Ottoman Taverna

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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Friday, 14 February, 2020

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

No recognition of special occasion. We were seated promptly upon arrival, but the table next who was seated after us was greeted first as they ordered a bottle of wine from the Bar before being seated. Not necessarily a nice start for us.

Great smells coming out of the kitchen, food was hot and ok. Water glasses went empty for a while. When we finished our bread we received more bread, but not the oil and spices that went along with it until we asked.

My wife’s non-alcoholic drink too 25 minutes to come out. I ordered the baklava to-go and when I got home it looked as it they threw in two and a half small pieces haphazardly into the box and bagged it us. I wouldn’t come here again but it was still somewhat worthwhile of an experience for a first.

TS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The brunch was okay. probably would have given a better rating if it was dinner time where food was made to order and had access to full menu.

v
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. I went with a group of friends for brunch, everyone was very pleased. We will be back.

SK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent new restaurant!

MN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What good fortune we had, coming in from out of town, and finding the Ottoman Taverna on Open Table. Our dinner was delightul, as was our waitress, Irem. My companions and and I enjoyed the Shepherd Salad, SIGARA BÖREĞI , MÜCVER , PATATES KÖFTE , Salmon, KÖFTE , and Cauliflower, all Mediterranean style dishes with a Turkish flair. I look forward to returning to this restaurant!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Eggplant purée was incredible

MT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

In order to enjoy Ottoman Taverna, a patron should have some familiarity with Mediterranean food. The chefs have taken the basics of eggplant, lamb, falafal and upgraded them. A pilaf isn't the same old pilaf you used to make. It's a fine, fluffy concoction. Ground beef and lamb kebobs are grilled to tender perfection. No skewers used here. The baklava contained pistachios...a totally different experience from the usual desserts purchased everywhere else. You will like this moderately priced NoMa restaurant. I look forward to returning when it isn't as noisy.

EY
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at Ottoman Taverna! It was busy but that didn’t stop our servers from being attentive and friendly. They even moved us to a table further from the door when I was cold. And the food — just incredible. We can’t wait to go back!!!

BL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful ambiance. They even give you tea after your meal which is quite delicious!

2
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Beautiful large restaurant with light colored, modern decor. Seems to be popular with groups - there were several number 6-10 while we were there. They seemed to be short staffed so everything took longer so not a place to have a quick bite. But the environment is great if you are in for a leisurely lunch.

LD
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

OT is my favorite Turkish restaurant, and one of my favorite restaurants overall. This was another enjoyable and tasty night out.

PK
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas and small plates.

SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely amazing. We did restaurant week here and he accommodated the vegetarians in the group by allowing them to order options from other courses and increasing the portion size. The bartender was pretty slow and our drinks took very long. Food was very good as well- dips, and the potatoes cakes in addition to the Baklava were the groups favorites. Definitely recommend for big groups.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always on the lookout for good Turkish food after living in Istanbul for 3 years and Ottoman Taverna more than meets the challenge. The chef is from Istanbul and I feel like I'm back there every time I'm at Ottoman Taverna.

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Efficient service and very good food!

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Funda is wonderful!!! We had a great time and the food was soooo good. I highly recommend this restaurant

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real Turkish experience!

s
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved the 4 course meal...very yummy.

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten all over the country and the world ad the food was as good if not better than anywhere the dishes were presented beautifully they were light of super taste the staff was beyond great. I left a 30 percent tip. I have never done that

JH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Fantastic menu options and well prepared. Very authentic to what we had in Turkey. Had a great time!

FM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

NYE, it was a pretty good deal and they had a fun ambience and good food. Overall good time

J
Berlin
42 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super attentive service, beautiful space, wonderful food, excellent wine list - Ottoman Taverna has it all. The lentil soup, the hummus, tavuk (chicken), and the white bean stew were all amazing - as were the falafel and Sigar (fried feta wraps). We enjoyed both Turkish and Lebanese wines, and recommend this restaurant most highly!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with family style eating

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so incredibly nice, we were able to try a variety of dishes that they gave to us as complimentary . The food was amazing, was extremely happy with everything on the menu. Can not wait to go back and try some more dishes.

YK
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was so tasty, excellent service. Manager is walking around and serving himself. We got the 4 course fixed menu for $35 and portions were good size.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant! Amazing staff and food!

S
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, very attentive service. Prix fixe menu was an excellent value. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food.

T
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This brunch is an exceptional value. The menu is extensive. I will definitely go back.

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a comfortable, quiet, grownup environment.

TB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. The management was awesome - the manager Alp was very welcoming and accommodating. We have the chefs mixed grill which was really delicious. Service was fast,l and hospitable. Absolutely zero complaints. I don’t think I’ve never had such a great dining experience.

The restaurant itself is really beautiful and just a great place to have an event/party or just a dinner.

Besides the food, which was cooked to perfection, the cocktails were also made with care. The Hurrem Sultan and Anatolian Fire were incredible. Very unique and delicious.

Once again I’d like to underline Alps professionalism. He was so great with giving us guidance on which foods my husband and I should choose.

I’ll definitely be coming back and recommending Ottoman Taverna to friends and family. Just completely pleasure. We are very excited to try the lunch menu!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect.

j
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are simply exceptional!

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend to everyone.

AK
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around. Deliciously spiced food, with just the right sized portions. we had the 4 course meal, and I would do it again.

K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Turkish food AND the Turkish wine. We were part of a table for 6, with one couple originally from Turkey who did the ordering for us. They were very pleased with the authenticity and were speaking to our waiter in their language.

MN
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal with friends. Excellent food and great service. Looking forward to next time.

RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, chill ambiance. Try the mezze platters.

JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, healthy and honestly prepared gourmet food, top notch service. Nothing to disagree with at this location.