Washington, D.C. 20001
Yes, of course, José Andrés understands the food of his native Spain, probably better than anyone in America — but he also understands food, period, so it's not surprising that when he undertook to create a restaurant specializing in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean, and specifically of Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon, he'd figure it out pretty quickly, and pretty well. In Zaytinya's airy, blue-haloed white-walled dining room, tables are crowded with hummus, taramosalata, and tabouleh, Turkish flatbreads and stuffed grape leaves, lamb in myriad forms, octopus Santorini style, grilled veal breast, grilled chicken skewers with sumac and onions amongst a whole anthology of savory delights.
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It's hard to go wrong with the ever-changing menu. The buzzy restaurant has delicious brussels sprouts, octopus small plates, and a number of fun festivals throughout the year. [Eater 38 member]
Shrimp with Dill, Escargot, Crab Cakes and Scallops are the best!
The Brussels sprouts are the best!
A mezzanine dining area puts you above the crowds, but sometimes it’s more fun to mix it up below, particularly at the long communal table.
Sit outside on a nice night. Top it off with a glass of vino for a perfect evening.
This place is a party. Tapas style servings are great for groups of 3-4. The food is dynamite, and almost healthy. Every dish here is a gem.
Zaytinya is Mediterranean mezze at its best, drawing from Greek, Lebanese and Turkish influences. The floor-to-ceiling windows make it a pretty scene, too. [Eater 38 Member]
Go family style and enjoy the fantastic cocktails at the bar.
Loved the falafel, crispy eggplant, sauteed shrimp with dill, and ground lamb and tahini in a crisp pita.
Answer "yes" to, "have you been here or prepare for a lengthy monologue."
Get the warm pita bread and htipiti!
Anything with Lamb, but more specifically the lamb shank is delicious.
Always excellent food...lunch and dinner. The Htipiti spread is a can't miss.
Brussel sprouts are amazingly delicious. Great place!
I keep going back for the spanakopita.
The puffed pita is amazing. Go for the trio of dips or try them all!! The tzatziki was excellent.
The Patates Tiganites Me Yaourti (french fries with Greek yogurt and caper salt) are so delicious, you might sheepishly order seconds. Yum.