Unfortunately, the day we went the grill was out of order so we could not order kabobs. The waiter came and took our order but had to come back and tell me that the item I had ordered was also unavailable. Finally I ordered a salad and ate a little bit of my husband's entree. I had really been hoping for the kabobs and while I realize it was a circumstance beyond their control, it did make for a disappointing dining experience. I ordered a turquoise martini and it was underwhelming. For $10 I would have expected something a little fancier than just a glass full of blue liquid with nothing else to make it special or jazzed up a bit. They did give us a free dessert to make up for not being able to order what we wanted, but the overall experience wasn't one that made me want to try again.
The food was outstanding, but the service was on the slow side. Three of us were served our main dishes, but one person in our party didn’t get her food until 10 minutes after us, and hers was the easiest to make (hummus & veggies).
Food is amazing.
The food was really bad. I am half Lebanese and eat this type of food all the time. Falafil was ok but the taziki sauce was poor. The hummus was just terrible. It was lacking all the flavor it normally has. I had one bite of my husband's food and it was all greasy. I didn't order a meal as the appetizers were so bad. My husband was up sick twice in the middle of the night.
Great menu, knowledgeable wait staff, efficient service, DELICIOUS food--we'll be back!
Cute place, good food.
Delicious food, great atmosphere! Lamb was extremely tasty!!
We enjoyed all of it especially the Branzino for main course; of course the kebabs were delicious; teh amuse bouche, a confection of carrot and yoghurt was terrific.
The Best Turkish restaurant in town. Although the owner has changed the food is still great. Service is also great. In fact the best doner in town also.
Noise level is reasonable. You do not need to shout to hear each other.
Without a doubt the worst service I have ever had. The food wasn’t up to par either. Good but not as good as it’s been on many previous visits. We waited 20 minutes from when we were seated to have our order taken, and only after I flagged someone down. It appeared there was only 1 person waiting on tables. Many people behind bar chatting away. Nonetheless, the beer my husband ordered didn’t come, until we flagged someone again. Asked for desert menu, took a few minutes but someone, not our waitress, brought one. After waiting another 20 minutes to place an order, I caught the eye of someone behind the bar and made the gesture for our check. We were sick and tired of waiting for wait service. She wasn’t very pleasant either. I left a mere 15% tip, which was 15% more than she deserved. We were there with another couple, at our recommendation. It was very embarrassing.
Excellent value and menu, friendly service, nice ambiance
very nice food. staff friendly. the home baked bread with the dip was just out of the oven. so warm and fresh. Every dish had its own unique taste. this was my third time dining here and i would come again.
Excellent food. Excellent Food. Excellent food. Great taste...
Great service. Lots of servers, you do not wait long.
Great deserts and excellent Turkish Coffee
Attractive space, excellent food, generous portions
Some of the best Turkish food in Chicago! I highly recommend Turquoise, and I also recommend you go all out and order lots of dishes (and, of course, some kahve at the end).
Food is always good but ambience is tough due to close tables and noise level.
Impromptu date night. Ordered 2 dishes - one dish was wrong, but my girlfriend ate it anyway. The other dish was so salty, I could barely eat it, brought it home for leftovers and ended up throwing it out. Not a fun experience for a date night. Dropped $60 for a subpar experience.
We have gone to Turquoise many times and never does it disappoint. Great food, service and ambiance make it a triple threat!!!!
This neighborhood gem never disappoints. The food is always excellent. This authentic Turkish spot offers many traditional Turkish food and drink options. Everything I've had there has been delicious and in keeping. The service is always good and the restaurant is very conducive to conversation.
After having seen this restaurant on Check, Please, we were pretty excited to try it out.
The meal started out well enough. We ordered a couple of drinks from the well-stocked bar and they brought out a delicious garlic and yogurt spread, along with fresh, home-made bread. We ordered fried calamari and falafel as appetizers. The calamari, although well fried, were tough and chewy. The falafel were pasty on the inside. I had the Sultan's Delight, which was supposed to be slow-braised lamb shank and puréed eggplant. They substituted another cut of lamb, which was dry and had not been cooked long enough to be tender. The eggplant purée was tasty, but had an overwhelming smoky flavor.
My husband ordered the Turquoise Mix Grill Kebab, which was dry and not all that flavorful.
The service was attentive, but not amazing.
All in all, the visit was disappointing. I wouldn't say the place was bad, but it wasn't great either.
Always great to be back, my favorite restaurant in Chicago
My favorite neighborhood restaurant. Love everything about it.
Awesome food, quaint place.
Turquoise is a comfortable small restaurant. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The menu is diverse and interesting. We had the risotto and the manta and both dishes were excellent. We are looking forward to returning soon for more great food and great service.
I love this place and especially love the Chicken Kabob and homemade bread. Service and food are excellent!
Made a reservation and got a table next to the entrance,meaning any time anyone entered or exited the door, me and my date were freezing. Food got cold quick from the cold draft but was still good. Any table would have been better. Feels like i made a reservation to inconvenience myself.
The worst customer service ever! We had to wait almost 2 hour's for our food and then we got the wrong one ( our order was misplaced). I will never go there again
After seeing Turquoise on Check, Please!, my boyfriend and I decided to try it for Valentine's Day. We didn't know if they have a special V Day menu until a day before, but I trusted what they'd serve based on their regular menu. The food choices were wonderful and tasty, and the fixed price was quite reasonable. They even threw in a glass of pink champagne to make it more festive. I have to say, though, that the waitstaff seemed overwhelmed, and service was spotty. The tables were also very packed together, probably to optimize the number of people they could serve on V Day, and that was giving waitstaff and diners problems. On a regular evening, I imagine things would be calmer.
this restaurant is and has been a favorite. the menu is varied with enough options to make it interesting. the servers are very friendly and helpful/ yje wine list is short but interesting
we were seated downstairs, we would not recommend sitting downstairs due to lack o any atmosphere.
The bread served at the begiining of the meal was delicious. Some of our party were gluten free and the menu was incorrect in noting the gluten free items; however, the waiter was very accommodating and was able to verify the items that were gluten free for our party. It was a very nice meal and our dessert was also delicious.
Outstanding food with a great and different wine list. Service was extremely cordial.
Excellent food and service. Look forward to going back. A place not to be missed.
Loved my Short Ribs, super tender and flavorful! Seafood salad was fresh. Service was perfect. Every one of us loved their meal.
I was looking for a restaurant that served Turkish food to satisfy a cultural cravings. Turquoise Cafe is wonderful - great food, attentive service. Can’t wait to return.
The restaurant was very busy when we arrived and they were unprepared for us, we were eventually seated, but the table was not set and we actually had to ask for napkins after our meal arrived. It took over an hour to get our appetizer and our entree arrived within five minutes of getting our appetizer. They also forgot some of the order. They were clearly insufficiently staffed for the demand and should not have accepted the reservation.
Enjoyable all the way around, Food, Drink and service…Oh and the desserts, Wow!
The new owner is really nice
He welcomed us and spent time with is at the table!
The service was impeccable, everyone was friendly and the atmosphere very cosy.
Food was good and pretty authentic!
Definitely will be back there ;)
Wonderful meals. Lamb shoulder and Chicken Kebab. Huge portions. The zucchini pancakes were a real treat. Definitely will be back.
Food was great. Service was pretty bad. Waitress messed up my sisters order, never apologized. Informed us her actual order would take another 15 minutes. It took at least 20. We were all done by the time here came. Again, no apology. Took us 45 minutes to receive a cheesecake dessert order. No apology for the delay either. Were there for over three hours simply because of slow and unapologetic service.