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Anatolian Kitchen

4.3
454 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish
Perfect For:
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Anatolian Kitchen offers traditional Central/Eastern Turkish cuisine. We are family operated. Our menu choices are prepared directly on site, with a particular emphasis on freshness, and producing the many flavors native to the Anatolian region.
Come and observe the performance in our open kitchen, as we prepare fresh bread. We are excited to bring our cuisine to Palo Alto. Many of our customers are international, working here, far from their homes, and have expressed their appreciation for the menu that we offer. Come and enjoy.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Turkish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00 Am - 5:00 Pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 Pm - 9:30 Pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 Pm - 10:00 Pm, Sunday: 5:00 Pm - 9:00 Pm
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Phone number
(650) 853-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Orhan Tekdemir
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California Avenue
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Parking details
very adequate parking, public parking structure directly behind the restaurant, another public lot directly across the street
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Public transit
California Avenue Train station one block away.
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Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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Anatolian Kitchen provides the best private dining & event catering in the Palo Alto area! We’re a prime location for corporate event venues, wedding event venues, as well as any office event catering services you’d need. We can accommodate any celebration or business event.

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What 454 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.0
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3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Anatolian is my favorite Palo Alto restaurant. Consistently great food and service. The ambiance is calm and relaxing and everyone (including the wait staff) seem to be happy to be there. I would give it 6 stars if I could!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated our anniversary and was so pleased with EVERYTHING about the restaurant - HIGHLY recommend!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Definitely try the mixed appetizer plate for an introduction to the tastes of Turkish cuisine. The manti [tiny dumplings] were excellent. Mixed drinks not as good as a real bar...and watery. Rainy day so everyone was inside and it was too noisy to converse comfortably.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tastes of Turkey await you when dining at Anatolian kitchen.

The food was Çok Nefis (delicious) and the service was excellent. They thoughtfully surprised our daughter with a candle and ice cream for her birthday.

While indoors was a bit noisy, there are tables outside along the quiet street which are perfect for mild Palo Alto evenings.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of our go - to restaurants in Palo Alto. Always enjoyable with superb Turkish food.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great and tasty!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The lamb shank with orzo was exceptional-tender shank, flavorful and light marinara sauce , and orzo was a great complement. Veggie manti was great, the dumplings were tender, flavors were subtle and the yogurt sauce was yummy. Chicken shish kebab was overcooked and dry. One of us loved the Sigara boregi (filo stuffed with feta), the rest of us found the feta too strong. I like feta in salads etc., but as a main ingredient it was quite intense. The restaurant is small. We were seated at one of the dining tables at the end of the bar area. A large party was seated next to us, and they were quite noisy. The kitchen service was a little slow, but we were there on a Saturday night at prime time. Wait staff was friendly and the right balance of attentive but not hovering.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Warm-hearted, non-obtrusive but at the same time efficient service. Excellent lamb shish. Good value for Palo Alto.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

What a gem!! The meat (special) is super flavorful. The sauces are incredible, and the meat is soo well prepared.
I am definitely going back. We are there at 3pm on a Tuesday, and we're the only ones. I'm sure it's more full and lively at prime times.
Go for it! You won't regret it! 👍👍👍👍👍

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food and great prices. Great drinks as well!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Friendly staff, absolutely delicious food. My first time there and will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was good but our appetizer was a little cold when we got it. Would have been better if it was warm. Food was tasty. The service felt a little hurried

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

'Alexander's Favorite' is amazing; and, although this is going to sound really strange, so are the fries :) The service was great and they were kind enough to let us share this traditional dessert that we brought with us which is specific in our culture for the occasion we were celebrating.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Very good food. The veggie manti was awesome. A little pricey however

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Always enjoy dinning here. Food and service is very good.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and great service! Do try the appetizers.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious food reasonable prices. For a great authentic Turkish cuisine

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The baked whole fish was good, but it had too many bones to pick through. I don't like to work hard to eat a meal.

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Enjoyed a delicious pre-Christmas lunch, followed by outstanding coffee.

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3.0Dined on December 1, 2017

The place has reasonable food but very tight seating and cramped area. We had loud neighbors and the experience was very painful.

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3.0Dined on November 29, 2017

Pretty small and noisy, but cozy inside. Thought the food was mediocre--goat cheese appetizer was very salty; another dish--Anatolian dumplings was a plate full of really tiny dumplings, the size of mini scallops, and smothered in yogurt--had to send it back. Very unappetizing and couldn't taste the beef filling, and the yogurt was way too much. The menu said the dumplings were served with yogurt--this wasn't "with" but "under". Beef & lamb skewers with rice were tasty, but the vegetables were just ordinary. Overall disappointed as the restaurant is popular and always full.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Best Turkish food in Silicon Valley!

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2017

Good food, quick service, friendly atmosphere. Spice level is conservative. Our table had the red lentil soup, Turkish salad, beef dumplings in yoghurt sauce (in photo), sauteed lamb, moussaka, hummus, baba ganouji, and rice pudding. I've listed the dishes in order of most favored to average. Portions are generous; split/share would be a good plan.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Late lunch with friends was delightful. Food was delicious and wait staff was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

Delicious Turkish/Mediterranean food; efficient and very friendly service, with reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Five of us were gathering for a birthday celebration. We sat outside on a lovely evening. Waiter was very attentive and responsive. He moved the umbrella on another table to alleviate the bright setting sun in our eyes.

Cocktails were very tasty. Food was excellent. We had a great time and made our 7:20 movie nearby.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

This is really a gem of a restaurant. Have dined many times and was never dissatisfied. Good cocktails, try the Gumlet, but the food is the real star. My favorites are the combo appetizer, manti and Alexander’s Favorite.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

very friendly staff, good recommendations, allowed us to relax with desert and not feel rushed to get out. lots of good options on the menu , looking forward to trying some other dishes on my next visit.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

This is a very welcoming place and the food is reliably good. This most-recent time the lamb kabobs were overdone and dry but everything else was a pleasure. Outdoor seating is ample with good table spacing. Prices, although considerably higher than when it first opened, are reasonable.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I went the Anatolian Restaurant to celebrate our 45th anniversary. We chose the Anatolian because we were looking for Turkish food similar to what we had experienced in Istanbul I'm happy to say that we were not disappointed! It was a perfect sunny day so we sat at the outside tables much like in our travels to Europe. The food was great and authentic! My favorite was the mousakka, highly recommended!

We will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Fresh ingredients that were well prepared and delicious. Curbside sidewalk table seating was okay except for cars parked inches from you. Nonetheless, it's nice to sit outside on a sunny day. The dining room was very nice. Service was wonderful. A return visit is in order.

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2017

Enjoyed our meal. Got the mixed grill. Chicken was tender a great flavor

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2017

The best part of this restaurant is sitting outside on a warm summer evening - and I would go here just for this reason. The whole fish (sea bass) was very good, and the best dish we ordered - and if you don't like carbs, there aren't any. The dumplings were sad and boring, barely in meat inside. Gyros tasty but nothing special. Chicken overcooked.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2017

This restaurant was featured on KQED's 'Check Please Bay Area'. As it was local, my wife and I decided to try it for lunch. We were seated immediately and outside (our preference). The server was with us at once. As we are not as familiar with Mediterranean cuisine our choices off the menu were somewhat (perhaps artificially) limited. I settled on the skewered ribeye which was exceptionally tender and the French fries a very light delight. My wife had a wrap which was good though unremarkable (I had the other half for lunch the next day).

The Baklava dessert as recommended on 'Check Please' was indeed to die for and capped a very nice mid-week lunch. We will likely try again.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

The food was fabulous! If you are a fan of moussaka, you must go here and eat it. Delicious! Staff was wonderful. Enjoyed our evening there. Lots of delicious choices. We went family style to be able to taste as many dishes as possible. No disappointments. Love this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Very enjoyable evening at Anatolian Kitchen. I'm a mediterranean food lover and this was great because it was different flavors than I've had at other restaurants. Great spot to try something new - excellent experience at reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Anotolian Kitchen has a very good selection of Turkish dishes, and everyone was pleased with their entrees. Mine was Iksender, and the meet was tasty, and even more so with the tomato sauce and yogurt.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

I've been to Anatolian Kitchen several times before, for dates, meeting friends, and book club. The food is always amazing, the staff is friendly and it's easy to make reservations.

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2017

Went here for lunch. The wraps are generous in size and reasonably priced. The service was very good as well.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

I have been on a quest to find manti as good as what I experienced in Istanbul. This is the closest I've come. The pasta was perfectly tender, the filling (we had beef) was good and high quality, and the yogurt on top was appropriately tangy. We also enjoyed the okra "casserole" which was mostly okra in a light, well seasoned broth cooked in a clay dish with a crispy crust on top. Very good. And we enjoyed the meze platter for 2 - especially the baba ghanoush which was deliciously smoky and obviously fresh. I will definitely go back whenever I'm in Palo Alto.

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