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Anatolian Kitchen
Anatolian Kitchen

Anatolian Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.anatoliankitchenpaloalto.com
  • Phone: (650) 853-9700
  • 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: Turkish, Mediterranean
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This dining place does not disappoint , been here numerous times. It is the closest place to Istanbul!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is our favorite, local place to eat. The owner is wonderful, and the food is consistently very good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food was good service was good. No problems at all. So would recommend."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Good vegetarian choices. Good authentic Turkish food."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We haev never had a bad experience here. We always bring family and out of town guests."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Lamb kabobs are always yummy and do not forget to order baklava for dessert it reminds you of Istanbul!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent renditions of traditional Turkish foods."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It's a quaint place that has great food. It's fun to try something different."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "This is one of the few restaurants where everything tastes great. You could literally close your eyes and randomly point at the menu to pick a meal."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Every time we eat here, we enjoy it more. Excellent food, excellent service, modest prices."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Had dinner here last week. Loved the lamb shank. Asked for rice instead of orzo and they were very accommodating. Went back for lunch and had the lamb sauté. Excellent again. Even had the Turkish coffee. Watch out for the "mud" on the bottom. Will be back."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Kabul or Dish-Dash in Sunnyvale is head and sholders better"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This is a nice Mediterranean restaurant. The day we went had excellent service. Great parking, much better than University Ave in PA. The lamb saute was OK but would recommend the grill instead, but depends on what you like."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Entrees were good, though not the most flavorful. Baba ghanoush was fantastic."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "These guys do Turkish food the right way. I have been here many times but only tried their mousakka this time. It was phenomenal and is highly recommended."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "We have visited Turkey twice and love the food there, so we gravitate to Turkish food when we can. This restaurant is lively and fun and the staff manages to stay move diners in and out without appearing frustrated or rushed or making people feel that they have to eat and dash. Food is well-prepared, tasty, and served quickly."
    Dined on 11/22/2013