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Ephesus

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Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish
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185 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041-1201
650-625-8155
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good service but ghastly food!

This restaurant does try. However, from the obviously previously frozen, battered squid to the "machine engine" olive oil, the food is stodgy. I feel sorry about writing this because the staff are genuinely efficient and kind.

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Rynt
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Richmond, British Columbia
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40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Richmond, British Columbia
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This restaurant does try. However, from the obviously previously frozen, battered squid to the "machine engine" olive oil, the food is stodgy. I feel sorry about writing this because the staff are genuinely efficient and kind.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Had dinner at this place one night. Great and plentiful food - had fried calamari as a starter, and also some dish that came along with cinnamon rice. Loved the cinnamon rice, and I am writing the review primarily to record that. Good service, seems that the restaurant is family run; a job well done. I would go there again.

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Springfield, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

True to its Turkish roots, the pastry (bocha, simit, etc) are absolutely wonderful. The breakfasts are very generous and everyone was clearly enjoying the great variety of appetizers. Try the Turkish tea or the apple tea (elma chai). It isn't fancy but it is all about the quality of food at very reasonable prices particularly since this is such an... More 

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Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The food was tasty (I ordered one of the signature dish, calamari, and another appetizer that I forgot the name), it wasn't awesome or mind blowing but pretty fair with interesting flavors. The price was way below what I expected, the cost-benefit is amazing! The staff was cordial, but could be better.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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90 reviews 90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I really enjoy Mediterranean food no matter where I go, so when I had the chance to try a new restaurant in Mountain View I got pretty excited. We all ordered different apps and entrees so we could share. I always like to start with the hummus, tabbouli, stuffed grape leaves, baba ganoush, etc. just to get an idea of... More 

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Mountain View, California
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291 reviews 291 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We had a great meal and experience - on a super busy night, Ephesus came through for us. One entree was a little overdone, and a salad not up to snuff, or this would be 5 stars - but darn close, and we'll be back to take another crack at it. Still one of the best restaurants on the super-competitive... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I had the lamb shish which was good but not great. The broccoli had some yellow in it and the carrots were tough and bland. My father had the lamb chops, but found them too salty. Perhaps another day or a different menu selection would have been better. The service was reasonable.

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Orlando, FL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We were very hungry and needed a quick lunch. We chose Ephesus because it was close to our hotel and we love Turkish food. We both had the doner kebob wrap and it was delicious! My husband ordered coffee and they made a fresh pot for him. We had kunefe for dessert and it was the best we have ever... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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193 reviews 193 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Had a working lunch here and it was very nice experience. We decided to sit outside, and we had a very good server. The food was very good, I had the falafel dish, they were very good also really enjoyed the hummus is was very flavorful. The portions were enough to be satisfied but not too full. I will be... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We picked Ephesus more or less at random from all the restaurants on offer in Mountain View. We had a very enjoyable meal, nicely served and reasonable prices. The service was good and the surroundings very pleasant on a hot Saturday afternoon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 185 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041-1201
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View
  • Phone Number: 650-625-8155

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?