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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 2,626 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Orlando, Florida, United States
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131 reviews 131 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We made lunch reservations for Zaytinya while we were visiting the area. We love this type of cuisine and Zaytinya did a great job with the items we ordered. It is pricy but worth it for a nice experience. It is definitely a hip place to be and even though it was just lunch, it was packed. It looked like... More

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pinehurst, nc
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went with 2 other couples and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The menu is Mediterrean and small plates are served with fabulous drinks! A very fun place in DC!

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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a fun restaurant. We saw a number of large groups at the restaurant and they seemed to handle large groups with little difficulty. We ate outside. Inside is "energetic" or "loud" depending on what you like. The mezze were fun and delicious. We really like the fried eggplant, and the calamari. The octopus was interesting; we also ordered... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The food is absolutely delicious, with opportunity to order 2-3 small dishes and try different food. Waiters are super friendly. We've been to Zaytinya twice during our 2 DC visits in past 4 years, experience has been superb both times. The table needs to be booked in advance though.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a colleague. We were not disappointed. It isn't cheap, but the quality is evident. Beautifully plated; unique offerings; very tasty. Clearly the chef takes pride in his/her work.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

As many reviewers have already said, an excellent restaurant with excellent service - we had the chef's suggestions. Excellent meze starters, fish, meat and sweets. For $50 per head I am not sure if it was good value for money but it was an excellent introduction to the restaurant. Next time I will choose my own food though. They only... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Some friends and I were wandering around in DC hoping to find a good local place where we could maybe have a glass of wine outside. We happened upon this place, and it was a great find! We obviously didn't have reservations, but were seated within 30 min on a weekend, which I didn't think was bad at all. The... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I feel like I am on upscale Greek island when at Zaytinya and keep coming back w/ friends and hubby as we love Mediterranean culture and of course food. Great Place to network.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The food here is phenomenal. As a picky eater I never thought I would like "exotic" food as one review described. I will say that some menu changes have disappointed me in recent years. The chicken shish kabob used to be all white meat, then you had an option to pay more for the white versus dark meat, but now... More

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La Plata, Maryland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Zaytinya is near my office, so I often go there for lunch or drinks. I find the food reliably good, as do lots of reviewers, but diners have to enjoy Mediterranean-style small plates. (It's not for everyone.) Ordering the dishes separately can get pricey. At lunchtime they offer a "mezze" menu with options for 3 courses plus dessert for $25.... More

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