I’d like to start with saying that Zaytinya was our favorite place in DC for many years. Last couple of visits were total disappointment. It’s really hard to get an attention of the server, we had to bring an extra chair for our table and were waiting for two extra set of plates for ever. The food was on the table before the drinks. The highlight of the dinner was a hair in the watermelon salad. Somebody from the kitchen showed up with a new salad and reassured us that the kitchen staff wears head protection and he had no idea how the hair got into our plate. Sometime later, a new hair was discovered in the dish with scallops. The manager took the plate and the server brought a new dish without even asking us if we needed it. I must say, that this is the first time when we had a situation like this in the restaurant. Also,no apologies to speak of and no comps were made in the bill, it was left as it is. Few weeks earlier we had a dinner when we were served fish course from the tasting and meat course at the same time, considering that the table was weary small, it was very inconvenient. The falafel was super dry and didn’t taste like good falafel at all, once again even though, we returned it, it was reflected in the bill.
On the bright note, the food is typically good and if you’ll have Hector as your server - you are in the good hands, he’s the best!