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“The Best Place to Eat in DC”
Review of Zaytinya

Zaytinya
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Ranked #20 of 3,666 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$32
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Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Zaytinya offers a Mezze menu of Greek, Lebanese and Turkish food. It's huge, with high ceilings and loads of window glass. Because it's packed, on entering it presents a wall of sound. The word 'buzz' must have originated here.
Luckily, we'd booked in advance, but because we had to wait for our table our friendly server brought us a complimentary basket of pitta breads, oils and hummus.
Later she brought a second basket, also free. The pittas were light as air, warm and still puffed up.
We ordered wild blue catfish in an ouzo batter, beef and lamb meatballs in rustic tomato sauce, crispy eggplant fritters with garlic yogurt, barberries and mint cardamon and seared haloumi with dates, mint and pistachio.
All the food was outstanding and choosing a favourite would be hard. If pressed, the rustic tomato sauce was unlike any I've ever tasted and such a blast of rich flavour.
Desserts were Turkish Delight with walnut ice cream, orange caramel sauce and caramelized pine nuts, then Greek yogurt with muscat soaked apricots, vanilla yogurt cream and dustings of crushed pistachios. This one was a contender for a 'Best Dessert I’ve Ever Eaten Award' and so good I didn’t want to come to the end.
We loved the whole experience, for that's what it was - not just dinner.
This must be the best place to eat in DC.

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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

A very nice ambience with excellent food and drinks. We ordered the Baba Ganoush, Couscous with mushrooms, Pilaf, Grilled Eggplant and the Halummi. All were delicious! For drinks, the Turkish Storm cocktail was very tasty. Many vegetarian options.

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Reviewed September 16, 2018

The food, decor, atmosphere, etc. were all perfectly fine, but at the same time utterly forgettable. All of the food is under seasoned and bland compared to food I've had in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Greece, etc. It's even bland for US interpretations of Mediterranean food.

It's a safe enough choice with nothing to really dislike, but then again nothing to remember either.

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Reviewed September 14, 2018

book first..place is usually full..most of the times..

excellent use of natural light..huge place..nice bar..

really very high quality authentic fresh food..and that too..lot of choice for vegetarians..

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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

One of my favorite DC restaurants....food is amazing...the meat platter is delicious. Service this time was ok...once they finally got around to our table

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