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Kitchen Istanbul

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349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (5th Avenue)
(415) 753-9479
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Where the exotic centuries-old recipes meet with local ingredients to...
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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    Very good
  • 6
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  • 1
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
So good

Very very good service and very good food. We had several little plates (Olives, Cigars, Zuchiniballs..) and shared them. Really enjoyed it! Would come back if I would live here ;)

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Lilli85
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Hamburg, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Very very good service and very good food. We had several little plates (Olives, Cigars, Zuchiniballs..) and shared them. Really enjoyed it! Would come back if I would live here ;)

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We had dined here twice. The first time was shortly after we returned from a visit to Istanbul, Turkey. The food at Kitchen Istanbul reminded us of the grest meals we had in Turkey.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Nice little joint with above average food. The atmosphere was nice and everyone was friendly. Bathrooms were a bit dark. Overall, I'm glad I went but I wasn't "wowed" with the food.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Tasty happy hour snacks and decent house wine. Enjoyed the feta cigars and the grilled half moon bay Sardines. Well worth a visit .

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Pacific Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We had a good lunch, but it wasn't great and our two wraps cost more than several dishes during a better dinner. They seemed to be geared towards the fashionable, so that's what you get.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It is hard to accept that food can taste this good! Simple, classic dishes and ingredients are prepared in the most careful, delicious manner. We tried four different mezes, 3 entrees and three desserts. I would eat here every day if I could. It's that spectacular. If it was not in public I would have licked the plate clean! TIP:... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great atmosphere, very friendly staff, homey feeling and delicious Mediterranean food. I tried almost all the dishes and enjoyed every single one of them. Lamb Beyti is my favorite. It's mildly spiced ground lamb wrapped in thin and healthy lavash bread. On top of it, they pour an amazing tomato sauce. If you want, you can have the yogurt on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I went there for lunch. Staff was nice, restaurant was cleaning (including bathroom), and food was very good. I'll be back. Pricey but good

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Weehawken, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I pretty much got the royal treatment as Kitchen Istanbul because we went with a guy who knows the owners well and is Turkish himself, so it was hard to find any fault with this place! Never taste such a good Turkish food in the States. Plus great music, charming atmosphere and warm Istanbul pictures on the wall. Plus they... More 

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San Francisco, California
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
    (5th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
  • Neighborhood: The Richmond
  • Phone Number: (415) 753-9479

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?