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A La Turca

4.0
4
21 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
Established in 2002 as the first Turkish Restaurant in San Francisco, A La Turca is the recipient of awards including "Best Turkish Restaurant" by local newspapers' reader polls. Nothing goes better with our freshly prepared appetizers than our home made pide bread, crispy outside and chewy inside. A La Turca dishes are made from scratch each and every day according to traditional Turkish recipes, and the portions are generous. If you are new to Turkish cuisine, you will want to try the platter, which includes lamb chop, beef shish, chicken shish, koefte, lamb/beef gyro, doener, rice and salad. Or Lahmacun (Turkish thin pizza) which locals order by the dozen. If Turkish cuisine is among your favorites, you will not want to miss the housemade doener, iskender kebab and beyti. There are great vegetarian options as well mouth-watering housemade desserts, beer and Turkish, Italian or Napa wine. Come for an authentic Turkish experience. Offsite cater is available for up to 500 ppl.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    (415) 345-1011
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We are glad to cater parties of up to 500 people, from simple to elaborate menus. Just contact Matt for information (415) 345-1011.
  • Private party contact
    Matt: (415) 345-1011
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cross street
    Larkin
  • Parking details
    Street parking. There is also a public lot adjacent to the restaurant
  • Public transit
    Bus #38 stops 1 block away from our restaurant (Larkin & Geary)
  • Additional
    Beer, Wine

What 21 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 2.9Ambience

NoiseModerate

21 Reviews
  1. heyChris

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My friends and I stopped in for an early dinner. What a charming restaurant! The staff was friendly and efficient; the food was tasty and very fresh, and reasonably priced. I'll definitely return so I can sample more items from the menu.

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  2. divegurl7

    San Francisco

    73 reviews

    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I had 2 appetizers: cold cucumber in yogurt and hot baked boreg - both wonderful. The beer & bread was interesting & good. I'm very used to Mediterranean/Armenian as I live in Fresno so I wanted to see how "Turkish" would be different. Mostly, it's not. The names of things are spelled or pronounced a little differently. The dinner plate of chicken, lamb, beef Doner - where the meat is minced/roasted was dry/burned, and the beef was mixed with the lamb not separate like they 'should' have been. I've had lots of shish so I didn't order it. The Doner should have been more like the Greek gyros meat. I guess I should have tried one of the minced meat dishes. Cake dessert was great; Turk. coffee was good but, as always, mostly sludge.

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  3. localdiner

    San Francisco

    82 reviews

    3.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good Turkish food in the Tenderloin. No atmosphere but good food.

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  4. Sparky

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing Turkish home cooked food with decent service

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  5. Starmtn

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    A little run down, in a marginal neighborhood but made up for by great authentic Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, very helpful friendly service and reasonable prices!

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  6. MokiMama

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You won't have room for the Baklava - but you'll be missing so much if you pass it up - so get it and you will die happy!

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  7. GrannyLovesaParty

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We spent too much because we ate too much, and drank a bottle of perfectly drinkable Turkish wine. A party of two, we had two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts, and shared everything of course. We stuffed ourselves, and every crumb was a party. This was really fun food and afterwards were were combing the internet for Turkish recipes. We were between a matinee at the ballet and an evening performance at Davies. Turkish families were eating there as well as symphony-goers. We hiked to the restaurant and took a cab back (the cabbie was disappointed that it wasn't a longer trip).

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  8. LovetoEat

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We wanted an interesting eating experience before attending a concert at the Davies Symphony Hall. A La Turca fit the bill very nicely. The food is traditional Turkish, and there are many excellent choices. We had a lamb dish that was attractively presented and delicious. The food was filling without being heavy or carb-overloaded. The rice pudding for dessert was heavenly and plenty for two. Service was friendly and quick. The atmosphere is casual, but many of the patrons were dressed up for the evening and we didn't feel out of place. Strongly recommend trying it.

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  9. VHung08

    Philadelphia

    179 reviews

    4.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The place looked a bit divey when we first walked in but they gave us a table in the upstairs area which was much nicer and secluded from the rest of the place. The service was great (we were not ignored even though we were upstairs) as we came in for a birthday but had forgotten candles. They provided everything for us including a nice touch of Turkish tea at the end which tasted really great. But what really won all of us over was the lamb chops. The majority of items were kebabs and we wanted something more entree like so we ordered the lamb chops. It was so juicy and tender that everyone at the table agreed it truly tasted amazing. We would all return just for those chops!

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  10. evie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I've taken several people here over the years and the food never disappoints. My guests are always pleased, as am I. The Pides are awesome, and my guest enjoyed his lamb kabab and we had the rice pudding for dessert. This restaurant is a great find.

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A La Turca is rated 4 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for A La Turca

869 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Larkin
  • Neighborhood
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Hours of operation
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street parking. There is also a public lot adjacent to the restaurant
  • Public transit
    Bus #38 stops 1 block away from our restaurant (Larkin & Geary)
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Wine
  • Phone number
    (415) 345-1011
  • Catering
    We are glad to cater parties of up to 500 people, from simple to elaborate menus. Just contact Matt for information (415) 345-1011.
  • Private party contact
    Matt: (415) 345-1011
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