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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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11:00 am - 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, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Wanted Mediteranian in a sea of SE Asian

After a visit to the DeYoung, and on my way to the Legion of Honour, decided to stop for some food. When driving on Clement you are bombarded with an over dose of Asian restaurants. Amist this sea was a unique place located on a corner, the Kitchen Istanbul. Loving middle eastern food we wandered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
June I
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a visit to the DeYoung, and on my way to the Legion of Honour, decided to stop for some food. When driving on Clement you are bombarded with an over dose of Asian restaurants. Amist this sea was a unique place located on a corner, the Kitchen Istanbul. Loving middle eastern food we wandered into this open aired cafe.... More 

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Thank June I
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent staff quick to offer suggestions and very patient with explanations of dishes. I was treated like a family member. My meal was excellent and paired with a fantastic local wine.

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Thank Shawn S
Pittsburgh
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We stopped in here for Sunday brunch after a visit to the busy farmers' market on Clement Street. Kitchen Istanbul was a welcoming, quiet space apart from all of the bustle on the street. The service was prompt, very friendly, and relaxed. We really enjoyed a break from the standard brunch fare. The Menemen (scrambled eggs with feta, tomatoes, and... More 

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Thank GypsyRoverPittsburgh
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Yummy, yummy, yummy I love going this restaurant. If you wanna have a fantastic lunch or dinner with your friends, date or family, you should definitely go there. I'm not gonna recommend any dish, because everything is die for..

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Thank Erhan E
California
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We tried Kitchen Istanbul when visiting in the neighborhood. Five of us all found the food to be very tasty and well prepared. The only drawback was that the service was slow while the restaurant was crowded early on, but improved as the evening got later. The waitress certainly was working hard and was quite apologetic about the time we... More 

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Thank desert_lover222
California
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were seated promptly based on our reservation. We received some strips of crunchy chip style snacks. There was nothing else served with it. It would have been nice to have something to dip them in. Our party had the lamp chops and the chicken kebab. The lamb chops were okay and portion good. The... More 

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Thank mops1234
Hamburg, Germany
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Lilli85
San Francisco, California, United States
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

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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Thank Bob S
Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank merrrrrr5
San Francisco, California
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179 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

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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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
  • Good for: Families with children

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?