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Zaytinya
Mediterranean Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
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701 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
701 9th Street NorthwestUSDistrict of ColumbiaWashington20001
(202) 638-0800zaytinya.com
$$Mediterranean Restaurant, European Restaurant
Mediterranean Restaurant
European Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Lebanese Restaurant
Greek Restaurant
Turkish Restaurant
Small Plates Restaurant
Bar
Today 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern Gallery Place restaurant in downtown Washington DC.
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Chef José Andrés' light, airy mainstay offers Eastern Mediterranean small plates & regional wines.- Google
"The food is very diluted version of Mediterranean cuisine."
"Love this New York-y feeling place - small plates, big taste."
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katie jacobs
3 weeks ago
Very nice atmosphere but service was lacking. We did not get off to a good start with this meal as the pita bread they served was completely disgusting - it had no flavor! It was quite surprising that the one thing that is served to every customer was that bad. When we told our server, she couldn't care less. Secondly the service was incredibly slow- this is something that wouldn't have bothered us much but when combined with the annoyed attitude of our server, it certainly fell short of our expectations. The appetizers we ordered were good, but we were expecting better service and a better experience so we decided to cut our losses and finish our dinner elsewhere.
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Alice Wang
3 months ago
I really wanted to like this place. I had Zaytinya bookmarked for at least a year, if not more, and with over 2000 reviews and an overall 4-star rating, I desperately wanted to like Zaytinya. I mean, come on. This place was where Mike Isabella was discovered. In 2012, Tom Sietsema wrote: "The more I eat, the more lust I feel for the luscious combinations of Greek, Lebanese and Turkish flavors..." Now I admit, I came here during DC Restaurant Week, which is definitely not the best time to go to any restaurant with a set menu to taste its true offerings. First, this restaurant is pretty expansive and airy. High ceilings, open design, 50-seat bar, two-tiered. Highly recommend making reservations. This place gets jam packed and busy. I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu: +Hommus (purée of chickpeas, garlic, tahini) +Crispy Brussel Afelia (brussel sprouts, coriander seed, barberries, garlic yogurt) +Seared Skuna Bay Salmon (tahini, pomegranate, mint) +Garides Me Anitho (sautéed shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice) +Turkish Delight (walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey gelée, orange-caramel sauce, caramelized pine nuts) Hummus was typical hummus. Good but not mindblowing. Brussel sprouts were tasty, also not revolutionary. Salmon was pretty decent and I liked the purée. Plated nicely. The shrimp was average, something I could whip up at home. The pièce de résistance was the dessert. Lovely plated Turkish Delight and the walnut ice cream was delightful. So all in all, decent food but nothing that is very innovative or stands out as the wow factor. Honestly if your best dish is the dessert course and you're not primarily a dessert restaurant, then something's up. Again, I write this review having experienced Zaytinya during Restaurant Week. Not the best time to judge but there it is. Clearly, Zaytinya is still a favorite in the hearts of many Washingtonians and it is still consistently in the 100 Very Best Restaurants List. It may be the best Mediterranean tapas restaurant in this city. Try to your heart's content.
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Sophie Park
7 months ago
I went to D.C but landed in Greebanesish heaven (Greek/Turkish/Lebanese). The fluffy pita bread was so cool. I've never had pita bread like that and I loved it. We paired it with tzatziki sauce, and I suggest maybe getting a different dip because their great dishes have yogurt in it. See below - What you should get - Brussels sprouts Crispy eggplant Lamb bahar Turkish delight Greek yogurt with apricot Word of advice: Maybe try not to order too many dishes with yogurt. I am probably a little lactose, so my stomach felt weird after the meal, but I really can't complain because I kept eating because everything was so damn good.
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florent LEPVREAU
5 months ago
That is a good restaurant but be careful the dishes comes with a very small quantity for the attractive prices they show up on their menu. To summarize I give 3 stars because the food was good, but I would give a 2 if you are with kids who want to eat more. I wish I could have better since I followed Google reviews.
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Monico Havier
2 months ago
For anyone interested in an inspired culinary expedition, Zaytinya offers some amazing food served in a Mezza style (numerous small plates of Mediterranean foods). Greece, Turkey and Lebanon are all represented here and the endless supply of fresh bread made for the perfect way to try all the different selections we made. The high ceilings give a unique acoustic signature that makes the place feel full of energy while still allowing you to have an intimate conversation at your table. Overall the experience was a feast for all of my senses and I can't wait to return to continue my exploration of Mediterranean food. Zaytinya is located across the street from the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and it's one of a myriad of resteraunts operated by local legend José Andrés. I've sampled a number of his eateries and so far I've love them all. Zaytinya just might be my new favorite.
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Brandon Shipe
5 months ago
My wife, a friend and myself ventured here the other night and the full experience was great. I reserved a table on OpenTable as my wife and I traveled on Metro and we had no issues being seated when we arrived. The food selection is great, the staff is friendly and always watching the tables for drink refills, and the outside patio area is great as well even if the weather isn't the best.
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Carol Chan
7 months ago
Going in with my husband alone would mean only sampling at most 4-5 mezzes, so I waited and waited for the perfect opportunity - first double date in the city! We came in on Sunday night and had to wait a bit to be seated at our reserved time. For a non holiday weekend (and nothing was scheduled at Verizon center down the street), we were surprised that couples and groups were quoted 45 mins - 1 hr wait as walk ins. We ultimately were seated on the second floor balcony overlooking the beautiful, chic, modern main dining space. Buckets of airy, warm, naans were brought to us almost immediately. Although the other couple was vegetarian/pescaterian, there were plenty of choices for the two to choose from. The 4 of us went with 2 dishes each - grilled eggplant, beet dip, pan fried trouts, goat moussaka, Brussels sprouts, caramelized cauliflowers, chicken orzo, and spinach roll. The foods were served in waves - 2-3 at a time. Everything was simply delicious. But there was definite one that stood out - the Brussels sprouts. Was it the creamy white sauce? the crunchy texture? or the lightly tarty, sweet pomegranate? - the combination of everything on that plate was just heavenly! Definitely can't leave without trying their Turkish Delight. The walnut ice cream - there's just no word for it. Stuffed? get the mezze portion for only $4! Service was on point - bread buckets and water were consistently replenished and refilled. My husband and I can't wait to impress my in-laws here and sample the rest of the menu!
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CALM MAN
2 weeks ago
Bad service and expensive