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Turquoise Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.turquoisedining.com
  • Phone: (773) 549-3523
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Executive Chef: Mustafa Guler
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available on weekends
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I live around the hood so always thought that dinner would be my first experience. Instead I had a business lunch. Waitstaff seems a bit on their own time/schedule. there was a hair in my salad. And the music in the men's room was CRANKED so loud. Food overall was average to good. Except for the hair in the salad. I'd go back. my wife probably won't give it a first chance for dinner (she was not at my business lunch) so not sure when I'd get back there again. I like the variety and Mediterranean hybrid nature of the menu. My review is not to dissuade people from going. I just think the staff needs a little more attention paid to needs of patrons. and hairnets should be worn in the kitchen."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I've been to Turquoise 3 times now and can't wait to go back again! The food is imaginative, reasonably priced, and always flavorful. The chef could be a bit less heavy-handed with the butter in an effort to make the dishes more heart-healthy, but other than that, everything I've eaten there has been excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I love returning to this terrific restaurant. Staff are friendly even when very busy. This is genuine Turkish cooking, not the imitation stuff some other places offer."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "They have a very nice outdoor space, and the interior opens up to the outside as well, making this a great place to dine when the weather is nice. The hummus is very very good, and I've been pleased with the entrees I've had here as well."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I brought 4 friends who had not been to Turquoise before- they loved it. Me too!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We must have ordered the wrong things here (lamb kabobs, chicken kabobs and a eggplant dish) as nothing blew us away but other tables seemed very happy. The hummus was good and the bread delicious and warm. Ran into a friend there and it's one of their go to places but we won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I've been wanting to try turqouise for awhile the menu looks very interesting. The food was good but the service was lacking. The best part of all of our meals was the mashed olive oil potatoes"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food... All very well prepared and tasty. Dessert, however, was just OK. Pretty loud place, so not the best for conversation. Service a bit slow, but they were very busy so nothing to complain about. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great service, reasonably priced food cooked fresh. Very accommodating, we were late. Huge and varied menu. Anyone could find a satisfying meal for any diet. The bread and vegetable spread. . . Delicious ."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • " restaurant not busy but service inattentive. waiter missed ordering my husband's entree so that he had to wait near 20 minutes for it to be cooked. by then the rest of our part of 5 was nearly finished. also, food not nearly as good as in past. we will not return."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Regular menu for Easter. A very reasonable price fixed meal. Delicious and abundant. The only issue is all the food came at once. Selections should have been leisurely paced. We had no room on the table. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I've lived in Roscoe Village for almost 10 years and have never gone to Turquoise, boy was I missing out. Everything was superb from the appetizers (endive salad and grilled calamari) to the main course (chicken lemo) to dessert (chocolate soufflé). Wonderful flavors, seasoned perfectly (my mouth is watering just writing this). I plan on going all the time now!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Four of us dined at Turquoise, a restaurant two of us had been to before. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, two had filet mignon and were surprised at how large it was. It also was perfectly cooked to order. Another had a chicken kabob and enjoyed it and the sides. I had rack of lamb, five double chops cooked to perfection with a side of wonderful grilled vegetables. As we were full we did not have dessert. Come enjoy the great food and good service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Good food at great prices!! Interesting and value-price wine list"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We had to have a fairly rushed dinner in order to make it to a concert, and that was unfortunate because the food was delicious and worth savoring more slowly. The genre "Mediterranean" doesn't adequately describe the cooking - seems likely to be Turkish, lots of Middle eastern influences. Plenty of garlic, which we enjoy. Smoked eggplant appetizer was memorable."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Turquoise, the stone, is considered a semi-previous gem; Turquoise, the Turkish restaurant, is a bonafide precious gem of a restaurant. The ambience is charming, the service attentive and friendly, and the food might be called haute-Turkish because the kitchen takes food and presentation from that region of the world up a notch."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Went on a Sunday early eve thinking a nice quiet dinner with friends. Wrong. It was Terribly loud full of groups of 6 or more. Seemed like family night. Good food and service, but never again Sunday eve. We didn't linger "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I had eaten Turkish food a few times before, but my first visit to Turquoise convinced me of the greatness of the cuisine. We were four in our party and tried at least 8 different items. Everything was beautifully presented, and the flavors just made us wild. Among apps, the zucchini pancakes are justly famous, but the sogurme (eggplant/yogurt) and lahmacun (sort of a pizza) were wonderful as well. The braised lamb wrapped in eggplant was my favorite, but the gnocchi with braised oxtail ragu was a standout also. Can't wait to try the other dishes. The restaurant was crazy busy on Saturday night and the seating is a bit tight, but the service was as warm and attentive as could be. I can't believe I didn't know about this place before."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always the best food. Great selections, great wines and a great time"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I have become a Turquiose 'regular' and I have never had a bad meal there"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The flavors seem to be dialed down for a "Chicago" palate – I wish the spices were a little more robust in some of the dishes. The Turkish delight is a great option for vegetarians, a medley of delicious sautéed veggies on a plate of hummus. The hummus isn't the best in town, but they make their own pide bread and it's served warm. Very delicious, so order a few spreads to accompany it. If you like meat, try the lamb sausage. Desserts are forgettable. Just head to Paciugo up the street instead. Service is a little lackadaisical but it's nice to be able to sit outside now that the weather is nicer."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Turquoise Cafe and we'll be back for a 3rd! The food is beautifully presented and delicious. Staff members are friendly and efficient without bothering you. The baklava (sp?) is the best!! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Half of our party of four had never been to Turquoise before. They were glad I had chosen it and expressed great satisfaction with the food and service. We arrived earlier than expected, but were seated immediately anyway. We found the creamy lentil soup truly wonderful. Each member enjoyed their entrees -- one had a rack of lamb, more to eat than he had expected, two had lamb kabob and both found it delicious with good sides, and I had beef kabob, which I also found delicious with good sides. One of us had an order of mashed potatoes which he found superior. Desserts of ice cream sherbet and rice pudding were great, the rice pudding is especially to be enjoyed. We had a wonderful dinner, good conversation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "very nice restaurant with good food,service and people/guests,ossobucco was excellent,my wife had sea bass foiled in salt also excellent and it was a good size fish more than enough for one person,a will visit again"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The evening my friends and I met there was a quiet weeknight. The service was great and the food was tasty. The restaurant was filled and in additional there was a large party of 25-30 celebrating a wedding."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I can't believe this is the first time I've been to Turquoise! What a gem--delicious food and a great date night spot for me and my husband. Would definitely head back...."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Went for brunch. Good Turkish food. Friendly staff. Slow service that day due to being short staff but would come back again."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience here. I accidentally just left the review meant for Turquoise for Sola. Sola was not great. So expensive and the food did not wow us. This place is amazing though. Loved the hot, homemade bread. The food was sooo good and the wait staff was very customer service oriented. We like to bring friends here who come to visit us in Chicago. Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "From the minute we arrived the service was great. Our server was very helpful describing menu options. The dinner was a ten from the warm bread to the main course,and our server was also a ten. Thank you to the entire staff for a wonderful night of dining"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I used your service for a reservation on Valentine's Day. However, your website did not address the Prix fixe pricing for the evening. The restaurant's website also did not mention this. I was very dissatisfied with the failure to that evening's terms to your customers. I ended up going slightly over budget and did not get to prepare. I'm on a fix income but wanted to treat my girlfriend to a lovely evening. The service was great and we did enjoy a fantastic meal but the night was close to ruined before it ever got started."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everyone's plates were great! Portions are large so you can share or take home for the next day. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Varied and interesting mediterranean menu. Dishes are fresh and flavorful; and service is attentive without rushing diners."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "As always we had a great time at a favorite place of ours"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "great spot to visit when in Roscoe Village, always have a great meal."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This is a neighborhood middle eastern food spot. They try to give you an enjoyable dining experience and for the most part they succeed. Because they are reasonably priced and attract many neighborhood people dining on the weekends should be avoided unless you are very patient. Street parking is usually available and there are three front barrier doors which help to keep people who eat near the door as warm as possible. If you try it you will want to return."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Modest prices on the menu do not reflect the quality and variety found throughout the menu. The Turkish specialties are particularly attractive, providing several appealing options to the typical Mediterranean offerings. All in all a pleasant surprise for the wallet and the palate."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Food is great! We were there on a Saturday night, and it was crowded and noisy. I'd recommend going at a less crowded time when it isn't so noisy - if you want to have a really good conversation and not have to yell. But the food is great!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Turquoise is really a hidden gem-quality of the food value for the price paid. The delicious bread and a beet, carrot and yogurt dip, then the lentil soup and fried zucchini. Entree portions were substantial with an interesting mix of flavors. Food is a really a nice mix of Mediterranean dishes. The service is a bit hit or miss. When seating was delayed Mahmut bought us drinks. Service was attentive, but we waited over 30 minutes for the entrees to arrive after appetizers. The wine list is reasonably priced and goes well with the food. Despite the service issues, we would highly recommend Turquoise for a nice meal. Just allow a bit of time, much like you would many places in the Mediterranean!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Turquoise is located in a small space in Roscoe Village. From the outside, it seems pretty quite, but when you walk in, you will find a vibrant, warm, happening scene. Once seated, they bring out bread with a cabbage, vinegar, sour cream salad to place on the bread which is a beautiful pink color and is delicious.They have also low cost wine ($20) The menu is large and has many interesting choices. My wife had the seafood risotto and I had the lamb shank. The Risotto was very rich and very good. The lamb shank was also good, but not exactly what I was expecting. Overall, the food is very good and the atmosphere is terrifically fun. This is a place where you want to commit around 2 hours for dinner, it is worth it."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Amazing food. Great prices. Do the family style and you will want to go there weekly. Best Turkish food ever!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014