Ottoman Taverna

4.7
960 reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Featured special offers

Select a special offer by choosing a date, time and party size

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 24, 2021

Cozy up on Christmas Eve with our charcoal-grilled kebabs! We offer a variety of cold mezzes, hot mezzes, kebabs, Turkish Raviolis, stews and more!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Dec 25, 2021

Celebrate Christmas Day with our Turkish cuisine! Enjoy cold mezzes, dips, hot mezzes, kebabs, Turkish raviolis and more! We offer our signature a-la-carte or $34.95 pre-fixe menu all day!

What 960 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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BoCoCado
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite restaurant. Food and service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was one of the most authentic, amazing, and unique experiences I have ever had in DC. I cannot recommend this highly enough. Food was delicious, was prepared super quickly and fresh without sacrificing beautiful plating, and the staff was an absolute delight.

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Mehmet
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a Turkish cuisine? This is a must…great atmosphere, delicious food, and wonderful service!

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Menderes
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very friendly and service-oriented. Food was very good, in traditional Turkish style. Restaurant was with traditional Turkish music and modern style decor. Makes the experience complete.

If you like Turkish food, this is the place to be.

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SantoshL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Considering that it's a Michelin star the restaurant menu didn't meet upto the mark. Portions were v small, hot items were served cold, even the pita bread (which is to be had fresh) was probably store bought and dated. For the value spent on bottomloess brunch, they didn't even include a desert (which had to be ordered at extra cost). Definately not tecomening this place to anyone!

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Olive
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! The food and service were both excellent. My partner and I came here for our anniversary and the staff were super kind and even gave us a champagne toast. Highly recommend.

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MaryEllenS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant, the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of five is I expected the food to be amazing with the Michelin rating, and it was only really, really good. The Tasting Menu was great and really an unbelievable value. We love middle eastern food and this place did not disappoint.

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vipHOOMAN
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I really think all hospital cafeterias now deserve a Michelin star, worst kebab and omelette, all greasy and salty. I got the bottomless so might be the reason but still it was such a bad food. Service was nice and attentive and ambiance is nice although it gets so noisy. Just wouldn’t come back here, just a shame to Turkish cuisine.

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vipEmRoot
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a wonderful staff, we didn’t want for anything as all of our wishes were taken care of immediately. Fantastic menu and if I lived nearby, this would be a weekly spot! I can’t say enough good things! Close to hotels and the Comvention Center, don’t miss out!

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johnC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good service. Always use Ottoman Taverna to meet with guests from out of town.

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Denverite
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner with friends from out of town who we hadn’t seen for a few years. Ottoman Taverna was a perfect restaurant for our group. Food and wine selection delicious!

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Elissa
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. The food was absolutely amazing. Like literally - AMAZING. We ordered the chef’s mixed grill - the chicken was so tender and flavorful, all of the meats were cooked perfectly. I absolutely loved the cabbage slaw that accompanies the mixed grill. We were so full we couldn’t even finish it so we brought it home and it was just as delicious, if not BETTER than it was last night. Looking forward to bringing my in-laws here next weekend for their visit to DC!

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BradZ
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it.....stopped in for lunch with my daughter while visiting colleges in DC. We didn't do the brunch but next time I definitely will be doing that!!!

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ChristianeP
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really outstanding food. The best grilled chicken I have ever eaten. If you are looking for a great dining experience with a wide range of entree choices as well as flavorful food, you should have a meal at the Ottoman Taverna.

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MeaC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service!

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JayTee
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mixed grill for two is outstanding. Highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dolmas and great wines from all over.

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DanR
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional quality food and value. The food was 10/10 and for a lunch service it was a great bargain.

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Twobeans
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was quite good overall. Especially the meat dishes. Service very poor on this particular Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone we ordered was delicious. The drinks were also perfect and we really appreciated the mocktail menu. Definitely will be back!

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MichelleH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People at my table enjoyed the moussaka and donor kebab, but I was personally happy with all the flavorful vegetarian options. They have excellent cocktails and appetizers as well. I will be back!

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SerdarS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

If you didn't finish your meal within 2 hours, you can get warning.....

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LeJoRo
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was on point, and the price was more than reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed brunch. It took a while to get our order since it was busy but it was worth it.

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Bobby
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful!

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vipPantmart
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best choice for Turkish food. Well balanced seasoning.

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Yana888
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and well seasoned. The service team was also very nice and attentive. I highly recommend this restaurant! Ask for their coffee it's delicious.

JM
vipJM14
Washington DC
89 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Where do I start? First, needed winter coats with the AC so cold, then at 10 pm all the lights went up and staff were breaking down tables while at least 8 or 9 tables were still dining. So tacky, esp. for a Michelin Bib Gourmand?? My hummus tasteless, falafel so dry like chewing on sawdust, Adana Kebap beef flavorful, but just 1 skewer and no sauce or vegetables, Baklava was good, as were the martinis. My friends' red lentil soup, Haydari, stew, and Tavuv Kofte under-seasoned or over-sweetened. The Turkish liqueur and old fashioneds were good. Overall, though, how this restaurant got a Michelin Bib Gourmand award is beyond me. Will not go back and do NOT recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. Loved the trip to Turkey menu and the service was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. It's absolutely an undervalued gem. I go here every two weeks and never had a bad dish. Best Turkish food in town (yes I tried them all)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. Amazing service and food ! Don’t miss out on this place! no wonder they are in the Michelin guide, well deserved. Can’t wait to come back!

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Markk
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent!!

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vipHiba
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

It was a great experience and we enjoyed the bottomless menu and it was reasonably priced for the food . The only think that we dido not like is that they don’t allow take outs and there was so much food left so that doesn’t really makes sense .

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vipAleshaW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food quality is always consistently good. Unlimited mimosas and unlimited food. Super nice staff and great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Master’s class reunion!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom and nana were in town.

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Mattg1958
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside, had drinks, appetizers, and dessert. The food and drinks were very good. The service was perfect.

MA
MelARob
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and an energetic atmosphere and vibe.

SG
ShawnG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. I'd like to go back again!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Ottoman Taverna using the Order Online button. Ottoman Taverna also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Ottoman Taverna also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 847-0389.

Ottoman Taverna is rated 4.7 stars by 960 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.