What a turnaround
What started out as a potential disaster ended beautifully. We arrived on time for our 7pm reservation on a Friday night. After 15 minutes, Ibraham (sp?), who might be an owner or manager, recognized that we had been waiting and told us "you shouldn't have to wait that long." He apologized and said he would "take care of us." He comp'd our party of four a glass of wine each while we waited. After 30 minutes we were seated. Ibraham served us personnally and was attentive and brought us a complimentary appetizer. He then brought us a complimentary bottle of wine, which was delicious (and not cheap). He more than made up for the rough start. The food held its own; we all loved our entrees. I was impressed by the awesome customer service.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprised that there is a
Surprised that there is a kids' menu. Portions size are okay. Overall delicious food. Waitress was a bit spacey. Got a freebie Baklava which was quite delicious.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Glad I Went
The food was very good quality overall & the ambiance was warm & inviting....I liked the chicken shish kebob I had, but my husband thought his beef ones were a little tough. Very nice & unusual desert with phyllo & cheese. The service was friendly, but a little haphazard (couldn't find Open Table res, misorders, water glasses empty, etc). Overall very enjoyable, will go back!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
Yummy Mediterranean food...
...in a pleasant, low-key setting. Truly a gem of a spot.
3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is a serious restaurant.
This place is a serious restaurant. It is charming, well-run, friendly, with absolutely terrific food. And in Menlo Park of all places.Head and shoulders above the others on the block, including the (too brightly lit) Left Bank and the odd, overly-expensive steakhouse.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A comfy neighborhood place. The
A comfy neighborhood place.
The food was excellent! The baklava fabulous and I dont even like baklava!!
Our waitress was wonderful. The manager even stopped by after a little snafu
to make sure we were still happy. We will definitely be going back.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I certainly plan on going
I certainly plan on going there again and taking other friends.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
This may be the best of the
This may be the best of the Turkish restaurants on the mid-Peninsula. Knowledgeable staff, great food, beautiful service. A little noisy in the restaurant when there's a full house. Great rice pudding! Good Turkish wine by the glass.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was delightfully surprised
I was delightfully surprised how good the food and service were at Galata during a recent lunch. The chicken kabob has a delicious flavor and the ability to swap a regular salad for a Greek salad for $1.00 is a nice upgrade. The french fries were hot and as tasty as any of have eaten in the past.
The service was very good as the manager, bus person, and waitress each stopped by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. Galata is an excellent choice for a very affordable and enjoyable lunch or dinner.
5/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best kebabs in forever, not dry or overcooked. The cold appetizer sampler plate has some wonderful items on it and all are good. Everything we tried was very good and we will definitely go back. The staff was fabulous, particularly with the three year old at our table. She was thrilled to be invited to carry the check to the register and bring it back to our table. Other personal touches during and after the meal were enough to convince us we need to become regulars at this wonderful little eatery.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Friday night dinner find
Busy but still quiet, nicely appointed low key place. Very good lamb dishes. would definitely go again.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
lots of veggie options
selection of vegetarian appetizers were great (and the ones I tried were yummy), and there were some veggie entrees as well
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food in a pleasant,
Very good food in a pleasant, family-run setting. The decor is attractive. The chicken shish kebab is especially fine.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mediteranean Food In Menlo Pa
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.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
In addition to the boregi, we had the chicken kebab--very good--with good hummus, rice and salad.
We will definitely return!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy We Tried It!
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.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Turkish dinner
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.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for lunch
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.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
great spinach salad!
I love the spinach salad with salmon; delicious and healthy!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious kabobs and more...
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!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our friends like it too!
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.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful local Turkish food
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.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM