Cafe Divan

4.4
144 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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JT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good in general. The dolma and the smoked eggplant purée were very good

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second time dining after 5 years. The service was mediocre. We ordered two veggie appetizers and they were not even warm. Borderline cold. The doner kabob was good

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely early dinner at Cafe Divan- the food was good, the service excellent and attentive. Loved the warm pita served with the meal- portion size was quite generous- had it for lunch the next day!

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NO
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Turkish food is for anyone to enjoy. It is not heavily spiced or it does not include ingredients that you can not pronounce or need google search. Basic food just cook with perfection.

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

A busy Saturday night at the restaurant - we appreciated that they accommodated our 15-min early arrival for our 8pm reservation. However, service was mediocre at best. Two people at our table were supposed to receive salads with their entrees but didn't realize they had been forgotten until the end of the meal. Bread didn't arrive until after we received our food, and only because we asked about it (even though it was supposed to be included. Two dishes did not arrive with the others because the server had forgotten to include them in the original order (probably a result of not writing anything down when the order was taken). They provided a complimentary dessert at the end for our party of 6, though it just arrived as a surprise after the bill was delivered, with no explanation or apologies for the poor experience.

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R
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought another friend to Cafe Divan. She was in heaven. Cafe Divan never disappoints. The food is always fresh and well presented. Whether we get a mix of starters for dinner or a mix of starters and entrees, my friends are always impressed by the variety of tastes and colors. The Cafe is a fun place to explore food and have a great conversation. The Cafe has great ambiance. Two thumbs up.

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C
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great restaurant—- in our neighborhood ; we love it.Staff and atmosphere welcoming. Food always terrific!

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JC
Boise
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was OK, but we were expecting a full Turkish breakfast. The Turkish breakfast was small, two small pieces of cheese, several slices of meat, a boiled egg, honey, tiny pieces of Cucumber and tomato, and bread. I was hoping for a bit more.

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C
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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 4, 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and efficient service. Would definitely come back.

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NW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
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 30, 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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WP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was extremely fresh. Our waiter was attentive to our needs.
I liked the omvionce and atmosphere.

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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 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a cool location

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C
Washington DC
43 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
9 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
10 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 3, 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
9 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 26, 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 19, 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 19, 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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