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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (16)
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Casual (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
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Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (7)
Cozy (5)
Romantic (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Spicy (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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Organic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food Mediocre
Over priced
Slow Service
Key entree on menu unavailable early in evening
Manager told my colleague the restaurant is not open 5 minutes early but seated us after unkind greeting

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food. We got a bunch of items from the mezze menu and one entree (for two adults) and were thrilled with all of it. Have the kunefe for dessert! Our server, Lindsay, was a total delight.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Kitchen Istanbul is simply phenomenal. I brought a group of ten there for my birthday and could not be happier with the service and food we received. The Turkish cigars, cauliflower, lamb kebabs, and baklava were all divine. I wish I could come here every day.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We had a wonderful meal at Kitchen Istanbul. The service staff kept our water glass full and brought the food quickly. We loved every dish we had and the waiter was very helpful steering me to dairy-free options.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent!! I am talking about the food AND the service. We went with our server's suggestions and he was spot on. The cauliflower was amazing, the lamb kabobs were cooked to perfection. The dessert, kunefe, was over the top. Go! If you haven't been.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fun, Tapas, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was great! The hostess neglected to check off my arrival, as a result my reservation was considered a no show by you, which was a big waste of my time.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We've eaten at Kitchen Istanbul for quite some time and have taken friends there, too. The service is always prompt, gracious and efficient. The food is great! Hard to compare it to other types of restaurants as it is unique in its approach to food.

We've generally just had the smaller plates, but tons of them, and finish a meal feeling comfortable, not stuffed, and very happy. It's a great place!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food, excellent service, nice ambiance, unpretentious. But it has become popular and that means a high noise level at peak times. Go early to be able to have a quiet conversation over wine and delicious appetizers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

You can make a meal here entirely from the wonderful mezzos, including the roasted brussels sprouts on everyone's table, the roasted cauliflower, the muhammarah spread, and little meatballs. However, the lamb chops are really superb as well. Everything is flavorful. The service is fine, no one hovers, but someone is always there if you need anything. During a weekday evening meal you can relax and chat and visit with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 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 6, 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 6, 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 5, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 24, 2017

Excellent service and food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 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 15, 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 15, 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 9, 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 9, 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 3, 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 21, 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 12, 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 4, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 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 21, 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 17, 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 9, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 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 September 30, 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 September 30, 2017

Neighborhood dining

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 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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 (Cumbria)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 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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