Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Mt. Vernon Square

Ottoman Taverna

4.7
4.7
1277 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today
Private dining

Private dining

Book your next event with us

View details

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

Popular dishes

What 1,277 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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Best Value

Sort by

Filters

  1. FR

    FernandaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. JG

    JamesG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  3. a

    artyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Zgirl

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, generous portions, attentive staff and a pleasing environment. We’re sure to be back!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. AJ

    AbiJ

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was INCREDIBLE!!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great mezes and kebabs
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. a

    acineto

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious
  18. 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)
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. A

    Anne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

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

    StefanoC

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    perfect place, great food, great ambience and music, great service all at the right price! highly recommended
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. 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 .
  26. 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!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. LE

    LisaE

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Ottoman Taverna and would definitely his back with family, friends and co-workers!
  31. AB

    AndresB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Brunch Experience.
  32. DH

    DavidHH

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    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.
  34. AD

    AuthenticDCgirl

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    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.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated a birthday party here and was pleasantly surprised by their food and service! The staff was friendly helped us with menu selections and wine pairing. The food was good, though few main items were served little cold. The appetizers (falafel and potato cutlets) and dips were delicious too! Overall, we enjoyed our dinner here!
  36. PW

    PagolWagol

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is incredible but the service made this experience even better. The style, lighting and decorations are lovely.
  37. MB

    MarcusB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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.
  38. 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
  39. n

    nomdeguerre

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 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..
  40. 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.

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 1277 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 51 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

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo