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Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1193 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. JM

    JustinM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible experience from start to finish. The food and service were impeccable. The inside dining area almost felt alive with all the groups and families coming together. I definitely will be going back.
  2. KW

    KalifaW

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and came out quick. The ambiance was wonderful.
  3. ED

    ElenaD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had a great time! Will definitely be back to try more of the menu!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Turkish food . My wife is very picky about meat and she loved the lamb meal. Appetizers were great and so was the dessert. Very helpful server. Best we had in DC
  5. RR

    RandomResident

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The servers were wonderful. The food exquisite except for one appetizer for which we were not charged. The service was gracious. One of the servers ran after me to give me the bag I’d forgotten.
  6. F

    Foodie4me

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The çiğ kofta was too mushy. Almost like a paste. Needs to be much more firm and served with whole lettuce leaves. Mücver being a squash dish it’s taste got lost in the large amount of shredded carrots that was used. Both Adana Kebap and İnegöl kofta was very nice. Beyti could be more spicy and less pepper paste. Service was good. Servers were very polite. It’s ambiance is suitable for any occasion. Sound level was fairly low, allowing table conversations in a normal voice as opposed to having to shout like in so many other restaurants.
  7. RT

    RiccardoTorresani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, wonderful service. The price is correct considering the place and the position.
  8. AS

    AlisonS

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was amazing and our servers were prompt and accommodating.
  9. D

    Dana

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Thrilled to have a vegetarian brunch option ! And great deal of food (and bottomless drinks) for the price.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food.
  11. KR

    KrishR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, one of the best I have had. Wife loved the Chicken Kabob plate. Service was excellent as well. Thank you.
  12. IE

    IremE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is very cozy place to go with anyone for an occasional event or not. Suitable for every type. Very delicious food, excellent service. Definitely recommend to anyone. I’ll go back again!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was excellent. We ordered the "Trip to Turkey" option which gives you 4 courses for a very reasonable price. You can choose from 5+ options in each course. They are all delicious. Very good nice staff. Nice environment. Thanks for the amazing dinner!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    248 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    248 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came back here after a long time and enjoyed the Saturday brunch.
  15. DC

    DCFoodie

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and the severs are attentive and friendly. We sat inside because it was quite hot but I imagine that on a cooler day, sitting outside would be quite pleasant. We had the taste of Turkey which has many choices in four courses. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
  16. C

    johnC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance, always delivers.
  17. MF

    MarvinF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outdoors for a somewhat rushed lunch. Our service was quick and efficient, and the food was excellent.
  18. DS

    DianeS

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is attentive and the food is spectacular. Lots of yummy vegetarian and vegan options too.
  19. C

    Craig

    Washington DC

    897 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    897 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very very nice on all accounts. Got the 4 course. A ton of food for $34.00 and every course was better than the one before it. Salmon and the hummus were stand outs for certain but I was happy with everything. Pacing was good, staff were excellent.
  20. GG

    GigiGirl

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and abundant food. Nice ambiance and noise level to socialize.
  21. H

    Harry

    Washington DC

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food. Great service - prompt, attentive, fast and accurate delivery, not pushy, friendly.
  22. AT

    AnthonyT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall experience was great. Chicken was undercooked but restaurant was great about handling the issue. All of the other food was terrific.
  23. c

    christyg

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Great value for the food! The servers didn’t come over for a while, it seemed like they were prepping for big parties. Good food & will definitely go back.
  24. AB

    AbedB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great (tried the Turkish Experience). disappointment were the Baklava (sweets, 4th course) and the tea (expected better quality tea)
  25. MH

    MelanieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Waitress was very helpful and attentive.
  26. d

    deena

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice event
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great amazing foooood
  28. NC

    NatC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Is the second time I visit this restaurant and I love it!! I like their service and food! Their bottomless brunch is one of the best in DC right now! Variety and quality! Both times my friends really enjoyed too! I like to make reservations, but I am sure they will take walk ins when possible. The ambiance is nice and the crowd is mostly adults. Will continue to recommend.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal and great service! The cold meze platter was amazing, would definitely recommend!
  30. S

    Seif

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Great authentic food and ambience
  31. A

    Abe425

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    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.
  32. DC

    DCfoodfan

    Washington DC

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. SM

    SusanM

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a happy birthday
  36. 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!
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. 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!
  40. SC

    StefanoC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 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!

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 4.7 stars by 1193 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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