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Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1244 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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Dining areas

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 1,244 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
  • 4.6Value

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  1. DH

    DavidHH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really good food. Got there late so we ordered right away. Good ambience and would be a good location for date night and large groups alike.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    While visiting our son who attends university in DC, we dined at Ottoman Taverna on a busy Saturday night. We had wonderful service, delicious food and interesting cocktails.We recommend this restaurant and hope to visit again.
  3. AD

    AuthenticDCgirl

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    First, the restaurant is located on 4th Street, not it's listed location. The place is gorgeous. The food is passable. Will not return. The beyti kabab was wrapped in a pastey lavash bread and the baklava was stale, without discernable layers and a one note, super-sweet chunk. The bread dips were good but all the meat tasted stale and nothing was tender. Would not recommend.
  4. MB

    MarcusB

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner experience at Ottoman. The food was tasty and reminded us of our dinners in Istanbul. The the service was friendly and timely. They also have an interesting selection of Turkish and Greek wines. Well worth a visit.
  5. RS

    RosaS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    it was too many mosquitos and bugs inside we were sitting next to the window other than that the food and service was good
  6. n

    nomdeguerre

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    First of all, we were sat in a small two-top table with outdoor seats inside, we ordered Istanbul Breakfast for two which needed a larger space to fit all the plates. Our server was ok, spent more time on the phone, the music was very loud definitely not Turkish music, the experience was underwhelming..
  7. h

    heya

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ottoman Taverna is always a fun place to go for a delightful evening good food-good drinks-and delightful staff.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The service was awful and when they served, the food was cold and we had to ask the servant to warm the food which that took 10 minutes. This was my second time here and I didn't expect this service and I felt bad in front of my family!!
  9. s

    srikanthg

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    it was a Reservation for 2 Persons, we were seated at 2 person table which is a common walkway. Most of the people walking were hitting my chair, waitress, etc. The noise was also too high. The food is great though.
  10. l

    love2eat

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, and atmosphere was great. Everything that was ordered was delicious and more than enough to eat. The menu is extensive so I plan on returning to try some other items. Will definitely recommend to friends.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    There were two parties nearby. Both were fairly drunken and very very loud. My wife and I were at the Taverna celebrating our anniversary and the chaos nearby was just too much. It kind of ruined our first date out in a long while. The food was fine. Some dishes better than others. One of the dishes was drenched in a tomato sauce that made it not so appealing. The kebobs were fantastic. The service was good and the decor incredible. The best part for us was the dessert. Too bad the rowdy tables were overwhelming. Would have been better if management had given those groups space further away.
  13. FP

    FrankP

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Well prepared dishes and an interesting selection of wines.
  14. DK

    DanielK

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ottoman Taverna is my favorite place to take my out of town guests. Michelin Awards, nuff said.
  15. RT

    RunawayTofu

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful bottomless brunch experience with just the right portion sizes so you can try everything on the menu. Refreshing, bright flavors in a beautiful setting. Ottoman will definitely become a regular dining experience for visiting guests and self-treats.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cold and hot mezze platters were a great start to our dinner and allow us to try a bunch of the menu. The Lamb Sis and Moussaka were also very delicious. Our waiter was also very attentive to our table and treated us very well!
  17. AH

    AngelaH

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good authentic Turkish food. Loved the four course Trip of Turkey. Great food at an excellent price.
  18. BD

    BrianDespard

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely dining space with friendly, helpful serving staff. Food is good, but not exceptional. Hors-d'oeuvres were excellent, main entrees a little lacking in interesting flavors.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday. We expected the restaurant to congratulate our son somehow.
  20. PS

    PoonamS

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The food was very bad and the service was awful. The bread was cold and mosquitoes on the outdoor seating .
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was AMAZING a little of everything to try cocktails were okay. Our waiter was friendly but service was very slow this day. Amazing authentic food!
  22. DB

    DanielB

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent great
  23. J

    Joyce

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food for a reasonable price and very nice wait staff. Their four-course fixed price menu was a real bargain for a great variety of choices. Will definitely recommend to friends.
  24. K

    Kelsey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch experience in DC - if you're looking for a quality food experience and not a drunk party. They bring the dishes out in different "groupings" so you don't have to read a menu and make selections but you get to try so many fun new things and share!!
  25. SS

    ShreekalS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The adana kabob should be a mixture of lamb and beef to make it more tender and not so chewy.
  26. R

    Randi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I had an outdoor lunch at Ottoman Taverna and it was such an enjoyable time. Their patio space is cute and fairly intimate, with the tables enclosed by tall greenery outside the restaurant. It was cool, breezy, and shaded, though I'm not sure if the shade was just due to time of day and positioning of the sun. Mosquitos were a bit of a problem, however. My friend and I tried their pre fixe menu which was such an incredible deal. 4 courses for $35. Everything but the main course is fairly small, but appropriately sized given the number of courses. Many of the appetizers come in twos so it's perfect to split with someone. I really enjoyed the first two courses but found the main to be just...fine. I got the tavuk sis and the chicken was outstandingly perfect, but everything that accompanied it was just meh. The drinks, not included in the pre fixe, were quite mediocre in my opinion. Not bad, but I've definitely had better. I'd probably return again! Great value for the price imo :)
  27. FS

    FaithS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    oddly we had several mosquito bites from our inside table. They asked us if we needed to move but that seemed silly at first. Afterward the three diners had several bites on their ankles. It had a rush of rain outside right before we started and somehow a bunch of mosquitos must have followed diners inside.
  28. MC

    MsChanandlerBong

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and a great wine list with several reasonably priced bottles
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved their Bottomless brunch 10/10
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Been looking forward to dining here since I booked the reservation weeks ago. Words cannot describe how delicious everything was. We started with a Turkish coffee and tropical fizz mock-tail. As a non-drinker I always love to see a mock-tail menu even if it’s only a few choices. We then got the cold mezze sampler and it was everything I hoped it to be. Each has its own flavor profile and each was made even better with the delicious bread they serve. Though we could have and prolly should have just stopped there we opted for the chefs tasting platter of grilled meats and omg I can’t stress how perfectly cooked each meat was and teaming with flavor. Now I’m a little picky when it comes to service only because I work in fine dining for a living. Though the server was polite and efficient I know the point of having so many server assistants on staff is so the server can spend more time with their guests instead of bussing, filling waters, and running food. It was tough to get her to engage beyond being an order taker and she was quick to run away from the table as if she had somewhere else to be. It was early in the night and it seemed she was either bored or distracted since I noticed her constantly standing around doing nothing or conversing with co-workers. Not a good look for a server in the middle of the dining room. That time could have been much better invested in providing a more catered dining experience to her guests. At least it was still a overly enjoyable night as the food was the standout winner and I will absolutely be recommending this place to anyone in the area.
  31. P

    Ptash

    Phoenix

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Turkish food! Some of it was better than the Turkish food in Istanbul
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Decent overall. Pita bread served with meze was rather stale. Cold meze platter overpriced for quantity. Excellent moussaka. Beyti kebab was good. Baklva with vanilla ice-cream good for sharing. Attentive service
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, really good mimosas, cute interior!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great service but the food was just okay.
  35. LG

    LarryG

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Restaurant Week offering was a great value - many options and well prepared.
  36. RB

    RichardB

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, genuine Turkish food. Decor, sound also very local. We were two snd shared 3 cold and 3 hot mezzes. More than enough. Good Turkish cocktails and wine.
  37. SD

    SultanD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service!! The taste was excellent! Definitely I would advice it to everyone !
  38. G

    Gretchen

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and I enjoyed the pleasant outdoor seating.
  39. BW

    BrookeW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious; service was impeccable. Can't wait to come back and try more dishes!
  40. MH

    MargaretH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. I got the yogurt appetizer, adana kebab and baklava. All three were delicious. The adana kebab was deliciously spiced and the white rice was tasty and buttery. The service was fast and attentive. The portions were not large, especially the yogurt and baklava but the adana kebab was more than adequately sized.

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 1244 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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