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Permanently Closed - Troy Mezze Lounge

46 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Allow yourself to be transported to Turkey by the rich flavors and intoxicating smells of authentic Turkish cuisine in our ethnic restaurant. One must only travel as far as historic Blake Street in downtown Raleigh, NC to obtain their pass to the Mediterranean. Owner Arif Denk, a native of Troy, provides his guests with the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of his hometown where he learned the secrets of authentic Turkish cuisine firsthand. Upon entering you will feel as if you have stepped off a boat onto an authentic beautiful Turkey Mediterranean Restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Turkish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch 11-4

Dinner 5-10
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Phone number
(919) 834-8133
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Full Bar, Takeout
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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vipNeuroMitch (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on May 13, 2016

My wife and I have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed our meals. There have always been interesting specials with exotic flavors. I am not an expert in Turkish cuisine but what we have eaten has been wonderful. Highly recommended.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 2, 2016

Our meal was excellent.

Philionel (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

I had never met a cup of Turkish coffee I didn't like, but Troy Mezze Lounge rectified that for me. Not only was it singularly the worst Turkish coffee I had ever tasted in my entire life (once they actually got around to bringing it out, which took 30 minutes after I ordered it despite there being only one other occupied table in the place while I was there), Troy Mezze also holds the unique distinction of being the first time I have ever been served lamb and didn't enjoy it. Ever. The "lamb clay pot" was minuscule in portion, the lamb was overcooked to the point of being unrecognizable as lamb (the six tiny bits provided), and the "vegetables and spices" were overcooked zucchini, onion, and canned tomato sauce. I have had better, and frankly more authentic, Turkish food in airports than I had at this place. If you find yourself in downtown Raleigh hankering for Turkish food, take the extra time to drive to Bosphorus over in Cary and spare yourself the agony of Troy Mezze.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on August 21, 2015

Friday night, two big reservations and they only had one server working!! She did the best that she could to keep up with everything and everybody. Need to hire more help! The food was good, but we had to wait a long time for food and drinks since the waitress was taking care of all the customers in the restaurant.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on May 30, 2015

This is one of our favorites in downtown. Right in the middle of the market area, great food, friendly service. I'm amazed its not busier given how good it is!

Baratatat (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on May 26, 2015

Did not enjoy this at all.

vipjerry (Raleigh)
1.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Because it was Mother's Day, the dinner menu was used, as opposed to lunch. P...l and I ordered the same thing, a salad with chicken. It was tiny, And it had iceberg lettuce rather than the advertised Romaine. The cost was $12. Powell questioned the size, as well as the price, and everyone, Including the server, agreed. The children complained about their chicken, because it was frozen. There was found me one person serving the entire restaurant; consequently, the service was lousy, but it was not the fault of the of the server. The beverages did not come for 15 minutes after they were ordered. W... and P...l were really quite disappointed, since they wanted a Mother's Day lunch to be special.., I would give that restaurant an F minus.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

This was a perfect location after going to see a movie at the downtown IMAX theater. I was surprised it wasn't crowded in a Saturday night. The food was great and the service very good. We got there before our reservation, but they were already ready for us. The menus is great with just enough unusual items to peak everyone's interest.

Barham (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

The food here is just average. There is nothing special about this restaurant.

LumLum (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 24, 2014

A bit unusual in taste compared to other Turkish resturants I've been to.

Ralredscorpio (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2014

This is a great little restaurant in the City Market area of Raleigh. The food is excellent, and the portions are huge. Best of all, the ambiance is quiet and laid back. The night we visited, though, our wait person was obviously a trainee and tended to hover. There was also some problem with the liquor license that prevented us from purchasing wine at the restaurant or drinking the bottle we brought with us. I trust these issues will be addressed in the near future, and I look forward to many more visits to Troy Mezze.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2014

Nice find in market area of Raleigh. Great food, nice wine list, friendly service from people that makes you feel like they're the owners.

Nothanks (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

Poor service due to lack of staff. Why one waitress & a trainee and no bartender/hostess on a Friday night during restaurant week? The food was mediocre at best. The "hand made" ice cream was scooped from a carton, clearly purchased. The shrimp hot pot was lacking flavor. The ambiance was sad. Just Not impressed.

jewel (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

We found this restaurant on open table and were very pleased with the area the restaurant the food and the service!

vipFoodie (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2014

I'm not sure why I haven't ventured into City Market in forever but this trip changed that. Troy Mezze was delicious. I have already recommended to all my friends. I had the clay pot chicken which has wonderful crunchy veggies that are all organic. We had the pan seared shrimp with apricot sauce as an appetizer and that was amazing. The chocolate mousse dessert was addicting. I will definitely return here many times. It is reasonably priced and the portions are good. They have a lot of choices and even pizza and cheeses sticks if you don't want to experiment with Turkish cuisine although I recommend trying at least one thing. Enjoy!