Ephesus - Mountain View

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$30 and under
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Ephesus Restaurant offers simple yet brilliantly executed Mediterranean dished in the heart of Castro Street, Mountain View. It is the culmination of simple creative ideas and a passion for food, drink and entertainment. Carefully chosen fresh marinated meats, fish and vegetables, skewered and grilled by our experienced chef with rustic dishes and fresh baked bread and extensive meze selection give way to smart white plates of modern and Mediterranean classics.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, friendly service.

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EdmonZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was good but appetizers r just ok. I reserved the top table for valentine's day but they give us a very small table that we didn't have any space. They charged $40 per person for valentine's day but they created the menu that was not worth the money! we couldn't order what we liked! I feel like I've been overcharged !! But at the end they give each lady a rose which was nice.

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Bono
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Friendly restaurant. Mediocre food.

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mikey
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had an enjoyable dinner. We ordered lamb shanks, lamb chops, and stuffed eggplant. Food was tasty.

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Chris
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great meal, good value, will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it was a good experience.

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vipMani
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food in general was good. The Brussels sprouts as an appetizer were really good, but the fried calamari were just o.k. I ordered Musaka, and it was good, but I don't think I would order it again. It was our first time at Ephesus and it was a good and a nice experience. I may give it another try, but I think I would favor other options before this one for Mediterranean food. The service was very good and attentive, though.

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Lukeene
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch and it was delicious. The baba ganoush was lemony and the lemon chicken soup was smooth and perfectly seasoned. It’s a lovely restaurant for any meal. I’ve had enjoyable dinners here as well. Always good food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place. Food was excellent. The only thing there could be more beef dishes. A lot of lamb but enough choices of beef.

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ByravanV
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit. We loved being there. We are going to spread the word among friends as we are sure they would love Ephesus. Thanks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The menu contains a few Greek items but I’ve ended up with a grilled salmon with green vegetables, nothing I’d Mentioned was available. Only one Greek wine as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was ok. The gentleman who initially took our order wasn’t as helpful with suggestions. So I ended up with the one of their specials for the day, grilled steak. It wasn’t a good piece of steak. Tasted very bland. Very disappointed.

Hummus, Saganaki, Brussels Sprouts, Souvlaki, and Manti were very good. And we ended with the Kunefe for dessert, which was excellent.

Overall, everything would have been excellent were it not for the steak.

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vipBeachHome
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Ephesus, and we will definitely be back! We chose to have a leisurely afternoon meal at 3PM and ate outside. We had multiple courses and enjoyed the high quality food. While my wife is vegetarian and I like to ensure she has enough options, there was a lot to choose from for her.

We started with Sigara Boregi and the Brussel Sprouts. The Sigara were a great pleasure and melted in the mouth yet also had crunch. I also ordered the Lahmacun. These are generous even for two people, yet I got to eat all of it! Delicious.

My wife ordered the Iman Bayildi and thoroughly enjoyed the range of flavors and textures. The eggplant is nicely roasted so the skin is easily chewed and the onion, peppers and tomato sauce on top was a perfect contrast to the creamy texture of the eggplant. I had the Beyti (lamb). The chewiness of the dough combined with the intense flavors of the meat, sauce and yogurt was delightful. We paired all of this with an intense white wine.

The only drawback, and perhaps I ordered incorrectly, but I was expecting a strong coffee. What I got was just a normal black coffee, so next time I need to be more precise. Overall, the food was full of strong flavors that lasted in the mouth like a complex wine. I can't wait for my next meal there!

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KathleenM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was average, and not worth the price. Went with friends who had been in the restaurant previous. They seemed disappointed in the food - wasn't as good as the last times they had been there. The vegetables on one plate where steamed, bland, and soggy. The humus was not very tasty.

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vipDavidK
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is not a Greek restaurant. It is primarily a Turkish restaurant that serves some Greek-like menu items. That said, the food is overall quite average for a Turkish restaurant and there are better Turkish restaurants in the area (e.g., Urfa Bistro in Los Altos). My wife and I had the two "signature dishes" moussaka and beyti lamb. Neither was particularly flavorful and cannot be recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is commendable!

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vipHomerA
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent homemade Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine!

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sealcovebeach
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother's Day late lunch. Great food and great service.

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grizzlecat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and healthy food. The chicken souvlakia was perfectly cooked and juicy and we liked the steamed broccoli though the carrots were underdone. Very gracious service.

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LucyV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

menu is okay nothing to really write about. very standar options.

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vipDiscrimanating
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Will repeat

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RomanR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I found the dishes to be inconsistent. For example, wife and I order two different dishes, my order was great but my wife’s wasn’t.

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Sumrdey
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great restaurant! Service was prompt, our waiter was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. I ordered the Tzatziki appetizer. The bread was warm and the yogurt with cucumber dip was light and fresh. Both tasted very good. My husband ordered Beyti with chicken for his entree, and I had Bamya (okra stew.) Both were delicious. We will definitely be going back to try other dishes.

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JonathanH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a great time at Ephesus. My wife and I have been here many times over the last few years and absolutely love it. This time, my mom was visiting from out of town and we brought her here for dinner. My mom has never had Turkish food before, but she loved it as well. She ordered the Moussaka, which she said was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant. The food, service, and ambiance are wonderful. Looking forward to coming back for year and years, and hopefully decades and decades.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming atmosphere. Very tasty food. A very nice place to meet and eat with friends and family.

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Ntouchone
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good, very authentic. Properly spiced so you taste the components of the food not the spice. Even the baklava, not soaking in honey, sweet but not soggy. Will be back to try different dishes. A bit noisy but still able to hold a conversation without having to raise your voice. Go for the food and the value.

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vipmarinlark
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner -- relaxing environment, great menu, delicious food, lovely service. A great place on Castro in Mountain View.

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LisaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food is great, prices are reasonable and service is good. But we went when it was crowded, and even with a reservation, the four of us were squished into a table right by the kitchen. Servers kept bumping into my chair when passing, the table was too small for the four of us, and it was LOUD. So if you go, I recommend that you go when it's not busy so you can sit comfortably and be heard without having to shout.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

it was a great experience. The only negative point is that 18% gratuity was added to the bill without mention, and then an additional tip was requested on the payslip when signing the credit card slip. This was not too forthright.

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Chris
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was delicious and beautifully prepared. Everything was served in a timely manner without us feeling rushed. We will definitely go back again.

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vipSassyGreek
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Although the service was excellent....the food was very bland, lacking flavor ...needed seasoning. I was disappointed as was the rest of my BIG FAT GREEK Family.

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vipJerryB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great, delicious food, stellar service

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Takawong
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pleasant location in Mountain View. Good food and reasonable price.

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tekknolagi
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was excellent. Just about 30 seconds after each time we finished our bread, they came and asked if we wanted more. Same with our waters. But the food is lacking. The falafel plate does not taste fresh, nor are the falafel properly cooked. They were too dense and not especially crunchy. The salad was just ok.

BR
BertR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Informal dining on a variety of standard middle-eastern dishes. Good service. Tasty but not exceptional food.

JL
JudyL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, but disappointed that they didn't do anything special for my sister's birthday even though I specified it in the reservation. We've been coming here for many years since they opened and know some of the service people too.

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AndreaV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like this place. As a Mediterranean man myself, I really appreciate the authenticity yet creativity of cuisine. The warm appetisers are all great!

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RamS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb chops are really good. Nice ambience, service and food. Worth it!

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vipStanfordFan
London
181 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the Greek salad and calimari which we shared. I thought the moussaka was delicious. My husband enjoyed one of the lamb skewer dishes. The food came out quickly and our server was very attentive. We will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Solid food, good vegetarian options, pretty quick service.

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Ephesus - Mountain View is rated 4.3 stars by 59 OpenTable diners.

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