Galata Bistro
Galata Bistro

Galata Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrogalata.com/
  • Phone: (650) 325-7900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Cumhur Ulas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crane
  • Parking: Street Parking
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Galata Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)fit for foodies (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best Spanakopita I've ever had!
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food was excellent, and the service was attentive. You could tell that great care was put into the creation of each dish. The hot appetizer platter was amazing! Can't wait to go back there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish food
    DolceVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food was so so. The yogurt drink Ayran was good other than that, the food didn't have any thing close fo Turkish or even mediterenian. The hummus tast was odd. On top of that, the service was very slow, although they were very nice. For an empty restaurant during lunch time in the middle of the week, it was too slow.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 190 reviews are from the Galata Bistro reviews archive.
  • Salads are good
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We ate here for lunch so only had the salads, which were prepared well, not overdressed and very tasty. Would like to come again for dinner to try out the entrees more fully.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spaghettio
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Food was great. service was questionable it was slow and the waiter was busy else where- brought ckeck before dessert ws served? Fod s definate worth a secod shot.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Pretty good experience
    DianeT1VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    For a quick meal that is pretty good in town I would recommend the kabobs at Galata Bistro. The service was quick and friendly and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice lunch
    HKPhooeyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Four of us met here for lunch last week. The food was great, service was prompt and pleasant. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now our weekly regular spot
    SquashplyrVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We come here once a week to get our dose of lamb kebab! Needless to say, we love the food and the ambience is good too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediterranean done right
    MLSreality
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Never a dry falafel here. And reasonably priced wine. Wonderful to sit outside and watch Menlo Park drift by.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Mediterranean food
    Jackson
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We tried a variety of items in the menu -- imam bayildi, falafell plate, cold mezes, grilled vegetables, Turkish salad and loved them all. Everything was freshly made and delicious. We tried kunefe for dessert and it was out of worldly delicious. We ordered a second serving. Galata is the best place to go if you like healthy freshly made Mediterranean food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food was not as outstanding as I had hoped it would be. It was alright. My dish, Lavash Kebab, had a strange taste to it and the Tzatziki did not have your expected taste or texture. Service was fine.
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    good for groups
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  • Galata Bistro
    yvonnecapVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I stumbled upon Galata Bistro while desperately seeking a lunch spot in Menlo Park to meet up with a friend. The restaurant was fairly uncrowded for 12:30p (which I liked) and the service was prompt to seat and serve us when we arrived. The food here is nice and simple, salads and sandwiches mixed with Mediterranean kebabs and wraps. Very reasonably priced and fast if you're in for a quick lunch break.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Galata Bistro is a nice choice
    EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Galata Bistro is a nice choice for a very good lunch with attentive service. The restaurant is seldom crowded so it is easy to have good conversation while enjoying one's meal. The salmon salad that I ordered was particularly tasty although my friend also enjoyed the salad of her choice. While nothing fancy, Galata Bistro is convenient and satisfying when one is looking for a meal in downtown Menlo Park.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • tasty bites
    wendeeVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was a quiet Saturday night at Galata. The reviews I read were sort of ho-hum regarding service. My husband wanted the moussaka, but they were out of it. They suggested a meat dish and then he ordered a side of grilled vegetables, which were all green and red peppers (he does not like peppers). We had the hot appetizer plate, which was quite tasty, and I had the goat cheese salad. My daughter ordered the pomegranate shish kabob. But the service was indeed lacking. The table next to us was served bread. We had to ask for bread. Our food came out at the same time as theirs, but they sat down about 10 minutes after us. They were very slow to come to our table to take our order. So food was good, but service could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Had pomergranite
    MJParkVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Great food. Had pomergranite and lavash kabab--both superb.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our regular spot for Lamb Kebabs!
    SquashplyrVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Love the Lamb Kebab here. Everything else that comes with it (rice, salad, hummus) is great too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was delicious!
    dorothybelle
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Every dish was seasoned perfectly, interesting but never overwhelming or confusing flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've had both lunch and dinner
    dsfnsfVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We've had both lunch and dinner here. On both occasions the food was quite good.....delicious combinations, well seasoned with interesting spices, nicely presented. While the ambiance is not formal or fancy (no table cloths or special table settings), the dining room is pleasant and appealing. The only hesitation here is the service. Our young server was just OK, not very friendly or helpful but not truly bad. As I said, he was OK. You'd probably prefer this place for lunch. While the food is the same, it doesn't quite have the nicer dining ambiance we prefer for dinner.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Delicious food with great service
    consultcjs
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was my fourth visit here an each time I have been very pleased. The food is seasoned so deliciously and the service is great. My husband has some food allergies and they were very accommodating and willing to make substitutions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Taste of Turkey
    Paulie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We ate at Galata Bistro on a busy evening (Valentine's Day). Every table was taken, but we were seated on time per our reservation (7 PM). The service was a bit slow, as might be expected on a busy night, but the wait-staff was friendly and accommodating despite seeming a tad harried. The Maitre D' is a young man from Turkey who took some time with us when things calmed down a bit. We talked about our time in Turkey and how nice it was to find good Turkish food locally. I had the Mousaka, which was wonderful, while my wife had the falafel which was very tasty. We liked the decor with a nice mural of Galata Tower on one wall and photos of Istanbul on another. The fact that we could talk to each other without yelling was a big plus.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Michael
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The staff was nice, even if they got our order wrong (it worked out in our favor and they comped the extra food, so I won't complain). The food was good, but not special. The baba ganoush was a bit burned. A fine Turkish establishment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    BritinUSA
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Went because of the reviews, but sadly we won't be going back. Bread came to the table that was stale and couldn't be chewed never mine eaten. The fried zucchini was swimming in grease and tasted of burnt oil. Service was rushed and we were asked twice what we wanted while we were still looking at the menus. The place was barely 1/3rd full so why the rush. Skip this place and try a different one.
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  • Great food!
    emc2
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Tried Galata Bistro for the first time with a group of 10. We ordered to appetizer plates and each had an entree. Everyone enjoyed their food. I had the chicken kabob and they were delicious. The salad served with it was also quite good. Our service was a little slow, but there was also another group of 20 or so. They did accommodate me bringing wine (very low corkage fee), including a magnum of champagne, with different wine glasses. I would recommend this restaurant and will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean a la Turk
    Jimbo
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This is a good place for a decent meal, especially on the spur of the moment. Not a particularly exotic menu, but satisfying shish plates with a few Turkish options. Will go back and try other menu items over the next few months. Priced right,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch spot in Downtown Menlo
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    what a nice addition to Santa Cruz Avenue. I enjoyed a tasty lunch of skewered chicken in the updated restaurant with my friends. The service was excellent, very friendly and helpful. The food was very good, well priced and plentiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Mediocre First Impression
    rdegoliaVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    decent service but the food that I had (a mixed veggie plate with different sauces) wasn't very interesting
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  • Wonderful local Turkish food
    consultcjs
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Both times I have been here the food has been delicious and plentiful. The waitress was very accommodating of wanting tonsustitute a salad for rice. It is quiet so so can actually talk to the person you are dining with.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Our friends like it too!
    WenInMenlo
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Brought our elderly couple friends to Bistro Galata for our quarterly get together. They both love it! We both tried the "Dinner for Two" and shared our appetizers. There was plenty of good and we went home warm and happy on a cold autumn evening. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. I recommend trying the Turkish Yakut red wine with their garlic hummus. Always hit the perfect harmony on my palate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious kabobs and more...
    KnowsHowtoTravelVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Tried Galata for the first time. I believe they opened in Feb'2013. Excellent kabobs! The lamb was not gamey at all. Recommended even for people who don't usually like lamb. The chicken and steak were also very tasty. But the biggest surprise was the ground beef and lamb - OMG! The seasoning is so delicious. That's what I'll order next time. We went with another couple and we both got their combination platter, which included 3 appetizers along with the kabobs. Very generous portions. Loved the tsaziki, yogurt/garlic/dill sauce, and put it on everything. I don't like tabbouli at all - usually tastes like cardboard and herbal grass to me. But Galata's tabbouli is different and delicious! Really, the recipes and cooking here are exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great spinach salad!
    Maggie14
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    I love the spinach salad with salmon; delicious and healthy!
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    great for lunch
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  • Yum!
    MenloGalVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    I went to Galata, on a Friday night, after a long absence; I was not disappointed! I was pleased to see the restaurant was packed. We were seated quickly and had friendly, attentive service. I ordered the falafel plate and my companion ordered the chicken kebab, both delicious. The chicken was tender and flavorful and the falafel was crispy perfection. Both came beautifully arranged with a small salad and a serving of tender, flavorful rice. We did not enjoy desert, but will definitely return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    Viewstraveler
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Our group had a reservation for noon, so parking behind the restaurant in busy Menlo Park was a plus. Not busy but should have been. We tried the kabobs and a wrap--delicious.The chicken was particularly flavorful. Served with yoghurt, salad, fragrant rice and hummus, there was enough to take home, too. We also tried 3 desserts-the baklava (ok), that saffron/pistachio ice cream (creamy and unusual) and the third had a name I can't pronounce, with cream cheese, pistachio and sweet syrup. No dessert remained.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Turkish dinner
    BirdVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Elderly parent and I -- both well-traveled-- had wonderful shish kebab-- chicken and lamb respectively, delicate seasoning perfectly cooked; very hospitable owner-host. Best since travel to Istanbul--- and better than other Peninsula Turkish restaurants we have sampled.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy We Tried It!
    Greatfood
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    My wife and I dined here for our "date night". We live in Menlo Park so we wanted to eat local. We are so glad we did. Great food, prompt service and reasonalble prices. Those are the three things I care about and this restaurant delivered. We will be returning for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice food for a decent price
    saskiaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Its great persian style food: lots of olive oil and great kebabs. Staff is not super friendly or welcoming though. Slow with offering drinks and they hardly check in on you. They did give us 4 forks though for the baklava we ordered and the baklava was really good. Good food for a decent price, not suitable for a long night out
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  • Yummy Boregi
    Gypsy
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    In addition to the boregi, we had the chicken kebab--very good--with good hummus, rice and salad. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was terrible despite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The service was terrible despite that fact that the place was almost empty. This is my second time at the restaurant and the first visit lacked in the service area. The restaurant is pretty and the food is well above average and the prices are fair but the service is terrible.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mediteranean Food In Menlo Pa
    MattVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    What a great find in Menlo Park. Great food nice atmosphere reasonably priced and over the top friendly service. Support this fine establishment so that they may become a mainstay in Menlo Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food in a pleasant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Very good food in a pleasant, family-run setting. The decor is attractive. The chicken shish kebab is especially fine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lots of veggie options
    ajbsVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    selection of vegetarian appetizers were great (and the ones I tried were yummy), and there were some veggie entrees as well
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Kabobs
    stansfieldVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    The food was excellent; the chicken kabobs are always moist and tender. The owner is always there with a smile on his face and the staff is just as pleasant. It’s a must for a Mediterranean dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.