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Zaytinya Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

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Zaytinya Restaurant Review - Washington, DC
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Zaytinya, an award-winning Washington, DC restaurant, offers a wide variety of classical and contemporary Greek, Turkish and Lebanese dishes. This is a popular restaurant with a lively setting and great Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. It's a busy place, so the best time to go is lunch or early dinner.


  • Great food
  • Nice selection and variety of dishes
  • Extensive wine list
  • Convenient location in the heart of Penn Quarter


  • Busy and noisy atmosphere
  • Reservations limited in availability, expect a long wait for a table on weekends


  • Address: 701 9th St, NW Washington, DC
  • Phone: (202) 638-0800
  • Hours: Sun-Mon 11:30am-10pm, Tues-Thurs 11:30am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am, Brunch Sat-Sun 11:0am-2:30pm
  • Prices: Mezze $5.50-14, Entrees $25-35, Brunch Mezze $6-8, Sandwiches (Lunch) $11-13.
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Valet Parking: $11 evenings only
  • Closest Metro: Gallery Place

Guide Review - Zaytinya Restaurant Review - Washington, DC

The word Zaytinya is Turkish for "olive oil." Zaytina serves mezze, small plates of Greek, Turkish and Lebanese cuisine. The restaurant is a good place to socialize and taste a variety of cuisine. The extensive menu includes a wide variety of dishes, including soups and salads, spreads, cheeses, vegetable mezze, seafood mezze, and meat and poultry mezze. Recommended dishes include chilled swordfish marinato, turkish braised lambshank with eggplant, butternut squash puree in pyllo, crab cakes with shaved fennel and flaming cheese with oyster, shiitake and cremini mushrooms.

The 200-seat restaurant has high ceilings, big picture windows, a 50-seat bar, a mezzanine with seating for private parties and outdoor dining space for about 75 people.

Reviewed April 2008 - Prices are subject to change

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