Zaytinya. 701 9th St NW. Washington DC

José Andrés opened his first Greek restaurant in the city a decade ago, and it really is a remarkable space with terrific food. The freshness of Mediterranean ingredients, combined with the slow-cooked lamb, the fried parcels and pastry choices make this a good fit for the tapas-tasters and indoor picnic enthusiasts. Lamb Kleftiko and phyllo with shredded lamb were the best meat dishes, warm pide and fresh fattoush were wonderful, and the wine selection was well-matched.
Even though it is a spacious restaurant, diners have complained about noise levels in here when it is more than half full; the clattery atmosphere might bother some, but the mixed crowd and excellent service more than makes up for it.

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