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Ezme Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ezmedc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 223-4303
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 2:15pm

    Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm,
    Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For all types of catering events, please visit our partner operation Mezecatering.com. You will find a selection of your favorite mezès. We are ready to cater to your private and corporate events.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Free Wine tasting first Monday of every month.

    Valet parking available from 5:00pm - Close!

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro (Red line)
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Ezme
The story of this intimate Turkish tapas and wine bar began ten years ago when the Bolukbasi brothers opened Mezè in Adams Morgan. Shortly after its opening Mezè became a neighborhood favorite as a spot for authentic Turkish cuisine and lively entrainment. Mezè’s success and loyal customers inspired the Bolukbasi brothers to open a new venture in the Capital city.

The answer was not too far from Mezè in Dupont Circle. Dupont has always been an area focused on food, friendly atmosphere and healthier living. At Ezmè, our customers will taste this combined experience one bite at a time.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Fun place. Went with two other people and we all four picked something to feast on. We wanted to share dishes with one another and it was a hit! We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Went during restaurant week and they had the best menu! 5-courses enable you to properly sample the menu."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "At Ezme, you can come in and relax. In this restaurant you really feel like you can get to know your dinner guest/s. The atmosphere is cozy and mostly quiet, but not too quiet. The food, well, that's a plus, too! You can order as many mezze as you wish, they all are great, and a pretty good deal, too. Especially for DuPont Circle. I LOVE the pear baked in wine for dessert. Amazing hummus and baba ghanoush as well."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "an excellent meal at a reasonable cost. The small plates allow you to experience a variety of flavors. The plates come quickly so there is no waiting in between and - we never felt rushed"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Discovered on Open Table and able to get an early reservation on a Saturday night. Service was excellent. Server explained Turkish dishes and provided tastings of several Turkish wines. Baked hummus was awesome and it was difficult to rank order the five items we selected. We plan to return the next time we are in the aream"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Ezme does a tapa-style menu, so be prepared to order a lot. the food was absolutely delicious and diverse. there was something for every taste."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I was expecting really great Turkish food, because a diner the night before had mentioned to me that it was the best Turkish he had ever had. Well, not for me. I've had much better. Though the food here is certainly solid, it is good, not great. The Muhammara appetizer (roasted red pepper spread) was moderately tasty, a bit dry, and not memorable. The Durum Adana main course (spicy ground lamb/beef wrapped in pita) was OK, again nothing particularly special (not very spicy either). The octopus (appetizer) was the best part of the meal. That said, the cctopus at Urbana (across the street), which I had two days before, was much better!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "very nice place, with lots of great choices! would recommend it for small groups (it is fun to share) or for a romantic dinner"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my second time at Ezme and it did not disappoint! Everything we ordered was terrific, the service was fast and friendly, and the wine list is great. I'll be going back for sure."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The food came out promptly. We had the tasting menu, and everything was delicious. I would go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great service on a Sunday afternoon. Also excellent food."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Tapas style Turkish food We ate 22 dishes between 5 of us and lived them all. The lamb was exotic. We're in a food coma as the night went on! Lovely ambience Dilcina was so informative and patient. We had a blast !"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ezme was a pleasant surprise; very good Turkish dishes that reminded me of times in Istanbulm but served in small plates which made for great sharing within a group. The cuisine is authentic and the service was very attentive. The place is small but well worth the visit."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We were disappointed with this restaurant. The place is pleasant and the servers were generally attentive, but after requesting that our dishes be served over a reasonable period (this is a small plates menu), we had to tell them to slow things down once food started to show up. But, the real problem is that most of the dishes were either poorly executed (tasteless) or simply ill conceived. Of course, we didn't try everything in one meal, but we tried seven items only three of which were acceptable (one of those was a simple spinach salad)."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Have been here many times - it is consistently delicious!! It's quiet, pleasant, has great service. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Was just looking for a sweet quiet spot for my husbands 42nd birthday. Nothing too trendy or faddish. What a treat to find Ezme, still in the business of great table service delicious food (Octopus was outstanding!) and a lovely atmosphere. Our very nice waitress made just the right amount of stops to find out how our meal was progressing. Gave some recommendations. At the end even brought a birthday treat with a candle which was very sweet. Rare to find a quiet and much less tasty spot in this town anymore. A real delight from start to finish. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Brought an out-of-town guest to show her the eclectic nature of the dining options in DuPont but lingered over several plates and wines. Presentation was gorgeous. Never thought I would enjoy Turkish wines so much. Great service."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Ezme is one of the very best Turkish restaurants I have ever been to outside of Turkey! The food is all fantastic, and mostly served in small portions so the experience is similar to eating tapas: everyone can order something different and then the table can share. It's a wonderful way to try a variety of things, and without exception everything is outstanding. The service is always superb and there is a good wine list as well. Ezme is not a huge establishment so it's a good idea to make reservations, especially for a party of 4 or more. We do not live in the DC area, but when we are in town, this is a must-go-to restaurant for us! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had not been back to Ezme in a few years and was delighted with the food and service. We were sitting outside, it was a nice evening and the service and food was great. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We got there for a little dinner snack to try this restaurant for the first time. The food was good, and I really liked the idea of Turkish tapas style place. The server was not very friendly, that is my biggest concern, she never wrote our order down and that's why she messed it up. My bf got totally different order and he had to wait an extra time for his "real order". The server never gave us an idea of what the specials are or what is the most popular in the restaurant. I wouldn't mind her doing that at all. We had a hard time to figure out what to order. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I brought 3 associates for a business dinner and all commented how much they enjoyed the meal. The tasting menu was well interesting and very good. And service was excellent!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Looking forward to it free the reviews but food was disappointing. Bread was not fresh from the clay over like I hoped. Baked humus was good but eggplant Was under seasoned. Grilled lamb, eh, dolmas had sweet finish, maybe the lemony finish in hopes for was more Greek? For Turkish food I thought Cafe Divan in Georgetown was better"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu and Turkish wine flight. Each course was delicious, the wines were great and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Tasty offerings of Turkish tapas-size dishes. Wide choice. Conducive to pleasant conversation and time to enjoy dinner. Enjoyable overall. Coming back soon. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The tasting menu enabled our party to sample Turkish delights! We were happy! Thank you for a delightful evening!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The chef's tasting menu a special treat. Service is excellent Try the Turkish wine for a special treat. I'll definitely have to return"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food and price were absolutely fantastic, and service was spot on. We probably picked the wrong spot to sit, under the loud speaker playing what I presume was Turkish music, but it was more goofy than distracting/irritating."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The Dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and veggie kabobs were great. We also enjoyed the lamb kofte and cheesy rolls. The Turkish wines were better than average... The prices were very reasonable for a DC DuPont restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "we expected much more from the food, but it just wasn't very good."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Turkish tapas with wonderful fresh flavors. Go with friends and try about 3 dishes each. Bes rue to include their dips and savor their homemade breads. Try one of their Turkish wines. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Was visiting DC for the weekend and stumbled upon Ezme through OpenTable. The reviews did not disappoint! Decided to go with cocktails and the 11 course tasting menu, which was probably the best decision we could have made. Everything they put in front of us was delicious and beautifully plated."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "They've options to try all items from the menu for different taste, when you're in a group."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Ezme has never failed to deliver -- in terms of food and service. Highly recommended. Friends and family who have been there with us have always loved the place. The muhammara, hellim peynir and scallops are favorites. Chris -- Washington, DC."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Pretty basic Turkish dishes. Not quite as much value-price ratio as I expected. Good Turkish wines to try."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Made reservations for myself and 18 y.o. daughter. She was very skeptical of trying Turkish food. It was a wonderful experience. Fantastic food, great ambience, lovely staff. I just had to give them a hug goodbye. We tried to convince them to open up a restaurant in Tallahassee where we live. This will be a standard visit for us every time we visit D.C. Loved it!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wonderful Turkish Tapas within short walk from DuPont Circle Hotel. A great way to sample many different Turkish dishes. The grilled vegetables with eggplant purée were wonderful as we're the zucchini pancakes with yogurt and lamb with mashed potatoes and port wine sauce. Great selections for vegetarians. We sampled 7 dishes and none were disappointing."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Love the food from start to finish. This place can be pricier than currently ranked. Service: the only issue was the waitress communicated something different to the chef for one of our orders to replace seafood for meat - they replace them with vegetables instead."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "On a rainy Saturday night in DC we slushed off to Ezme and found ourselves in a confusing situation: We did not understand much on the menu. Our waitress, Etsenia was very, very helpful, explaining that orders are small and we should order a few different items with each round. It was an adventure but really good. They have a way with the whole meat/veggie/sauce thing and the Turkish wines were good, not great. The atmosphere was very well acquainted and the staff was not only helpful, but very engaging and willing to help. I shall find my way back next time I am in the DuPont Circle area."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Amazing, authentic food, wonderful service, and reasonable prices. I definitely recommend this place to anyone interested in Mediterranean style tapas."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love the place, food, service was very good. After living in Turkey for three years and now being back in US we missed the Turkish cuisine. We were trying to find a good Turkish restaurant, and we finally did! Menu is a little limited but everything tasted great! Can't wait to be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014