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ANKARA

4.6
927 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
ANKARA is an upscale-casual newly renovated beloved Turkish & Mediterranean restaurant conveniently located in Dupont Circle. A selection of hot and cold mezze dishes, fresh pide from our wood burning brick oven, 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. The breezy patio is the perfect spot to enjoy our Bottomless Brunch or Bottomless dinner. We also offer incredible options for Private Events & Catering. So please come back to enjoy yourself again and revel in some of the finest cuisine & cocktails DC has to offer! ANKARA is a cashless restaurant.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 927 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted a restaurant in downtown DC that offered outdoor seating with heat. I had lunch there and it was delicious. I chose the restaurant because the menu was tapas style and I could order small plated . hummus, tomato salad, fallafel, stuffed grape leaves. for dessert, I ordered the french toast with cardamom ice cream. it was delicious almost like bread pudding (it was off of the brunch menu). As we went there for lunch, it was very quiet but the waiter said they do a busy happy hour .

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service!

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vipEhmJae
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us dined outside on the patio on a rainy afternoon when it was chilly outside. Ankara thought of everything -- providing clean blankets, having heat lamps accessible, and the hot tea flowing.

The service was great and so was the food. We ordered several mezze options off the brunch menu and nothing disappointed. I certainly plan to return.

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chriscoDC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for an outdoor table for 4. The ambience is lively, well-heated, well ventilated due to the cross ventilation. The wait staff is attentive, cheerful and ready to answer your questions. I am glad to see that hand sanitizer dispensers are placed strategically, including the corner to the bathrooms. Smart.
Food is very good, it's easy to order because the dishes are served in small plates and categorically sorted as appetizers, cold, hot dishes, etc. You would be surprised that some customers are STILL naïve about Mediterranean cuisine. Enough said. It's a wonderful place to eat outside before it gets frigid out.

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lovefooding
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot - lots of outdoor seating - absolutely loved the mulled wine! Perfect for a fall day!

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KevinN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The weekday brunch special is a terrific treat! Excellent food, wonderful staff and bottomless drinks!

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candinicole
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Amazing food and great value! I would have loved to see more spacing between tables due to COVID and slightly faster drink service. Gotta keep those mimosas coming y'all!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We order several times the same dish to the waiter and it never arrived to the table, the same happens withe the drinks. We wait almost 45 min for 1 bloody mary and 2 Turkish coffees.
Was a bad experience

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CrystalW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was great! Location, service, food, champagne. Thank you so much for making the experience for me my husband and friends so delightful. The food was amazing and the lamb was cooked to perfection! They did great with social distancing!

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CocoC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went during brunch. The food and drinks were amazing, my server who was also the bartender was phenomenal. Speedy service and good vibes.

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DarrellM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and drink specials. Late night happy hours are at an amazing value.

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ShamonyaT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. He picked our whole meal for us and it was awesome. Really enjoyed our time here

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SandyM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was exceptional from starters to desserts. We’re always looking forward to eating here and even during COVID, we felt comfortable and appropriately spaced out with indoor dining.

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vipRyan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch deal with lots of outdoor seating

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diya
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Overall ok, used to be much better!
Menemen was terrible but mezzes were great.

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RiyaB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bottomless brunch deal, and amazing food. The waitress was so nice and attentive to us.

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LailaG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent even when my husband knocked over his glass of wine. There was no judgment, and many raced to quickly clean up the table. Particularly delicious were the duck leg and the spinach and truffle scallops.

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MickieD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful, classy, and very professional staff. Our group ordered a variety of Turkish tapas, appetizers, and main dishes - every item was delicious.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent as well as the food. Definitely recommended.

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to restaurant for a business dinner where people need to hear each other talk. Food and service are excellent

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended. One of the best waiters we’ve ever met. Excellent service.

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KatieZ
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding, the food was delicious and we can't want to go back.

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HosakiTo
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful cozy place. We loved the concept, the decorations and the service was just great.
Antonio who was our server was very professional, friendly, helpful and super attentive.
The whole staff treated us amazing.
Overall a great experience. We will be back.
Highly recommend it!!

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ceebee
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely to sit out on a fall evening and have a delicious meal. Waiter was excellent. The outdoor space heater, however, wasn't working and it was a little chilly toward the end. Also, the courtyard space was rather baren -- maybe a couple of potted plants would help the ambience. But we will return and I've already recommended it to others.

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MarcelaA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took our daughters and two oldest daughters to celebrate our birthdays which we had to delay to the epidemic. ANKARA has always met all expectations for a great enjoyable dinner. As with most celebrations we ate and drank more than expected because all the dishes were superb. Great evening.

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SLTheFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bottomless option is very good. They give you a lot of food for the price. I especially liked the hot mezze and the flatbreads. Some of the cold mezze were good too.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch special was exceptional. Great food and service. Could get almost anything from the menu for the brunch special.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the all you can eat brunch, it was definitely worth the price and allowed you to try so many new things! Favorites: stuffed grape leaves, halloumi skewers, sucuklu pide, kaymak pistachio dip. Staff was friendly and helpful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelin star restaurant

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HNG98
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Went to Ankara for the bottomless brunch. The food was generally good, particularly muhammara, halloumi skewers, and spinach pita. Nonetheless, I thought the food was broadly too greasy and felt very heavy (though I did eat a lot, this was bottomless brunch). Service was fine, but slow. I felt that the tone from my server was less than attentive, at times. Overall, I was pleased with my experience, and I would come again. I was satisfied with the overall "value" of the meal.

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vipJennyfromMaine
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

the food just kept coming and it was all delicious! The staff seemed a little overwhelmed. I would kill to eat those little phyllo wrapped cigars again.
and the drinks were amazing!

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A go to place for a special occasion. Really good menu with many selections and very tasty dishes. The staff is totally on its game with meals brought all at the same time, water and drinks refills right when needed and a alert staff.

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ERwinW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go to Black Salt, it gets better and better! Truly a hidden gem in the city. I HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who loves Turkish style tapas.

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ChuckJ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a restaurant with A+ service, food, drinks and ambiance, Ankara is the place to go. My wife and I ate there to celebrate our anniversary.

Our server was very knowledgeable of the dishes and gave great recommendations. She was very attentive. I would recommend Ankara to anyone looking for a great meal with excellent service.

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RobertoC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this place looking to grab a quick dinner and so glad we did. The food, service, ambiance was all 10/10. The outdoor seating was spacious and got seated right away although it was busy. The cocktails and food were incredible! The service couldn't have been better -- extremely attentive and everything came out so quickly. Definitely recommend flatbread! So glad that we stopped by. If I am ever back in the area I'd definitely come back.

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HeisenbergG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, great and friendly service too. Given the current pandemic situation, the restaurant and servers did a fantastic job making us feel safe & welcome in a surreal situation.

Restaurant week has a great selection of offerings, but the chef and kitchen always rock.

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TamaraQ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food and cocktails. A great place to share dishes. Lots of outdoor dining which is especially nice in the time of COVID. I'm not usually a fan of "spicy" cocktails but the Light in Babylon was the perfect balance and sweet and spicy!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Amazing food. Awesome staff.

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vipMattG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Each dish we had was AWESOME and the waitress was quick to refill our drinks. Will definitely come back.

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vipMariaA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it. I live in NY. If I lived in DC, I would be a regular! I had short ribs that were a slice of heaven. Pure bliss. My cousins had the braised lamb. Appetizers were awesome.

I am an excellent home cook, and the food is better than what I cook at home. Terrific. I dreamed about those short ribs for a week.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from ANKARA using the Order Online button. ANKARA also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. ANKARA also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 293-6301.

ANKARA is rated 4.6 stars by 927 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.