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About Kitchen Istanbul

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.

349 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Turkish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Friday 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday 11:30am to 2:30pm / 5:00 to 10:00pm
Sunday 11:30am to 2:30pm / 5:00 to 9:00pm

Cross Street:
5th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 753-9479

Website:
http://www.kitchenistanbulsf.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

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

Executive Chef:
Emrah Kilicoglu

Private Party Facilities:
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Private Party Contact:
Emrah Kilicoglu: (415) 509-3716

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Kitchen Istanbul Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Authentic (18)
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Good for a Date (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Special Occasion (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Tapas (4)
Great Beer (3)
Spicy (3)
Healthy (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was great and all four of us enjoyed the food, especially the appetizers. Do yourself a favor and order the muhamarra and the roasted cauliflower -- I would come back just for those two. And the kunefe! A dessert I never would have ordered if I hadn't seen a glowing review -- it's delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Enjoyed another meal, this time dinner with friends for my birthday, at Kitchen Istanbul. Previously had lunch there which was very good too. The food and service were great. We had a very nice dining experience. Will be going again for lunch on the weekends as work close by.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This place was awesome - great food, great wine - I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Lovely setting, very warm and efficient service, and wonderful food.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good value. I absolutely loved the cauliflower appetizer. The spices were phenomenal

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food and service! My wife and daughter enjoyed there meal as well

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service and food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was good, but not as great as in the past visits. Cauliflower was too spicey. Still pretty good.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food is excellent. Wine list extensive, the staff is friendly and knowledgable!!
A Friend has a severe sesame allergy and the waitress/ kitchen was informative/ accommodating , nice and attentive. I think the secret is out!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Disabled Access, Casual, Spicy, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I love this restaurant. Staff are attentive and patient, and the food is delicious. Interesting wines, including Lebanese. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a great evening. The food was delicious as usual and the service was just right--attentive enough and not intrusive. They accommodated with extra plates when we wanted to share dishes. The wine list is extensive and interesting, but not inexpensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We arrived at 8:00, noise level was deafening . Staff is efficient and friendly. One of the dishes, moussaka, was over baked and dried out. Other dishes were quite good, though.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Let's get the bad part out of the way. Parking is very difficult for Saturday nights. We ended up paying $20 to park in the Smart and Final lot about 1.5 blocks away. I wish they would offer valet parking.

Food is high quality. The salmon and lamb kebabs were delicious. Service is friendly and welcoming. My Turkish friend said that the food is Americanized. But our party enjoyed it. I have had more flavorful Turkish food on the peninsula but it may be just a difference in style of cooking.

The menu is limited for vegetarians. They have a handful of items for vegans. Except for a salad, we did not order those items.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Authentic food, very tasty. Easy to share. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The food here was amazing. Everything was absolutely delicious. We tried Turkish wine and were very impressed with it as well. You’d have to go some to out do this restaurant!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Everything was perfect and the service is amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The lamb moussaka was to die for! Turkish coffee and baklava made a perfect duo to finish the meal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing amazing amazing food. I woke up thinking about the feta cigars. All the food we got was delicious and came to the table quickly. I got the Beyti for a meal which was my first time trying it - would absolutely get again. It was like a Mediterranean sushi roll: beef and lamb rolled into lavash bread topped with sweet red sauce.

Make a reservation for this place and you won’t regret.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This is a really good Turkish restaurant. The food was good the service was friendly and quick and the restaurant was well furnished and not too crowded

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was looking for a restaurant in the Richmond area and stumbled upon this little restaurant. The experience was very positive from beginning to end. The food was delicious and the ambience was very pleasant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Arrived for 8pm reservations and were promptly seated. Wine and appetizers came promptly..so far so good. Then it went downhill....my wife is a pescatarian. They had run out of the only salmon dish and only veggie dish. Atleast they should have mentioned it when we ordering appetizers. We left after the appetizers and went to another place.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Interesting spot amidst all the Asian restaurants on Clement. Enjoyed the large photos on the walls. The three of us went on a Sat. afternoon, and it was not too busy so the service was good. There were a couple of items for brunch, but it is a limited menu. The egg special was mostly tomato which was surprising, but edible. Best dish that was ordered was the hummus with walnuts and the pita bread. Lamb meatballs were dry, and the grain (?) salad my friend ordered was bland.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in SF. The owners are lovely people, as is the rest of the staff, and the food never disappoints. The use of local ingredients and high-quality meat puts Kitchen Istanbul above so many other restaurants that don't pay attention to the importance of this. The wine list is thoughtful, and features some wines from Turkey and Portugal which one doesn't typically see. Make sure to save room for dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Outstanding food and service well above standard. We even found a parking space.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a couple of appetizers and the lamb as entree..Main concern for us was couple of our favorites were deep fried. We would have preferred grilled or baked..Food was true to Turkish roots and delicious. Overall a nice meal but did not get the wow factor. Also, we would prolly ask for dishes to be served with some gap as we felt a bit rushed.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We always have a great meal. The staff is friendly and the service is relaxed and not rushed. Our favorite is the trio of dips served with pita, but each dish we've tried, we enjoy. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Neighborhood dining

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great destination restaurant. Casual dining but excellent service and attention to detail you would find at a more formal fine dining restaurant. The food was excellent and the menu varied. Portion size was good; not too skimpy as some of the better restaurants can be. Dinner there made for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Go before the rest of the city discovers it!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great service, delicious food, and overall a lovely dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Healthy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was good but pricey. No moderately priced wine by the glass.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Good service, great food.
The waiters come around asking to make sure everything is perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Delicious bulgar salad
Kebabs delicious

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

It's an Ok place. Worth going there just for the desert and coffee 👌🏻

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Oh the food the service, everything was great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Had a tasty dinner at Kitchen Istanbul with a friend. Sat outside in side walk tables and watched the Friday night Clement Street parade of diversity wander by. Friendly and helpful wait staff make ordering easy, but menu is simple enough to manage on your own. Best brussel sprouts ever, fresh sharp arugula salad and chicken kebabs which melted in your mouth. Only thing we wished was more flavorful was the hummus!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fantastic as usual. A great neighborhood fave. Great Greek wines. The lamb was outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

we found kitchen istanbul through a yelp search for middle eastern restaurants. it is a nice little place, but I'm not sure we would return for the following reasons: the standard appetizers, such as hummus, baba muhammara, and haydari were not very well spiced. the hummus lacked garlic and tahini and the haydari was not nearly garlicky enough. I had the adana kebab and my husband had the moussaka, both of which suffered from similar problems. we've spent considerable time in both greece and turkey, and have friends from both places. we have eaten in many middle eastern restaurants, both here and overseas, as well as in people's homes, and have some idea of the authenticithy of the above dishes. your menu looked interesting, but it fell a bit short, even though, based on the ambiance and service, we wished it were better.

I've always wondered why bay area middle eastern restaurants don't seem to last and wonder if it's because the city and suburbs just doesn't support this type of food, if it isn't good enough to stand up against the very tough local competition, or if they fail due to the typical internal issues that plague many small businesses, esp. restaurants. I hope the kitchen istanbul cooks are not underspicing dishes because they assume americans will not like the more authentic versions of turkish/middle eastern food. not that this is absolutely essential, and if the training is adequate maybe it shouldn't matter, but I've always believed people who know the food and have grown up on it are more able to turn out the best versions of it.

kitchen istanbul was good, not great, but I think it's possible for it to be the latter. I wish them all the best and hope to give it another chance at a later date.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Made a last minute reso and was pleasantly surprised. Great service. Interesting/diverse menu. The roasted cauliflower with urfa spice was especially good. I don't need to go running back because i bought some urfa spice thereafter to make the dish at home, but I'd say it's worth trying. I wished I'd tried a few more items.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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