Urfa Bistro

4.6
259 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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L
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Urfa. Food and service are very good. I had one of the specials--branzino--and it was cooked and seasoned perfectly (very moist) and had had the bones removed. The accompanying vegetables were cooked just right and seasoned well. My husband was impressed with the restaurant (his first visit); I think it exceeded his expectations.

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a very gracious and lovely host. She was a gem!

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Urfa Bistro is a hidden gem in the heart of Los Altos. Always excellent food and service. Reasonable prices, and quiet ambiance for either a dinner for couples or business meeting. There is ample parking after 6pm and you can enjoy walking around the Los Altos Village before or after. There is pet-friendly dining available in the front and back.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there the second time. Food was fantastic...the kebabs melt in your mouth. What a lovely atmosphere. This is by far the best Turkish restaurant in the Bay Area.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance in every way!!!

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PL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I love Urfa, I go there often. The food has always been delicious. Sadly, this time the food was not very good. We had the Moussaka and Lunch fish special. The Moussaka had very tough parts, we are not sure if it was the eggplant, but my friend said it felt like bones, she left them to the side. The fish was good, but the salad lacked a bit of flavor. I'll try Urfa again, maybe it was an off day.

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c
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is great but restaurant is so loud that it is difficult to hold a conversation, especially with a group of people.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for lunch with a friend. In this case I was treating a friend for her birthday. Nice friendly place with good food and gracious service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pretty great food - delicious and came out timely.

They need more servers. They took a while to get to us and it’s mostly because it was busy and only had 2 people on the floor.

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f
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food just OK. nice location, service. great Turkish coffee. Dessert was the best part of a mediocre menu.

Food is not bad but nothing that will bring us back.

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i
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always very good and is nicely presented. I have been there a number of times, but have not
varied what I eat very much. The Moussaka is excellent as well as other dishes I have had. I would highly recomment Urfa Bistro. They close shortly after lunch and then open again for dinner, I believe.

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MF
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is perfectly prepared; not too salty; The prices average $20 for lunch without a drink and dessert; the bread is served with high quality olive oil !!; and my wife and I really enjoyed our lunch. We will return earlier to avoid the noise.

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r
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

awesome food, great service, nice people

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OG
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, great food and great service. It never disappoints. Definitely one of our favorite places in Downtown Los Altos.

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R
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and friends have been dining for quite some time at Urfa and we were never disappointed with the food and service.

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W
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and outstanding service! I've been there several times and I plan on going again based on my positive experience.

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SF
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We started with the grilled octopus and Greek salad, both of which were outstanding. The pieces of octopus were very tender. I enjoyed the moussaka and my husband enjoyed the lamb sautee. Both were generous portions. We split a delicious bread pudding with chocolate sauce. This was our first visit to Urfa Bistro and we will definitely return.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The branzino was excellent but nothing else we ordered was very tasty. We much prefer the Mediterranean food at Opa just two blocks away

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WA
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Urfa is a neighborhood gem. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious. As vegetarians, we appreciate the wide variety of options for us.

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g
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband had the Moussaka - it had a tomato sauce, as well as the usual bechemel, but he said it was tasty.

I had the mixed skewers. The chicken was bland, but the ground beef and lamb chunks were excellent.

Nice rice pilaf accompanied both dinners, and my grilled zucchini was very tasty!

All in all, we will return, as we love Middle Eastern food!

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and wait staff who recognized us as repeat customers.

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BJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great dinners and super friendly wait staff.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All around excellent. Service was outstanding. All of our needs were anticipated and every request met promptly. The staff were friendly, caring and respectful. Every dish was delicious and memorable. We enjoyed the Hot Appetizer Combo, the Branzino special, the Moussaka (meat), and the Chocolate Turkish Coffee Mousse. The front room was busy and noisy because of a large party; but we were seated in a back room that was uncrowded and just right for quiet conversation. Our special occasion was acknowledged with a flute of dessert wine for each of us at the end of the meal.

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l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great variety and flavor!

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DS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I think Urfa Bistro has gone down in value for me. They have reduced the quality of food and raised their prices considerably. I will start looking for other places to go.

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C
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here. Met some friends from Los Altos. They’d visited several years before but didn’t remember much. This time we both will remember the friendly service and the great good. We will come again!

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PK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed the food and service is very goo too!

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I met for lunch on a rainy day. Ufra was warm and inviting. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. We both had the sea bass. It was cooked perfectly and was delicious. I will definitely go again.

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WT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our team had a wonderful meal. Urga has excellent options for vegetarians and others. We all loved our appetizers, main dishes and wine. Highly recommend everything lamb.

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K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for team lunch and my team is diverse both ethnically and dietary. Everyone loved their food and the service was great.

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K
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our birthday balava!

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PH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mediterranean cuisine. And consistently great service. Always enjoy the kebabs.

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JB
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Urfa is a nice neighborhood restaurant. Turkish/Greek/Med. influences. Prices are reasonable. Ingredients fresh.

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DS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Urfa Bistro several times. They have been consistently good. Great service, tasty and well seasoned fresh food, warm bread with delicious olive oil. A beautiful menu and portion sizes that are appropriate, not too small and not too big. I would recommend this spot and hope that they expand

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j
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty, genuine food. Super helpful staff. Neighborhood gem. Far better than we expected when we walked in. Great meze plate to start, beautifully presented dishes, with generous portions. We've added this to our list of go-to local places.

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JS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We think it is the best restaurant in Los Altos, CA

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JK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently delicious. Friendly.

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MB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Urfa Bistro is delicious and beautifully presented. The restaurant is fairly quiet so you can actually have a conversation with your dinner partner. The ambiance is quite nice as well. I really like this place!

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LI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the patio was on the quieter side so conversation was possible.

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VL
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time. Staff was very friendly and accommodating (we were late!). They had a nice selection of exotic and local wines. We started with a sampler and it was delicious. Found it a little weird that it didn't come with any pita, but they promptly brought some out once we asked. They let us have a leisurely dinner and didn't rush us. Food was great. Hummus was awesome. so creamy! I had enough for leftovers and even then, the food was still delish. i would definitely return.

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