ZAYTINYA – WASHINGTON, D.C

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Inspiration: Turkish, Lebanese and Greek

Occasions: Date Night, Lunch Meetings, Ladies Social

From simply walking into this place you are transformed. If you have never been to Greece before and you want to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I would highly suggest Zaytinya. The customer service is outstanding from the hostess stand, to the handsome waiter who offered us water while we waited for our table to be seated.

hommus

Hommus

 

Chef Jose Andres has done and outstanding job with this flavorful, cultural and fresh menu.  We sat a long family style table admiring our Greek cave home essence in the Gallery Place area blocks from the Verizon Center. The curtains were low and even though the restaurant had a nice healthy crowd, we felt very well taken care of.

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Tzatziki

 

The idea of clean, healthy eating among friends is awesome. And to know that none of your food is coming out of the can is also great. It is the best feeling to step away from the table and you don’t feel like you gained a pound. It actually made me happier. Or it could’ve been the Pom Fili. And amazing signature cocktail with white wine, vodka and pomegranate juice. Or maybe it was the fresh pita bread that is made in house.  With a price point ranging from $7 to $28 for food and a VERY extensive wine list, it is sure to please any wallet or palette.

This is a perfect place for a date, before a Washington Wizards game, a business meeting or even just a nice Saturday afternoon. They do offer Pre-Fixe Menus during brunch ($22.50) and dinner ($55) and it gives you a glimpse into the restaurants menu. A tour of the Mediterranean.

If you have been, please let me know about your experience. And share pictures.

~Chef Nina