Ottoman Taverna

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$30 and under
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Turkish
Ottoman Taverna provides flavors and dishes from the Turkish cuisine. Ottoman Taverna pays tribute to the empire that ruled a large swath of Eurasia for hundreds of years. Instead of forcing its way of life onto the conquered, the Ottoman Empire absorbed other ideas and practices to create one of the world’s great cultures. Food is no exception to this rule. The cuisine of the Ottomans is influenced by all the great ingredients and techniques found throughout the region, melded into a complex flavor profile that is familiar to all, yet unique at the same time.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food

JL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place. So glad I finally tried it. Will surely be back.

p
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Is the second time we went and we loved it. Exceptional was the lamb chop dish, perfectly cooked and tender! The kunefe dessert was amazing too!

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food. It was a little noisy and service was slow but all in all it was a great spot for a date!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Party of 12 and had an absolute blast. Great service as we had a few people with food restrictions and we were beyond well taken care of.

Thank you!

TW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The prix fixe menu where you get to choose 4 different courses is the way to go! Did not disappoint and was very well priced.

N
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a family from out of town and wanted them to have a nice dinner in an attractive setting. Ottoman Taverna fit the bill and did not disappoint. Food was good, price was reasonable, and service was great. Thank you!

BM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Moussaka ever! Out of all of my time in Istanbul, only one restaurant was better than yours.

J
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was prompt, and we had the lovely evening we expected. Thank you.

LD
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It is always a pleasure to dine at my favorite Turkish eatery, and one of my favorite places to take guests. The food and service is always topnotch, and the space is beautiful.

B
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes were delicious and flavorful. The service was very
Accommodating
And we ate plenty!
We would definitely return next time we are traveling to DC

j
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and good service in beautiful setting. Not too noisy.

WG
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Appetizers; Hummus was excellent; shrimp not so much. Although the menu is labeled well for allergies, when we asked about the lamb with eggplant, we were told it had no diary even though the eggplant was made with cheese. Virtually all the wine is from the middle east; corkage fee is $25.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good. Service could be better.

RM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I would rather go the DMV everyday for a week than to sit in this restaurant again. The service is an absolute joke. The waiters barely come by and it took almost 2 hours to go through a prefix menu WITHOUT getting any alcohol.

The food wasn’t anything special. Not sure how a Bib Gourmand was provided. If you want better food and service go to Maydan.

CP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

All the food came out cold. We asked for drinks and after 20-30 minutes had to ask the server again.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food was great

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Valentine’s special menu. The restaurant got a lot of people in and out and it was definitely full but we did not feel crowded or rushed. This was on a night when we planned late and little else was available. We loved the ambience and the food was amazing!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be special. It seemed like the restaurant tried to capitalize off the holiday by packing too many people into too small a space and overwhelming too small a staff. It took a while, despite reservations, for us to be recognized. Once we were finally attended to, we were asked what we had chosen - we hadn’t even been given menus yet. The dinner was prixe fixe and lukewarm. They messed up our order twice (did I mention the food was pre made making it unfathomable that out of the three choices they could mess it up twice). I felt bad for the staff as they were clearly placed in a bad position by their management. In the end, I’ve had better food in villages under siege in northern Iraq. I won’t be returning.

C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for valentines day, great value prix fixe menu, kind and attentive waitstaff, and delicious food. Will definitely be going back.

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! 100% need to visit while in DC. I recommend the meat platter!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! Great spot!

EG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

nice place. hard to find. entrance is on 4th street despite I street address.

LA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. This was our first tine. Well worth it.

BJ
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here is always outstanding... service is solid.

OC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 1st time at this restaurant. The food was very tasty. The drinks from hh menu were not that great, so we ended ordering drinks from the regular menu, which were very tasty.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent and managed all 10 of us!

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food but wish they had more weight staff. It took a long time between courses. Turkish coffee was outstanding but cooled down before desert served. In spite of the waiting it’s a rare find in DC for this type cuisine and I will probably be back.

b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch experience. All you can eat, all you can drink. Service was great. Will definitely be back!

DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Turkish food and overall reasonably priced. The service was friendly and efficient. Happy to have this place close to him.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best middle eastern dining in DC! Absolutely loved everything we got!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No recognition of special occasion. We were seated promptly upon arrival, but the table next who was seated after us was greeted first as they ordered a bottle of wine from the Bar before being seated. Not necessarily a nice start for us.

Great smells coming out of the kitchen, food was hot and ok. Water glasses went empty for a while. When we finished our bread we received more bread, but not the oil and spices that went along with it until we asked.

My wife’s non-alcoholic drink too 25 minutes to come out. I ordered the baklava to-go and when I got home it looked as it they threw in two and a half small pieces haphazardly into the box and bagged it us. I wouldn’t come here again but it was still somewhat worthwhile of an experience for a first.

TS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The brunch was okay. probably would have given a better rating if it was dinner time where food was made to order and had access to full menu.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great, however we went for the bottomless brunch and the waiter did not bring us everything we asked for (olives were asked for by 5 different people at different times and they never appeared) and we were always waiting for drinks unfortunately.

v
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. I went with a group of friends for brunch, everyone was very pleased. We will be back.

SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent new restaurant!

MN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What good fortune we had, coming in from out of town, and finding the Ottoman Taverna on Open Table. Our dinner was delightul, as was our waitress, Irem. My companions and and I enjoyed the Shepherd Salad, SIGARA BÖREĞI , MÜCVER , PATATES KÖFTE , Salmon, KÖFTE , and Cauliflower, all Mediterranean style dishes with a Turkish flair. I look forward to returning to this restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Eggplant purée was incredible

MT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In order to enjoy Ottoman Taverna, a patron should have some familiarity with Mediterranean food. The chefs have taken the basics of eggplant, lamb, falafal and upgraded them. A pilaf isn't the same old pilaf you used to make. It's a fine, fluffy concoction. Ground beef and lamb kebobs are grilled to tender perfection. No skewers used here. The baklava contained pistachios...a totally different experience from the usual desserts purchased everywhere else. You will like this moderately priced NoMa restaurant. I look forward to returning when it isn't as noisy.

EY
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Ottoman Taverna! It was busy but that didn’t stop our servers from being attentive and friendly. They even moved us to a table further from the door when I was cold. And the food — just incredible. We can’t wait to go back!!!