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“I loved it! Excellent food and excellent host!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Istanbul Grille

Istanbul Grille
5501 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232
412-325-3347
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Ranked #587 of 1,721 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
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usa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“I loved it! Excellent food and excellent host!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

First of all, please note that I am a very picky customer and do not write any reviews. It must be excellent for me to mention the food.
Istanbul Grille is that place. Food is prepared daily. Fresh, creative, light, tasty and most importantly, the owner, host is very welcoming and informative about his food.
Try lamb gyros, bulgur or babaganush or the hot vegetables.
Bravo Istanbul Grille!

Visited January 2012
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Livermore, California
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70 restaurant reviews
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200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
“Outstanding fresh option for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

If you are looking for a really fresh option for lunch - don't miss this place. It is really my favorite place in the downtown area (and I have been pretty much everywhere). Get there well before noon as the line can get long on certain days. I go about 11:30 and get the chicken plate with bulgur rice, side of hot sauce and cucumber sauce. I have never had a bad bit here. The only reason it is not a 5 is there is no where to sit (you can lean on a counter or take it to go). There are also many veggie options.

The owner is very friendly (and funny). He is sort of the friendly version of "the soup Nazi)

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2009

I just visited the downtown location for the first time and the food was fabulous! Everything is really fresh, and they even had several vegtarian/vegan options. $7.99 for your choice of food, with bulgar or rice and a salad. I think it was a deal, considering I have enough left over for lunch tomorrow.
The only downside is that there is very limited seating. The seating that is there is counters with stools and it was an uncomfortable height for me. But when the weather is nice you could take it over to the nearby plaza.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Turkish dinning in the Burgh!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2009

Since our vacation in Turkey, we have been longing for the taste of Turkish food here in Pittsburgh. Istanbul Grille is a wonderful place to satisfy this craving.

The food is fresh and full of flavor. A great treat!

We just discovered that they just open a mini dinner in the culture district - 643 Liberty Ave.-- for the lunch trade - Zero atmosphere, limited menu -- but great food.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“Real good food. Great Gyros (real) excellent humas. Nice people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

Real good food. Great Gyros (real) excellent humas. Nice people

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