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“Surprisingly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Zaytinya

Zaytinya
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Ranked #9 of 3,196 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: G St.
Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown station. 9 th & G St exit on the red, green and yellow lines.
Description: Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, under the direction of renowned chef José Andrés, served up in a sleek and modern setting. Shared small plates, creative cocktails and unique Mediterranean wines make this spot one of DC’s top dining destinations.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

I have to admit that I wasn't looking forward to eating at Zaytinya after looking at the menu online. I'm not exactly an adventurous eater and the dishes seemed a little unusual for my taste. I was even more skeptical when we sat down and were handed our menus, which say something on the cover about how this meal will change your life.

I was with a large group and we ordered a bunch of small plates and several bottles of wine. The food was fantastic and so was the wine. I ended up trying a number of dishes I never would have ordered otherwise. The service was also quite good. My only complaint was that we had a reservation and still ended up waiting about a 1/2 hour for a table even though it was a Wednesday evening.

  • Visited March 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Yum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Always a good place to go. Food and details are perfect. Picky eaters will find something tasty! Would give 5 stars if the meat portions were just a bit larger -or- if there were more varied meat options. We wound up ordering 2 of each meat plate for our group of just 4.

  • Visited November 2011
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Ely, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“The best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

Had a delightful lunch and could not have been more pleased. THe Avgolemono Soup was maybe the best I've ever had. The deserts were perfect too

  • Visited March 2012
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greenville, sc
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Yummy Greek tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Waited for about an hour (not so much fun with a 5 year old) but the food was great. Very knowledgeable server, as well.

  • Visited April 2012
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Columbia, Maryland
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

The service and food was average at best. The mean was overcooked and though.

  • Visited April 2012
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