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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 #6 of 2,644 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Owasso, Oklahoma
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Traditional middle eastern fare in a trendy, modern setting with great service. We ordered a wide variety of menu items and every single one was delicious. Only small complaint is that the hummus came out long after everything else had been enjoyed. Desserts were delightful as well. Most definitely looking forward to visiting again next time we are in DC.

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Washington, DC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Zaytinya specializes in small plates of delicious middle-eastern dishes, which can be shared. The food is well prepared and presented and the service is great. There is seating inside and outside (under a very large canopy). Outside is very pleasant on a nice day. If you are there for lunch, you can visit the National Portrait Gallery, which is across... More

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This place is authentic and fantastic! It was difficult to choose what to order because there were so many great choices. The hummus was amazing of course. Our food closely matched the tastes I've had in the Middle East and there was even Turkish coffee at the end!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We did the sampling plates during Restaurant Week and every dish was delightfully flavorful. The wait staff was very helpful as well. I'm docking my review by one point only because it is a very crowded, noisy place, however, that seems to be the norm for D.C.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

the price was definately right. was a little concerned about getting what they call "mezza" portions (a bit smaller) but my wife and i were completely filled up by the time we left. i highly reccomend this place to anyone looking for a nice night out.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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236 reviews 236 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Zaytinya has a great sampling of quality Middle Eastern and Greek foods. Their small plates are great to share and the full bar has a great array of creative drinks, which makes this the ideal place for some drinks and appetizers with friends. However, making a full meal out of it would probably require at least 3-4 dishes per person... More

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Montreal, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Our hotel (George) highly recommended this restaurant and it did not disappoint. We had a great waiter that was very helpful and informative. The food was absolutely delicious, with lots of flavour! Keep in mind that it is small portions - mezze size so you pick as many dishes you wish to sample. Nice warm pita to accompany your choices.... More

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Fort Myers
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Friends surprised us with this elegant bistro as our last stop before heading home. Delightful, delicious varieties of unusual foods presented in delectable ways. Staff was friendly and professional. Well worth it if you like Greek, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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233 reviews 233 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We had a lovely lunch on the patio. They have parachute-like umbrellas that provide nice shade. I was pleased to see so many vegetarian options!!!

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The best part of this place is the space: the restaurant is a huge, vaulted room with tons of light. The bar goes on for miles and is modern. The patio is great and doesn't feel like you're eating on a sidewalk since it's its own space. Service was slow; I think we were sitting for 10 minutes before anyone... More

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