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Zaytinya

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Zaytinya Review

This sophisticated urban dining room with soaring ceilings is a local favorite for meeting friends or dining with a group. Zaytinya, which means "olive oil" in Turkish, devotes practically its entire menu to Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese small plates, known as meze. To get the full experience, make a meal of three or four of these, such as the popular braised lamb shank with eggplant puree, or the crispy potatoes drizzled in finger-licking yogurt. So many options make this a great choice for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Reservations for times after 6:30 are not accepted; come prepared to wait on Friday and Saturday nights, and practice your pouncing technique for when a roomy bar table comes open.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 701 9th St. NW, Chinatown, Washington, DC 20001 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/638–0800
  • Website:
  • Metro Gallery Pl./Chinatown.
  • Location: Chinatown
Updated: 06-05-2013

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    Great food! Great service! We went at lunch. I ordered the three course lunch plus desert ($25) and my friend ordered a side and two main dishes. The puffy bread and olive oil with a Z made with molasses were fantastic. Hummus great. We had a Lamb kabobs, flank steak, lamb meatballs and several other tasty dishes. My apricot dessert topped with pistachios was so good I wanted to lick the glass cup it came in. Their ice tea was great! We had excellent service.

    by GreatLakesGirl, 9/13/13
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    Silly place with poor food

    If you like trendy places with poor food ... or sitting on top of strangers... or may seafood as fresh as dirt... this is the place for you.

    The chef's main ingredient appears to be salt, and the whole concept just doesn't work.

    A silly place for silly people. Definately not recommended.

    by PC166, 1/11/13
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    Ehhh

    The service was pretty terrible, from our waiter asking us whether we had ordered too much (and making us feel disgusting - I just think waiters should refrain from commenting on patrons' orders) to forgetting to bring dishes and drinks. He even said he had forgotten my friend's drink and had realized it when he looked over at him and wondered why he wasn't drinking.

    The food was pretty good and very interesting. I wasn't thrilled beyond compare.

    by Mab85, 7/29/08
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    A festival for the palate

    My 22 year old son and I ate at Zatinya in March '07, managing to grab a 6:30 reservation. Our waiter was warm and knowlegeable, the food absolutely delicious - unique, flavorful and satisfying - but we were seated between the bar and the door, which was noisy& distracting. The warm pita's and Lebonese wine almost made up for it.

    by bethrich, 4/11/07
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    Don't go there hungry

    My husband and I ate there in Dec. 2006. What a disappointment! When they say little dishes, do they have to be quite so little? We would have had to eat a lot of those little dishes to make a meal. One chicken dish was just that - 6 little pieces of chicken, no veggies, no decorative touches and it wasn't that tasty a dish. In fact, none of the dishes was particularly good. We walked out just shaking our heads. We won't go there again - EVER.

    by mklein, 2/1/07

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