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Kitchen Istanbul, San Francisco, CA

Kitchen Istanbul

4.9
4.9
984 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
Welcome to Kitchen Istanbul,
Where the exotic centuries-old recipes meet with local ingredients to transform into unforgettable flavors that will make you come back for more. Owner and executive chef Emrah Kilicoglu pays close attention to what goes in the kitchen as well as on the restaurant floor. He personally visits each table to make sure that the customers get the ultimate Turkish dining experience where the customer is treated as a guest in his house.
Mr. Kilicoglu is not new to the San Francisco gastronomic scene: since March, 2012 he was the co-owner of Troya Clement and contributed to becoming a stable among Turkish restaurants in the Bay Area. He carefully crafted Kitchen Istanbul's menu to incorporate lots of traditional mezes (Turkish style appetizers), each with a distinct kick to represent a specific region in the Mediterranean area. Just a look at the main dishes will make your mouth water, no matter if you are a meat lover or a veggie lover.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 753-9479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Emrah Kilicoglu

  • Catering

    Please call for details.

  • Private party facilities

    .

  • Private party contact

    Emrah Kilicoglu: (415) 509-3716

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Cross street

    5th Avenue

  • Parking details

    Street parking. Public Parking on 6th avenue between Clement and Geary.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 984 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    Best Overall

  • San Francisco

    Best Food

  • San Francisco

    Best Service

  • San Francisco

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. K

    Kate

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very noisy
  2. TL

    TristanL

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a good time with the wine list and menu that we stayed a little too long. They were very polite about having another reservation waiting and we never felt rushed while we were eating. Fantastic service and an amazing wine list. Wish they were still open for lunch.
  3. MF

    MsFoodie

    San Francisco

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Prices have gone up since Covid, but that's understandable because the number of tables have really been reduced. This is one of the few Bay Area restaurants that has reliably good Turkish/Mediterranean food. The mezes are excellent. We particularly loved the beans under the shrimp and the muhummara dip but they're all good. Plus the dessert menu has Künefe. For wine lovers, the wine list is heaven, but not cheap. The service is excellent and we were so pleased they honored our special requests.
  4. a

    aaaa

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfection.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food even better service
  6. M

    Momo

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous experience! wonderful fresh tasty food, good wines, and very congenial service and atmosphere
  7. PB

    PaulB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My vegan wife and I really enjoyed our dinner. It’s a well appointed restaurant with a fabulous wine selection. The menu is well balanced with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat lovers. We particularly enjoyed the cauliflower and the Brussels sprout appetizers that were served as a mezze. We’ll definitely be back.
  8. J

    Jole

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this places. Great food great service great ambience. Absolutely incredible selection of wine.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and wine! Cannot wait to return
  10. SA

    SunnyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a magical treasure…I always feel like family and the food and ambience is exquisite!!
  11. BS

    BfromSweden

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh absolutely delicious food. Wonderful thoughtful service. Mind-blowing winelist.
  12. s

    sffilaki

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely staff, fresh and authentic (served hot!) food. Appreciated the table spacing for comfort and safety.
  13. CS

    CarolS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great service. Food and wine was wonderful!
  14. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO YUMMY, especially the feta cigars and zucchini fritters.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding service and wine list at a neighborhood restaurant. The food was perfectly executed.
  16. b

    bakajohnny

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. One of the nicer places to dine in the city for a great price.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food! Very kind and knowledgeable servers. The wine selection is amazing, make sure you ask the servers about good pairing. Will Be back!
  18. f

    frenchtable

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    delicious food served by wonderful, knowledgeable folks.
  19. AI

    AndreyI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite experiences in the city! The wine selection is quite amazing. Great hospitality and killer lamb.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice. Interesting and good food. Friendly helpful service. A fun reminder of Istanbul!
  21. VI

    VenkateshI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. A neighborhood favorite I recommend to everyone (not in the neighborhood).
  22. JR

    JanR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Extensive expensive wine list. Menu wasn’t very exciting. Rather limited. Food was good but not for the price.
  23. s

    sfeater

    San Francisco

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is a real gem. The food was divine, even though I wish there were a vegetarian entree option (I feel that way about a number of restaurants though). I managed to pull together a vegetarian meal from all the side and appetizer options. The two salad options are fantastic, and I am glad we ordered one of each because they are both unique and delicious. The service was attentive and the timing of all the dish arrivals was the best we could hope for. My partner's moussaka was a little light on eggplant, and I thought the spread / bread platter would have benefitted from one more slide of bread to balance out the bread / spread ratio, but overall we were quite pleased with this place, and we'd definitely go again.
  24. GL

    GregoryL

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Three of us split 3 metze (appetizers) and a couple entrees. Fantastic range of flavors. Absolutely recommend the roasted cauliflower - and also recommend asking the staff for suggestions. Our waitress was great! Very good selection of wines.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful service, very good food & excellent wines.
  26. r

    rebelo

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic wine list, superbly crafted food to match, fantastic wine list, attentive professional service—did I mention the fantastic wine list?!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great wines. Amazing food! I can’t wait to go back for another meal.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and wine and the ambiance!
  29. s

    sfsomm

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible and best natural wine list in the city. Go here now!
  30. JG

    JenniferG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had heard about the vast, well-priced wine selections- very true. Food was delicious too, and service was pre- Covid great. (A rarity now, with staffing issues everywhere.) Clean, fresh design, nice ambiance. I will definitely be back. Wish I lived closer.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Staff was very inviting and patient with helping to select the perfect wine. Highly recommend.
  32. f

    food4thought

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and service. I appreciate the low noise volume (especially when dining early).
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner. Food was great but the owner and team are truly fantastic!
  34. A

    Annalah

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was superb and unusual. Special praise for the roasted cauliflower appetizer, the roasted pepper dip, and the lamb kebabs. The owner also was very welcoming, knowledgeable, interesting. Our only complaint is that the restaurant is too loud, with hard surfaces that look great but amplify sound. They played wonderful French music, but you couldn't hear it, or each other. Still, we'll definitely go again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Prices got higher though.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavorful food, thoughtfully curated wine-list and kind staff. Highly recommend!
  37. J

    Jacqueline

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I LOVE the menu at Kitchen Istanbul ~ fresh, delicious, so aromatic! The staff want to know if your are gluten intolerant so they can make sure you receive a gluten-free meal. The service, including consultation on gluten food, was most helpful! My meal was delicious AND gluten-free. I will return whenever possible. Also, be sure to check out their wine selection. Cheers!
  38. JF

    JacobF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food transports you; the service makes you feel at home.
  39. m

    mercules

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in Turkey part time, and I have never had food as good as I had last night at Kitchen Istanbul. They take traditional Turkish recipes and elevate them to haute cuisine by subtle blends of fresh ingredients and subtle multi-layered spices. The service is wonderful, and the atmosphere and inviting and warm. It's one of the finest restaurants in which I've ever dined, both here in the USA and around the world. It's a perfect place for special occasions.
  40. JK

    JanetK

    Central Coast

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Pleasant but extremely slow service. Even with all staff shortages this was really really slow. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We were very happy with the shrimp, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and hummus/pita dishes!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kitchen Istanbul using the Order Online button. Kitchen Istanbul also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 753-9479.

Kitchen Istanbul is rated 4.9 stars by 984 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Kitchen Istanbul

349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Richmond District

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Greek

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking. Public Parking on 6th avenue between Clement and Geary.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Emrah Kilicoglu

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 753-9479

  • Catering

    Please call for details.

  • Private party facilities

    .

  • Private party contact

    Emrah Kilicoglu: (415) 509-3716

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