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216 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Formerly S & H Kebab House)
(267) 639-3214
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Istanbul Lounge is a family owned restaurant specializing in authentic...
Istanbul Lounge is a family owned restaurant specializing in authentic Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Located just off of South Street, this cozy oasis brings a taste of the Ottoman Empire to the heart of Philadelphia. Featuring organic lamb, chicken and Top Choice Black Angus steaks, as well as traditional vegetarian dishes and fresh seafood, this BYOB satisfies every palate.
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Visitor rating
  • 28
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Middle Eastern Food

We were happily greeted by the owner of Leziz Turkish Restaurant. He took the time to show us his restaurant which recently had moved to the South Street location. It was like entering a relative's new home and then "given a tour"...The service was excellent although I think the waitress... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2014
bonnieblueribbon
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Philadelphia
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Philadelphia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were happily greeted by the owner of Leziz Turkish Restaurant. He took the time to show us his restaurant which recently had moved to the South Street location. It was like entering a relative's new home and then "given a tour"...The service was excellent although I think the waitress misunderstood some of the things we ordered and were brought... More 

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Pune
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visited this place with a friend and he made 2-3 rounds around the street to find parking but did not give up and that set the expectations about Leziz. The place is just owesome with good food, decent portions, very nice staff, service is very prompt and we were fortunate to be entertained by belly dancer and her sword... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We arrived to Sal's new place and it was light and airy and very modern design. Ordered appetizers, taking into consideration gluten issues with one of our 3. The wait was minimal, food delicious, and then our main course came. Waitress friendly and efficient. Dinner was tasty and well presented. Would go back anytime I am in Philly!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
1,018 reviews 1,018 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
805 helpful votes 805 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The owner of Leziz always greets us warmly and makes sure that the meal is just right. Chuck, our server, was likewise friendly and attentive, and our selections were predictably delicious. The lamb kebabs were superb.

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Four couples shared the combination appetizer plate and a large Greek salad to start. Each had a main course and we brought our own wine. Food was tasty, service was appropriate and pleasant. Wide variety of choices, representative of the Mediterranean and Turkey. Having taken many visits to Turkey and the Med countries, it was a decent representation, reasonably priced,... More 

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I am from Turkey and was looking for good Turkish food in Philly. This place is one of the worst Turkish restaurants I have ever been in U.S. We ordered eggplant appetizer, iskender gyro and pide with ground beef. Eggplant appetizer had too much tomato sauce in it and very little amount of eggplant. The taste was very sour. That... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Leziz stood up to its reputation as "The" place to have a great Turkish Meal in the heart of South Philadelphia. I arrived as they just opened up for lunch on a Monday, and we were the only ones there (for now). No worries, because I wanted to have the full experience of tasting Turkish delicacies without the disturbance of... More 

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Lafayette Hill
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Leziz on Saturday night. Sal, the owner, has created a homey and service oriented restaurant experience. The dips were flavorful and well prepared, and, unlike many restaurants, they were specially prepared to accommodate my sulfite allergy. The Moussaka was very unusual, and very good, with more heat than I am used to seeing in... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We had a wonderful meal here. The calamari are fresh and really tasty. The lamb shank was huge, tender and served wrapped in eggplant. I'd highly recommend it as well as the restaurant generally. The servers are very friendly and really attentive. If you like turkish food, this is a great restaurant to go to.

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Hampton, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

First off, the food is the star of the show, that is why I keep going back there, if it wasn't good there would be no review from me. Service is friendly, with a heavy accent and overall between good and great but there can be moments of ... distraction from the wait-staff (this IS a Turkish restaurant). The atmosphere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 216 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Formerly S & H Kebab House)
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: (267) 639-3214

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 28
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Turkish, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

Description

Istanbul Lounge is a family owned restaurant specializing in authentic Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Located just off of South Street, this cozy oasis brings a taste of the Ottoman Empire to the heart of Philadelphia. Featuring organic lamb, chicken and Top Choice Black Angus steaks, as well as traditional vegetarian dishes and fresh seafood, this BYOB satisfies every palate.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?