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.
Always delicious and always fresh, this place is a reliable favorite.
Warm welcome, personable service and fabulous food. Particularly enjoyed the eggplant that accompanied the lamb entree.
Good food and friendly staff
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!
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!
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.
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!!
Terrible place- the food was not very tasty. The restaurant was filled with mosquitoes and the servers were also rude.
Excellent Turkish cuisine especially the Thursday night slow cooked lamb.
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??
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
We go regularly and live the food - great hummus and Lahmacun and lamb and and ...
Cafe Divan is our favorite place. Over the years we’ve introduced many friends to the great food and good service.
Great food and service!
Great food, excellent service, reasonable price- a must experience place for real Turkish food.
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.
Great— always a pleasure ! Food terrific. People especially nice. We love Divan!
The food is pretty good but the service was pretty bad and the restaurant wasn’t even half full.
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.
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!!
Always a pleasure to dine here -- consistently good food, excellent service and reasonably priced.
It is a neighborhood gem with delicious Turkish food.
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.
Very good experience overall. Excellent food.
I have always and will always love this establishment.
The eggplant pide was to die for! This is an adorable spot with great service and outstanding food. Would definitely go back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all had different Pides. the Turkish version of pizza, for lunch & they were all delicious. Everything about the meal, ambience was perfect.
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!
Mother’s day. Cosy place. Good food. Nice people
Excellent and authentic Turkish food with attentive service and attractive decor. Outdoor tables are great too.
Great authentic food.
Open Table reservation not noted.
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.
The food was excellent, the service was excellent. I liove the relaxed and friendly feel of the pkace.
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.
Good Turkish food -- the mushroom pide was excellent. Took a while for the drinks to arrive, though.