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Ezme Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ezmedc.com/
  • Email: info@ezmedc.com
  • Phone: (202) 223-4303
  • Hours of Operation: 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

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro (Red line)
  • Parking: No
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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "This location has been through several incarnations but this one is the best! Ezme is a small, charming Turkish restaurant with fresh, wonderful food. The meat offerings were so flavorful and the quality excellent. The vegetables were also farm-fresh and with subtle, lovely flavors. We ordered salad and three small plates for two people and it was a bit much though. The salad was delicious but we didn't realize the small plates came with veggies as well. The steak is an excellent value and would be considered an entree in most places. Service was attentive, friendly and professional."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "My husband and I tried Ezme on a recent weekend trip to DC. I didn't know anything about the restaurant and had just taken a leap of faith based on the mostly good reviews. It was excellent! From our initial greeting, to our very helpful & friendly server (Dishle), the evening was the highlight of our trip. We tried the smaller of the two Chef's tasting menus and we left stuffed! Our favorite dishes were the scallop & calamari and the dessert, although every dish was strong. Because it is a tapas-like menu, the portions were perfect for a tasting menu such as this. It is not a big restaurant, which we like, but others may feel crowded. We will definitley be back!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "On a visit to DC and wanting something a little different., we chose Ezme based on the reviews and proximity to our hotel. We were not disappointed. Enjoyed everything we had. Delicious homemade bread, hummus, dolmas, scallops and lamb kabobs. The baklava was wonderful! Tried Turkish wine for the first time and really enjoyed it. The price was reasonable, service was nice, restaurant was cute and the food was delicious. We will definitely return next time we visit DC."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Ezme never disappoints. The food is always great; the menu changes and so there is variety. The wait staff are friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Awesome place with awesome food, service and ambiance. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Come here with my significant other. Love the kebab of this place. Each plate does not contain that much food so you better order 5 or 6 courses for two people to get enough food. Try the sea food here! We ordered a shrimp with cheese and that is the best dish we have that night!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Yummy food, great service, fun ambiance! Hope to visit here again next time we are in DC!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is a small cozy place with warm, gracious service. We did the family tasting menu and all the items were interesting and delicious."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Super food variety & great service to celebrate with your loved ones business associates. Ask for Dejla she is a very nice helper & recommends the best for the day."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Took mom her for her birthday. We all had the tasting menu including the wine tasting. It was great. PLENTY of food (we were all stuffed after). I highly recommend giving Esme a try."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner. The menu had lots of options for vegans and vegetarians."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was my first visit- I was prompted to select Ezme over other neighborhood restaurants due to the consistently strong reviews I found both on OpenTable and on Yelp. I was not disappointed! In fact, I was impressed with the ease and professionalism that they handled my request to adjust my reservation last minute from 2 to 3 people despite how busy the restaurant was at that time. Our group thoroughly enjoyed the food and all agreed it was great value for the quality. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Tried a wide variety of the small plates. Every dish was delicious. Our server was helpful and friendly. Will definitely return on my next trip to DC."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I brought a group of business associates to Ezme. Two had never had what would be considered to be Turkish food. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! The service was attentive but not cloying, room was quiet enough to have a very good conversation. The wine was reasonably priced and very enjoyable. But the food was spectacular. We ordered the family tasting menu, which proved to be an excellent choice for all of us. In the end, we were satisfied but not stuffed. And, our palates were very happy."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Great find with very friendly staff and a great menu. I found it hard to narrow my choices because I wanted to try everything. And the bread was delicious!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Overall, we were all very pleased with our choice of dishes and the quality of the food was of a high standard"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This place was really great; the food was amazing, the atmosphere was really chill but still fun and lively, and the staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend it!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I really enjoyed my meal. My boyfriend and I shared and while there were a few dishes that were lacking, I enjoyed the meal and would go again for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week. Tapas, but didn't leave hungry. Everything I had was great, and a fabulous wine selection. It was girls night out and everyone enjoyed it! I'd go back."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I went with a group for the restaurant week menu, which was comprised of courses available on their menu. The food was all absolutely delicious. Everyone at my table loved their meal and walked out pretty full. (The only exception was that the babaghanoush was a little disappointing.) I would highly recommend Ezme, with the caveat that it's not the best value for restaurant week, seeing as you could get a similar meal for about $35 there any time."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Smaller portons reasonably priced. A nice wine list. Great ambiance."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Someone in the neighborhood recommended this. They just opened last March. Delicious food, charming server, interesting wine list from Turkey, small plates for sharing. Will be one of our go tos."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We come here often. Service is friendly and food is excellent."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Ezme consistently delivers great food, ambiance and service."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Could talk & hear! Friendly fast, but not rushed, service."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "It was our first visit to Ezme. It was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was so tranquil we didn't have to raise our voices to be heard. The service was attentive and the wait staff helpful without being pushy.. Having previously visited Turkey and being familiar with Turkish/Balkan fare, we were pleased with our experience. The grilled baby octopus, not something I usually order, was tender and tasty. The bread which came with our tapas-sized entrees was addicting, and I threw my concern for carbs to the wind. The Iskendar kabob, thinly sliced lamb and beef topped with a taste-but tingling sauce over homemade Turkish bread was filling enough to be shared by two."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "The title sums it up. This is really a great restaurant--the food is well-prepared and authentic, the service is good, and the choice of alcoholic beverages includes some hard-to-find Turkish liquors--but it is rather pricey. That said, that probably describes most decent restaurants in the Dupont Circle area, so that doesn't come as a surprise."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My wife and I love tapas and this was an unexpectedly delicious meal with a twist on traditional tapas. the waitress guided us through her favorites on the menu and the food was perfect. she also suggested a perfectly paired Turkish wine that we'd never had before and it paired perfectly. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We loved the food and the ambience. It was quiet and relaxing and our waitress did not rush us. We shared plenty of small plates and the entire meal was well-paced. The food was light and delicious as well. Overall, a treat!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful night with family. Excellent food and professional staff"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "On a recent visit to DC, we found Ezme, a terrific Turkish restaurant, in the Dupont Circle area. We had a chance to try many dishes we hadn't experienced before off a very interesting menu, and loved every single one! The small plates approach allowed us to try a number of dishes, a real plus. Most servings were enough for the two of us. Our server, a lovely young woman, made suggestions and we took them and were glad we did. They have an amazing dessert made from shredded wheat that was baked with a sweet cheese mixture and topped with a lemon sauce - wish we could have it for dessert every night! We heartily recommend trying Ezme - you won't be disappointed. We even tried two types of Turkish wine and enjoyed them as well."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "I love Ezme. The food is always fresh and delicious, and the service is warm and friendly. Very conveniently located just off Dupont Circle. The grilled haloumi is wonderful."
    Dined on 11/9/2013