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Istanbul Grill

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

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent food. Cute atmosphere. Fun people.

The food is fantastic! The owners--apparently husband and wife from Istanbul--appear to be the only employees. The wife serves the customers. The husband is the chef. They know they are providing wonderful food, and they are deservedly proud of it. Everything I have eaten there has been wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Thomas S
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Emporia, Kansas
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Emporia, Kansas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food is fantastic! The owners--apparently husband and wife from Istanbul--appear to be the only employees. The wife serves the customers. The husband is the chef. They know they are providing wonderful food, and they are deservedly proud of it. Everything I have eaten there has been wonderful! Because the atmosphere is not fancy, I think some customers judge the... More 

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FAIRFIELD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We try to eat here at least once a week. We feel very fortunate there is a place serving such tasty, healthy, freshly prepared Middle Eastern food. The husband cooks most of the dishes, and the wife is hostess, waitress, and cashier (she also makes the WONDERFUL jasmine rice and a few other items). You don't go here for the... More 

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FAIRFIELD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Food is definitely authentic. Tastes great & lot of it! The owners are very nice people. One of my favorite places to eat in Fairfield.

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Fairfield
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The only reason I am giving this place 3 stars is because it gave my husband and I upset stomachs. I am not sure if it was the oils or the seasoning they use. If it weren't for that, the food was good.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Exceptionally clean, bright and welcoming, this smallish cafe offers tantalisingly middle eastern spiced variations of both traditional American and Turkish favourites. I went three times in as many days and had wonderful and tasty breakfast and lunch specialties. The lady who is the main waitress is delightfull. Don't miss this resturant/cafe.

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Zweibruecken, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 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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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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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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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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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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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: European, 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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