Troy Mezze Lounge

Troy Mezze Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.troymezze.com/
  • Phone: 9198348133x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch 11-4

    Dinner 5-10
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Takeout

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  • Parking: No
A word from Troy Mezze Lounge
Allow yourself to be transported to Turkey by the rich flavors and intoxicating smells of authentic Turkish cuisine in our ethnic restaurant. One must only travel as far as historic Blake Street in downtown Raleigh, NC to obtain their pass to the Mediterranean. Owner Arif Denk, a native of Troy, provides his guests with the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of his hometown where he learned the secrets of authentic Turkish cuisine firsthand. Upon entering you will feel as if you have stepped off a boat onto an authentic beautiful Turkey Mediterranean Restaurant.
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Troy Mezze Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
55% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Troy meh
    Nothanks
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Poor service due to lack of staff. Why one waitress & a trainee and no bartender/hostess on a Friday night during restaurant week? The food was mediocre at best. The "hand made" ice cream was scooped from a carton, clearly purchased. The shrimp hot pot was lacking flavor. The ambiance was sad. Just Not impressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome find
    jewel
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We found this restaurant on open table and were very pleased with the area the restaurant the food and the service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I'm not sure why I haven't ventured into City Market in forever but this trip changed that. Troy Mezze was delicious. I have already recommended to all my friends. I had the clay pot chicken which has wonderful crunchy veggies that are all organic. We had the pan seared shrimp with apricot sauce as an appetizer and that was amazing. The chocolate mousse dessert was addicting. I will definitely return here many times. It is reasonably priced and the portions are good. They have a lot of choices and even pizza and cheeses sticks if you don't want to experiment with Turkish cuisine although I recommend trying at least one thing. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    LuvmyeggsVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Quiet romantic table for 2. Three piece band started. Before that standards like Sinatra were playing. Sampler platter is awesome. Chicken kabobs really good too! Great service, outdoor dining available.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Troy Mezze Lounge reviews archive.
  • Troy mezzanine dining
    luvgr8food
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food & beer very good. Inside a little dark & gloomy. Limited seating outside .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food that is fresh and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great food that is fresh and authentic mediterranean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Irish luck
    Lunchwithd
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a brand new waitress who was clueless. It was the Satuday of St Patricks celebrations and the restaurant was very nosy. Lichen was slow. Food can out in bits and pieces. Food was average. The pizzas not exciting at all, dry, plain.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • what a nice surprise downtown
    jsm1
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    nice to find a great restaurant open on sunday. best babaganoush ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unusual restaurant in Raleigh
    NeuroMitchVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We have been to Troy Mezze twice. It is a small and very friendly restaurant with marvelous food. Our Turkish friends have reassured us of its authenticity. The apricot/walut shrimp appetizer is spectacular. The sigara appetizer is yummy. I had salmon baked with a pomegranate sauce that was as unusual as it was delicious. My wife had the lamb kabobs which she thoroughly enjoyed. Do not miss the baklava. There is nothing fancy or pretentious about this restaurant. Just excellent food well prepared in a friendly and homey atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the window seat...
    eclectic20
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Found this place from a living social deal. It's on the small side, which makes it more quaint and intimate than other similar restaurants in the area. I especially liked siting in the window and people watching on city market. Service was excellent, food was very good - I'd recommend the mezzes over the pizzas. The sampler was a good way to try a little of everything. Lots of veg options. Enjoyed it, will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome! Will be back soon!
    DENISE
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We had a great dinner here on a Saturday night. The service was impeccable! After dinner we strolled around the corner to a piano bar. Great food, great location and great staff!!! We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local restaurant in one
    catluvr
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Nice local restaurant in one of downtown Raleigh's prettiest neighborhoods. Good food, though this was my first experience with Turkish fare, but much like other Middle Eastern cuisine with slight variation. I typically won't eat hummus, but theirs was really good. Excellent service and very nice atmosphere. Could go either way.... kid friendly or romantic, really nice. Definitely will recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Stumbled on this restaurant when we discovered our reservation at another local restaurant was for the wrong day. It was a lucky mistake. Everyone in our party cleaned their plates. From the cold appetizer plate to the clay pots, lamb chops or eggplant everything was excellent. Dessert was not to be missed- Troy Chocolate Krem. Be sure you share it - it's sinfully rich. I will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a fabulous brunch/lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    We had a fabulous brunch/lunch on 4/21/13. The food, service and ambiance were outstanding! We are definitely returning very soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We've been to Troy Mezze many
    cgw68VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    We've been to Troy Mezze many times and have had consistently enjoyable experiences. The food is reasonably priced and every dish we've ordered has been excellent. Very casual, relaxed, and laid back. Great atmosphere for private, intimate conversation. Staff warm and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While the service was excellent
    EnglishLassie
    Dined on 11/16/2012
    While the service was excellent (there was only one other table occupied, and when we were almost through a lone man came in to sit at the bar), the food was disappointing. I'm comparing it to a true local gem, Neomonde, and food we've eaten in the Middle East. The dolmathes were excellent, but the tabouli and hummus were not even close to that standard. I am not happy to give this new restaurant just a "fair" rating because they're trying so hard, but I must be honest about our experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Good Service, Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    The food at Troy Mezza is always better than expected. Although not food I would eat every day, it is unique and a great break from the "standard fare". The wine list is good and has a great mix of affordable wines. The friends we dined with had never been to Mezza before and were a bit apprehensive at first but both really enjoyed both the food and the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant, not special
    DGustation
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Troy is a pleasant place for a quiet meal and its food offerings are pleasant; in a town with fewer strong ethnic offerings, it might be a real attraction. However, the flavoring of the dishes was mild, likely adjusted for southern American tastes but not pronounced enough for me. The prices are a little high for what one gets. For this style of eastern Mediterranean food, Tallulah's in Chapel Hill is a better choice, and the Lebanese fare of Sitti in downtown Raleigh is far superior for the pricing. The mezzes (small plates) were well designed in concept, and a couple of good sampling platters are on the menu for folks to try out. Service was very attentive - but I virtually had the restaurant to myself, so it's hard to judge.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome food and awesome service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    Awesome food and awesome service. If you like Mediterranean food, you have to try this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first visit,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    This was our first visit, but it won't be our last. The waiter was very helpful and the food was really good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server Keith was excellent.
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    Our server Keith was excellent. The appetizer was huge, delicious, and filling. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had been wanting to try
    Jim64
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    We had been wanting to try it since we heard about it and it was great. Service was very good and food was great. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Turkish food at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    Delicious Turkish food at reasonable prices. Located in a nice market square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Turkish Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2012
    We celebrated my mom's birthday dinner with exceptional service, great food and wonderful atmosphere.  Definitely recommend this place and we'll be coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall, very good. The appetizer
    SilverTraveler
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    Overall, very good. The appetizer sampler was really good and a nice introduction to some of the special tastes of Turkish food. The two of us who ordered the clay pots, however, were a little disappointed -- they were good, one lamb and the other chicken, but just not as bountiful or flavorful as we hoped. Other dishes ordered, however, were better -- such as the sliced beef entree. The baklava dessert was very tasty. Waitress provided excellent service and made suggestions on menu items. We would go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Troy Mezze was a great find.
    Mbridgham
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    Troy Mezze was a great find. Small and quiet(at least early on a Friday night), a neighborhoood feel in the heart of downtown. Service was personal, welcoming and attentive. A plentiful and varied menu of Turkish/Mediterranean. The mixed grill was excellent and the Baklava Gelato was to die for. Now on our list of local favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our 2nd visit to Troy Mezze.
    cgw68VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Our 2nd visit to Troy Mezze. Warm, casual, friendly atmosphere and accommodating staff. Reasonably priced and varied menu w something for everyone's tastes. Food is excellent and nicely prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This definitely a work in
    LacrossemomVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2012
    This definitely a work in progress, but well worth a second visit. There were a few glitches. They did not have the wine I wanted even though it was on the menu. However, they brought me an alternative, let me taste it and then poured me an extra large glass to make up for the inconvenience. Nice! My companion wanted sparkling water, and none was available. No big deal. The food was very good. Between the two of us, we had the zucchini fritters, the sampler platter that included such things as hummus, grape leaves, lentil patties, and such. Very tasty! Both us also had the Greek salad. This was actually one of the best Greek salads I have ever had. The lettuce was shredded, vs. the usual large chunks. Really well done.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first experiance with Turkish.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    Outstanding food and service. Background music was mellow. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lamb Chops!
    CraftyVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Raleigh's newest Turkish restaurant offers authentic cuisine with a friendly touch. The lamb chops were well prepared (w/cherry mint glaze). The place was empty on a Friday night so I hope with some more marketing and local buzz, Troy Mezza will grow its client base.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is absolutely delicious--a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    The food is absolutely delicious--a welcome addition to the triangle's mediterranean cuisine. In terms of service, they need 1-2 additonal employees to adequately staff the floor. One waitress and the owner played the roles of waitstaff, host, bartender, & busboy. By the time the restsurant was 2/3 full, they could no longer keep up the needed pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The apps and small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    The apps and small plates were particularly notable. Excellent flavors and well prepared. The lamb shank entree was over cooked and sweet. There was live music Friday night that made the evening even more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time's not always a charm
    jnicbrad
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    We were almost 30 min.late for our reserv., but they held our table when I called to let them know. They were short-staffed by 3 people, so things were chaotic. Regardless, our server remained poised and professional. I never saw him lose his cool although he was playing server and bartender. There was an issue with our choice of entree, which we asked them to split so we wouldn't be carrying leftovers in the car, and our time ran out. We had an engagement and could not wait for our food. They offered to comp our appetizer (yum!) and drinks, but we paid and promised to come back another time to give them a second chance. One good thing I noticed was that the music was not blaring so that patrons had to yell over it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate