Anatolian Kitchen
Anatolian Kitchen

Anatolian Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anatoliankitchenpaloalto.com/
  • Phone: 6508539700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 Am - 5:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 Pm - 9:30 Pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm, Sunday: 5:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California Avenue
  • Public Transit: California Avenue Train station one block away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: very adequate parking, public parking structure directly behind the restaurant, another public lot directly across the street
A word from Anatolian Kitchen
Anatolian Kitchen offers traditional Central/Eastern Turkish cuisine. We are family operated. Our menu choices are prepared directly on site, with a particular emphasis on freshness, and producing the many flavors native to the Anatolian region.
Come and observe the performance in our open kitchen, as we prepare fresh bread. We are excited to bring our cuisine to Palo Alto. Many of our customers are international, working here, far from their homes, and have expressed their appreciation for the menu that we offer. Come and enjoy.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Anatolian Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (7)romantic (5)special occasion (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent neighborhood restaurant
    Tadd
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The staff at Anatolian are friendly and welcoming.attentive and efficient. The food is good and reasonably priced. The wine list has some unique choices. Service is fast, so wait until you receive your appetizer before ordering diner. This was our third visit and it has always been a great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    subnucVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The place was not very busy, but they decided to seat another party right next to us, and the tables are very close, which made it difficult for us to talk. The rest of the restaurant outside was almost empty. Overall, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely rude owner
    silver
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The owner of the place (I think he is the owner) is extremely rude. The first time we went there they were really busy so we let it go, but the second time we went there, it wasn't too crowded and he was still really rude. We won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place has great fresh food. We usually order out of this place, but food in the restaurant is even better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turkish dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love Middle Eastern food so found the Turkish emphasis very interesting and delicious. Wine list is small bet very food friendly including a very nice Anatolian red and Spanish Mencia. Seasonings were what one might expect for that area which we found delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite
    CabogalVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a small, popular restaurant that fills up quickly and stays full. The food is simple, very tasty and plentiful. Fresh vegetables are cooked just right. The servers are friendly and attentive, and always accommodating if we want to make changes to the menu. It's nice to sit outside if the weather is pleasant, but I don't think there are heaters, so bring a sweater. Parking is easy, too, which is a nice change from going downtown and struggling to find parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    CharlieN
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was mediocre. Food was ordinary. The indoor seating is almost too noisy to talk
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    supriseme
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great restaurant with good food and reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot for lunch
    FredVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Delicious food. Nice outdoor seating. Great Mediterranean food with excellent service. Like a slice of Turkey in Palo Alto. Great place for lunch. Haven't been there for dinner yet.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MVogueVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This dining place does not disappoint , been here numerous times. It is the closest place to Istanbul!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brittygirl
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is our favorite, local place to eat. The owner is wonderful, and the food is consistently very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed...
    Maturefoodies
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    we'd been there a few times before, like the idea more than the food. I don't think we'llbeback.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fast food restaurant?
    newsstan
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My party felt so rushed by the service staff from the time we sat down through dinner. The feeling of being hurried through our meal intensified from when we were looking at the dessert menu right till the check was presented. That wasn't a nice thing to do to diners who were having good conversation. The wait staff kept hovering over us, clearing each plate as soon as they thought we were done. We had ordered wine, starters and entrees as well as desserts but we really didn't appreciate their rushing us out. I was aware there were a group waiting for table and would not have deliberately hogged the table if we were done with our food and wrapped up our conversation around the table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food was awful
    sunshine
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The lamb was rock hard, overcooked, and possibly left-over from the night before in a dish I've enjoyed thoroughly in Turkey (and, also, at other good Bay area Turkish restaurants). I will not be back.
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  • Really enjoyed
    SSPaVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Food was good service was good. No problems at all. So would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Good vegetarian choices. Good authentic Turkish food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 242 reviews are from the Anatolian Kitchen reviews archive.
  • New Favorite Turkish Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    So delish! The food was very fresh and tasty. Our waitress was very friendly. The atmosphere was casual and intimate. I had the Kofte plate and it was cooked perfectly. Even the rice and vegetables tasted amazing. We had a red pepper spread as an appetizer and it was very good as well. I highly recommend this restaurant and plan to return and share the experience with others.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb kabobs are always yummy
    MVogueVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Lamb kabobs are always yummy and do not forget to order baklava for dessert it reminds you of Istanbul!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely fresh healthy meal
    Vivienne
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Fresh, delicious Turkish food, cooked beautifully and enjoyed at a sweet table on the sidewalk! What more can you ask for on a sunny California evening?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable place for a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I've been here many times, and every time I am glad to have gone. Food is great, service is excellent. This time I ordered an evening special, the grilled whole sea bass, it was exceptionally good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but very noisy
    StanfordResident
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Go here for the Mediterranean food. Surprisingly good and affordable. As the restaurant filled up, the noise was almost unbearable. This is a "narrow slit" of a restaurant layout, without charm. But it is nearby and the food is excellent and the service OK.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Restaurant, Lovely People
    Maui2visit
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were greeted by a warm hostess who was very apologetic about our brief wait while a table paid slowly and left. Food was fresh and delicious. The waitress was very friendly. Fun atmosphere- would go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent renditions of traditional
    Larry
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Excellent renditions of traditional Turkish foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Found this on a whim
    Anniversary
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Excellent service! I showed up a bit early for my reservation, and the owner and host were so gracious. Carved out a place for me at the bar up front while I waited for a friend. Great wine list, and food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great experience
    peopleopark
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    We came here for my friend's birthday on a weeknight. The staff were very welcoming and gave us attentive but not intrusive service. We decided to split a number of dishes, and they split the salad for us. Even provided some baklava for my friend. We enjoyed the food and the experience and would definitely go back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun lunch spot
    casualdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Chose this place for lunch with a friend, thinking it was a safe choice. Most of the other patrons chose to eat outside at the sidewalk cafe tables, but we chose an indoor table. Once we turned to the menu, we discovered a range of Turkish dishes that far surpassed any other local restaurant. We chose sigura boregi, rolled phyllo with lemony cheese and parsley, which was delicious. I followed that with the Anatolian salad, an enticing blend of field greens, herbs and mint with a bright pomegranate vinaigrette. My friend had the stuffed peppers special, two peppers stuffed and slow cooked with meat and rice. She was very pleased with the flavor which was aromatic but not overwhelming. Will definitely choose to visit again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anatolian Kitchen delightful
    JJdragonVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Dined for lunch in the patio area, which was nice on a warm day. Kurdish waiter was good and knowledgeable about menu. Moussaka and Iskender both delicious. Waiter recommended kunefe, and I liked it while my friend thought it was too sweet.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for a fair price
    TMgoout
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Went with my three children. The place is a bit dark, but the service was good and the food very tasty (Alexander's favorite !!!), but for the chicken shish which was a bit dry and was mostly left on the plate (that was not ecknoledged by the staff). The Knaffe is a dessert must! All and all we will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our neigborhood favorite
    kerrplunks
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We haev never had a bad experience here. We always bring family and out of town guests.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Both the service and food
    JonGVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Both the service and food here are excellent. We started with a falafel appetizer plate and a beet salad. Falafel plate also included hummus. Perfect! My wife had lamb kebabs which she enjoyed; my daughter had Friday night lamb shank special which she loved and I had Mousaka. The mousaka is probably the best I have ever had and is better than Evvia's. Rice pudding for desert was a nice finish to a very pleasant dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    Larry
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Very pleasantly surprised with dinner at Anatolian Kitchen. Everything was fresh, nicely presented, tasty and reasonably priced. Would go here again. Sat outside with heat lamps. On a quiet street. Might be noisier inside.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outside dining
    FeedMeVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    This was our first time at Anatolian. We had a very joyous waitress! Food was very good for all five of us. The heat lamps were great for outside dining. We will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Comfort Food
    CoCo
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I really enjoy the Anatolian Kitchen. It isn't fancy, but the food is delicious, the service is prompt, the portions are generous, and parking in the evening is quite easy. (During lunch hour it can be a bit trickier, but there is a parking garage just behind the restaurant that usually has spaces). They have a wine list and also a full bar, which is a great option.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little find
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Came here for Valentine's day and the place was beautifully decorated. The ladies got a rose and everyone got little chocolate hearts which was a nice touch. The food came quickly and was delicious with great unique flavors. Best baklava I've had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but underspiced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We like many Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine restaurants, but found that Anatolian Kitchen was underspiced compared to, say, Troya in San Francisco. The good news was that the proportions were large. The activity level for a Saturday night was very gratifying and it was otherwise a fun place.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite local restaurant!
    brittygirl
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I can't begin to count the number of times I have eaten at Antolian Kitchen, well over 40 times. The food, service and delightful ambience never disappoints. Dino, the owner, is the sweetest man, so friendly, he treats me like part of his family. There are also a few staff members with whom I feel close, such wonderful people. It is a pleasure to support a neighborhood little gem rather than a restaurant chain, I'll be back again very soon, I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A taste of Turkey
    Etaoinshrdlu
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Good menu, tasty food, good service. Perfect for an interesting neighborhood restaurant. We arrived ca. 7PM, but they'd already run out of one of the evening specials. Disappointed, but something similar from the regular menu was a good substitute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OHhhh, so disappointing......
    Marz
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The restaurant has such charm and yet the food is extremely bland. Mid-eastern food is something we know well and one set of our parents is of Greek descent. We will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great Turkish food
    DamonS
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Everything that our party tried was good, but I didn't find anything in particular that was outstanding. And in particular, I felt that the dishes tended to be a bit on the bland side. The service was friendly, but they seemed hurried and disappeared for stretches. A fair amount of outdoor dining seating was available which I would recommend (weather permitting). The interior of the restaurant was crowded, which resulted in a loud environment (not necessarily in a bad way, but don't expect a quiet evening while dining here). I enjoyed my meal, and will probably be back again, but it's not at the top of my list of restaurants I enjoy in Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Turkish Food
    DinerDude
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    It's a quaint place that has great food. It's fun to try something different.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.