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Ottoman Taverna, Washington, DC
Ottoman Taverna, Washington, DC
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Ottoman Taverna, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Ottoman Taverna

4.6
4.6
1593 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 34 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 1,593 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Good for groups

1,593 Reviews
  1. ThereseV

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was fine except that my friend had a hair in her food. The waiter said that he would bring a replacement and comp the meal but when the meal came it wasn’t done and I was so immersed in the conversation, I forgot to raise it with him.

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  2. TaraP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The only disappointment was that the express lunch isnt served on weekends. Entrees are pricey so reccommend a few starters and sharing entrees. Cocktails are great too.

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  3. Ilikerestaurants

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently outstanding food with a fun environment.

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  4. GabrielleH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply walking into Ottoman Taverna is in and of itself a great experience. The staff is always friendly and the ambiance is gorgeous. Even on a Saturday night it is usually not overly busy, which is a surprise because it’s one of the best Turkish restaurants in the DMV area. My usual order is the Trip Around Turkey, which is the four course meal. Everything comes out perfectly timed so we are entertained with the most scrumptious dishes the whole time that we’re there. It’s the most relaxing and delightful restaurant to have a date night or dinner with friends and family.

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  5. foodie

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant is huge but only about 4 tables filled. Our waiter was superb....the food only fair. They had a special 3 course meal which was better than the lamb chops a la carte. Would return to try other offerings.

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  6. Bandido

    Washington DC

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty Turkish food. The excellent lunch special gives you a chance to try different dishes at a reasonable price.

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  7. Carolus

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and superb service make for a delightful dining experience. Brought a friend for her birthday and had a marvelous dining occasion. I like also that service is included in the bill here.

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  8. visitor

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brunch was incredible!!! And an amazing deal! Mimosas were a little watered down but it’s bottomless so just drink more! 10/10 recommend!

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  9. AndreaO

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had higher hopes for this restaurant after seeing website, menu and reviews. Our server was kind and friendly but our experience overall was mediocre. We had both the hot and cold meze plates - both were underwhelming and made us think of fast food (likely just microwaved, for the warm items) rather than authentic fresh made. We have had better Turkish food at simple local lunch cafes where we live. Also, the wine pour was maybe 4 ounces if I’m being generous. I thought I had been served a half glass…. feeling jipped on already overpriced alcohol is the worst. :( Additionally a 20% service charge is automatically added and then 10% tax (on top of the service charge too!), making for a 32% charge on top of your meal. Hefty premium irrespective of your service or experience. All in all, it was just okay and we would not go back.

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  10. Celebrate

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and value for the money. Nice options for restaurant week. Great service. Little loud but not terrible.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a terrible experience last night. The restaurant was incredibly loud and it felt like the server whispered to us. The meat tasted processed. When I received the bill, there was a 20% service charge levied and when I asked whether that went to the server, they said no. So the tip was on top of that. Basically a 40% up charge on an average meal.

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  12. GregoryJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite restaurant in DC. The wait staff are always friendly, quick, and super attentive. The food, especially appetizers are to die for. Yum! Choklava was a fun delicious new dessert.

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  13. Marcindc

    Washington DC

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ours was a large group of colleagues. Our table was ready upon arrival and our request for separate checks was honored. We all ordered the restaurant week menu for $40 and it was a great value. All enjoyed food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommended.

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  14. MelanieP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time enjoying this lovely restaurant that is now a favorite! The service, ambience, and food are unmatched in the area. It's a great place for a large family gathering or for an intimate dinner for two.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service was horrible. She knew she was getting 20%. She stood around and talked to friends. She was dishonest and rude. The food was ok. The food that was supposed to be hot was lukewarm at best. The seats were ripped. It was run down. We will never return. A tip should be earned not mandatory. If you want to pay your employees more than charge more for your food.

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  16. Victor

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent. We really enjoyed the restaurant.

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  17. MaryAnne

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I went there with 3 friends during Restuarant Week. One friend had been there multple times before but a first for 3 of us. It was a lovely eveing. Food and Service outstanding. A very nive restuarant week menu (good sampling of their regular menu) and the price for food and wine a GREAT deal.

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  18. CeCe

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was disappointed. The food was average. Service was good. I expected a lot better.

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  19. DoxieLuvr

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I reserverd for a table of 12 for a birthday brunch. The table was set and ready when we arrived. The wait staff explained the menu and answered questions. They were all very friendly and worked as a team to deliver drinks and food to everyone. Highly recommend.

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  20. MichaelP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, nice decor and tasty food. Recommend it

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  21. Nikoli

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here for New Year's and enjoyed the food. We ordered Hummus, Potato Kafte, Butter Shrimp, Shish Kebab, Adana Kebab, and Doner meals. Of all the dishes, the Hummus had the least amount of flavor but a little salt did the trick. It wasn't too crowded so we were able to hear our conversation.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went there on New Year’s Eve, they had a $69 pre fixe menu only which wasn’t mentioned at the time of reservation. The food was subpar, most of the things were served cold/lukewarm and didn’t taste fresh. The pita was more like a bagel. The only good thing was the quantity but still didn’t make it worth the $90 (with tax and included gratuity) Have been here earlier as well (on a regular day) and the experience was similar

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  23. Zeee

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. They helped accommodate the children. Food tasted great. The rice pudding was served frozen which I did not expect. Some places have warm or room temperature rice pudding.

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  24. SokoVision

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I went for lunch to celebrate my wife’s birthday. Food and service were excellent as always. Definitely one of DC’s culinary treasures without being obnoxiously and unnecessarily overpriced.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bello lugar, la comida, el ambiente, la atención todo perfecto

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  26. lesleys

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Excellent customer service!!! I highly recommend for any occasion

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  27. LamarF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have been here a few times and for those that have never tried Turkish food. It's always a wonderful experience and the portions are plentiful and delicious. I am especially fond of the moussaka if I don't mind eating heavy or any of the kebabs.

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  28. AnitaH

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here on Christmas Day, when it is tough to find restaurants that are open. It was pretty full but we had a very enjoyable experience. They offered both a prix-fixe and an a la carte menu, which was nice. The food was tasty and the portions were quite large. The desserts came with a large scoop of ice cream. Would highly recommend!

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  29. DMT50

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The "trip to Turkey" menu was delicious! We. added a bottle of red Turkish wine that complemented the food perfectly!

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  30. ARHN

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It is a wonderful dining establishment. The food was divine. It did take the waiters a minute to come to our table, but they were friendly and polite. I would recommend this restaurant. If you go, get the lamb!

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  31. Terrell

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanna see Below Deck staff in a restaurant? Well then come here on Christmas Day. None - not one of these hard working staff members are on their phone or chit chatting with each other. They are there to serve top notch service. Food was ratings GOLD too. So glad we made the choice to come here for Christmas dinner.

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  32. jorgep

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A visit to Ottoman Tavern is a simple and delicious trip to the delicacies of Turkey

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  33. SamirH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I were so impressed by the high quality of the place and the friendly staff and their excellent service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to taste the Turkish cuisine in a warm atmosphere.

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  34. Drummeral

    Washington DC

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, outstanding service and very nice ambiance. Fine variety of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. Quality is terrific. Well worth the drive, we will be back and soon. A very welcome restaurant that we now have in our regular rotation!!!

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  35. MatthewS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a big group and they accommodate us nicely though there were a few kinks with the service such as hard to find a server sometimes (despite heavy staffing) and entrees came out at different times.

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  36. Happy

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous! Would definitely go again

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was wonderful! Bottomless brunch bested us, we were full before we even got our meats! Our server was so kind, he explained everything to us (it was our first time dining there). Our food was so delicious. We would recommend it to any of our friends

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  38. Linda

    Columbus

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The kofte and islander kabob my husband ordered he said we're excellent. I wish there were more vegan options on the menu because as a non meat eater my options were very limited.

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  39. KittyW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much for fantastic atmosphere and service as always!

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  40. AyseT

    BW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, staff was very friendly and accomodating. Loved the overall experience.

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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 1593 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 34 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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