Ottoman Taverna

4.8
846 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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
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
What 846 people are saying
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vibe. Food was tasty. Loved the lamb

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best adana kebab in usa, nice and friendly service feel like istanbul.

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vipCraigH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place of ours for dining out. The food is always wonderful and the service is excellent.

MO
MiaO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, bottomless brunch was definitely worth it

AP
vipAndrewP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of 4 had the mixed cold appetizer platter (6 different dips), mixed hot appetizer platter (4 items) and the mixed grill (advertised as for 2)- this was enough food for the four of us and all was delicious.

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BlairD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottoman Taverna had excellent food, a wonderful atmosphere, and an attentive staff. The menu is very vegetarian-friendly. I will absolutely be returning and recommending it to friends!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent.

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Tobbie247
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the price point was great too. Servers were very helpful in assisting me to pick the right meal.

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ManjuL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and delicious tour to Mediterranean

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AnnG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. They offered complimentary apps and dessert since the food was slightly delayed.

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BrookeY
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday bottomless brunch was awesome! Great food! Fun experience! Attentive staff! Sampling the many different small plates was a great introduction to different turkish foods! The staff were friendly and helpful in describing the dishes. We already have have plans to come back with additional guests to share this fun experience!

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vipdinesalot
Charlotte
151 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding

JL
JacksonL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simply the best! Beautiful setting, wondrous food. I gave 4 of 5 for service only because they seemed a tiny bit overwhelmed as the restaurant was very busy (a good sign!). All-in-all, if you enjoy Turkish cuisine, and let's face it, what's not to enjoy, give it a whirl. I highly recommend.

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ShahramA
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best Adana Kebab. Recommend Cehf's mixed grille for new patrons to decide the best for their next visit

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary! As a Turkish person, it’s usually hard to find good, decent, authentic Turkish food abroad . But tell you what, it was so much better than I would ever expect . Highly recommended!!
The ambiance, musics, serving really fascinated me. And the last touch with desert and tea made my homesick go away!
Thank you again Ottoman Taverna!

Highly recommended!

MK
MKar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. We took some of our out of town guests and they loved it. The food was amazing, the service was outstanding and the ambiance was great. We will go back often for sure.

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CarolineR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience! We went on Monday for their Mezza Monday special and son drinks. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We had a great time.

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vipTonyP
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Busy Saturday night. Service was a bit slow and the delivery of food was very rushed. We brought several new people to the restaurant and the servers just dumped the food off and we were struggling to understand what each item was. It was tasty and we decided to just share everything.

But it would have nice if the servers would slow down and slowly announced what the item is so we could determined who ordered what. Especially if we not Turkish so the names are not familiar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with friendly and helpful service explaining the dishes preparations

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Ottoman Taverna did not disappoint! The food was EXCELLENT. We enjoyed everything we ate - the bread, butter shrimp, and the Chef Mix Grill for two. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was wonderful. Multiple people took care of our order, filling drinks, and clearing the table. Everyone was incredibly kind and courteous, especially our waitress Cansu. She was kind enough to offer great recommendations and explain what was in our dishes when we asked. The music was low, but provided a great atmosphere. This is clearly the place to be. We will definitely be back.

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Bluereporter
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice restaurant, with a nice and pretty quiet ambient. Great-tasting food.

Not a great variety, though. I have visited Turkey three times and I know that Turkish cuisine is much more varied. What Ottoman Taverna offers is very similar to other Middle Eastern restaurants in Washington DC and surrounding areas.

For instance, there was not a single dolma on the menu. A bit disappointing.

LM
LubnaM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff very courteous and accommodating. Wonderful service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottoman Taverna was amazing. Everything about the occasion was something I absolutely want to experience again. The waiter my mom and I got was super helpful and basically chose our meals for us. We asked him what his favorite dishes were and he was completely honest and chose an amazing meal. Absolutely if you’re in D.C. go here and experience this place at least once. You won’t be disappointed.

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TimC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal... as always. Amazing food and great and friendly service make this a place we return to time and again. Tried, true, and always top notch. For the quality of the food you get, it’s also a great value.

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AnkarU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great food. Over the years, the restaurant has been serving less and less Turkish cuisine and losing that Ottoman authenticity. Waiters are great but the bus boys are disruptive when filling up your glass. Overall, a solid restaurant to take your friends, family, and lover to. Personally was just disappointed to see what the place was reduced to over the past 5 years.

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maryamk
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was fairly good. The water was dirty, it had small black particles in it. The waiter was attentive and it was not too loud during our lunch visit. I heard good reviews about this restaurant, however it did not quite live up to my expectations.

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JuliaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Just can't get enough of this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not sure how we stumbled on this place but it’s a gem. We went there for a girls night and it’s easily some of the best middle eastern food I’ve had.
Kifte was amazing, lamb chops, chicken kebabs. The hummus. Staff was attentive too

MD
vipMichaelD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was phenomenal

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vipRlhbethesda
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific patio; awesome food

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From walking to leaving, everything was exceptional! The staff was so kind and welcoming. Outstanding! We couldn’t fault anything! Coming from London its been a struggle to find a restaurant that matches the quality and ambience of Turkish restaurants in the English Capital and omg this place is everything and more! We came here for my wife’s birthday dinner and although I had my hesitations from past experiences here but they soon dissolved away. We were warmly welcomed on arrival and promptly seated at a lovely spacious table with safe social distancing measures in place. The ambience and decor transports you away from the hustle of DC and into the comforts of Turkish history and hospitality. We opted for the Tour of Turkey Menu which had a lot of options and firm favourites. The red lentil soup was a hug in a bowl we wiped it clean! The fresh bread, creamy humus, tangy flavourful sigara borek and light but crispy patates koftes were the perfect accompaniments with our soup. For mains do NOT skip out on the beyti kebap, every bite was better than the previous! The moussaka was decadent and delicious so much that I couldn’t finish it. Dessert was an easy choice with Katmer! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful evening. I can’t recommend this place enough! The staff excel at their jobs and we can’t wait to go back! Yunus, Alp, and all the ladies who served us that night made this the perfect night! I r can’t thank them enough! Chef Moustafa you outdid yourself!

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Sara
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good service! and good food! and good vibes! very good!

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simadajani
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was incredible, food and service was perfect! Only thing is I got a little hot.. probably Bc I was seated close to kitchen. Thank you Ottoman Taverna for a great night!

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vipMelis
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was our first time trying this restaurant. We ordered from the 4 course menu. There were many choices. The restaurant was nicely decorated.

We really enjoyed our meals. However, the baklava was quite dry.

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RichardP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meal was tasty but the thing of special note was the pistachio dusted very thin “baklava like” dessert with the most delicious vanilla ice cream. We weren’t planning on dessert but the waitor’s suggestion was excellent. Wow!

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vipLove2eat
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food came out cold.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Terrible and inattentive service for Sunday brunch. Server dropped a couple of dishes in front of our table. He was gone for 15-20 minutes at times without checking in. He also forgot to bring one dish. Also, he brought tea pots with tea stains all over them. No idea how this place is Michelin rated.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ottoman Taverna using the Order Online button. Ottoman Taverna also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ottoman Taverna also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 847-0389.

Ottoman Taverna is rated 4.8 stars by 846 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.