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A La Turca
A La Turca
  • Address:
    869 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $30 and under

A La Turca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alaturcasf.com
  • Phone: (415) 345-1011
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We are glad to cater parties of up to 500 people, from simple to elaborate menus. Just contact Matt for information (415) 345-1011.
  • Private Party Contact: Matt (415) 345-1011

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Larkin
  • Public Transit: Bus #38 stops 1 block away from our restaurant (Larkin & Geary)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking. There is also a public lot adjacent to the restaurant
A word from A La Turca
Established in July 2002 as the first Turkish Restaurant in San Francisco. A La Turca is the recipient of numerous awards including "Best Turkish Restaurant" by local newspapers' readers polls. Nothing goes better with our freshly prepared appetizers than our home made pita bread, crispy outside and chewy inside. Freshness is also the secret to the unforgettable flavor of our sizzling kebabs. A La Turca continues its commitment to cooking from scratch according to traditional Turkish recipes. Our chefs skillfully prepare all our food fresh each and every day. Bring a friend or a group to visit us for an authentic Turkish experience. We also cater offsite for up to 500 people.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My friends and I stopped in for an early dinner. What a charming restaurant! The staff was friendly and efficient; the food was tasty and very fresh, and reasonably priced. I'll definitely return so I can sample more items from the menu."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had 2 appetizers: cold cucumber in yogurt and hot baked boreg - both wonderful. The beer & bread was interesting & good. I'm very used to Mediterranean/Armenian as I live in Fresno so I wanted to see how "Turkish" would be different. Mostly, it's not. The names of things are spelled or pronounced a little differently. The dinner plate of chicken, lamb, beef Doner - where the meat is minced/roasted was dry/burned, and the beef was mixed with the lamb not separate like they 'should' have been. I've had lots of shish so I didn't order it. The Doner should have been more like the Greek gyros meat. I guess I should have tried one of the minced meat dishes. Cake dessert was great; Turk. coffee was good but, as always, mostly sludge."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good Turkish food in the Tenderloin. No atmosphere but good food."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Amazing Turkish home cooked food with decent service"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A little run down, in a marginal neighborhood but made up for by great authentic Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, very helpful friendly service and reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "You won't have room for the Baklava - but you'll be missing so much if you pass it up - so get it and you will die happy! "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "We spent too much because we ate too much, and drank a bottle of perfectly drinkable Turkish wine. A party of two, we had two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts, and shared everything of course. We stuffed ourselves, and every crumb was a party. This was really fun food and afterwards were were combing the internet for Turkish recipes. We were between a matinee at the ballet and an evening performance at Davies. Turkish families were eating there as well as symphony-goers. We hiked to the restaurant and took a cab back (the cabbie was disappointed that it wasn't a longer trip)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We wanted an interesting eating experience before attending a concert at the Davies Symphony Hall. A La Turca fit the bill very nicely. The food is traditional Turkish, and there are many excellent choices. We had a lamb dish that was attractively presented and delicious. The food was filling without being heavy or carb-overloaded. The rice pudding for dessert was heavenly and plenty for two. Service was friendly and quick. The atmosphere is casual, but many of the patrons were dressed up for the evening and we didn't feel out of place. Strongly recommend trying it."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The place looked a bit divey when we first walked in but they gave us a table in the upstairs area which was much nicer and secluded from the rest of the place. The service was great (we were not ignored even though we were upstairs) as we came in for a birthday but had forgotten candles. They provided everything for us including a nice touch of Turkish tea at the end which tasted really great. But what really won all of us over was the lamb chops. The majority of items were kebabs and we wanted something more entree like so we ordered the lamb chops. It was so juicy and tender that everyone at the table agreed it truly tasted amazing. We would all return just for those chops!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've taken several people here over the years and the food never disappoints. My guests are always pleased, as am I. The Pides are awesome, and my guest enjoyed his lamb kabab and we had the rice pudding for dessert. This restaurant is a great find."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Very quiet in the day, and the people there are really nice, hospitable, and serve pretty tasty food. Chicken Doner with tahini was fantastic, like really FANTASTIC. It reminded me of the home made kind my old roommates made. I also really liked, even if they were a bit oily, the cheese potato gozleme, again, brings me back. Most of my experience was based on satisfying a hankering I had from my past, and this place did it. The only thing I didnt like was the location, it isnt close to my work, meaning I cant dine here enough as I would like, but certainly would come back."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "it's far from BART,if you drive, parking is a problem in the area.We shared Shepherd Salad,simple&juicy.My husband had Stuffed Grape Leaves as a main dish,and i ordered Adana Kebap,both of superb quality.Kebab was so big that i had to take 2/3 of it home.They serve round bread when you come to the table, and it's very fresh&delicious. At the end of our dinner we got glasses of very strong tea.I would prefer to drink that apple tea we had everywhere in Turkey,but that was the only disappointment for the night.Service was fast. We had a table on the second floor,overlooking the main dining hall - it's easier to have a conversation there,and tables have nice tablecloths. Downstairs is more noise but you can watch the cooking process."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went on New Year's Eve. This place isn't the best for a big party day like that but I'm sure it's great for a normal dinner. Service was a little slow, but the traditional Turkish food was fantastic"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Do not let the area or the appearance of the restaurant distract you. This is a very good Turkish Restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "While the neighborhood isn't noteworthy, the food is worth the trip! Kebabs, ezme, pide and borek all were beautifully presented and tasted great. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We were a group of 5 with an Open Table reservation. When we arrived the table wasn't set up. They offered to put us upstairs, but then they left us there. Very poor slow service, no water-had to ask for it. No cutlery-had to ask for it. It's a very disappointing experience after a visit to Turkey."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Unassuming, pleasant place to dine with well prepared Turkish food at affordable prices with very attentive service."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We went to this restaurant since it was listed as Civic Center for location. It was a bit of a hike especially if you're dressed up to go to the symphony. Have said that, I would return. Service was prompt. My dinner was quite good. I recommend the shaved rotisserie chicken, favorful and moist. My husband had the ground lamb kabob--we didn't think it was as good--a bit greasy. We started with dolmas--delicious! Very quiet setting, don't be off-put by the block which has seedy parts to it."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "By far the best Turkish food in San Francisco; service was a little slow but the food was phenomenal."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "The Baba Ganoush was the star, the best we've ever had. Chicken Doner was very tasty. Adana Kebap was not so good. The service was good and friendly. The Turkish white wine was delicious and well priced. Will definitely return and try other dishes."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "I needed a decent place close to SF symphony for lunch with kids. A La Turca came up in my Open Table search. That was a great recommendation: food was great, service was fast and courteous, place was neat and well organized. Nothing fancy but really fresh great food! Will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013