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701 9th St NW, Edison Place, Washington DC, DC 20001-4572 (Downtown / Chinatown)
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As featured in Exotic Cuisines in DC
Ranked #4 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $32
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: 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.
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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Zaytinya was nothing but delicious. The lemon soda was unreal, as was the Papa .... cocktail -- can't remember the name. We had a ton of the mezze, but the significant ones were Baba Ghanouj, the red pepper dip, the tzatziki, the kale salad, and the tabbouli. Everything was good, but those were the ones to write home about. A... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Had lunch here with some coworkers on the day we arrived in DC. We all loved this Mediterranean take on a tapas bar. We ordered four different dips and practically licked the bowl. I also really enjoyed my fried mussel sandwich - yum!

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Dumfries, Virginia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I always preface my reviews by saying that I have physical handicaps, so a handicapped accessible restaurant is an absolute must. This particular day I was in a wheelchair. There is a ramp leading up to the entrance level. There are two entrance doors. It was a little tricky negotiating the doors, but we had some very nice people (strangers)... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We sat at a bar table and had many glasses of obscure, interesting wines from their vast list. The waitress was very well informed and advised us on some really food-friendly choices. Small plates are the gig here, as is becoming (thankfully) more popular everywhere. Really fun to order many different things so you can try much of the menu.... More

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Baku, Azerbaijan
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Nice place, well decorated with delicious food. You get a flavor of east in west :) You can see the cooking spot right from ur seat. Fresh baked bread is served as complimentary

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Berea, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Mediterranean tapas restaurant. Excellent service, great recommendations, and delightful flavors. I have had tapas before but not this delicious. Pricey. Gluten free menu with the small print dis-qualifier that they do not have a dedicated gluten free preparation area. I did not have any gluten issues.

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South Miami, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We came here in a fairly large group for a business dinner, and we all left 100% stuffed and satisfied! All of their tapas were simply delicious, and the atmosphere and service were both fantastic. We will definitely return here next time we are in DC!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Zaytinya environment is great, large, space, with a touch of style. But this is just the beginning. There is a large choice of mediterranea food mixing greek, lebanese and turkish. The plates were well presented, delicious, and with the good balance of spice. The service was kind and effective, remembering since the beginning that the dishes are not large,... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We had not been to Zaytinya in several years. We went there directly from the airport and the food was as good as I remembered. We ate outside and had 4 small dishes and two desserts ( the small portions.) Everything was superb. We had a beet dish, the fries, a bean dish and an okra dish. It was all... More

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St. Paul
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I'm not sure I can add anything new to all the great reviews that Zaytinya gets, but I did want to suggest that you consider it for brunch based on our recent Sunday morning visit. There is a special Brunch menu, although the entire regular menu is available as well. The Patata Harra (fried potatoes, spice sausage and runny fried... More

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