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Ottoman Taverna, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1638 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


Booked 22 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (202) 847-0389
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Mount 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

What 1,638 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

1,638 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Turkish restaurants. Mohammad is a great waiter.

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  2. Bobbie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful wonderful — although we’d like to see the beef iskender returned to the menu. Love the tour of Turkey menu!

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  3. MJA1

    Houston

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, I will not be returning. The restaurant added a large surcharge to the bill, even for our table of 3, to comply with DC wage laws. I did not see anything about the surcharge until the bill arrived. There was also an expectation to add a tip in addition to the surcharge. It would be far better to raise menu prices than surprise patrons with a 20% surprise fee at the end of a meal, and expect a tip on top of that.

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  4. Ralph

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant - light and airy. Great food with simple presentation, but fantastic flavors. The waiter was very personable and made recommendations as well as helped us with the pronunciation of the dishes, so I felt like I learned a new language too. It was fun!

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  5. SamuelW2410

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Turkish coffee was nice. Service was pleasant. Food was lackluster. Would not return.

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  6. JordanG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is so amazing! I always have a good meal when I come!

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  7. LaLaLici

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious and we had a great time at dinner. I just wish the service wasn't so slow. The three of us waited almost half an hour for our first round of drinks. However, the drinks were delicious and the staff was friendly.

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  8. dcluv2dine

    Washington DC

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sit at the bar and everything was wonderful. Delicious food, lamb chops, lamb sis, hummus, and shepherd salad. Service was excellent. Will be back soon.

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  9. AliA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Music was too loud. Hard to engage in a conversation over loud music

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Delicious food and wonderful service

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  11. Jaime

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. This was our first visit and we look forward to returning.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been to the Ottoman Taverna many times and it never disappoints! As always food and service were excellent and it’s usually nice and quiet mid- week!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took a group of young people here and it was so fun to experience great food and the first atmosphere.

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  14. VNic

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice restaurant, friendly and attentive service, fast, great choices, perfect price/quality

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  15. MontyY

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Had to sit at the bar for the happy hour menu but made the meal very reasonable price-wise. Look forward to eating here again soon.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely outstanding. We typically dine family style where ever we go. We cleaned both plates & enjoyed all the bread. The flavors were rich & vibrant, everything was fresh, it was simply a very very good meal overall. This was our first time having Turkish food & it will not be the last. The pita bread was one of the best breads I’ve ever had, hands down. It was warm and soft with a nice chew. All the meat was seasoned and grilled to perfection. The salad, bulgur, etc. was flavorful and balanced everything out nicely. The service was our only issue. We got 1 glass of water each, he never came back to check on us, refill our drinks, nothing. He simply took our order, filled the glasses once, & dropped off the plates. For a 20% service fee automatically added, I would have expected there to actually be decent service. My husband erroneously tipped on top of it, & I wish he wouldn’t have. Great service is something we look for in any dining experience, without it what’s the point in dining out?

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  17. KimberlyB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice menu and most of the food came out well, but the service left something to be desired.

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  18. lacak

    Anchorage

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re looking for authentic Turkish food, this is the place. Great food, great service. I’ll be back!

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  19. CambridgeGirl

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved Ottoman Taverna. It had come recommended and didn't disappoint. We were there celebrating Eid for lunch. As one of the few Halal places in DC, the atmosphere was low key festive with a number of families enjoying the holiday and of course, others just enjoying a weekday lunch. The service was good, the food delicious, the atmosphere lovely. I will definitely go back and would highly recommend. I can imagine that at night it is pretty busy as there is a nice bar and ample seating, including some tables outside for warm nights.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food in town. Delicious organized good taste

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  21. visitingwashington

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Turkish food. The place is a bit packed. The service staff was very friendly and prompt.

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  22. Rachel

    East Sussex

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Overhyped. Food was ok, host stand was not accommodating of a request for a quieter spot even though there was an empty section. Our main server was good but others messed up parts of our order. There are better places for similar food and price point. I don’t think it deserves the bib gourmand listing.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at the Ottoman Taverna was incredible! Highly recommend the 4 course meal if you are not familiar with middle eastern foods.

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  24. YukoH

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved everything about this restaurant. Service was attentive, food was just like I remember from my visit to Turkey. If you love Turkish food, I highly recommend this restaurant for great food and service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best brunch in dc…unlimited food and drink for $60

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  26. DANIEL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ottoman taverna had warm and hospitable service and the food was excellent. It was a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday dinner.

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  27. adriang

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    2 stars for service. Food was as expected, fresh, tasty, flavorful and predictable. The ambience is lively and fun. It was Saturday night and granted, they were busy, however the service not only lacked speed but also a pleasant attitude.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food and service. We had the cold meze platter, lamb chops, grilled lamb cubes, moussaka, and baklava with ice cream. Incredible.

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  29. GerryC

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at the restaurant, the waitress was helpful with our understanding of the menu. The cold meze plate of mixed appetizers was the highlight of our meall in addition to the classic coaktail. Enjoyed the meze mixture along with the hot bread. Yummy. I ordered the Ottoman Classic chicken ..not sure about the correct name on the menu..Overall there was not much chicken offered in this dish and seasoning overpowered the chicken taste rather than complimented the chicken. Overall prefer Popeye's chicken seasoning and taste more than the chef's version of this chicken plate. The moussaka was filling and heavy with the potatoes ..I wouldn't recommend it. I have tasted better Moussaka at local Greek restaurant. The potato cake or Patates was heavy and tasteless. We took about 2 bites and left the rest. l would not recommend this dish either. The best dish was Beyti Kebap which was devoured.

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  30. MohammedZ

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Lentil Soup was good but overpriced value. Chicken had chewy texture. Food quality can definitely be better

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  31. Chethana

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, price points were reasonable for the food quality, and we appreciated how easy it was to make a reservation for a relatively large group (12 people). The service was a bit strange (challenges putting in our order, receiving food at the same time, etc.) and we did experience some confusion about the automated tip for large groups since our server also seemed to expect a separate tip.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 Ottoman Taverna is amazing, the food is incredible. Cannot recommend enough

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food in a beautiful setting. Great service as well.

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  34. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb as always. Excellent food, terrific service, a wonderful vibe make for an exceptional dining experience. Was not our first time by any means, will definitely not be our last. Always a wonderful treat!!!!

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  35. VanitaS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Lackluster experience—from food to service. Will not be going back.

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  36. CMLP

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a big fan of this restaurant. Food is always good, service is friendly (not like amazing but good) and they have a nice happy hour. Always happy to visit Ottoman Taverna.

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  37. kevinp

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous menu, dining experience and ambiance. Loved it!

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  38. Onnah

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch menu was really great, great value, great service.

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  39. loveitalian

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasting menu is amazing! Best Turkish food outside of Turkey

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  40. LauraB

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The next best thing to traveling to Turkey! Excellent food and ambiance.

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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 1638 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


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ottoman Taverna

425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    4th and I Street NW
  • Neighborhood
    Mount 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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: (202) 847-0389
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