ANKARA

4.4
455 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Ankara is an upscale-casual Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant conveniently located in Dupont Circle close to Metro, shopping and nightlife. A selection of hot and cold meze dishes, fresh pide from our wood burning stove, and tempting array of entrees are served up in a beautiful setting mixing the best of old and new world style. In addition to the spacious interior dining room and bar, Ankara features a large outdoor dining patio where guests can enjoy our full menu. Lunch offered Monday through Friday. Bottomless Brunch(including all drinks) on weekends for $34.99 per person. Mondays, we also offer half-priced bottles of wine.
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COMPLIMENTARY BEER OR WINE FOR ENTIRE TABLE!

Come join us for special dining experience with free one glass of drinks to entire table.
TERMS:
-Drinks are: Draft tap beers, house wines and fountain drinks.
-This offer excludes happy hours and brunch tables.
-Cannot be combined with any other campaigns or offers.
-Each guest must order at least one entree, grill, flatbread or seafood.
-Valid only OpenTable reservations.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 12, 2018

Ends: April 2, 2019

Availability: Daily 2:00PM-5:30PM

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Sun 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8:00PM - 11:00PM

What 455 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Many gluten-free options, great service, outstanding Turkish coffee, has a very high "health" rating, which suggests cleanliness

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a most wonderful dinner at Ankara during DC Restaurant Week. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The menu was varied with very clear explanations and the wine menu had the most detailed descriptions of flavor that I have ever seen. I highly recommend Ankara for a great date night.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As a group of 5, we did 4 apps to share, then entrees of kebabs. Everything was wonderful. The staff made us feel so welcome by offering a chef’s treat upon arrival, as well as complimentary coffees at the end of our meal. It was a fun experience to dine there & all very well priced. Larger entrees were mid $20s while the kebabs were only $13. Highly recommend!

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JW
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

The food and service were very good. It was extremely noisy as there is no carpeting, which made it difficult to hear anyone across the table. However, when I arrived early and specifically asked that the check he given to me as I had invited guests, they allowed my guests to pay anyway. Very poor form. I do not think I will be returning.

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RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bottomless brunch was great. A lot of variety in the food and drinks (wine, beer, liquor & also mimosas and Bloody Mary). Very good and attentive service and they even let us go a little over the 2 hour limit. No complaints here!

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but the drinks (unlimited mimosas) were not that great. Mostly juice. The service was ok, but a bit slow.

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MR
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A large group of us made a reservation for brunch. We knew right away we didn’t want to the bottomless brunch, just bottomless drinks. Our server kept trying to pressure us into the whole bottomless brunch and was clearly annoyed when we refused. The bottomless drinks were not refilled very frequently and dishes that still had food on them were taken from our table before we were finished. I had to actually get up and track down a server to bring us our check because no one was taking care of us at all. Not very impressed overall.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with family two evenings ago and we loved everything we ordered! From the tzatziki, the (perfect) pitas, beef/lamb pide, to the entrees (kofte, lamb chops, beef) it was all fantastic! The service was just the right amount of attentive and all of the staff seemed to enjoy working there. We thought the pricing was definitely fair and the portions were reasonable in relation to the price of each item. I will definitely be back!

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AR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service. Bland food. I had high hopes for Ankara. We ordered a number of small plates and were surprised by the blandness of nearly every item. The cocktails were decent, the staff was friendly and attentive...but the food was just average.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! Felafel and lamb dishes were flavorful. The bread was also outstanding. Great dinner.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Had the Ankara experience on NYE. WELL WORTH IT!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was pleasantly surprised at how good this restaurant is. Service was great as was the food and the staff are genuinely pleased to help and make sure your experience is the best it can be.

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Raleigh
34 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Definitely worth the walk from our hotel to the restaurant. We ordered appetizers, cold mezzes (3 versus 6 items) was worth it. The bread that accompanied the 3 cold mezzes was worth it. Our entrees were savory and perfectly spiced. Overall, our experience was wonderful!

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Our server was fantastic. We are definitely coming back.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious lunch food though not quite as quick as I would hope.

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O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Ankara is a good restaurant just not for brunch. The wait staff seems unable to keep up with the orders. The brunch is all you can eat and things we ordered never came out. The waiter continued to bring us bread in order to fill us up and ignored what we had ordered. They were also slow to re-fill drinks and the orange juice in the mimosa was warm. The food we did get was really good but I wouldn't go back because of the service

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JG
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

An intriguing array of food options, and an unusual wine list to match, featuring specialties from Turkey and surrounding countries. The food was quite good, and they were able to accommodate a large group at the last minute, which I appreciated.

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

The portions were minuscule.

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C
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious appetizers, good portion size, helpful waitress with the wine menu

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a D.C. gem. The atmosphere and service was excellent, and my entire family was raving about how delicious grills and appetizers were for weeks afterwards. Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in the city!

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really nice and the service was good too! Highly recommended.

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KA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The chicken kabob was 4 teeny tiny pieces of meat with no special flavor. The mixed vegetables were mostly green bell pepper and onion in a flavorless sauce. The wine had a funny edge to it. It was so noisy even though the restaurant was not at all full... I would never go back. For the money, there are dozens of places in DC that would be a hundred times better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here to celebrate my girlfriend

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E
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have an excellent dinner experience. the staff greeted us and made us feel welcomed! the menu was explained to us and suggestions were given to help us with the menu.
the food arrived within a reasonable amount of time. it was fresh and good.
everything was good.
i do recommend it if you are ever in the DC area.

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YK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ll go back anytime, we like their food

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FC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Turkish food. We love this place and return often.

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GW
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been several times. Food is very good, fast and great service. Parking can be tricky, recommend the metro.

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MI
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very tasty food. Excellent service. Price with Travelzoo coupon that we used was excellent. Otherwise, prices are reasonable for what you get.

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W
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went using a Groupon (or something along those lines) so wasn't expecting it to be nearly as interesting and as good as it proved to be! Really EXCELLENT Turkish fare - we'll be back!

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b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointed. Desserts were very good. Service was ok.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

There are better options for Turkish food in the DC area.

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was hesitating to order Iskender Kebab since it's very difficult to find a proper one in the States but it was very delicious!

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BH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our staff had a great time at Ankara. The service was friendly and quick. Overall we had a great time and would go again.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and authentic - would absolutely recommend !

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f
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of errors on the menu, especially in regards to allergens. However our server was very sweet and she did her best to give us options. Overall the food was good and price reasonably for a restaurant of its class. The ambiance is nice.. It was pretty quiet for a Friday evening and the prices were decent for a restaurant of its class, although definitely not in the affordable range. I would not say it was the best Turkish restaurant I’ve even been to but I would definitely return.

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JD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hamoon was a great server.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Slow service. We had to ask several times to get the correct drinks and the server forgot an entire portion of our order.

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C
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food at Ankara is very tasty and affordable. We started with Happy Hour and then dinner. The service is excellent. The bartender is really friendly!

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l
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, our server was good about giving us recommendations, food was delicious and atmosphere was very nice - it was Sunday (Labor day weekend) at 6:30 so quiet at first but the restaurant filled up quickly. Will definitely come back!

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