Bodrum Bistro

4.4
84 reviews
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Turkish
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Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I am torn about this place because I liked the food but the service was terrible that evening. The waiter was so lost and didn't know what he was doing. My boyfriend and I sat at our table for over 30 minutes while the staff was scrambling. Finally I asked for water and let the owner know that we have been sitting without service for over 30 minutes. He apologized and checked with us a couple of times after. Since the food was pretty good, I would be willing to come back and give it another chance. I liked that they had a good selection of Turkish wine. It felt like a true Turkish cafe.

S
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. The food is outstanding- each dish prepared carefully and with perfect spices. The service was great and very personal. We had an eggplant dish, a special with eggplant and beef and a dish with lamb and rice. We are all very happy. The house wine is delicious and the carafe size is generous. Such a great dinner!

RH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with the food, the setting and the service. We felt very lucky to have the place to ourselves. We had hoped to go back a second time but ran out of time. We were visiting from another state and were so pleased with your service. We will come back!!

Russ and Jeanne

NS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to have dinner here! The people who work here, the food the ambience, the baklava (!) all make this an enjoyable experience that I want to repeat!

f
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, Wow!
If only it weren't so loud when lots of people are there.

MF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Modest portions were enough to satisfy.

DB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was FANTASTIC !!! Such a quaint little place with a family feel to it. Awesome service as well. Highly recommend this place to anyone. 👍🏼

SF
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff, incredible food. You can see the chef in the open kitchen and his enthusiasm in creating beautiful, subtly flavored dishes is palpable. We have been here many times and have brought many friends here, and they never disappoint. The stuffed eggplant is my favorite, and so are their Friday/Saturday only specials.

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The space is a bit cramped and you may get a draft if you happen to be near the front door. But the service is first-class and the food is a revelation.

d
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I initially chose this restaurant because I had never had Turkish food before. The couple we went with are adventurous as well. When we arrived, the owner, Biersanna (I probably spelled that wrong), greeted us with a big smile and was super helpful when going over the menu and specials, since we had never eaten there before. The wine was great and the food came out relatively quickly. I recommend getting a reservation, because the restaurant is intimate and it filled up quickly! We will definitely come back!

c
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food at Bodrum Bistrot is wonderful. Unfortunately, the noise level on a busy evening is terrible. It is not possible to easily converse with people at your own table. It was a relief to leave as early as possible. We had planned on desert and leisurely coffee but two of our party of four could no longer stand the noise so we left and ended our evening with a conversation on the sidewalk. I wish this restaurant would invest in some ceiling or other materials to take down the noise level. We will not be coming back with these friends, even tho the food was excellent.

R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Exceptional food, such a good value during Seattle Restaurant Week. My husband is a foodie and he rated the stuffed eggplant very highly. I enjoyed the meatballs, entirely unlike American meatballs. My waitress took extra care to be sure my meal was gluten free. She was lovely. it was noisy but they were busy. A fine meal-we will return.

J
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a small but well organized neighborhood restaurant. The food is great and there is a variety of choices for any pallet. They are attentive and receptive to diners wishes. Really nice ambiance and we will go again.

MT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very charming place. Server was super helpful, even split a glass of wine to two glasses for us so we can each have our own wine glass (we didn’t want to drink too much). We ordered an appetizer combo plate which allowed for up to 4 choices of appetizers, and every one of them was delicious. I especially enjoyed it here because everything was delicately flavored instead of the heavy seasoning that can be found in too many restaurants. The restaurant is small and was filled up throughout the evening. It is good to see that they are doing well. I will definitely be back again to try all the other dishes.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants... Excellent, authentic Turkish food, and the owner is warm and delightful. Wonderful place.

BH
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service. Can’t wait to go back.

KA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. We really enjoyed our waiter, Goody, who recommended fantastic dishes and was a great conversationalist about the culture in Turkey. We will be back!!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a nice and cutely decorated Turkish restaurant. The waitstaff and owner are very accommodating and friendly. The food is impeccable and very tasty. The atmosphere gives you a wonderful Turkish experience. I was looking for a restaurant to eat, and when I was looking I found that they had the diners choice award!! So I decided to check this place out, and I was so impressed by the friendliness, the welcome and attention I received by the owner and waitstaff. The owner even made me Turkish coffee and read my fortune!! I have to say, I never have found a better restaurant in my life. You will not be disappointed!

DM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would I recommend Bodrum Bistro to a friend? I have already recommended it to every friend in Seattle.
I was born and raised in Turkey, but I've lived in the US since I was a teenager, thirty years this summer. I've had Turkish food (and Greek, Lebanese, Syrian, Persian, and Moroccan food) all over the US: NYC, Nashville, LA, Portland, Boston, Philly, and so on.
Bodrum Bistro is my favorite. It's like being back home (even though I'm not from Bodrum or anywhere in the Aegean region). They have the stuff I miss _and_ the stuff I hadn't thought about in decades; it all tastes really good. I've gone there with friends who are German-American, Indian-American, etc. They loved it, too.
Don't skip dessert.

t
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good Turkish food.
Best stuffed grape leaves I've ever had, which is saying something cuz I don't really even like them until I tasted these.
We also had the meza plate with hummus, carrots and yogurt (great), red pepper spread; then main course of lamb kabobs and the stuffed eggplant. Nice presentation too, attaching picture of eggplant but it's a bit dark. All was very good. Husband had rice pudding for dessert and it was excellent.
Everything we had was spot-on for taste, waitress was very friendly.
We would definitely return.
Portions are moderate which I like because I don't like to take food home and I don't like to overeat but I would suggest you order an appetizer plus a main. Prices matched perfectly--- under $10 for appetizers and $15-18 for main dishes.

A
London
63 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and vegetarian/gluten-free friendly.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I will going back again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal, super friendly and helpful waitress - in general a great experience and great food

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there yesterday, it was awesome. We had such an amazing experience. We got a meze platter to start. We had cheese pastry, stuffed grape leaves, lentil patties and humus. Loved each of them. Then we got Iskender Kebab which is weekend special and Dumplings. I tried Turkish food before but these dishes were just wonderful. The server who is friendly and hospitable guy recommended us to drink Turkish traditional alcohol, they call it Raki. That was really sth different, you def should try that. Owner took care of us so much, she is energetic and she wants to make sure that everyone feels well there. And then we ate the most delicious pistachio Turkish Baklava we’ve ever eaten. You have to try that one as well. I highly recommend you to visit there and enjoy your time.

TV
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I've traveled in Turkey and this is the most authentic and flavorful Turkish food I've found in Seattle. This place is a real gem. You can follow them on Instagram (@bodrum.bistro) to track specials.

MK
Berlin
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Bodrum Bistro on a whim - it was close to the show location and had an open spot for 6 - and were pleasantly surprised. Appetizer plates were small portions but perfect for sharing, my wife appreciated the many Veggie options, my dumplings were delicious, and the Baklava was delicious. Highly recommended for a Wallingford visit.

l
Vancouver
108 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and service-
We love food from Turkey but it has been difficult to find one in greater Seattle area.
It was good but nothing like what we ate in Vancouver, Canada or in England.

S
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Mediterranean food I've ever eaten. The falafels were very moist and delicious. I highly recommend them. The mezze platter was phenomenal. I'm thrilled we found this place.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We visited Bodeen Bistro during Seattle Redturant Week. The special menu of three courses was great as well as their regular menu. The chicken in phyllo dough was excellent and really enjoyed. The option to choose four selections for an appetizer platter was great in that multiple options could be tried - all delcious. The olive appetizer provided a genourous portion. The Shepherd Salad was tasty, but I would have preferred it served in a bowl rather than romaine leaves and it seemed to need a little extra flavor. Being able to order the house red in a half carafe helped keep our overall evening a little easier on the pocketbook. Service was wonderful.

BR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ate was delicious! Loved the way they played with hints of sweet in their savory dishes. The owner also turned up the heat when she noticed me putting on my coat, which was very considerate.

j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I could totally be a vegetarian with food like this!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really fabulous food! The appetizer platter could have been a full dinner, so many wonderful flavors. And our waitress was a gem.

HD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. It's very small, but doesn't feel squished. The woman greeted us warmly and we felt instantly comfortable there. My father, who lived in Turkey for a couple of years, thought the food was very authentic. We will definitely come back to this restaurant.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience. I could tell they were extremely busy when we walked in the door. Took us over 15 mins to get water but after that service went really smoothly. Food was delicious! I had the MEZE platter and Stuffed Eggplant whereas my date had the MEZE platter and phyllo dough wrapped chicken which was amazing. Turkish house wine was different but easy to drink. Loved all of the flavors and would high recommend!

V
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommended for dinner with friends or a date night.

NB
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We recently met friends for dinner at Bodrum Bistro. The restaurant is quite small and we were originally seated next to the door, which wasn't optional as it was cold outside and the door literally opens onto the table. However, we were reseated very quickly upon request. The food quality and quantity was extremely good. We felt we received great value for the price. The service was attentive and the house red wine was excellent. One of our party is a vegetarian and there were several options. The only down side was the noise level was very high which made it difficult to have a conversation.

DT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had passed this restaurant by a number of times but finally stopped in for dinner and am glad we did. The food was very good...we had a meze small plate quartet and two entrees, all of which were tasty. The wines from Turkey were excellent...we're glad we tried them.

I'm not sure I'd want to dine here when its busy because there was only one very busy chef and one waitperson who handled the room; maybe because it was a Thursday, but I sense that it is small and familial restaurant so if you are in a hurry you might want to go elsewhere, otherwise enjoy!

C
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, amazing waiter/owner!

c
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really like Cafe Bodrum. The food is wonderful and they redecorating makes the restaurant much more attractive. However, the level of noise is terrible. We finally left early because we wanted to talk with our friends and it was too noisy. It would be lovely if some of the redecorating could include some sound-proofing.

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