Fodor's Expert Review Zaytinya

$$ Chinatown Middle Eastern Fodor's Choice

This sophisticated urban dining room with soaring ceilings is a local favorite for meeting friends or dining with a group (and popular enough that reservations can still be difficult to get). Here chef José Andrés devotes practically the 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, perhaps the spicy lamb bahar served with tabbouleh and tahini or the hearty fattoush shepherd's salad in bright pomegranate dressing. Finishing the shareable roasted lamb shoulder is a worthy quest for diners with big appetites. So many options make this a great choice for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Reservations get snapped up quickly here, but those who practice their pouncing technique can be rewarded when a roomy bar table opens up. Eating at the bar itself is fun since the bartenders are attentive and friendly.

Middle Eastern Trendy Lively Lunch Dinner Pre-Theater Brunch $$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

701 9th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20001, USA


Known For:
  • Variety of meze
  • Roasted lamb shoulder to share
  • Vegetarian-friendly options

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