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Kitchen Istanbul

349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)
(415) 753-9479
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Ranked #81 of 5,036 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $11 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
Neighborhood: The Richmond
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Description: Where the exotic centuries-old recipes meet with local ingredients to transform into unforgettable flavors that will make you come back for more. Owner and executive chef Emrah Kilicoglu pays close attention to what goes in the kitchen as well as on the restaurant floor. He personally visits each table to make sure that the customers get the ultimate Turkish dining experience where the customer is treated as a guest in his house. Mr. Kilicoglu is not new to the San Francisco gastronomic scene: since March, 2012 he was the co-owner of Troya Clement and contributed to it becoming a staple among Turkish restaurants in the Bay Area. He carefully crafted Kitchen Istanbul's menu to incorporate lots of traditional mezes (Turkish style appetizers), each with a distinct kick to represent a specific region in the Mediterranean area. Just a look at the main dishes will make your mouth water, no matter if you are a meat lover or a veggie lover. The desert menu has a life on its own spanning a wide variety from Turkish classics including Kunefe to French counterparts including Pot de Creme, both recipes dating back to 1700s. Kitchen Istanbul has a welcoming, cozy atmosphere where you can leisurely enjoy your wine while sampling delectable food that is guaranteed to be prepared with the care and love prescribed by the long history of the recipes.
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  • Turkish first
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English first
San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you've been to Istanbul and need help remembering why you loved it so much, or if you haven't yet visited the City bridging Asia and Europe and want a little inspiration, then check out Kitchen Istanbul. The chicken kebab – as well as the hospitality of owner Emrah and his competent and friendly staff - is extraordinary. Enjoy!

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boston, ma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

ive been to Kitchen Istanbul several times now and it is by far one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in town. The menu has some of the classic Turkish dishes with a twist: sigara boregi is served along with honey and ground pistachio and the beyti has fresh mint and arugula leaves. Kunefe is the best one that I tasted... More 

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San Francisco
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I've dined here practically every week for the last few months when I returned home from working in Istanbul for the three months prior. I had eaten at the restaurant when it was Troya and it was good, however, I really like what Emrah has done/is doing within the restaurant; starting with the name change, the communal table and new... More 

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California Hot Springs, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The great folks at Spice Ace told us about this place. It had a small lunch menu but everything looked great. We split the lamb wrap that was very tasty and a chicken kabob that was great. Definitely will return. If you go here ... Walk over to Spice Ace and then cook your next meal at home.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had to be on busy Fillmore Street several times during the holiday season. Finding a place for lunch that offered good food and service but was not jammed with antisocial techies engaged only with machines proved difficult. On the advice of a family member who lives nearby, we went to Troya. What a delight! Peaceful unpretentious place where guests... More 

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San Francisco
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We were at the Fillmore St location -- if you make reservations pay attention to which location you are selecting. The atmosphere is lovely, the service was very good, and the small plates were unique and looked as good as they tasted. For four we had three small plates (we especially liked the pear flatbread) and two entrees. The lamb... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A great introduction to Turkish food in a nice atmosphere, consistently friendly and efficient service, and wonderful food. Start with a flatbread (three to choose from), warm olives and /or the Rurkish bread with a choice of three spreads, all delicious - yogurt, red pepper, or hummus. The kebabs (either lamb or chicken)!are great. I prefer the rice to the... More 

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Becker, Minnesota
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A friend and I were feeling adventurous while hunting dinner, and decided we were in the mood to try Turkish cuisine. Definitely high-quality food here. My travel-buddy got the lamb kebabs and said it was the best lamb meal she'd ever had. Very attentive wait-staff too.

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Santa Cruz, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

What a great place. My friend and I ate here after visiting the Legion of Honor. Good service, fantastic food! I had a cauliflower wrap that was absolutely one of the best tasting wraps I have ever had. Get it when you go - so full of so many flavors. WOW!

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I'm a great fan of Troya in San Francisco - very good mix of more traditional as well as contemporary adaptations of Turkish cuisine. Great place to share a series of dishes; we'll frequently share 4 of the small plates and desert (works well for the 2 of us) Troya makes good use of seasonal products. Last month, the refreshing... More 

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Additional Information about Kitchen Istanbul

Address: 349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: (415) 753-9479
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish

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