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Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1322 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 46 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 1,322 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Not the best customer service.
  2. JO

    JOSEPH1

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My wife’s birthday
  3. MF

    MinaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great Turkish food, good for group dining as plates are quite large and easy to share!
  4. AA

    AlliesAppetite

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went on a double date with friends before the theater. Restaurant week made a perfect excuse to do something new. The food was fantastic the portions on point and service overall was good. I recommend 100%
  5. J

    Jonesmade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is amazing!!! We went for restaurant week so we just looked at the menu they had for it, but I would love to go back for their bottomless brunch because it looks delicious!
  6. V

    Veronika

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and the kebabs were amazing. Service was really really good. Turquoise drink not good.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quite nicely done! Attentive staff with appropriately relaxed pace between courses. Drinks, appetizer, dinner, and desert all presented well and more importantly very delicious! I will definitely return at my earliest convenience. Thank you!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!! Very yummy food and very good service.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bottomless brunch was so worth it!!
  11. SL

    SusieL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I sent my coworkers there for a dinner meeting and they raved about it!
  12. A

    Akg18

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best New Year party, thank to all the staffs for their kindness
  13. MR

    MRNYC

    New York Area

    59 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The New Year Eve's pre-set menu was just OK...I would has preferred to select what I want to eat from the menu versus being dictated
  14. E

    Enisa

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious,Mediterranean taste! I will strongly recommend!
  15. SV

    SokoVision

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went for a family birthday. The ambience and service was excellent. Food was very good - olive oil was super fresh! Salmon was a bit overcooked / dry but other dishes were well seasoned and flavorful. It's a large space and can be a bit noisy but not excessive.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Over all good experience. I plan on returning.
  17. AN

    AliN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Hands down it is the best Turkish restaurant on east coast. Highly recommended
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating. We had a 6 year old child and the helped us find the perfect meal.
  19. MA

    MahaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been one of the best Turkish food I have had in a while! Alhumdulillah
  20. n

    nicsa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent - meats were incredibly flavorful and juicy. Even just their rice and breads were fresh and flavorful. Our service was great and helpful in guiding us on what to order. Definitely coming back
  21. VS

    VandanaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Considering that they were very busy food and service was good. Our table location could have been better. I would definitely recommend the restaurant.
  22. W

    Westchestered

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Prices very fair. Nothing like seeing locals and families enjoy.
  23. AT

    ATCSCS

    Greensboro

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for the pre fix menu on Christmas. Had a lovely meal. Food was great and service started off strong but fell off at the end causing us to drop it to 4 starts. Overall a great experience and I would recommend it and would eat here again
  24. RZ

    RobertZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are so happy we found this restaurant to celebrate our family Christmas together! The meals were awesome
  25. PJ

    PJ008

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    They reduced the portion of their food significantly and increased the prices by 20 percent. We ordered the Chef's mixed grill dish. It used to come with Donner kabob but it was missing. It also used to have bigger chunks of chicken but they were smaller. In addition, there used to be a bowl of rice, but it was replaced with a small cup of rice. The price used to be $53 but now it was about $64.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in DC and made a reservation here to serve as our Christmas Eve dinner….I am so pleased with the experience. Everyone was so nice, the food was amazing, but best of all, I got to eat baklava and drink Turkish tea for the first time in ten years!!! It was a true ratatouille moment…thank you Ottoman Taverna!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!! Great service!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone from the host, to the server, and the bussers were all very cordial and professional! We had the patates kofte, dolmas, hummus, and lamp chops. It was nice to receive a complimentary shareable dish from the chef as well. I highly recommend dinner here, and I look forward to checking out their brunch menu one of these weekends.
  29. M

    Mona

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Expensive but had good food and good service, overall good experience
  30. M

    Mary

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff was lovely and very attentive. We were in the secondary dining room, which was perfect for our crowd. Beautiful setting as well.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice restaurant and design and they have a good and delicious food
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was incredible and the staff were all very efficient. I will definitely be returning.
  33. SJ

    SaadJ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Decided to try out the restaurant after looking at the reviews and ratings. Ordered Hot Mezze platter to start and hummus. Hot mezze was tasty and enjoyed everything we had. Hummus was under whelming to say the least. Did not taste fresh and have had better elsewhere. Ordered the mixed meat platter. Food was average. Lamp chops had a good amount of fat on them. Kofte were decent but wish it had more flavor. Ordered kunefe and that too was underwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s just me and I have high intentions for Turkish food but all in all the food was average. This place is a one time visit type of restaurant.
  34. D

    Diana

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

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

    Cloudy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    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.
  36. E

    Emily

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    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!
  37. R

    Ryann

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    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.
  38. 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.
  39. p

    potato

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service outstanding
  40. 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.

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 1322 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 46 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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