Tuba Mediterranean Palo Alto

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
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3.7
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4.2
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vipBAbrams
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Their signature meze spread with walnuts, tomatoes was delicious. The muzakka topped with mozzarella was like eggplant parmesan and not what we expected.

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Alisa
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent creative dishes and friendly service. We will definitely be going back. I recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipLarryF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the hummus and the lentil soup. My wife had the adana kebab and I had the karni yarik. Both were delicious. Service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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befofsf
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I'm glad to see a turkish restaurant in downtown Palo Alto, not known for supporting much ethnically diverse cuisine. Tuba, similar to its original sister in San Francisco, is a breath of fresh air. The hummos was excellent, the dolmas good, and the sigara boregi was exceptional. They were served with pita and tzantziki, as well as small, well-dressed tomato/cucumber salads. My father, new to Turkish food, especially liked the sarma beyti kebap (similar to Iskender kebab,) which came with both spicy tomato and calming yogurt sauce. It reminded me of the many wonderful meals in my husband and I have shared in Turkey.

The decor is bare bones, typical of many small ethnic restaurants, with the exception of 2 large murals, one of which was the lovely Turkish coast. My father, hard of hearing, asked for a quiet table but the only possibility was deep in the back, covered with papers, which the waiter/manager said was unavailable. Since no one ever claimed it, we, we assumed it was likely for management. There was no noise baffling, just tile floors, formica tables, and high ceilings, and the family we sat in front of had small boisterous children who, being children, spoke only in high decibels.

It would have been a more pleasant meal if we were able to speak without yelling, but we were impressed enough with the quality and selection of food to consider returning. There's a cold meze sampler I'd like to try on the next visit. I hope the idiosyncratically named Tuba (which has nothing to do with the instrument) can survive in white bread Palo Alto, (which is where I grew up, so I'm not dissing it,) as it provides a welcome respite from the usual downtown selection of Italian and Chinese. The noodle place a few doors down had a line halfway down the block, so I can only hope some of the spillover might make their way to the very good Tuba, if for no other reason than to inquire about the origin of the name, which they'll have to discover on their own.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic and delicious!!!

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dilettante
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was good, but unremarkable. Pita was not to the quality I expect. Beer selection was terrible. Service was friendly.

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viptiti
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is currently my favorite restaurant in the area. The food is delicious, the service is super friendly, it's just the best!

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AviA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Decent food but poor service. Maybe just understaffed that night but wouldn't go back to find out.

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viptiti
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my two meals. The food is extremely fresh and tasty. The service is very friendly and nice. The room is great with beautiful mural paintings. I just loved all about it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally they got wines , they are serving now. I been second times here and we got kebabs and appetizer Turkish plater. Autantc Turkish food , really nice and delicious food. Our waiter is focus on our table , they are doing very well. New hot spot I’m definitely recommend here

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood reasonable restaurant to try something exotic. Owner comp corkage due to not having wine in house. They are working Awesome fresh pita bread. Platter with lamb skehab was humongous. Salmon spinach dish was delightful. Requested a mix platter of Turkish delights and a special pistachio desert and was impressed with presentation. Will definitely go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It’s casual dinning at best. Could improve on service and hire professional waiters instead of having family service. Best part was the food. Little pricey for a cafe like ambiance and for what it’s worth. And could stay open little longer. They turned away some dinners because kitchen had already closed at 9:30 pm. Overall, it was good!! I would go there again for lunch, or if we’re in for a very casual dinning.

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vipSteveP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really good Mediterranean/Turkish food at Tuba for a reasonable price. Service was great. Only issues were that we were there for dinner and the sun is really bright on most of the tables in the restaurant. It looks like there is a structure for an awning by no actual awning. Also, they had applied for beer/wine license but hadn't received it yet. Their policy right now is BYO.

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vipmicbook
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Falafel was very dry. Lentil soup was nice, but definitely not best in town, as the menu claims. We were surprised that there was no wine menu or alcohol, not sure if it’s by choice or just that they haven’t gotten licensure yet. Service was good and the staff was very accommodating.

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DoronS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Would have given a 5 star on many items we tried on the menu but the Mus-aka was lacking a punch

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JadB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food! Friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wowww. Really amazing I love it. They had other locations at sf finally near by me.

I love Adana Kebab and baklava. They are serving menemen and bureke

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vipBookDr
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Copious quantities of Middle Eastern food: the hot meze platter was enough for three people for dinner. It was quite tasty, as was an eggplant casserole we had ordered but ate only a small part of. The leftovers made a good lunch the next day. It was quiet because is alcohol license hadn’t come through yet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was authentic and very tasty. Great cold appetizers combo. Lamb chops were delicious.

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Tuba Mediterranean Palo Alto does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Tuba Mediterranean Palo Alto also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 384-6733.

Tuba Mediterranean Palo Alto is rated 4.3 stars by 19 OpenTable diners.

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