Ephesus - Mountain View

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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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BV
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

BH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

KM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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.

DK
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is commendable!

HA
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent homemade Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine!

s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LV
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

D
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Will repeat

RR
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

N
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

m
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

SG
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

JB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great, delicious food, stellar service

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

t
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

JL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

AV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

RS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SF
London
171 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food, good vegetarian options, pretty quick service.

P
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Never been disappointed by the food here, it is always good and they have some unusual dishes that are excellent. It can be extremely loud inside, sitting outside is far more quiet. This is one of our regular stops on Castro St. Highly recommend.

F
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice business lunch. Service was unobtrusive, and the food was delicious!

LL
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our only complaint was that the courses were not timed wll. Salad and appetizers arrive on top of each other, and the dessert arrived almost immediately after being ordered.

Overall the flavors and preparations were great, but slowing down the progression a smidge would have been nice. We felt a little rushed even though the restaurant was not busy the evening we were there.

PP
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Each time I visit this restaurant it has never disappointed me. This one is a gem.

RM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we ordered the appetizer that comes with a little bit of each, falafel, moussaka and a lamb gyro thing? It was delicious, everything. The service was great, the waiters were always checking to see if you needed anything

L
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good. I’ve had more flavorful pieces of lamb in comparison but overall it was good. I would go back again. They had prompt and attentive service.

TM
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We needed a last minute reservation for a group of 7, and this was one of the few places on Castro Street that could take us. The menu looked interesting, so we gave it a try. The decor is modern and classic at the same time. We all really enjoyed our meals and wine. The group particularly liked the Sigara Boregi appetizer. The mixed cold appetizer plate was also very well received. The lamb and chicken Beyti were also very good. We will definitely go back.

J
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, quick service

FF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. The bread was so soft and yummy.
Our group has some picky eaters and the loved the food.
Never been here before, but definitely returning!

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