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Zaytinya

Zaytinya

Mediterranean Restaurant, Greek Restaurant, and Turkish Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
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    Benjamin B.
    "My favorite Jose Andres spot in the DC area."(9 Tips)
    Sheila L.
    "My favorite restaurant in DC!! Go during lunch - 4 courses for $25."(7 Tips)
    Suzanne L.
    "Absolutely amazing, creative and flavoursome mezze."(12 Tips)
    Rita
    "The lamb kleftico is overrated."(5 Tips)
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  • Parvathy N.heart icon on user image
    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)
    Upvoted Jun 8
  • 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
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 17, 2017
    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
    Upvoted May 25
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanMarch 20, 2021
    Everything we had was incredible - starting w the bread, then the best salad, best Brussels sprouts I’ve ever had, incredible egg plant, excellent fattoush zoo good
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyOctober 1, 2021
    Happy hour in the bar, no reservations, Monday to Friday 4-6pm. Nice way to have $8 cocktails, $7 wine, and $5 small food plates. Otherwise, get online reservations and order the Brussels sprouts.
  • Simal S.heart icon on user image
    Simal SoydanJune 1, 2019
    A great mezze restaurant that combines both Turkish and Greek cuisines. The hunkar begendi, garides and the spanakopita was delicious. They also have a varied wine list. Highly recommend
  • 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.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CFebruary 3, 2018
    Went during Restaurant Week. Great way to sample a number of dishes. Portions were generous. Every dish was wonderful. Our entire table was pleased with everything we ordered.
  • 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
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CookNovember 28, 2018
    This is an absolutely fabulous place. The food is delicious. Hummus, tabbouleh, Brussels sprouts, grape leaves, salmon and cauliflower are a must. Fantastic food.
  • 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
  • Ranini P.heart icon on user image
    Ranini PastelJuly 15, 2017
    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.
  • Vasha H.heart icon on user image
    Vasha HuntAugust 1, 2021
    The French toast at brunch is amazing. Fries with an egg was quite good too. Good coffee, amazing cheesecake (different cheesecake format, more of a cheesecake ‘yogurt-style’ on caramelized apples)
  • Diana B.heart icon on user image
    Diana BrodyJuly 30, 2017
    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.
  • Burak S.
    Burak SavasanSeptember 16, 2019
    Delicious mezes.. Don’t forget to try ice cream vanilla baklava and Turkish coffee chocolate cake at the end !
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mirko P.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • IS K.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!!
  • Antonio C.heart icon on user image
    Antonio CalderonFebruary 18
    Trendy place to go and have a great time!! Is a tapas place, the humus is great. Great place to go with friends, family or in a date. Is a must if you are in DC.
  • Alice Eunjinheart icon on user image
    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
  • Romain D.heart icon on user image
    Romain D.March 26, 2018
    Went there on a Saturday night with a reservation. Food was really good but long wait to be seated & service was really chaotic. If you go for the tasting menu, make sure to get the Chef’s experience!
  • Debanjan D.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Nushy S.heart icon on user image
    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 
  • QQ T.heart icon on user image
    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)
  • Jorgeheart icon on user image
    JorgeMarch 19, 2018
    There where these dried apricot filled ham slices whose name I can't remember. The labne was amazing and the dolmas are THE BEST I've ever had. And I've tried many!
  • Lauren B.heart icon on user image
    Lauren BernalDecember 29, 2017
    Lamb shank with eggplant and brussell sprouts are must. People seem to like the octopus but it was just okay for us. Meatballs were also great.
  • Caryn Y.heart icon on user image
    Caryn YruegasJuly 15, 2017
    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
  • Renaud #.
    Renaud #May 14, 2018
    We had a great dinner sitting outdoors under the umbrellas. Food was great and fairly priced. We recommend the hummus with lamb.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeMarch 30, 2018
    Solid Greek from Jose Andres in a nice (albeit overproduced) environment. Hummus and fattoush were very average but the shrimp, kibbeh and braised lamb were excellent
  • Wuheart icon on user image
    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.
  • Noaf A.
    Noaf AlFebruary 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
  • Paulo F.heart icon on user image
    Paulo FedeleAugust 31, 2017
    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.
  • 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
  • Deb L.heart icon on user image
    Deb LJuly 3, 2015
    We had one of the best DC lunches here. Highly recommend Zaytinya! Start with a Turkish Storm cocktail and some hummus.
  • Ilknur ✨.heart icon on user image
    Ilknur ✨May 13, 2014
    Turkish, Lebanese and Greek dishes really very delicious, and the service was fantastic venue design. Surely come back again.👌👏👏
  • Karla D.heart icon on user image
    Karla DonjuanJanuary 16, 2019
    Nice, but no lentil soup 🤬 you can’t call yourself Middle East food with out it. Large portions and nice wine selections. Staff is great too. Se habla español
  • 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.
  • 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 ..
  • 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
  • Eric H.heart icon on user image
    Eric HinmanApril 27, 2014
    Hands down, the best restaurant in DC! Brussel Sprouts are a must! The kebab platter is excellent to share.
  • Vihang M.heart icon on user image
    Vihang MehtaMay 9, 2019
    Lunch mezze combo is a lot of food! The crispy brussels sprouts were outstanding. The turkish delight dessert was unique and also delicious!
  • Paula B.
    Paula BuzzoMarch 5, 2023
    Food is divine. Our choices: Hummus, Halloumi Pide, Falafel and Lamb Bharat. Excellent attendance.
  • James G.heart icon on user image
    James GoochAugust 20, 2018
    Wonderful lunch here - tried a bit of everything and shared it out and it was fantastic.
  • Mahsoon H.heart icon on user image
    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 😑
  • Arsalan H.heart icon on user image
    Arsalan HashemiApril 30, 2018
    The food quality is one of the best you can find in US. However, it is overpriced and each order comes as a small dish on tapas. If you end up here seize the chance to try the ice-cream.
  • 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.
  • cheryl b.heart icon on user image
    cheryl bDecember 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.
  • 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!
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