Kitchen Istanbul

4.7
892 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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MaddyS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kitchen Istanbul has a great mix of amazing food, service, decor, and culture. Great for a romantic date night, family date, or dinner with friends. Would definitely recommend to friends and going again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Portions are too small and overpriced

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vipAronS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fresh ingredients, great wine list, and wonderful service by staff and owner. Very nice value and comfortable place to settle for a few hours with friends over great food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Great Service!

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Hannahj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent not really worth the price. Appetizers seem like made from home kitchen not what you would expect for the price.

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vipHappytobeback
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place. Food excellent but this time the brussel sprouts were a bit overdone and the Kafka was a bit salty. Braised beef and Kunefe amazing.

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vipTess
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really went there for the kunefe but decided on a few appetizers first. I love, love, love the haydari and the muhammara. We loved the black lentil bulgur salad with the tart cherries and feta... yum! And the fried halloumi cheese was to die for! We finally made it to the kunefe...heavenly!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!!!

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vipReza
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites, food is always good, service is excellent, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting on a cold night.

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AlexanderC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent and excellent! Fantastic food with wonderful service, definitely coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good as always. Service was outstanding. Very communicative and collaborative team. Go early, or not during a rush cause it’s very hard to move between tables to get in/out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service, good ambiance and truly superb wine list with excellent, unusual bottles at reasonable prices.


All of the food was 3- or 4-star good yet only some dishes (lamb chops, kunafe) hit 5-star perfection.

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vipShobster
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beat our expectations.

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vipSFFresser
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious appetizers as well as main courses. A great locale for an informal meal where there is always a warm welcome and attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The food was great and the whole staff was friendly and knowledgeable. This may have been our first visit to Kitchen Istanbul, but it certainly won’t be our last.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. I was so happy to find a veggie Moussaka! Unfortunately, we were hungry not long after our meal, which included soup and dessert. My husband lived in Turkey for a year and was not happy with the small portions, especially for the price. The Turkish red wine was light and the flavor was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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TimG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Food is so very good and the staff is really nice and attentive, but not overly so. Very very consistent! Definitely one of my favorites in San Francisco.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious- loved the vegetables especially.

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Emily
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal and the service could not have been better!

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Prashant
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Its a nice restaurant and will check every box. A great option for where its located but considering its SF and with all its eating options - this place is a 4/5 not 5/5.

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vipgeewhiz
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great variety of delicious dishes. Good place to share a few dishes. Works well for vegetarians too. Interesting wine list and good service. I go here with friends or on my own for a light bite.

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ArleneF
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been here at least 4 times, never fails to disappoint. We had 4 mezzes and 2 entrees for 4 people. Thee lamb kebabs were especially good, very flavorful and tender.

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FoodieFun
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was outstanding - the waiter was friendly and accommodating - and the food was absolutely delicious. My only downsides were the noise level and the fact that it was kind of warm inside. Otherwise, a great dining experience.

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vipLaurel
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant evening w/cousins. Tasty food, good servers were attentive

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vipTimG
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had some friends in from out of town. They (and we) LOVED it. Especially the Brussel Sprouts and lamb chops.

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Galee
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of four loved (and shared/sampled) everything we ordered: 3-dip meze trio with pitas (excellent); roasted cauliflower appetizer (also excellent); regular and vegetarian moussaka; chicken and steelhead kebabs; desserts; Turkish coffee. Waiter was absolutely first-rate -- attentive, not intrusive. Spot on in recommending wines. Bill was a bit eye-popping (but then, there were four of us and we ordered from all sections of the menu). Atmosphere was comfortable -- we could converse easily despite other parties surrounding us (far better than many in San Francisco!) As the dining room filled up (even on this Wed. evening) the noise level rose, but not to intolerable levels. We all agreed our meal at Kitchen Istanbul was the most enjoyable dining-out experience any of us could remember.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Enjoyed dinner with my family for a special occasion,but will be back soon for dinner.
Chicken kebab was absolutely DELICIOUS! 😋

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BeckyF
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit on the pricey side for me; but great for special occasions (like my father's 90th birthday)!

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MaryAnnS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Will be definitely be back again. The apps are so so good.

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vipSamanthaP
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and lovely people - and best baklava I’ve ever had!

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kimg
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were wonderful. It's a very noisy restaurant so I wouldn't go if you wanted an intimate experience. Or if anyone in your party is hard of hearing.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday night. Food and service were both excellent (which is unusual for San Francisco on a Saturday). We're from out of town and try to go at least once when we make our yearly visits because the food is always superb. Ordered four appetizers (meatballs, a bulgur salad with cranberries, zucchini patties, and cauliflower) and one main dish (chicken skewers) for three small eaters. Everything was fresh tasting, appropriately cooked and, while complementary, each had its own individual special taste. And the baklava dessert--just right.

I said I would recommend this to a friend, but I hesitate to do so only because I don't want it to become so overcrowded I can't make a last minute reservation...

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vipjulessv
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and staff even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not sure what happened here, but the portions were tiny! We’ve eaten here at least 4-5 times in the last couple years and this was the first time we experienced this. The kabab order came with only 2 skewers and the size of the meat on the skewers was laughable. For a $30 plate I would expect the size to be double of what was served. The $24 dip trio appetizer came with a small cup of tiny pita triangles..not nearly enough to share. We asked for 2 more pita orders and then were charged $5 for each of them. We brought it up to the waiter when we got the bill and he did take off the charge, however it certainly doesn’t make up for the rest of the meal. Not coming back again unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitality, fun menu!

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Nick
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was noisy. I found the food to be overrated. We had the three top dishes, roasted cauliflower, moussaka, and beyti. From 1 to 5, 5 being the very best, I would rate the roasted cauliflower a 3, moussaka a 3, and beyti a 2. The roasted cauliflower was tasty but soggy. The moussaka was just a little too cheesy and rich. The beyti was a bit bland and needed much more sauce. Will not be returning.

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vipTimG
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there a number of times. Always great!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, lovely staff, good drink selection. Highly recommend for a chill evening with friends.

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BSG444
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at kitchen Istanbul was outstanding. The service was really good too. It was very hot in the restaurant until they opened the doors. After that it was perfect. We would definitely go back again.

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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 4.7 stars by 892 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.