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About Galata Bistro
Galata Bistro is located in Menlo Park.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Galata Bistro Ratings and Reviews
Part of the sudden wave of Turkish restaurants on the mid-Peninsula. As usual with Turkish restaurants, food was really good. Restaurant was almost full on a Saturday evening, so our making a reservation was worthwhile. Some of the tables have a worn out finish; not attractive on dark wood. Three different members of the staff announced the list of special items both of which were seafood items. It sounds like the staff may not be fully organized. We did not have one of those seafood items but instead had wonderful choices off the menu. Also two glasses of Turkish red wine which were excellent and for dessert we split one serving of bread pudding. That was a great finish to this meal.
Seating on the sidewalk in front was not noisy when we went. This time of year, sun in your eyes is not a problem. Service was fine, though there was a miscommunication about which of two shrimp kabob items on the menu we wanted. What we got worked fine for us though. Giant shrimp were tender, not overcooked, and nicely spiced. Pomegranate salad was tasty, though not exceptional.
This is a good place if you're trying to eat low-carb.
Two friends and I had a delightful summer lunch, lingering on the patio and chatting over tasty food and drinks and decadent desserts . Starting with the Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) and pita, a great choice for the hungry trio, we had their refreshing adult beverages at a table on the patio. Then we moved onto mains of the Kofte Plate, a Falafel plate, and the Galata House Kebab plate. My Galata House Kebab (charbroiled mild spicy ground beef and lamb) provided me with the tastiest ground meat kebab that I've had in many years, and we all enjoyed the hummus and lightly dressed green salad that accompanied our mains. We decadently decided to order individual desserts of the limoncello flute and one order of the saffron-pistachio ice cream to share. Wow--that saffron-pistachio ice cream is unusual and quite tasty, and the limoncello flute was light and sweet and yummy, too. We knew that none of us would need dinner that day, and we resolved to return to Galata Bistro again.
99% of the time, this restaurant is very consistently good with it's delicious food and great service. This time was also in the 99% category. I like to bring friends here because I can count on the quality of the food and the super service I always receive here.
My wife and I both ordered the Pirzola (lamb chops). There were four average size, single-cut chops accompanied by rice, salad and a small amount of hummus on each plate. I thought the lamb chops were good, but were thicker in the past. I really like their rice, but the hummus while having an excellent taste wasn't firm enough.
As usual, I ordered the pirzola (char grilled lamb chops served with rice, salad, and a small amount of humus). I think the lamb chops are outstanding as is the accompanying, wonderfully flavored rice. And the humus is probably the best I've ever had. Regarding the service, the waiter was very attentive, asking me if everything is alright and bringing me my order in a very timely manner. I've also met the manager of whom I have a very high regard for providing me with excellent customer service.
If you enjoy middle eastern and/or eastern Mediterranean food, I can highly recommend Galata Bistro. We were 5 people in our party. We had 4 different dishes. Everyone raved about the food. I personally had the lamb shank. Cut it with a fork as it fell off the bone. Good value.
This is the second time I've eaten at this restaurant and my experience was much better though not perfect.
We both ordered the pirzola which consisted of four very good lamb chops accompanied by some salad, hummus and excellent bread. I thought the hummus was the best I've ever had.
Although the waiter was very personable and polite, he seems to have gotten our orders mixed up. Unfortunately, although I ordered my lamb chops well done, I didn't receive them that way. The waiter seems to have given me my wife's order instead. I was also charged extra for changing the accompanying rice to grilled vegetables even though the waiter never told me this in advance
Made a reservation for 6:30 on a Friday night after another favorite place in Menlo Park closed for a private event. Was very pleased with experience there. Ambience is low-lit, lots of tables. We were early for chick in but they seated us right away, unusual for a Friday. Brought bread and olive oil immediately.
The food is Mediterranean - I had Pomegranate Spinach kabob - lovely combo with rice and a small salad. Friends had falafel and lavosh kabob.
All served quickly with nice presentation - for 3 full entrees and tea, the check was only $55. A bargain in this area.
Food was OK, not great. The service was terrible. We continuously had to get their attention. There were 9 of us with a reservation. You'd think they would be aware that they had a big table and make some accommodation of that. This was a business lunch during the week, not a Friday.
The food & service at Galata are very good and prices are reasonable. My wife and I enjoyed eating at a sidewalk table even though the restaurant is on a busy downtown street. Both the salmon salad and chicken kebabs were very tasty, as were the rice and small salad served with the kebabs.
Galata is an excellent choice for a casual meal in Menlo Park.
Love the falafels which is very crispy on the outside and moist on the inside--just perfect. The chicken shish is perfectly cooked and seasoned always. The service was very attentive also. Our get-together had good service and good food without interruption to our conversation. It was a very pleasant meal.
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