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Istanbul Grill

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50 South 2nd Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
641 209 1458
Monday
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • 11
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
diamond in the rough - DELICIOUS food & gracious service

Stopping through Fairfield, by chance, on our way across the state - we thought ourselves quite lucky to have found the Istanbul Grill. Never ones to judge a book by its cover, and knowing that some of the best food we've ever had, came from food stands in foreign lands, we were very happy to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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101 reviews 101 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Stopping through Fairfield, by chance, on our way across the state - we thought ourselves quite lucky to have found the Istanbul Grill. Never ones to judge a book by its cover, and knowing that some of the best food we've ever had, came from food stands in foreign lands, we were very happy to discover a cozy cafe inside... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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179 reviews 179 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

Because of a recent intolerance to garlic, I had to avoid all the Turkish food, so I'm writing from a different perspective. The avocado sandwich wasn't extraordinary, but the roll it was made with seemed fresh-baked. The French fries were not greasy, so good oil. A previous reviewer said the Baklava was the best ever, but there's a place in... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

the food was pretty good, but the decor was very very old and not pleasant. stained, faded red checkered plastic table clothes are gross. wouldn't go there again, tried it twice.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The small town of Fairfield is host to an eclectic mix of shoppes and restaurants. Istanbul Grill is nothing to look at from the outside, has fast food ambience on the inside but OMG, the food is fantastic. Had the kabob combo of lamb, chicken and shrimp and they were equally good.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a combination Turkish restaurant which also has a "home cooking" section of the menu (hey, it's rural Iowa). We didn't try the American fare, because we wanted the Turkish food, and we weren't disappointed. The hummus starter was very good, with a special Turkish spice on top. The wife's falafel in pita sandwich was excellent, and my chicken... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The chicken kabob was excellent, the Turkish pizza sublime, and the baklava the best I've ever had. Don't be put off by the rather plain outside appearance of this place. It may look like a dive, but the service is excellent, the interior is clean, the furnishings simple but tasteful, and the food is to die for. Even if you... More 

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Galena, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We go to Fairfield at least once a year and have tried most of the restaurants. On this trip we decided to try Istanbul Grill because the reviews made it sound delicious. Do not be fooled by the slightly shabby exterior, this place is awesome! When we walked in, we were greeted by several locals we met earlier in the... More 

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san diego
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87 reviews 87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We spent a few days in Fairfield recently and were pleasantly surprised to find very good, authentic Turkish food at this restaurant. Two years ago we spent a week in Istanbul and enjoyed the food greatly and we also enjoyed our experience at this restaurant. The fresh, homemade lentil soup was delicious. The chicken kebab with vegetables was a great... More 

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Fremont, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

There is much more than Turkish here. Nevertheless we came for Turkish food, so we ordered it. We begin with baba ghanoush which was quite excellent. Chicken kabob came with lentil soup. It all tasted as good as we expected it to be. My wife finished up with a little cup of Turkish coffee and found out that you don't... More 

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Mt Pleasant IA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

The restaurant itself is small and downscale, but the food is delish! True Turkish delights like hummus, eggplant, and lamb were all very tasty. The owners (who are the cook and waitress) are friendly and get to know all their customers. We'll definitely go back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 South 2nd Street, Fairfield, IA 52556
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Fairfield
  • Phone Number: 641 209 1458

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Turkish
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?