Row 1

701 9th St NW (at G St. NW)
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
Mediterranean, Greek, Turkish
$ $ $
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

  • Shrimp with Dill, Escargot, Crab Cakes and Scallops are the best!
  • 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.
  • Answer "yes" to, "have you been here or prepare for a lengthy monologue."
  • Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
  • The Brussels sprouts are the best!
  • 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.
  • I keep going back for the spanakopita.
  • Get the warm pita bread and htipiti!
  • Always excellent food...lunch and dinner. The Htipiti spread is a can't miss.
  • ... great atmosphere, great food! kudos to the chief! ...
  • So far, the best restaurant in dc. Amazing food!
  • This is Turkish Food, not Greek :) Delicious Turkish Food ! Always !!!!! The best of best ...
  • Their bread & red pepper spread is awesome!!
  • Absolutely amazing, creative and flavoursome mezze. Brussel sprouts with berries, scallops with dill, melt-in-the-mouth lamb shank with eggplant puree, baklava icecream and amazing melon sorbet. Every
  • Food is great. Try Adana Kebap .
  • "Stylish mid-priced Turkish and Middle Eastern eatery that serves a range of inventive meze plates...Lebanese beef tartare to pork-and-orange-rind sausage and veal cheeks." Rough Guide on TripExpert
  • The spanikopita is damn good but it looks like a hot dog?? There's something really good about the olive oil too, very sweet. Yum!
  • Get the scallops- trust me. Skip the fried squid, it's good but filling and not really unique.
  • The puffed pita is amazing. Go for the trio of dips or try them all!! The tzatziki was excellent.