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

A La Turca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alaturcasf.com/
  • Phone: 4153451011x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Turkish, Middle Eastern
  • 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 4153451011x

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.
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A La Turca reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Treasure in the T-loin
    heyChris
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uneven
    divegurl7
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • localdiner
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Good Turkish food in the Tenderloin. No atmosphere but good food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Sparky
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Amazing Turkish home cooked food with decent service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hole in the Walk with great food!
    Starmtn
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    MokiMama
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 15 reviews are from the A La Turca reviews archive.
  • YUM!
    GrannyLovesaParty
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect pre-symphony experience
    mamahelen
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best lamb chops EVER!!
    VHung08
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    evie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Gem
    RWAlford
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table Upstairs with a great service
    ninav364
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic and delicious
    CleoB
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't honor our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    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.
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  • Unassuming, pleasant place
    Jeffrey
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Unassuming, pleasant place to dine with well prepared Turkish food at affordable prices with very attentive service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommend the carved chicken
    EC2travelers
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Turkish Food in SF
    DineTown
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    By far the best Turkish food in San Francisco; service was a little slow but the food was phenomenal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Baba Ganoush!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • That was exactly it!
    NatalyaS
    Dined on 7/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall