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.
The food was good in general. The dolma and the smoked eggplant purée were very good
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
A great restaurant—- in our neighborhood ; we love it.Staff and atmosphere welcoming. Food always terrific!
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.
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.
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!
I've lived in Turkey and eaten many great meals there, this compares to the best of them.
Great food and efficient service. Would definitely come back.
Phenomenal service and a great ambiance for the New Year! Thank you :)
We discovered food that made us want to visit Turkey.
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.
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.
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.
The food was extremely fresh. Our waiter was attentive to our needs.
I liked the omvionce and atmosphere.
Delicious food as always, reliable service, and no complaints.
Great food in a cool location
Always a pleasure— terrific food and welcoming atmosphere.
Great neighborhood gem. The owner Cavit is a great guy. Our server was very good and the food delicious.
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.
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.
Our go-to family restaurant. Food is only getting better every year. LOVE Divan!
The first course was served individually to each diner, a pleasant change. The meals were outstanding, as usual
The food was delicious and the restaurant was welcoming. The staff was attentive. Most importantly, parking was easy.
Cafe Divan is the best Turkish spot in DC. Do wonderful things with lamb and eggplant. Good value.
Lovely evening! Great Food, good service and they were efficient but we did not feel rushed.
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.
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.
Excellent food and even better service
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.
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.
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.
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!
Food tasted great and our waiter was very considerate to our needs
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.
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.
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.