ANKARA

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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 $37.90 per person. Mondays, we also offer half-priced bottles of wine.
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COMPLIMENTARY BEER OR WINE FOR ENTIRE TABLE!

Description
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.
-Valid only OpenTable reservations.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 25, 2019

Ends: April 26, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 2:00PM-6:00PM

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Sun 10:00AM - 10:45AM 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Fri 2:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:30PM
Sat 10:00AM - 10:45AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:30PM

What 636 People Are Saying
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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining and culinary experience. Highly recommend.

NV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

KR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The service was mediocre, beginning with my being ignored twice by the same person when I checked in with my reservation. It took my party 15 minutes to get seated even though there were many tables free in the section where I wanted to sit. The waiter was just OK, and his colleagues who brought the food were alright. It's unfortunate that the overzealous water server somehow managed to drop a knife into one of my friend's glass. Very strange. The food was standard Turkish and Mediterranean fare, but was not particularly good. We only finished one of the five dishes we ordered, mostly because there was no compelling reason to eat more. I definitely won't return, nor will I recommend it to others.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great interaction with owner/manager about food philosophy. The food is fresh and well prepared. Reasonably priced.

JG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ankara is a great spot and their happy hour is definitely worth it. The hummus was a tad dry (very minor) but all other vegetarian apps were delicious! The service was friendly, informative, and overall wonderful. Great recommendations on wines, as well.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and great value for their bottomless brunch. I'll be coming back

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess, waitress and entire staff provided outstanding service with friendly demeanor. Food was timely and tasted fresh. Will be returning!

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were extraordinary; even the managers were attentive and very friendly. The food was amazing and the ambiance was relaxed, luxurious, and so clean. Ankara is great for a date, girls night out, or just to treat yourself!!

RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first experience - the food, service and ambiance were all wonderful. Our server, Bora, was so attentive and really helped us with recommendations for our first time visit.

LL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere is excellent. The price is a bit high, but it does make sense for the quality of the food (which is very high quality). The food portions are slightly small, however, but again delicious. There is a lot of flavor in the food that makes it worthwhile. I would definitely come back again.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place! Food was really good and reasonably priced. Service was excellent, wines matched really well with the menu and the old fashioned cocktail was fantastic. Great place for a group.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Day was great, sat outside and enjoyed brunch with friends. Our waiter, Hamoon, was amazing he made sure our orders came out on time and always made sure are flutes weren’t empty. Will definitely come again!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent, food was well-prepared and timely. We love this restaurant.

HD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Not one dish was disappointing.

E
Tampa
156 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Turkish food and great service! We'll be back!

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Ankara for a birthday occasion, and we had a wonderful time. The menu offered enough gluten-free options for one member of our party, and the food was delicious overall. They also gifted us a birthday dessert, beautifully presented.

EL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bottomless brunch menu is a treat and a steal! The service was impeccable and personable. Great place to celebrate or catch up with friends!

NL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious. We were ready for the check and the waiter said “oh you’re not done” and brought us out something delicious. Totally worth the food coma.

SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for the bottomless brunch during restaurant week and really enjoyed the food and the great service. Outside of what we ordered, the servers also brought around fresh baked cookies, muffins and sausage (it was brunch!) this was in addition to receiving a selection of dips (hummus, eggplant, red pepper, etc....) as the intro to the meal. The only downside was the noise, which increased in such volume halfway through our meal that we had to lean across our 4 person table and almost yell to be heard.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing time! Will certainly be going back!

LD
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ankara provides a casual any day experience for diners. You don’t need to dress up, just come as your are for good-sized portions of their small plates.

RH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We were seated about 20 minutes earlier than our reservation, and it was restaurant week in DC, so we thought this was a good thing. The staff was kind and courteous. But the tables around us had people sat at them, fed, cleared and new people sat literally up to four times while we were there. It took a really long time for us to get our food, literally an hour and a half from when we sat to getting our entree.

Not sure why our table took so long to be taken care of, and the food was absolutely delicious, but it just took a super long time. We literally caught the second to last train back to Reston and that made for a very long night.

I would recommend to someone if you have time to wait for the food.

AS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the absolute best dining experience

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Slow service during lunch.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to book a reservation at ANKARA based on nothing other than I like Mediterranean food and the restaurant week deal. While being new to DC, I had also never heard of ANKARA, but could see why t would garner excellent reviews. It did start to rain, so thankfully they pulled the awning over my guest and I. It was a LOT of food, so come hungry or bring friends. The wine pairing for each course were great. I took my dessert home because I was stuffed. Worth it!!

S
Philadelphia
62 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Great place for causal dining.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Turkish cuisine and quality service in a great atmosphere! We will definitely return.

E
Tampa
156 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We greatly enjoyed our lunch at Ankara and will definitely be back for more.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was great-- the food was delicious, the portions were generous and the ambiance was fantastic. The only thing that really brought down the experience for me was getting eaten alive by mosquitos despite sitting indoors-- 13 mosquito bites in less than one hour kind of overshadowed any other impression I had, and it wasn't great having them hovering around during the meal. I liked ANKARA enough that I fully intend to go back regardless, but maybe in winter months or armed with repellent.

MI
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mousaka was amazing, keftes amazing, bread was OK, service was very good-very friendly and efficient, ambiance was very nice, borek was rich, but it's freshness was OK.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent service, great food, mimosas were legitimately some of the best in dc.

Order the pide and humus. Cannot recommend Ankara more

JW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Had a great dinner catching up with old friends. We were able to sit back, relax, have a delicious meal without feeling rushed. Service was friendly and efficient! Will come back :)

NW
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and amazing food prepared with love and presented with attention to detail. An amazing meal.

L
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb service - friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. We never wanted for anything and it was a very relaxed and enjoyable meal. Chicken skewers were moist and delicious. Baba ganus had a nice smoky taste. Grape leaf tart was a standout - beef, rice and walnuts with a yoghurt topping. Nice and spicy and delicious. Pistachio cake was excellent and different than the usual dessert choices. First time here but we will be back.

DC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The seafood was bad. Both the Seafood Orzo and Shrimp were un-edible.

JL
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff was very pleasant, I was the first to arrive from my group for brunch but they did not hesitate to seat me; which I appreciated. They were also very accommodating when a member of our party chose not to indulge in brunch and allowed the remaining parties to partake in the full bottomless brunch. The bottomless drinks were great, loved the pomegranate mimosa and the grapefruit mimosa, they were the best part of the brunch though the bloody mary was too spicy for my taste. Surprisingly, I did not fancy their hummus nor falafel (they were overfried and bit harder on the outside than it was supposed to be) and the hummus was bland, and granted that this is a Mediterranean restaurant it was slightly disappointing because I love both hummus and falafel very much. I also tried the calamari which needed a lot of salt, pepper and spices as they were extremely bland. Their suckulu pide - flatbread dish with the turkish sausage and mozzarella was nice as well as the grilled sucuk - turkish sausage starter. I tasted the beef bacon omelettes from my friend and it was falvourful. The meatballs in the creamy mushroom sauce was the best dish I had at Ankara. Finished off my meal with the baklava which was not as crisp as I anticipated ( a bit too much honey maybe which made it a bit soggy) and a latte. Overall great value for money, and wonderful customer service.

LW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great time with my girls. The staff is always friendly and the food was great!

NC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a group. Server was super helpful. Food delicious

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