Located in upper Georgetown in Washington-DC, Café Divan is a stylish restaurant and takeout. It has Brazilian-cherry floors, Turkish tile and large glass windows that wrap around the dining room. The furniture is from Italy, as are the windows that bring to mind a child's stick figures.
As mentioned in a Washingtonian article, owner Cavit Ozturk, who has worked in restaurants for 25 years in Turkey, London, and the United States, together with chef Yucel Atalay, who previously worked at Nizam's in Vienna, have "developed a menu of Turkish cuisine that includes dishes not seen in other areas'menus--cerkez Tavuk, chicken with walnut sauce; su boregi, a savory feta-stuffed pastry; kogte made from lentils, cracked wheat and aromatic spices; and whole lamb cooked on the wood-fired rotisserie."
When Cavit Ozturk opened his modest Wisconsin Avenue restaurant, Cafe Divan, almost a decade ago, his was one of the only Turkish games in town. Sure, there were some fantastic options in Northern Virginia, but good Turkish in the District was something to get excited about. In the intervening years, such relative newcomers as Ezme, Cafe 8, Zaytinya and Agora have intensified the competition. Yet Café Divan gamely soldiers on, sitting largely unchanged in the awkwardly shaped corner bay beneath Georgetown Hill Inn.
Located on the corner of 34th and Wisconsin in upper Georgetown, Café Divan offers relatively cheap Turkish food, modern decor, and, yes, Turkish coffee. Rated as one of Washingtonian's "Cheap Eats," Divan has a wide array of Turkish and Mediterranean food. Yesterday, I visited with the girlfriend and her family for a leisurely lunch after a wonderful tour of the C&O Canal. The walk from the canal to Café Divan is about a mile away from M Street, away from the main drag, allowing one to see other parts of Georgetown. Be warned: it is uphill!
Named for Istanbul's still-snazzy Divan Hotel, this snug café on Wisconsin Avenue in upper Georgetown proves that style and substance are not incompatible. The glass-walled dining room looks like a page out of Metropolitan Home, the people-watching crowd is a mix of old and young sophisticates, and the food goes well beyond Turkey's greatest hits. Besides perfectly fried sigara borek, cigar-shaped rolls of dough deep-fried and oozing cheese, the kitchen turns out (on weekends only) the rarely seen sous borek, a delicately layered affair of house-made dough and parsley-flecked feta baked in the wood oven.
This sleek Georgetown mezzeteria excels at all the Turkish standards: the feta-stuffed pastries called sigara borek, fabulous döner kebabs, and on Thursdays, tender slices from a whole, wood-fired lamb. On the vegetarian side, the bowls of smoky hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and robust pides—oblong-flatbreads loaded with toppings such as feta and an egg—make nice shares.
Average Price ( Per Person ):$10 - $30
Alcoholic Beverages:Full Bar
Cuisine:Coffe & Tea, Turkish
Credit Cards:Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express