Cafe Divan

4.4
135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish
Cafe Divan, a stylish restaurant and takeout, has floors of Brazilian cherry and Turkish tile and glass windows that wrap around the dining room. Furniture is from Italy, as are the windows that bring to mind a child's stick figures.

Owner Cavit Ozturk, who has worked in restaurants for 25 years in Turkey, London, and the United States, and chef Yucel Atalay, who recently worked at Nizam's in Vienna, have developed a menu of Turkish cuisine that includes dishes not seen on other area menus - cerkez tavuk, chicken with walnut sauce; su boregi, a savory feta stuffed pastry; kofte made from lentils, cracked wheat and aromatic spices; and whole lamb cooked on the wood-fired rotisserie.
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C
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience at Divan! Our post- concert group had a terrific meal and a great deal of fun. Servers and staff very nice and attentive.

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KP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cute, clean restaurant. Quiet and easy to hear others at the table. The food was just OK, wine was good and the service was great!

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KJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've lived in Turkey and eaten many great meals there, this compares to the best of them.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and efficient service. Would definitely come back.

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NW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service and a great ambiance for the New Year! Thank you :)

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L
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We discovered food that made us want to visit Turkey.

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GT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner for nine. The seating for a large group is limited and does not allow everyone to chat with each other but the food is very good and the service is attentive. Good choice for every day or a special one.

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N
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A reliably fine meal. We always enjoy Café Divan. It's intriguingly placed at a sharp street corner, with windows all around. Their hours are also convenient, being open all day long, so late lunches and early dinners are particularly pleasant times. The leeks and baby eggplants are great appetizer choices, and the Yogurtlu and Manti dishes are favorites of mine. We didn't get the desserts this time, but highly recommend them.

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KD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time. Waitstaff outstanding. Points should be taken off for lack of maintenance of bathrooms. Water and paper on floor was a big turnoff and worrisome.

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A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always, reliable service, and no complaints.

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OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a cool location

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C
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure— terrific food and welcoming atmosphere.

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d
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood gem. The owner Cavit is a great guy. Our server was very good and the food delicious.

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food quality is top notch, but the portions are much less generous than years past. The staff is very nice and accommodating, however, the restaurant could benefit from a slight update and cleaner booths. The restroom is not very well maintained. It is not horrible, but it would be really beneficial if the owner would make improvements there.

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CP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

After 15 minutes someone took our order for appetizers and after 35 minutes we received the appetizers. We planned to order entrees but the waiter never came back, for drink refills or anything else. Food seems fine, but terrible service.

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AT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our go-to family restaurant. Food is only getting better every year. LOVE Divan!

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DT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first course was served individually to each diner, a pleasant change. The meals were outstanding, as usual

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and the restaurant was welcoming. The staff was attentive. Most importantly, parking was easy.

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MM
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cafe Divan is the best Turkish spot in DC. Do wonderful things with lamb and eggplant. Good value.

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PH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening! Great Food, good service and they were efficient but we did not feel rushed.

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AT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of our family favorites. Kefta and Iskander are the best in town in our opinion. No fuss or attitude, all good food, and cozy friendly vibe. If you like Turkish food, you should not be disappointed. Service can be spotty depending on a day and time. Their temps are not always the best. But the staff we've known for years is superb. Carry out is also an option if you must. We prefer to eat in. Feels like home after all the years we've enjoyed this place. It just does not get old.

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d
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food Turkish but lots of choice, beef, lamb, wait-staff cordial. We dined early for my birthday, among the first there at 6 p.m. on a Thursday. Elegant presentation. Rice tasty, my wife didn't like rice as much.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and even better service

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ER
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the worst meal I've had at Cafe Divan, and I've been going for years. Everything was tasteless, hardly seasoned at all. There was none of the wonderful Turkish seasoning I've always counted on in the past.

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ER
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had Branzino which was ok. Vegys were so so, little too much sauce. Maybe I’m not the kind of customer they are looking for.

Service was very good. Some smokers were sitting outside and we could smell the smoke coming through the open door. The staff fixed the problem promptly.

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K
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

If you are heading to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, this is a nearby restaurant with authentic southeast Asian food. Nothing fancy, but nice neighborhood vibe.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, there were 4 empty tables but not cleaned we were seated 30 minutes later I was fasting, I asked for the manager to speed up the process but he told me that he can't serve me and kick other people out.
Rude staff and management. If you're understaffed don't accept reservations!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food tasted great and our waiter was very considerate to our needs

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived at the restaurant fairly early, around 7:15 and were seated in the back area, which is newer with very cool décor. Lots of meat on the menu (there are also veggie options which we didn't try) Everything we got - including appetizers - was great, and there was lots of it, enough to take home and enjoy the next day. Around 8:30, the restaurant got very busy and then, sadly, very loud. It looked like the older section (as you walk in) is a different restaurant, based only on the décor (the menu is the same). But I think it would be quieter than the back section, as the seating is less dense and there was more in that section to absorb noise.

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JK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chose Cafe Divan for proximity to our out-of-town guests; I figured this long-time neighborhood favorite would be a good choice for our dinner and I was not disappointed. This was my first visit, but I knew of it as a long-time neighborhood staple and I assumed the Turkish menu would appeal to our guests. Though small, the restaurant was not overly crowded (it was early on a weeknight) and the prices were very reasonable especially compared to those around us at the many more flashy places int he neighborhood. I would not necessarily call it memorable food but rather comfort food in the best sense, and if i lived nearby I would probably make it a regular destination.

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BB
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We have eaten here many times but while our friends enjoyed it we were disappointed. The food arrived lukewarm and the doner bland. . The service was okay but wait staff should be better trained to not pass food in front of the guest serve on left when possible. The appetizers (liver and calamari) the best ever.

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OT
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The hummus spread is not to be missed. Be sure to treat yourself before your entree.

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DZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Turkish cuisine and great service. It's a busy place but conversation is easy. Take advantage of the few outdoor tables on a nice day. Good value and we always take something home for a lunch the next day.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

dishes were amazing, from the lamb to the salad and the eggplant. very tasty and well cooked

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S
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Perfect for lunch: two soups and two appetizers to share+ a glass of wine makes for a pleasant experience. Excellent lentil soup and fried eggplant with yoghurt sauce. Wouldn’t order the lamb patties again kinda dry and unflavored. This restaurant is very close to home so not the first time but first after a while. Can’t repeat too often because the menu is pretty consistent.

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CO
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe Divan does not disappoint when to comes to authentic, traditional Turkish cuisine. From appetizers to main courses, the food is great, prices reasonable and the service is excellent. Highly recommend.

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JL
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and delicious Mediterranean food. The service was wonderful and welcoming. I highly recommend this place.

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AA
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I do there regularly: with friends, with family, for a casual lunch or for special events, it is so versatile! Great Turkish food. Unpretentious but excellent service. Quiet, pleasant, delicious, cozy. All our family likes. One of the best Turkish coffees in town, great kofte, doner. Highly recommend if you like Turkish food, or if you would like to try a good sample of it.

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S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

In the small triangular dining room, every seat has a view out the plate glass windows onto the street. Because of its size, it's also quiet enough for conversation. But the best part is the authentic Turkish food. Try the lentil soup and shepherd's salad to start and any of the lamb dishes. And remember to ask for Turkish pepper to go with the bread and olive oil.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good food, fresh, great variety if you are vegan. Great neighbourhood to walk after dinner. Will come back again.

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