoning and salty! Don't go there.
  • Mahsoon H.
    Mahsoon HussainJune 4, 2015
    One of the best Turkish Restaurant I ever eat at. Staff are so friendly, menu is great. The only negative comment that they have no Turkish Dessert 😑
  • Isel A.
    Isel AimeeDecember 10, 2011
    absolutely amazing. we ordered all the small plates from the lunch menu and every single one was to die for (and the bill wasn't that expensive for a party of 4).
  • Luisa J.
    Luisa JoyNovember 9, 2013
    Order at least 2 plates per person. It's an excellent culinary experience. Try as much as you can... The kibbeh and the crispy Brussels are really good
  • michael s.
    michael solaJanuary 6, 2010
    awesome food, ate at the bar / lounge. It was quick, liked how they brought out the tapas in waves, great idea - Mike Isabella is head chef, he was on Top Chef Read more
  • Cindy R.
    Cindy RobbinsJuly 1, 2013
    Everyone at the table get something different bc it is all excellent ... Unless we are thinking about the Brussels then it's ok to order multiples bc ...wow
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Zaytinya is Mediterranean mezze at its best, drawing from Greek, Lebanese and Turkish influences. The floor-to-ceiling windows make it a pretty scene, too. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Steph F.
    Steph FontJanuary 9, 2013
    For smaller bites, try the butternut squash hummus and the beef tartare. Great bar for happy hour if you get there early & secure a table.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanApril 27, 2014
    Hands down, the best restaurant in DC! Brussel Sprouts are a must! The kebab platter is excellent to share.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdFebruary 8, 2012
    Enjoyed it all, but seriously don't leave here without getting the brussel sprouts. I don't even normally like brussel sprouts but these are amazing!!
  • Caitlyn B.
    Caitlyn BrownJanuary 26, 2014
    Come here with a group and let the waiter order for you! Everything dish is spectacular but the toum is life changing. Dip your puffed pita in it!
  • Lynn M.
    Lynn MillerMarch 20, 2011
    If Pipe Dreams is on the special menu, try it! Goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves w zatar spice (delish) & tomato olive jelly (tomato kalamata).
  • Harlan H.
    Harlan HillJanuary 21, 2012
    Get the Turkish Delight with walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey gelee, orange caramel sauce and caramelized pine nuts. It is SERIOUSLY good.
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