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PRICE RANGE
$7 - $22
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Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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University Place
1.6 miles from Houston Museum District
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an early dinner. The food was excellent; The service was a bit slow. Highly recommended for Turkish cuisine lovers.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 28, 2020

Extremely rude and unprofessional staff starting from the waiter who escorted us inside to the one who took our order and served us.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 17, 2020

I was married to a woman whose family came from the same region in Turkey as did the owner...I find the food at Istanbul Grill to be authentic and very much what I am used to eating with my in-laws. I find it to be...tasty, just right with the spices, well prepared and served in a timely manner. Even during the COVID crisis, Istanbul Grill is a great place to go, they have utilized their outside seating to allow diners to eat on site. The staff is very attentive and remembers me on each visit. My favorite place to eat in Houston!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 15, 2020

This was my second visit and I really enjoyed the shish tavuk. I wish they would bring back their manti (tiny dumplings in yogurt sauce).

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

I really love Turkish food. Shady this place is awful. The plastic table cloths and truly terrible lighting. The food is tasteful and not very good quality. Staff are pleasant enough. I will never go back.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

We enjoyed dinner here on a recent visit to the area. We had a really nice experience: pleasant and attentive service, good food, nice Turkish wine. Pleasant conversation. The dolmas were very good to start, as was the lentil soup. We had the mixed grill...and the lamb kebab. Both were prepared nicely and were tender and flavorful. Enjoyed the rice with chickpea and the salad that accompanied it. It was very fresh and colorful. It was a perfect mix of casual setting, good food, and relaxed atmosphere. Our server couldn’t have been more kind or pleasant. It was a very nice find. We’ll return on our next visit.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

The service was great, and I enjoyed their flat bread and hummus, but the dolmas had too much cinnamon for my liking and the stuffed mushrooms just were not very good. They were a bit under cooked and had large pieces of a fresh herb...that was bitter. Everyone else in the party had gyros. If you are a meat eater, then it might be great, I don't know, but as a vegetarian, I would not go back.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

Great experience! Lunch on a Saturday! Our server was very welcoming and helpful. Everything we ordered was perfect. You have to try the Turkish coffee, Iskender Kebab and any of their baklavas. We will be back.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 13, 2020 via mobile

In Rice Village on the Morningside restaurant row. Casual setting with good indoor and outdoor seating. All the classic Turkish dishes very well made, some with a unique twist. My vegetarian lahmacun platter arrived with two Turkish flat beards rolled up with an eggplant mix...inside. The flat beards were very thin and pleasingly crisp on the exterior. Salad also included as a side. Yummy! Traditional Turkish tea available in the small tulip glasses. Service excellent although many servers not Turkish. Very good value for money.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

The place is small, deservedly popular, and has limited parking, so be forewarned. Probably better to try the lot across the street. But the food is worth the inconvenience. An excellent selection of Turkish dishes, all well prepared. Friendly service.

Date of visit: October 2019
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