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Mediterranean Restaurant, Greek Restaurant, and Turkish Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchAugust 18, 2016
    The Bitches say: A. A calming and upscale restaurant with impeccable food, flavors, and service. Super accommodating for vegetarians. We love the new brunch menu. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 6
  • 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
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17
    The buzzy restaurant has delicious brussels sprouts, flatbread and octopus small plates, and a number of fun festivals throughout the year, celebrating events like Greek Easter. 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.
  • Ranini P.
    The brunch is fantastic and totally worth the price! $25 for a full 3 course mezze lunch + dessert. Incredibly delicious and one of the best places for brunch in DC.
  • 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!
  • Diana H.
    Oh my goodness, what a lovely spot for amazing shared dishes and wine. Highlights for me were the labneh, hunkar begendi (braised lamb shank), and mushroom risotto. I hear brunch here is amazing, too.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle StojkovApril 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!
  • 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!!
  • IS K.
    IS KLESeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinJanuary 19, 2016
    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
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 12, 2016
    Bitches Who Brunch's Best Bites 2016 winner for Best Veggie Burger. Both our resident vegetarian and a meat lover LOVED the falafel burger. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ..
  • Caryn Y.
    Simply amazing food. Our server was great and the two bus boys were very attentive. If we lived here, we'd become regulars. A must do if you are in the city! 5/5 stars
  • Ilknur ✨.
    Ilknur ✨May 13, 2014
    Turkish, Lebanese and Greek dishes really very delicious, and the service was fantastic venue design. Surely come back again.👌👏👏
  • Wu
    WuJuly 11, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PullmanJuly 11, 2012
    It's not just the excellent and creative food but the passion and knowledge of the servers. Combined, they make a great dining experience. Try many plates both veggie and… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    The Horta Salata is a kale salad made with smoked olives, fava Santorini, ladolemono (lemon and olive oil sauce), and toasted pistachios. Read more
  • 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.
  • Paulo F.
    Paulo FedeleAugust 31
    Delicious! Great atmosphere, food, etc. The hot bread they bring all the time is great specially if you order the "mezze", humus. Definitely a must.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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 😑
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineOctober 18, 2016
    Definitely don’t miss the hünkar beğendi, a hearty dish of falling-off-the-bone-tender lamb shank served atop a velvety eggplant-enriched béchamel in a shiny Turkish copper pot. Read more
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicDecember 30, 2016
    Amazing. Rice pilaf and grilled octopus were the best. Manhattan with cumin and thyme was incredible.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Karen
    KarenMarch 20, 2014
    The Brussels sprouts are to die for. I didn't like then before I tried them at Zaytinya. The seared Haloumi cheese is pretty delicious, too.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Toshka T.
    Toshka TMay 12, 2014
    Probably the best restaurant I have ever been to! Scallops are awesome, service is amazing/friendly. Must go to this place!
  • Tamara V.
    Tamara VSeptember 21, 2013
    1 word: amazing! Definitely one of DC's best restaurants. Chef José is an artist. Try the lamb and the haloumi cheese!
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NunezJanuary 1, 2013
    Food is Spectacular!!! Could be one of the best restaurant in DC. It is one of my favorite restaurant UN the whole world!!!
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