Urfa Bistro

4.7
388 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Urfa is a city in South-Eastern Turkey, deeply rooted in history, so its unique cuisine is an amalgamation of the cuisines of the many civilizations that have ruled in Urfa. Dishes carry names in Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Syrian, and Turkish, and are often prepared in a spicy manner. It is widely believed that Urfa is the birthplace of many dishes, including Raw Kibbé (Çiğ Köfte), which according to the legend, was crafted by the Prophet Abraham from ingredients he had at hand.

Many vegetables are used in the Urfa cuisine, such as the "Ecır," the "Kenger," and the "İsot", the legendary local red capsicum that is a smaller and darker.
Urfa is a big user of clarified butter, made exclusively from sheep's milk.
At Urfa bistro we will try our best to use local products to create dishes as same as prepared in Urfa.
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vipFoodismylife
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

If the food came out sooner it would be 4 stars all the way

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vipChloeB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a nice outdoor set up now, with a powerful heater (important for me). Food was excellent and service is always superb! Octopus appetizer and knefe for dessert are to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was deeeeelish!!

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GinaA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The cold appetizer plate was good except the dolmas were a little uninspired. My friend liked her wrap very much.

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vipAnoush00
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This place is well on its way to becoming a neighborhood gem. Excellent food and service, and lots of variety. I’m pleased to see a successful Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Altos, and will keep helping Urfa to thrive. A suggestion: ask your individual customers how they like their lamb cooked. Mine was too dry the day I had the shish plate, but my dining companion’s lamb wrap on a previous visit was cooked to pink perfection (which is what I would have preferred). Still, glad to see lamb gracing the menu!

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Rosita
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first dine in restaurant since Covid-19. We enjoyed our meals very much, as always at Urfa. Quality was just as good as before pandemic.

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SteveS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don't be fooled by the simple restaurant decor, because the food is outstanding.

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JohnP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My Moussaka was good but the Lamb my wife ordered was overcooked and tough, the salad was mediocre. My two friends enjoyed their Wraps but also thought the lamb was overcooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Outstanding food and fabulous wait staff. Highly recommend!

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mvfoodie
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zubi and team are just the best. The food is awesome. We had the crab cakes, branzino, lamb, and poached pear ....delicious as always. It’s a go to local restaurant for us and we have always had a great evening.

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KrishnaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised with the vegetarian options. And the food was good as well!

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BillR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I went with my wife and 3 kids on a Saturday night. We arrived at 6:45 and sat in the back where there was good spacing and plastic shields between tables and good ventilation. Our server was very friendly, but it took a long time for our food to arrive. She said they were understaffed and also overwhelmed with take out orders. We finished our entrees around 8:30 and skipped dessert because it was already late, especially for 3 kids. The food was good but a little pricey. They probably need to turn down some take out orders so that they can better serve the dine-in customers, or add some staff.

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vipBaconLover
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's outdoor dining, so very quiet. The roasted game hen was not only tasty but the presentation was stellar -- bird bits on mushroom ravioli with colorful veg. Very well done!

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vipCarolle
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

This is our favorite local restaurant. It is family owned and operated. The food is consistently good, presented attractively, and generously portioned. We are not usually brunch or lunch people but Urfa makes a delicious Mediterranean omelet. We really indulge when we have the hot appetizers along with a full entee.

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vipReviewEM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! The perfect solution for COVID blues-take out or outdoor dining.

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Lotus
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the authenticity, presentation, and full flavors of food at Urfa. The owner and staff are extremely attentive and friendly. Their food is consistently fabulous and outdoor dining is beautifully set up. We enjoyed the experience thoroughly and have been repeat customers.

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vipMrsM
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a lovely lunch outdoors. Food was great and we felt very safe! Love the new parklet with the wood flooring.

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vipJulia
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and nice complimentary Greek after dinner sweet wine from owner was delicious?

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BusinessLuncher
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was fine. Prices are reasonable compared to several Greek Restaurants in Palo Alto with comparable menus. Outdoor tables are too small to provide safe social distance for separate individuals, but spacing between tables is OK so the outdoor tables work for COVID-podded folks. The lentil soup I had ws lukewarm, otherwise delicious. The Octopus appetizer was wonderful.

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vipTony
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Urfa Bistro is what every neighborhood restaurant should be like. The food is excellent, daily specials vary keeping it interesting, the service is friendly, prices are reasonable, and the kitchen is both consistent and often adds a surprising flares to dishes.

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GiselleH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Food were fantastic. Staff did a good job observing safety. Every table is far distanced from each other.

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vipDonnaT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food has been consistently EXCELLENT!! Grilled veggies always a winner!!

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beachfoodie
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch and shared plates. Amazing Turkish coffee was a treat.

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vipConnieF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food that's plated / presented beautifully. One of our favorite restaurants to go to. Excellent service as well.

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EBees
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have had dinner here twice in recent weeks. The new seating area in the street is lovely, with planters and wine barrels and Plexiglas between our table and any passing cars or pedestrians. Service was excellent and the food was superb and plentiful. Warm bread arrives in a little paper bag - touchless and holds the heat. Highly recommend Urfa!

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Sue2
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Urfa had fantastic food. We each had the combo appetizer plate, that was more than sufficient for my whole dinner. It included the best roasted lamb riblet I have ever tasted , 2 spanakopita, 2 succulent falafel, 2 grilled prawns, and 2 feta rolls served with tahini-yogurt sauce.

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vipNelson
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious Mediterranean food!!!
One of the best in the area!!!

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Nambula
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. It's one of our go-to spots. Our favorite main course dishes are Lamb shank and the jot appetizer sampler. Last time we were there, we had one of their specials whole branzino with roasted vegetables. Delicious!!! We never leave the place without ordering their kunefe( Turkish Sweet cheese dessert).
Service is excellent, and they make you feel at home. With COVID, they seat you on the main street in Los Altos, and it is a friendly vibe with people walking by. Try it if you are in the mood for Mediterranean food with a feel of home cooking.

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vipBaconLover
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Urfa has outdoor dining to comport with the current Covid-19 safety requirements. We were seated well away from anyone else. We have been to the restaurant many times pre-Covid and never been disappointed.

We started with an IPA (me) and the other half had their Efes stout. The appetizer was the grilled octopus perfectlyl cooked (if overcooked it's like a product of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.). The octopus is served with arugula and some cherry tomatoes sliced in half and a rich tapenade. I got the lamb saute (think lamb stew) with rice. The lamb was moist, soft and very flavorful. The other half ordered a special of the day, a risotto with grilled veg. It was cheesy, complete with a giant parmesan chip. The menu said there was truffle, which often is overdone, but not here... the truffle note was perfect. If you order risotto, be prepared to wait while it's prepared so that the rice can absorb the saucy goodness. The food was sufficiently plentiful we had to get to-go boxes.

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casandrae
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. They made a beautiful set up for their outdoor seating on the shut down street. Our waitress was fantastic! Food was incredible, even the bread was killer!

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vipVivianW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and food , great place !

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought a friend to Urfa to celebrate her birthday. We loved the food and were both impressed by the Covid-19 safety measures. The owner was attentive and very thoughtful- allowing us to stay late to continue chatting and even gave us a glass of wine and dessert on the house. We will both be back.

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vipligiam
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always so tasty and fresh.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First business lunch in awhile. Great and safe outdoor seating. Food and service excellent. Highly recommend.

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vipCarynW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, and felt very safe for dining during COVID

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vipTrishMit
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our very favorite restaurant in downtown Los Altos. During non covid times we love the intimate ambience of the inside with very attentive and knowledgable staff! We ordered "to go" in the beginning and were impressed by their standards. Now it is lovely to eat in the street as they have created charming dividers for their diners. Be patient at this time as service is much more challenging, but safety is key!!!

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vipJYC322
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

In the COVID-age, the service is a bit slow. The food was delicious.

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vipSonoma4
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a Covid 19 outdoor dining experience. For the first and only time we felt 100% safe eating out. We so appreciated the partitions and the distance between tables. It's so important to feel safe so one can enjoy the food and the service. Kudos and than you to the ownership.

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vipBrian
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Urfa's outdoor dining is delightful! My wife and I enjoyed everything including their delicious desserts...

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Foodie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six and had a lovely time. The food was really delicious from appetizers to main dishes and dessert. Two of us especially enjoyed the branzino so much that we asked the chef how he cooked it. It was the best I've ever hand. Service was great too. We were pleased that we selected Urfa to celebrate two birthdays in our group. Highly recommend!

FAQs

Urfa Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Urfa Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 397-5614.

Urfa Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 388 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.