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Zaytinya features modern interpretations of the traditional cuisines of Greece, Turkey and Lebanon, served in small-plate style called mezze. Though the servings are small, each is meant to be shared and treated as sort of finger food or party food. These style of dining encourages socializing--a drink, a little conversation and a few mezze shared by family and friends. The experience allows everyone to sample a wide variety of excellent spreads and sheets, vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood mezze. Creative desserts and traditional coffees and teas complete the experience. Since opening in 2002, Zaytinya ranks consistently as a Top DC Dining Destination.

Under the direction of celebrated chef José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup, Zaytinya offers an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. Building on Jose's deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines, making Zaytinya one of the most exciting restaurants in Washington.

Zaytinya offers special menus and private party spaces of any size and style to suit the needs of you and your guests. From our soaring mezzanine space, to the intimate bar and "blue room," to he spacious but secluded terrace, we have the ideal space for your party. For larger events of 100-300 people, we even offer full or partial buy-out of the restaurant. Also, through Jose Andres Catering, the flavors of Zayntinya can be brought to your next catered event at any location. For information or reservation, please call 202-638-0202.

About Chef José Andrés

A native of Spain, José Andrés is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, and with partner Rob Wilder, is the team responsible for popular dining destinations in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and soon Puerto Rico.

ThinkFoodGroup oversees all of José's creative endeavors such as cookbooks, television programming, concept consulting and project development. José was named Outstanding Chef of the Year at the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards and was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012. Recently he was named Dean of the Spanish Studies program at the International Culinary Center.

Business Hours

  • Monday and Sunday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am

Editorial Reviews

Review - Zaytinya - Washington, DC
Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post | October 21, 2012

Our waiter at this sweeping ode to mezze talks in exclamation points. "My favorite kind of drink -- all booze!" he cries when I order the sunset-colored Istanbul fueled with bourbon and apricot eau-de-vie. 

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Zaytinya (No. 9)
By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Cynthia Hacinli, Washingtonian | February 19, 2013

A retooled Minibar and Jaleo—two other stars in restaurateur José Andrés's ever-expanding culinary constellation—may be getting all the buzz, but this stark white, sprawling ode to Levantine and Greek fare holds its own with a prodigious array of olive-oil-perfumed mezze. You could dine daily for a couple of weeks without repeating a single dish...



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): Under $20
  • Family Restaurant: No
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Beer & Wine, Full Bar
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Tapas/Small Plate, Eastern Mediterranean, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Restaurant ID: 291

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