Istanbul Grill

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40 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
Turkish Cuisine Istanbul Grill has so many delicious, fresh, quality and amazing food in Arlington, VA.
Fresh Doner Kebab made every day. If you like spicy try ADANA kebab. iskender kebab
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing experience!! The best Turkish food I’ve ever had!! So yummy and fresh!! The ambiance is beautiful and very enjoyable!! We always have a lovely time dining here!

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vipolena
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!! Our waitress Elivina was amazing!!! What a wonderful experience. We will be back for sure.

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vipacaba
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It's a nice Turkish restaurant with parking spaces around. Really good food, traditional İskender and döner were excellent! Also have a nice desert menu with traditional kazandibi, baklava etc...

They have been improving the decorations with pictures from Turkey and pretty light fixtures.

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Zenon
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding authentic Turkish food, a hidden gem! If they also served Halim, the amazing grilled roasted sheep milk cheese mezze, it would be even better (hint, hint)!

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DavidS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to Turgut and his staff for wonderful service and great food. I'm so glad this restaurant survived the pandemic. Food and wine is authentic Turkish. Heartily recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience, wonderful hosts and great food, nothing else you need!

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Inigo
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good and flavorfull food, fast and friendly service, large plates, good for sharing. This is a hidden Jem in Arlington.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely polite staff that are very helpful in navigating the menu. Excellent food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their hospitality and taste of food are all excellent. Kebabs, salad and dessert that we ordered were so fresh, tasty and authentic. We ordered doner kebab, Kofte and lamb chops with bean salad and Ayran (cold beverage made of yogurt), they were all well cooked and delicious. kebabs here are not too spicy or salty, so our toddler enjoyed her kofte, plus the great rice pudding. Very kid-friendly team!

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vipStar13
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Excellent service. I recommend this restaurant.

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vipstatusk
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Interesting selection some familiar some very new to us items. Patio is great on a nice night but be aware the fire station is in the area so you might get some fire engines. Service is very homey and neighborhood feel. Good size portions bread was awesome.

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ChristopheC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, very authentic, nice outdoor patio. Low-key place that’s great for grabbing dinner with a group of friends. Added plus is no time limit on tables

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vipStar13
28 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem! Loved the food! Istanbul Grill is now my favorite restaurant in Ballston!

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DennisD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant specializing in Turkish cuisine. Great service, tasty meal.

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Bill
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Attentive staff. The chef came to our table. The server was wonderful. The outdoor terrace is great.
Great location, Ballston area.

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MeredithW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A neighborhood gem. Having lived overseas, we much prefer a true ethnic restaurant to a chain. Istanbul Grill did not disappoint! From the moment we walked in - the aromas, cheerful ambiance - set the mood. The food was delicious and did not taste "americanized" which works great for us. Even our pickiest young eater cleaned up his plate. Portions are generous. Wait staff is friendly. We will be back.

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ggreene
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Turkish restaurant isn't that common in the US, even in cosmopolitan DC area, so our group tried a lot of dishes to get an idea what it's all about. All were interesting: some better than others, but generally very good. Service was nice, & folks at other tables all seemed to be enjoying their experience.

We'll definitely be going back & can recommend Istanbul Grill to people curious about Turkish cuisine, or anyone just looking for moderately-priced good food in a friendly venue.

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amateurchef
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real neighborhood gem, run by a family with authentic food from Turkey, we had a lovely lunch and the mixed appetizers and lamb dishes were all outstanding. The local wine was gret and the service amazing. We will come back there as soon as we can!

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vipFedorch
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food and kind staff! A true gem for the Ballston area. I visited Turkey for six weeks in college and fell in love with the country and the food, so I love having this place close by. I’ll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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SarahD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is really good, staff is very friendly. I recommend

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vipHisham
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Always love the experience there. They go above and beyond

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MehriaL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent environment, friendly service, great menu choices and really decent food and at affordable prices. Will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down the best Turkish restaurant in all the DMV area. It is actually the best Mediterranean food we’ve had in the area and we have tried almost every Turkish, Lebanese and Greek restaurant around. The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable! The owner, Adam, is really nice and such a hard worker, he made us feel so welcome! He was checking to make everyone was taken care of. We had hummus, baba ghanouj, saksuka, iskandar kabab and the Adana kabab- of course, we ended a meal with some delicious Turkish coffee. I asked to substitute my rice for vegetables with the adana kabab and to my surprise my son who is 3 ate all the vegetables. The vegetables are so fresh, I am sure everything is made to order. Oh, and don’t forget to try the arugula salad, that was my favorite! A wonderful experience overall!

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vipOpentable
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and the food was excellent, the cold mezze sample very delicious.

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vipMikeB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food at Istanbul grill is unique and delicious. We've ordered online since the pandemic started, and have always been thrilled with the taste and variety of food. This time we went to eat out on the patio, and it's even better served hot and fresh from the kitchen. Must try's:
- Mixed Cold Mezze Platter
- Mucver ( zucchini cakes)

- Iskender Kebab
- Hunkar Begendi

- Kazandibi ( creamy dessert)

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ValentinI
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food - Adana kebab, falafel, Airan and of course baklava.

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vipepicshenanigans
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside and it was great! Very conscious of COVID and precautions.

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vipJSRS
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience at Istanbul Grill. The patio is nice, and covered. The staff are totally on top of everything and the food was super. We had 3 mezze and 2 entrees between the 3 of us. Oh, and the baklavah was outstanding! We had turkish wine and beer too. Will definitely go back.

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Saad
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, outstanding service and such friendly staff!! I will definitely be recommending this place to my family and friends!!! I was worried since it’s Arlington, that i would have to search for parking but they have their own parking lot!!

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vipDLB1
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Welcoming neighborhood restaurant with tasty, authentic Turkish food. It's on our list of places to go when we want to eat out in a place that comfortable and delicious but not fancy and expensive.

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SilviaO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously the best Turkish food around. Taste was amazing and great service.

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vipPatriciaG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great, staff excellent, and it is actually possible to have a conversation without raising one’s voice. Plus there is free parking!

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Tracey
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was delicious and everyone was kind and gracious. Thank you!

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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vipMitraK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Meat platter was excellent.

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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vipDB123
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming neighborhood restaurant; excellent food; warm atmosphere; attentive service

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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RichardS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We enjoyed our dinners, but felt the service was a bit rushed and ambiance lacking.

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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vipCecille
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to this restaurant before at the invitation of friend. I came back to try more dishes and it was really excellent. I ordered the beef shish kabob and I thought, this is one of the most tastiest beef i have ever tasted. Simple use of herbs and spices, but once you bite into the meat, it really melts in your mouth. The others had the lamb shank and everyone thought it outstanding. I am returning back to eat some of the other dishes too. The desserts were heavenly. Thank you so much.

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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Lovefood
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed every moment, the food was great. We gad great recommendations from the servers.
We ordered mix grill it had 4 different meat , my favorite was the adana. Iskender was the best one I had in US after the visit from turkey. The wine list was great. Homemade kazandibi was awesome. Defiantly recommended try it out.

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am originally from Turkey and can confirm that the food was excellent. It tasted like Turkish food is supposed to taste.
The staff was excellent. Served you with that Turkish hospitality, very friendly.
The ambiance was cozy and very clean.
The appetizers/mezze’s were reasonably priced but the main dishes were a bit pricey.
We all loved it and would definitely recommend it. Will definitely go back next time we come back to D.C.

Istanbul Grill
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We will love to see you back

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Istanbul Grill using the Order Online button. Istanbul Grill also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Istanbul Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 970-5828.

Istanbul Grill is rated 5 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.