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“Trying too hard” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Istanbul BBQ

Istanbul BBQ
85 Brook Street, Chester CH1 3DX, England
01244 326222
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Ranked #5 of 454 Restaurants in Chester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $23
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opening Hours:Mon - Thurs 5pm till 10pmFri - Sun 12 noon till 10pm
Chester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Trying too hard”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This is an attractive restaurant in one of the less popular areas of Chester. The food is fresh and prepared on an open grill facility. There is a good selection of dishes, plus a keenly priced lunch time menu.

The food was good, but that said; a plate full of nice salad, a skewer with 4 or 5 pieces of chicken and some rice made one wish for something more substantial. I was impressed by the wine list,and we did enjoy a French Vin du Pay. It was very quiet for a Friday lunch time, yet Chester was packed with racegoers. You know what they say 'location, location, location!

The manager, whilst trying to please was too intrusive to the point of being annoying, all well intentioned but ...

I may appear to be churlish, but I will not rate this restaurant as a favourite. At best an occasional visit perhaps?

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Tasty food with a difference”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

A busy place - which is always a good sign. The front desk managed to sort a table out for us (just!) when we turned up; so perhaps it's better to book to ensure you are not disappointed.

The manager and staff were very helpful and friendly. And it makes a nice change to have something a little different. There is quite an emphasis on lamb dishes, but there are other options available (including some vegetarian).

I found the food to be fresh (being cooked on a grill behind the counter) and tasty.

We had a very enjoyable meal and it was nice to find somewhere a little different, in what is clearly a well run family business.

Visited May 2013
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hamilton
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A true "Turkish delight"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

In chester for a weekend break and thought we would try something different. Three letters sum the whole experience up W.O.W.
The place is quite new and the decor is first class. We ordered the hot mezze starter for 2 which was absolutely excellent. I had the mixed grill again excellent and my wife had the half and half ( half portion of 2 items on the barbecue menu great idea for those who are not sure what to order) both the chicken and lamb were cooked to perfection. You also get two sauces although the tomato chilli sauce although tasty is a bit like cold tomato soup but the yoghurt sauce was absolutely spot on.
The service and staff were brilliant and even the owner double checks to make sure you are happy with everything
All in all a first class meal experience and we will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milton keynes
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Very good.... Must go again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Straight forward Mediterranean Turkish/Greek food... Bloody good grub...

All excellent...

Unpretentious...

Great people who strive to please...

No need to going up... Go as you are...

I aim to eat here again... Best easy food I've found in Chester...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Berkshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great food and service - will be back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

A great little restaurant, Really friendly owner, great food and nice laid back atmosphere. Will most certainly be back

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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