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Ottoman Taverna

4.6
4.6
1166 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish

Ottoman Taverna provides flavors and dishes from the Turkish cuisine. Enjoy house made kebaps, dips, hot mezes, desserts and more at our Turkish restaurant. Ottoman Taverna has been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand status since opening in 2017.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 847-0389

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Mustafa Essizoglu

  • Catering

    Catering menus are available upon request

  • Private party facilities

    Ottoman Taverna features the Sultan’s Table (Chef’s table) with 12 seats. We have 3 private dining rooms, with the smallest accommodating 30 people and the two largest combined seating 90.

  • Private party contact

    Felicia Ruffino: (855) 385-6856

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Cross street

    4th and I Street NW

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The restaurant is situated in between Judiciary Square and Chinatown metro stations in Mount Vernon Triangle along the red, green and yellow lines.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,166 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great amazing foooood

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Delicious meal and great service! The cold meze platter was amazing, would definitely recommend!

  3. S

    Seif

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing as always. Great authentic food and ambience

  4. A

    Abe425

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    The appetizers were delicious, soup sent back to reheat. Service was slow but we expected that and they were kind and as attentive as could be given the help situation. Main courses were delicious but lukewarm and mine was very greasy. The tablecloth had dribbling of food on it ftom a previous diner and should have been changed. The decor and ambiance are wonderful and the 3 course fixed price menu is great.

  5. DC

    DCfoodfan

    Washington DC

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a lovely dinner sitting outside on a perfect June night. The food is delicious, the portions generous and the service very attentive.

  6. V

    Vinny

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    It was a great evening until we received the bill and was charged $9 for an ice tea with one refill. We asked about it and we’re told that was correct. We were not even given a new glass of ice tea, just refilled the glass. They did not have a take away cup either. If there are no refills please tell me in advance. I would not return just because I feel like I was taken advantage of. Otherwise all was good.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place. Good food. We’ll definitely be back.

  8. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a happy birthday

  9. GF

    GreatFallsEater

    Adelaide

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The decor and service punch above the price point. Lovely place to take a group- great appetizers to share, good vegetarian options. Reasonable drink prices also!

  10. JO

    JOSEPH1

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our food, and the service was fantastic. We will definitely be back!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I reserved a table outdoors and was told that I didn’t have a reservation.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and atmosphere. I will definitely hit it again next time I’m in DC! Superb!

  13. SC

    StefanoC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    we had dinner outdoor: great food at a very fair price, great service not obsessing with continuous questions like it happens in may places where the waiter comes every 5 minutes to justify its tip, great ambience and privacy between each table and the walkway. Outstanding place!

  14. DK

    DKDC

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    The food was excellent, however the service was spotty. After being seated, we were not approached by any server for about 15 minutes. We had to wave over a manager, who ended up taking our order and acting as our server for the remainder of the meal.

  15. TK

    TonyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The restaurant was huge and bright inside. The service was prompt. Atom and falafel were excellent. Chicken kebab (Tavuk sis) was juicy but a bit salty to me. Beyti kebab was ok and it was a bit salty too. Trip to Turkey menu was a good value. Overall nice experience.

  16. MS

    MazinS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great Turkish restaurant and nice place for a dinner discussion too.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    EXCEPTIONAL spot for dining. First, tea is awesome and served with all the great customs and kindness we remember from our years living on the Turkish coastline! Absolutely no issues with service and it is so great to see so many dishes done so well on their menu! I highly recommend bringing a group and splitting their big courses. Prices are very reasonable considering it’s location in DC and parking can be had for cheap directly across the street!

  18. SW

    SteveW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Fabulous food with sensible portions. Good value and friendly service.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visiting the Ottoman Taverna and we had a wonderful experience! We've tried many Turkish restaurants in the past few years with the hope of having the same experience as eating in a local restaurant in Istanbul. However, none of them completely satisfied it. When I tried Iskender kebap in Ottoman, I could close my eyes and imagine myself being in a good restaurant in Turkey. Içli köfte and Adana kebap were also awesome. Baklava was almost the same, but still has some room for improvement. Dondurma coming with Baklava was not the one deserves to be a side of Turkish baklava. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was perfect. Overall, definitely will go there again and recommend it to all food lovers.

  20. b

    blairc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    The food was extremely average for a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Nothing special beyond the falafel and patates kofte. Also all of the 2-person tables are in a weird spot, so at times it can feel like you’re sitting in a busy hallway. I’d go back, but only if someone else had chosen the restaurant.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant! Everyone enjoyed the service and food. Will definitely be back.

  22. F

    Foodfriend

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lovely restaurant, great service, and delicious food. We were in the side room with a big party so it got very loud, but it was festive. Our server was very kind and made great recommendations. Definitely want to return!

  23. l

    luvfood

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Nice outdoor seating. Very nice staff. Fairly standard and good middle east cuisine. Nothing wrong, but nothing super exceptional.

  24. SB

    Settle4Better

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    2nd time this month!!! This place is amazing, from the staff, ambiance and of course, THE FOOD!!! Lamb chops are AMAZING!!!

  25. EF

    ErikF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievable food! Hands down the best Turkish restaurant in the city.

  26. C

    Chris

    Atlanta

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    What a fun menu! This needs to be savored over a nice long meal.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Bottomless brunch is a steal for what you get. Staff was very nice and helpful. Highly recommend

  28. WG

    WadeG

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Very disorganized with seating and reservations. Several couples got up and left before ordering. We waited 20 minutes before the waitress came around. It took another 20 minutes before the appetizer, middle course, and main course all arrived at the same time. I like to eat family style but the table was too small to accommodate the dishes. I was really looking forward to having some foods I grew up with. I cook these dishes at home from my family recipes and we’ve travelled through Turkey a lot. This is not what the food is supposed to taste like. The hummus was bland, the falafel was burnt, and the kefte tasted like Jimmy Dean sausages cooked in very old oil. The baklava was fair.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Overall very disappointing so we left before ordering anything. From the moment we entered it seemed the front desk staff were overwhelmed and it was palpable. The atmosphere was not calm. It was erratic and not in a good way with food trays swinging by our heads after being seated at these high tops. Reservation was for standard seating also. Sadly just really wanted to try the food and have a great experience but wasn’t meant to be. Hope to try again someday.

  30. K

    Kristin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Service was terrible the waiter came to us only twice. Once to get out order and second to give us the bill. The chicken was not cooked.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Terrific food, recommend the 4-course prix fixe for a “taste of Turkey.” Unique wine list. It’s a bit loud due to to the size of the restaurant. Definitely plan to return.

  32. v

    vicked

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Was quite unimpressed given the high rating. The food was only okay. One of the kabab plates we ordered came with the kababs hot on the outside and completely frozen on the inside. These are clearly not being made fresh… The entrees were decent and the desserts were great. Don’t plan to visit again.

  33. R

    Rhonda

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Ottoman Taverna was great! The food was delicious! Our server was friendly, personable and professional. My only complaint is that is was SO loud that it was hard to carry on a conversation at my large round table for two. I was there during brunch so maybe it’s not as loud during dinner hours. But I think the high ceilings are just bad for acoustics! Other than that my experience was wonderful. I will go back!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely ambiance with amazing authentic Turkish food!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    The host was very unwelcoming and was not honest .. I would have left of my mom was not with me and she was a bit tired to go look for another restaurant

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to share food and company, awesome for bigger groups of 8+

  37. MH

    MarilynH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Our party of five chose to be seated outside, so we tolerated some street noise, but were able to converse easily. The service was very prompt and friendly. The servers explained the different dishes. Presentation was attractive. Recommend the mezze platters to share among the group. Wine choices represented the countries of the Ottoman Empire and were pleasant.

  38. ZD

    ZDemir

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My experience with Ottoman Taverna was amazing. The hostess was very friendly. The waiters and waitresses were nice and provided us with great service. 10/10. Can’t wait to go again!!

  39. DS

    DeepakS

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    First of all - I ordered the Salmon. The salmon itself was grilled nicely but was colder. Perhaps it sat before it was delivered to me. The olive oil was great except the cold bread they serve with it. I wish they would give fresh bread. I also noticed the waiters not using gloves while making drinks and touching additions to the cocktails with dirty hands. I wouldn’t want to drink those drinks. On the other hand, they had a great selection of drinks. Service- I waited and waited to get water, which was room temperature the first time. The waiter didn’t bring water the second time I asked. Was not impressed.

  40. CT

    CandieT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great choice for special occasions. Cold platter, appetizer, mix grill, chocolate baklava, and a mix of drinks rounded out my meal. Dessert options need one or two more choices. I would have liked my entree at a higher temperature. Otherwise, the atmosphere, service, and flavor profile were great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ottoman Taverna does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Ottoman Taverna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 847-0389.

Ottoman Taverna is rated 4.6 stars by 1166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 50 times today
Google Map for Ottoman Taverna

425 I St NW Washington, DC 20001

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    4th and I Street NW

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:45 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Daily 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    The restaurant is situated in between Judiciary Square and Chinatown metro stations in Mount Vernon Triangle along the red, green and yellow lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mustafa Essizoglu

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 847-0389

  • Catering

    Catering menus are available upon request

  • Private party facilities

    Ottoman Taverna features the Sultan’s Table (Chef’s table) with 12 seats. We have 3 private dining rooms, with the smallest accommodating 30 people and the two largest combined seating 90.

  • Private party contact

    Felicia Ruffino: (855) 385-6856

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