Urfa Bistro

4.7
299 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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WI
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times and Urfa does not disappoint. The food was outstanding and service excellent. Highlights were the grilled octopus appetizer, the lamb chops, kebabs and petrale sole. The kunefe dessert is always a hit and the poached pear was delicious.

F
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! Yum! Looking forward to getting back there very soon.

K
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The portions are on the smaller size!!!! We were disappointed that oue dishes had small to medium sizes. Esp. the Mousaka

TE
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

first date was fun :)

ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant in Los Altos. Fabulous salads, and seafood entrees. Beautifully presented and graciously served. Urfa Bistro is a real winner - never disappoints.

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is growing on us quickly. This is a great Go to neighborhood place!!!

GK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit this week was our second visit and we will certainly be going back
again and again. Haven't been there for lunch, but certainly can't imagine
it being less than dinner. Food is fresh and beautifully presented. Took photos
of special salad and two desserts which were so artistically presented. Servers
very friendly and it's nice to have a place to go that doesn't charge you an arm
and a leg! High recommend. gk

B
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always good food and great service we feel very blessed to have this excellent Ufrain Los Altos!

JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.
One of our party had some dietary restrictions and the staff and chef did an excellent job of accommodating our needs.

Y
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came from out of state and made reservations for a party of 8. Service and food were fabulous.

4 of us had the grilled salmon - absolutely tender, it came with grilled vegetables and rice pilaf
1 of us had the Lamb Sautée and 3 of us had the special fish Branzino (cooked to perfection and tasty).

Additionally, we ordered a green salad and special of the day soup (I didn't catch the name as one of my friends ordered it but it looked delicious).

Everyone said how wonderful their meal was, some of them, it was their first trip (and not to be their last) to this restaurant.

Lastly, we ordered dessert:

Raspberry sorbet
Baklava
Pear (soaked in red wine) with vanilla ice cream
Bread pudding

The desserts were to die for; we all shared and not one drop was left over.

It was worth the 5 hour drive to get to this restaurant and it won't be the last. I'll definitely spread the word to my friends living in the Palo Alto/Los Altos area.

Fantastic food and so was the service (had to ask once to fill our water glasses but other than that, it was fine).

WG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Returned to Urfa Bistro for mid-week lunch after thoroughly enjoying lunch with our party of 4 this past weekend. Great, fresh tasting fare with lots of tasty non-meat options. We split several scrumptious dishes, and especially loved the gazpacho, grilled octopus appetizer, and the falafel wrap. Be sure to ask to substitute the grilled veggies for the side salad.

KP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at Urfa Bistro quite a bit. I really enjoy your delicious food, nice ambience, and great service!

F
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the grilled salmon, my husband loves the Urfa kabob. We both love the special salad and the poached pear dessert. Service is fast. Food is well seasoned. The servers and owner are lovely. Urfa is our favorite go to local resto!

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood dining spot with delicious and creative daily specials.

k
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here for lunch a no. of times over the last few years but this was the first time I had dinner. The food is always quite good. Service is always excellent.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely food and friendly service.

UC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Urfa Bistro is our "go to" place for a never-fail great meal in Los Altos. The front room can be a bit crowded, but the back "tent" is always comfortable and quieter. They serve easily the best falafel I have ever had, and the lamb shanks are to-die-for!

F
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service are always very good. The presentation of the food is really impressive along with the taste. The servers care about your dining experience. I highly recommend Urfa Bistro.

R
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and friends have been dining here for months and we have not been disappointed. Food is always delicious and the service is great.

SM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really glad that they have put some sound dampening material on the ceiling! Had a great branzino and we appreciated that they split the dishes up in the kitchen for the items that we were sharing!

i
San Francisco
129 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It is a lovely, small restaurant. Aside from the food being quite good, the service is really excellent. The waiters/waitresses are always so codial and accommodating. They have limited hours for lunch, so be
aware. I would highly recommend them if you like medditeranean food.

MK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Our first time eating here. We hope to eat here again during our next visit to California

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Anniversary.

r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had reservation but Our table was not available for 20 minutes. The staff made it up by offering us glasses of good white wine and waived the corkage fee.

L
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal - and the service was friendly and fast. I’ll go back for sure.

d
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff all the way down the line was warm, friendly and eager to help. It is a family friendly environment with great food and small but acceptable wine list.

WI
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been here a few times and really enjoy it. It is a small, friendly atmosphere with great food and service. The grilled octopus is awesome and we always order it. Lots of good choices. The whole branzino fish was delicate and delicious, as well as the halibut, lamb in lavash roll and salad special as a vegetarian option. The desserts are delicious too. The owner was very attentive and came by to check in on us.

RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the branzino.

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only problem is the noise, combined with the tables being close. The service and food are very good. We look forward to returning but will choose a time of day that they are not so busy. We are seniors and hearing can be a problem.

DA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered Urfa on a trip to the Peninsula a couple of months ago and have been there four times since. Food is delicious. Wait staff is friendly. Only drawback is that the room is a bit small and can be noisy. Recommend without any hesitation, otherwise.

RO
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I GO BECAUSE MY FRIEND ENJOYS BUT PROBABLY WOULD NOT GO FOR MYSELF OR FAMLEE

OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love their specials!!

GD
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my clients for dinner. They never taste Turkish food before, they loved the food, service everything. They love to come back and try new dishes.

SB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prawns are grilled to perfection and moussaka is very satisfying. There are plenty of grilled veggies and arugula to complement the dishes.

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent time during our date night! We’ll be back soon!

CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very pleasant. Flavors exceptional. Texture perfect. A delightful evening. Will return.

SM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times with friends and have never been disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Lamb over cooked. Disappointing

L
San Francisco
38 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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