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Temel Restaurant - CLOSED

3232 Old Pickett Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031-4708
703-352-5477
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Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Old Lee Highway
Description: Temel Euro Mediterranean Restaurant which serves dishes from Mediterranean region includes from Turkey, Greece and Israel.

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English first
Northern VA
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

If you love Turkish food (or want to know why Lebanese food is so good - they got it from the Ottomans!), go to Temel. Small restaurant, out of the way, but terrific food. If the iskender is on the menu, order it. you won't be disappointed.

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Washington, DC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is my second review on this place...I really used to liked this place...Until the recent visit with family on Mothers Days..I realize that Doner kebab is done on weekends to ensure its freshness, but I would imagine on Mothers Day Sunday, they would have one too..I even asked waitress if that is the case, and she confirmed that it... More

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Alexandria, VA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

My wife and I eat here at least once a month. I wish I could make myself try something new, but I just love the lamb kabobs. My wife is fond of the kofte. Try the seasoned potatoes with either. And don't miss the phyllo cigars as an appetizer. All go well with the Kavaklidere Turkish white wine. As much... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We were in the mood for something different and it had been a while since we'd had Turkish food. Thanks to an online review, we found Temel is Fairfax. Hidden away in a shopping center in a spot you won't just stumble upon this little gem is worth the trip. Delicious and authentic, we loved everything we tried. Excellent service... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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276 reviews 276 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012 via mobile

The meat (Doner) here is excellent - served with rice or yogurt/bread. The Temel appetizer platter is a crowd favorite - filled with all of their specialties. Don't let the strip center scare you off. This is a find. Service is great and parking is easy.

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Fairfax, VA
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Temel has been one of our favorites for several years although Nizam's in Vienna was the best Turkish restaurant in the area until they closed. Temel appears to be declining. The service is still attentive and excellent, but the food is not as good as it used to be. The kabobs are dry and over-cooked, the fish was not fresh... More

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

After my old Turkish favorite (Nizam's) closed down, I was a little disappointed. A quick google search however yielded: Temel http://www.temelrestaurant.com/ and I decided to try it for carry-out. The Lambchop Kebob was excellent. I also liked the veggie kebob side dish option. My wife really liked the Sukuk (sausage) pizza. I also was thrilled to discover that they deliver... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

We lived in Turkey for three years and tried all the food we could. Temel offers the best of the best. You cannot go wrong with a visit there with friends or family. Beautiful setting inside, white table cloths, gleaming wine glasses, courteous service.

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Bowie, MD
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322 reviews 322 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011

Based on Trip Advisor reviews, tried this place. It was very slow at lunch, with only 3 tables occupied. However, the food was excellent! Had mixed grill with ground lamb, beef shish kabob, chicken kabob and a lamb chop. Came with seasoned potatoes with vegetables and dill, and an herb garnish. Also had a cup of lentil soup (wonderful!) and... More

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Washington, DC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011 via mobile

Service is excellent. Servers are always pay attention to their tables. Food is second to none. I prefer this place to Nizams of Vienna. Dishes are genuine Turkish. Mezes and Lahmajoon are great starters, even for vegetarians. Doner and Adana kebabs are highly suggested with a glass of ayran (yogurt drink). Highly recommended.

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