Visited this restaurant with friends for lunch. Located near the Grand Hyatt, Zaytinya offers messe (small dishes) that reflect the best of Greek, Lebanese, and Turkish cuisine. The restaurant space with its large window and open seating areas provides an excellent environment in which to explore and taste the diverse foods of the Mediterranean. The wait staff was helpful, especially as we sorted the various options. Our group ordered a selection, including Baba Ghannouge, Falafel, Shish Taouk (a grilled chicken), Piyaz, Patates Tiganites, Havuç Koftesi, and Shrimp Maroulosa. Although it sounds like a lot of food, we were a large group and wanted to sample a variety of plates. The food impeccablely prepared did not disappoint. We finished the meal with excellent Turkish Coffee and orders of the Turkish Delight (walnut ice cream, orange caramel sauce, pistacchio), an excellent dessert to share. The relaxed environment added to our meal's enjoyment and made the lunch memorable. I will definitely revisit on my next visit to DC. Reservations are suggested unless you want to wait. Enjoy your meal.
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