Cafe Divan

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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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GB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always delicious and always fresh, this place is a reliable favorite.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Warm welcome, personable service and fabulous food. Particularly enjoyed the eggplant that accompanied the lamb entree.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly staff

MM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! The food is so delicious, and the service is lovely. An added bonus is that because of the long, narrow design the noise level is relatively low and conversation is quite easy. We will be back soon and often!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit. Service was very poor; i sat for a good 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged my presence. The waitress came over, poured water and walked away- without saying any word. I had to wave at her after another 10 minutes of waiting for her to return, so I could order. They didn’t bring us bread; I had to ask for it 4 different times! At one point, I had asked for it and she replied that the kitchen is working on it. Two seconds later, she walks over with a bread basket, but only to give it to the people that just sat down. I then had to ask ANOTHER TIME before she finally brought it. The food wasn’t anything special either. Will definitely not be returning!

OT
Washington DC
160 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great location, especially for concerts at Dumbarton Oaks. Good service, good food. What's not to like? There were six of us, each ordering different kinds of food. From pidas to fish to pizza to salad, the food was yummy, well-prepared, and plentiful. The wait staff was helpful but not intrusive.

DC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! I have been to Turkey and I have looked for good Turkish food and this place has it all. The food, service ambiance, wine are outstanding. I may go there every week! Sooooo good!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible place- the food was not very tasty. The restaurant was filled with mosquitoes and the servers were also rude.

SF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Turkish cuisine especially the Thursday night slow cooked lamb.

t
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is average but very disappointed that the $26- piece of fish that we ordered (theoretically flown in from Turkey) was not deboned like the waiter said it was. It was a severe chocking hazard. I mentioned to the waiter three times that it was bot to my liking. I should have asked to speak to a manager. The waiter said it was his fault- then why was no adjustment made to my bill??

CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I have lived and traveled in Turkey extensively
based upon the reviews we went here with friends
Dissapointing to say the least, nothing was up to standard
I will not return and the past reviews are not accruate
Col Davis

S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go regularly and live the food - great hummus and Lahmacun and lamb and and ...

DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Divan is our favorite place. Over the years we’ve introduced many friends to the great food and good service.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

GE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, reasonable price- a must experience place for real Turkish food.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent; our waiter was attentive and friendly; and prices are very moderate. Unfortunately, the meals were not as good as the last time we were there about one year ago. The branzino was a bit overcooked and the lamb dish was not as flavorful as in the past. We've heard similar complaints from friends. We hope they improve on quality and consistency because we have really enjoyed this restaurant in the past.

OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great— always a pleasure ! Food terrific. People especially nice. We love Divan!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The food is pretty good but the service was pretty bad and the restaurant wasn’t even half full.

AT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the most enjoyable in every way. Our family's all-time favorite. We have been coming here for many years. And it is only getting better. I wish I could say this about more restaurants. Just hope that it will stay this way for many years to come!
Our favorites: donner, iskander, yogurtu kebabs, lamb kofta, pide (our kids are very fond of all of them), and of course amazing haydari (not to be confused with cacik, which is also good, but not the same). Come and try for yourself! And remember to order their Turkish coffee served the way it should be served! Desserts - decide for yourself, too many good options to recommend one!
Oh, almost forgot - Yakut wine is perfect with kebabs and kofte. We would order Shiraz elsewhere, and you will not be disappointed if you order it in cafe Divan, but Yakut here is too good to be missed.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I know Turkish food - was a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey in the 60's. The food at Cafe Divan is authentic and excellent! Matched by the service and attention! High value! The ambiance leaves a bit to be desired for Georgetown... but its overcome by the superb fare and delivery!!

I
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here -- consistently good food, excellent service and reasonably priced.

d
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It is a neighborhood gem with delicious Turkish food.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Convenient location in Georgetown and worked perfectly for a large group dinner. 15 people can be a lot to manage but the service was good and the food was amazing. We would definitely go back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience overall. Excellent food.

r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have always and will always love this establishment.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The eggplant pide was to die for! This is an adorable spot with great service and outstanding food. Would definitely go back.

VR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine! I gorged on freshly baked flatbread, smoked eggplant salad, and a mezze platter and ended up having to take home much of my mushroom pide. The portions are generous. There is a take-out counter in a separate room as well. Definitely recommend.

AH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It is always a pleasure to dine at Divan.
I wish the ambience would be better, though.A good designer might help..
Also tinted glass and super .clean windows could make a minimal improvement.A bouquet of summer flowers on the desk at the entry is not too difficult to display.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This one of the nicest Turkish restaurant in mva area. I wish they could add more Turkish wine and beer selection in their menu. If you want to eat authentic Turkish food this place will give you this experience.

D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service was very very slow. They had a few large groups ahead of us. It was graduation weekend. I would definitely go back.

JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had different Pides. the Turkish version of pizza, for lunch & they were all delicious. Everything about the meal, ambience was perfect.

T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here for years. The service is great and the food is phenomenal! It is authentic Turkish cuisine and it is extremely delicious! The only Turkish restaurant I go to in the DC area because it’s the best!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s day. Cosy place. Good food. Nice people

K
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and authentic Turkish food with attentive service and attractive decor. Outdoor tables are great too.

OT
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Open Table reservation not noted.

J
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Continues to be one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. When not sure where to go, Cafe Divan is our default. We can always expect excellent food and good service.

BL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service was excellent. I liove the relaxed and friendly feel of the pkace.

OT
New York Area
263 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It was not worth the visit. The only good thing was the hummus! The service was non existent had to ask for water, to order. It was cold. The chicken and meat were both dry the pilaf chunky. The whole meal was awful from quality to service. I could go on but won’t. You get the idea.

N
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good Turkish food -- the mushroom pide was excellent. Took a while for the drinks to arrive, though.