Dunya

4.6
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Opened in 2010, Dunyā is designed and created by chef & owner Coskun Abik. Dunyā Restaurant has garnered local acclaim as a Mediterranean casual dining experience touched by the fusion of refined urban technique and culturally traditional flavors.

Offering fare inspired by fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, Dunyā brings this same delicate balance to a new era of vibrant Mediterranean dishes in an industrial chic setting located in the heart of San Francisco’s Nob Hill District.

The décor captures the warmth and feel of Mediterranean hospitality, while a vast floor to ceiling array of local and imported wine bottles is illuminated by blown glass filament pendants, inviting guests to pull up a chair to the full service wine bar.
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CP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dunya is a wonderful neighborhood venue on Nob Hill. Inventive Turkish and middle eastern fare, creatively imagined and very flavorful. It's small so reservations are a must. Service was very good (even though server was on her first day) and the chef/owner very engaging. Will be on my list to always visit in San Francisco. A great small restaurant. Highly recommended.

AB
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Turkish restaurant in San Francisco. I've tried so many places, Gyros on North Beach, Troya, Tuba and La Mediteraine and this place beats every single one by far. This is the generous Turkish place you would get in Istanbul with quality ingredients, amazing wait staff and by far the best ambiance for a date or a catch up with a friend. Their Beyti, Borak, Goat Cheese Pistachio, Mixed Grill are AMAZING. Their Ararat Salad (great Armenian touch) is the best Mediterranean salad in SF city. All in all these people are so kind and just love what they do. You literally feel that the waiters are owners. Hard to beat any Turkish place like this in SF city. We keep coming back!

CR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had dinner with some friends that I had not seen in a long time. One person found plastic wrap in their salad. They gave her another salad, although instead of apologizing told her that the lettuce came in a plastic wrap. Ofcourse, it does, but the restaurant is not suppose to serve it. The coffee was cold. We told the waitress. She once again told us," It came warm. We added milk, that made it cold". I would not revisit this restaurant.

J
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the Mousaka I had for dinner. This version was a bit different from the version I know. But it was also delicious. Great and friendly staff.

NA
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy place - perfect for a date, quick meal, or special occasion. My hubby and I loved their homemade dishes and Greek wines. Girls (waitresses) were friendly, personable and helpful. Definitely coming back to try more of yummy food and wines.

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Greek food all four of us had ever had! The actual restaurant is very well decorated with an awesome vibe. Will 100% be back!

GL
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I travel every week throughout the country and eat out always. Took my wife to the city for SF Symphony. This last weekend and chose this restaurant for the first time and we were both blown away with the service , cleanliness and most of all the FOOD! We will definitely br back again! Try it you too will be smazed!!!

ER
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This spot is our go to brunch spot! They accommodated our larger group the morning of and the service was great! They were soo attentive and kind. Plus the food is always delicious :)

f
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my fourth of fifth time at Dunya now and the food and service are always excellent. Reasonably priced and quality you can taste keeps me coming back over and over again.

i
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Casual, good go-to. Love the mezze platter, although we ordered the red snapper (one of the specials for the night) which was overcooked and way to salty. I'd recommend sticking to the menu.

O
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great fun, great food and service. Very noisy but bearable.

LF
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great Mediterranean menu and always has great wines. I go because they have Lamb on the menu. Try the Lamb Burger.

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place has potential because the food is fresh and very good. But the service is gruff and the waitstaff a bit clueless.

4
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Since my last visit, Dunya has become v. popular (and concomitantly noisy), but does not appear to have hired enough staff to cope.

Ran out of baklava on a Tues. evening.

Tasty, well-seasoned food but insufficient information provided for those of us who want to know more about the sources of the food we're eating.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2014
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We found the food excellent with great presentation. Service was good. Tables were too close together and very small. Noise level was very high. Loved being able to book with Open Table and loved the information given including price range.

A
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, excellent. Had the shrimp shishkebob and lamb burger; started with hummus. All terrific. Very good wine selection, even by the glass. A great little place

A
Calgary
36 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We just had the appetizers and shared between the four of us. Lamb meatballs, shrimp (very good hot sauce) and calamari are all highly recommended. Wine list is very versatile (like the food) but inexpensive. Absolutely fantastic experience!

AP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! All delicious and the asparagus soup (on the day's menu) was exceptional. Friendly, upbeat place and sweet wait staff too.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great place for vegetarian and vegan foodies. Had lunch there...fabulous!

SF
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great wine list. Great mezze. Our lamb kebab, lamb burger and chicken kebabs were great. Actually, I ordered the Petaluma chicken and they brought me the chicken kebab. They comped me for the mistake. I'll be back for the Petaluma chicken...

m
Memphis
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dunya was chosen as our spot for dinner on Valentine's Day. We were visiting the city and used Open Table to make our choice. Everything we read about this place was true. It was a bit noisy, but that didn't bother us. We loved the energy of the place. We chose a late dinner and it worked out perfectly. The other thing that was great was that it was a relaxed atmosphere (we didn't have to get ddressy for dinner.) The casual atmosphere allowed us to transition from play to dinner. Loved it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the friendly waiters, to the delicious food--salmon Provençal with bechamel and a grilled lamb dish with tomatoes and yogurt sauce--everything about this restaurant is great!

LA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit here. Highly recommended by friends. Got right to our table without a wait. Food was delicious & fresh with a variety on the menu that was suitable for any taste. Luckily for me I'll eat anything. We had the sautéed calamari , the Greek salad and the Adana kebab. We shared all of it. Portion sizes are perfect for sharing

BM
Central Coast
108 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This place is small and when full can be very noisy. We were there the evening of Santacon....lots of "happy" and loud Santas on Polk and in the restaurants. Ambience might be improved on a more routine nigh and might even be romantic. Food and service were very good.

SA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a great choice for a business group of 7 people. We were able to get a reservation same day even though they don't have a lot of space. The wait staff was constantly filling water glasses and always nearby to bring pita bread or another serving of hummus.
Would recommend the mezze platter to try most of the appetizers. I enjoyed the Beyti and would also recommend the Mixed Grill if you're really hungry.
Great atmosphere and would absolutely go again.

L
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was great. It is a small place with tables cramed in. So not a great place for a romantic dinner. But great place for a group of friends. The food was good.

NH
New York Area
281 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE Dunya! Ambiance is very cozy and inviting. Owner Coskun and his staff are very friendly and welcoming, makes us feel like family. The food is delicious! The mezze platter is definitely the way to go so you get a bit of everything. We also enjoyed the prawns and lamb meatballs. Will definitely be back!

c
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went to Dunya last night, and the food was fantastic. We got the hummus as an appetizer (the hummus was great, but the pita bread could have stood to be a bit more well done), the lamb burger was awesome (especially if you save a bit of hummus to add as a topping), and the beyti was amazing. The service was pretty terrible, though. Although we were seated right away, it was very difficult to get the server's attention for just about anything. Added to that, she didn't appear to be fluent in English, so that caused another issue with communicating effectively. The food, however, did make up for it. It tasted great, and the pricing was very reasonable.

KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The calamari dish was out of this world. Everything we had was delish!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I just moved into the area and this place is a great wine bar/Mediterranean restaurant. Had a bottle of wine with a friend and tried the hummus, lamb kabobs, and chicken kabobs. The hummus wasn't anything too special but the kabobs were cooked great, seasoned well, and hit the spot. I will definitely be coming back!

M
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Great place to go for some casual mediterranean food, generous portions and friendly service. Will be back.

e
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was pretty good, but the servers made it seem like an inconvenience that we were there.

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My boyfriend (Turkish) and I have tried every Turkish restaurant in SF and agree this ranks in our top choices for food and price. Mezze platter was amazing, every single item made fresh and tasting outstanding. Kebabs, Lentil soup, and Kunife all highly recommended! Great mix of Turkish flavor and fun wine bar! Highly recommend!

PS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than most restaurants on Polk street but very reasonable prices. Always a fun dinner

JH
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I both had the vegan pyramid. Delightful. The kids each had the Petaluma Chicken and they seemed to enjoy themselves. It was a great spot in the city. Street parking was not difficult (Sunday evening). I highly recommend reservations!

KT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, one of the better Mediterranean restaurants I have been to in SF!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dunya is a great spot on Fillmore with reasonable prices, food, and wine list.

l
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2013
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dunya has potential. We were really disappointed with the humus. Thought that is one dish that should have been right on and it wasn't. Wine list was impressive and the place has a very energitic vibe.

MW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2013
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

the food was GREAT! Dolma, Falafel, Tzatiki all fabulous. Staff was very tolerant of half of the party being late.

a real gem of a restaurant!

SF
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was yummy as usual, but this time the service was sub-par. Our waiter kept asking us if we were "still working on that," and he almost took my plate away while I'd put my fork down to sip my wine. There were two parties of four waiting to be seated, but all the four-tops were taken anyway; grabbing our table wouldn't have helped. He stopped by 3 or 4 times while we were trying to talk and enjoy our meal. As soon as we finished he brought us the check. We asked if we could have dessert. When the bill came again we had three different servers come and try to take the billfold away before we'd even had a chance to look at it. Briefly, we won't be going back.

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