Row 1

101 Best Restaurants in America
701 9th St NW (at G St. NW)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
Mon, Sun: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Tue–Thu: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:30 AM–Midnight

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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Foursquare Tips
Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
Monday, November 29, 2010 - 05:42
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]
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 13:33
A mezzanine dining area puts you above the crowds, but sometimes its more fun to mix it up below, particularly at the long communal table.
Washingtonian Magazine
Monday, January 9, 2012 - 10:43
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]
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:11
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.
M Squared Real Estate
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 20:06
Shrimp with Dill, Escargot, Crab Cakes and Scallops are the best!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 07:31
Anything with Lamb, but more specifically the lamb shank is delicious.
Monday, May 31, 2010 - 07:35
Brussel sprouts are amazingly delicious. Great place!
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:25
Answer "yes" to, "have you been here or prepare for a lengthy monologue."
Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 08:25
The puffed pita is amazing. Go for the trio of dips or try them all!! The tzatziki was excellent.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 08:12
The Patates Tiganites Me Yaourti (french fries with Greek yogurt and caper salt) are so delicious, you might sheepishly order seconds. Yum.
Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 23:19
The Brussels sprouts are the best!
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:26
Sit outside on a nice night. Top it off with a glass of vino for a perfect evening.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 16:06
I keep going back for the spanakopita.
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 13:11
Brussels sprouts!
Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 17:27
Loved the falafel, crispy eggplant, sauteed shrimp with dill, and ground lamb and tahini in a crisp pita.
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 12:18
Get the warm pita bread and htipiti!
Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 14:05
Always excellent food...lunch and dinner. The Htipiti spread is a can't miss.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 06:30
Eat the snails. I've had escargot around the world and these are amazing.
Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 06:58
So far, the best restaurant in dc. Amazing food!
Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 08:48