My work friends thought we'd try a new place for drinks and appetizers in Burlingame, so we made a reservation for the Grape Escape wine bar. Much to our surprise, we happened to show up on the first night of a new menu and lovely family restaurant - Instanbul Turkish Cuisine. The food was amazing! I had the chicken kabob with basmati rice and the shepherd's salad - best EVER! The baklava was good - made with pistachios, but I prefer Greek-style with walnuts.
I don't live in the area, but I will be sure to bring my East Bay friends back to sample more dishes soon!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Now called Istanbul Turkish Cuisine
As a lover of Turkish food, this restaurant was a real fiind. Try the selection of spreads, especially the smoky eggplant one, and the whole grilled branzino for $23 was a deal, perfectly cookly, moist, delicious, and large enough for two people to share as an entree. The staff were very attentive.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally a Winner on that Corner!
There were half a dozen restaurantsduring the last several years at that otherwise well-located corner of Lorton and Burlingame Avenues, but their food was always below par, so none of them made it. Finally, with its new owner and chef, the restaurant now named Istanbul is a winner. The best fresh salad anywhere (choban, add some feta, one protion serves two), excellent babaganoush and fresh eggplant delight, good tarama salata, and good and sensibly-priced main plates. Try it for lunch first, at one of the outdoor tables with good people-watching.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were on vacation and gave
We were on vacation and gave this place a try and loved the food. If I was a local I would be here all the time.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Fresh Food
Dined here with a friend mid-week. Service was outstanding, everyone was very friendly. Nice decor. Food was very good, fresh and tasty. Will definitely return.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd visit to Istanbul
I went to Istanbul Turkish Restaurant a month ago with my friend and we were both very impressed with its food quality and great service. I went back this time with my husband and we were again very happy with the experience. I highly recommend this restaurant.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had lunch with a friend here, had excellent salads, very tasty.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM