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Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1288 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 45 times today
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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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What 1,288 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. D

    Diana

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, with interesting flavor combinations and fresh ingredients. The restaurant is large but still cozy--a pleasant atmosphere.
  2. C

    Cloudy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The ambience and the setting were great, the food was a little overpriced for the quality. The description of the foods also do no match what is served.
  3. E

    Emily

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic… went with a group of 10 for brunch and everyone had a great time! Food was delicious and the price was just right… came out to $50/per for bottomless food and drink!
  4. R

    Ryann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service! I booked for a party of 11 just a couple hours before our reserved time and they were able to seat us all. We had a fantastic experience.
  5. J

    Joseph

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four course menu was a great value--server could not have been more charming and helpful--food was terrific--just a great evening.
  6. p

    potato

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service outstanding
  7. E

    Efekrky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buğra ve Kemal çok ilgilendiler. Çok memnun kaldık. Her şey zamanında geldi.
  8. NZ

    NaraZ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love ottoman taverna!!! Always coming back for great food and ambiance!
  9. RK

    RekhaK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Loved the prix-fix menu. Flavorful good, great wine selection. I would definitely go back!
  10. FR

    FernandaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Place is nice, but the food is not amazing. The service was ok, the tables are too close to each other, so it is a bit hard to serve without being on top of the customer. Overall it was ok.
  11. DM

    DMVlifer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place to try with friends. The ambiance is great and the food is delicious. Went with a big group and had enough space between tables and the ability to share multiple dishes. Highly recommend!
  12. JG

    JamesG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Service was a bit slow. The waiters kept skipping over our table and going to others multiple times. The restaurant wasn’t crowded to have received this type of service.
  13. a

    artyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening - excellent service, extensive menu and wonderful food. Will return.
  14. Z

    Zgirl

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, generous portions, attentive staff and a pleasing environment. We’re sure to be back!
  15. SN

    SamN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were good. Made a reservation to sit outside and the restaurant was able to accommodate us even though their patio was closed.
  16. MT

    MikeT

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I took a friend from the west coast to this restaurant. He is particular about the quality and quantity of the food served in restaurants. Fortunately, I made a good choice because he kept telling me how good the food was. I enjoyed my meal very much. The falafel was excellent as was the entree, chicken topkapi. This was my second visit to Ottoman Taverna. There will definitely be a third.
  17. MT

    MahasinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is easily one of the best Turkish restaurants I have tried in the DMV area. We there for my fiancé’s birthday and had their 4 meal course titled trip to turkey and it was phenomenal.
  18. N

    Naz84

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Delicious food, fresh made to order, the chops were to die for, perfectly seasoned and cooked, melted in the mouth. The service was ok, our server disappeared for the longest time and we would have to try to get other server’s attention for drinks etc. overall I would definitely recommend this place for the authentic fresh and delicious food.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really loved the food and the music- wonderful experience!
  20. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very helpful and met our dietary needs. 2 Thumbs up! Great for vegan.
  21. RT

    RarelyleaveTheHill

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a rewarding meal with gracious service. Wait staff always seems excited about your order. We did the $35 four course dinner which was a good deal. All excellent choices. Been there a lot and will continue to return.
  22. AJ

    AbiJ

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was INCREDIBLE!!!!
  23. TM

    TdzhM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I went to dine there twice and both times the overall experience was great. The food is very delicious with a variety to choose from. However, two things I think they can improve. The first one is the music level, both times I had to raise my voice significantly to have a normal conversation. Secondly, the bread basket they provide is excellent, but the flatbread that comes with the main feels like a store bought and it really lets down the rest of the meal.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mezes and kebabs
  25. S

    Sellaby

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing and big portion. Best Baklava ever. We will definitely come back when in town.
  26. IR

    IbadR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first ever visit. I always look for good Turkish food in and around the DC area. This one by far ranks first. Quick service with a smile. Took us only 37 minutes in and out.
  27. IK

    IshiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I had a great brunch at Ottoman Taverna this past weekend! The staff were very helpful and the food was great!
  28. a

    acineto

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food4service1ambience4
    Food was great but service was bad. They only came around once to fill up our water (amongst other issues)
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The service was great, but everything else was meh. I wouldn’t dine here again.
  31. S

    Squidomatic

    New England

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, ambiance all terrific. Wonderful Turkish food - fresh, well prepared, large portions. Wait staff lovely. A new favorite in DC!
  32. A

    Anne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic food and service! Would recommend to anyone!
  33. SC

    StefanoC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfect place, great food, great ambience and music, great service all at the right price! highly recommended
  34. CP

    CharlesP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guests absolutely loved the evening. The dishes were delicious and beautifully plated. Service was outstanding! Thanks for a terrific dinner and please pass along my thanks and appreciation to the chef and his staff. Charles
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful experience. Trip Turkiye is a great value. And our server Gizem was on top of it!
  36. TT

    TravelingTrio

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a great place to have a large group (10 people ) gather for dinner. Food was fabulous .
  37. DA

    DinaA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food excellent service. We chose to dine outdoors and it was perfect. Highly recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful, friendly and attentive staff. Dined with a party of six and all liked their menu selections. My lamb was tender and tasty. Wine selection interesting with wine from Mediterranean locales near Turkey.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! This is our second time coming for a business meal. Everything comes out on time and delicious

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 1288 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 45 times today
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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