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ISTANBUL

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #84 of 580 restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Turkish
Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Bogota, Colombia
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Everytime that I visit Puerto Rico, I try to go as many times as I can to this restaurant. My favorite dish is the Ottoman lamb casserole, yummy!!! I have also tried other dishes, and I have never been dissapointed.

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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My husband and I ate there for supper after having fried food at a stand in the rain forest for lunch. We ordered cucumber dip, Turkish apple tea, Greek salad, and lamb pita. All of the food was very good. The Turkish apple tea was wonderful. I had not had it since I was in college, so I was glad... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

I visited today, for lunch. The place is small, but clean and simple. The wait for service was rather long, but worth it. We had the cheese borek appetizer and the chicken ottoman casserole and the kofte casserole as main dishes. They were great! No question about it. The prices are rather steep, but since we don't plan on coming... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I have to admit, I was quite surprised to find good Middle Eastern food in the middle of Puerto Rico. We ordered Dolma for appetizers (seasoned rice stuffed in grape leaves)... They were fantastic. Probably the best I ever had! For dinner i ordered the gyro, which i was very pleased with. My husband got the chicken curry which had... More

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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Meat lover's paradise! And the food tastes amazing! Also the restaurant is open till quite late, so it's good if you wanna roam around Old San Juan for a while and decide to have dinner after 11. The place is bit small but the food is fresh and made from the scratch. Their presentation(food) is pretty interesting!

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Toronto
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142 reviews 142 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had the kofta and souvlaki chicken which was delicious, as is their rice. Prices are very reasonable and the portions are large. Service is a little spotty. Took quite some time to get our food and it wasn't a busy day for lunch. Still, it's worth the wait and possibly a return visit although there are lots of other... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Walked in late - they were in closing mode. I asked if they'd serve me and was given a table. I ordered the lamb casserole and 15 mins later it arrived - fantastic is all I can say. Presented on a shallow pan with rice in the middle, lamb pieces and mushrooms surrounding it and two pieces of bread... I... More

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england
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

So good we went one night and there was only us there but the food was great and the waiter, Ivan, was very pleasant. So good we went back again a couple of nights later, it was full and buzzing, great. place. Highly recommended

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Bountiful, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I love iskander, a Turkish dish but its hard to find in the U.S. When I saw it on the sign as a "special" for the day I had to try it. It was very good and the entire party with me all loved their food. The owner was very friendly and passionate about his food. I will go back... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

we came here in old san juan because my husband and i were looking for a middle eastern restaurant and we heard great things about this place. i ordered the ottoman casserole and he got the lamb donor wrap, both of which were excellent. the meat is so tender and flavorful. our server, Ivan, was also great and recommended some... More

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