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Kitchen Istanbul

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The Richmond
Mediterranean, Turkish
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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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
Tip Top Turkish

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Pacific Grove, California
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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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Pennsylvania, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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, 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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