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“great food, great location, a slight bit shabby” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Istanbul Restaurant

Istanbul Restaurant
Ranked #112 of 980 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Istanbul Turkish Restaurant is located in San Juan, PUERTO RICO. We offer a large variety of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine! We take reservations and we do take out! Lunch specials every weekday, except hollydays.
Niagara Falls, New York
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“great food, great location, a slight bit shabby”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

the food was wonderful. really great. but we sat near the back of the place, and it looked like they could use a hand picking up the place. just some basic attention to detail and design. i got the feeling that basic things got away from them as they worked on the food...which, again, was really good!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank mrbuilding
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  • Danish first
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English first
New York
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175 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“My favorite meal in SJ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Perfect for my vegetarian companion. Greek salad, cucumber yogurt dip, and veggie casserole (actually a stew). All delicious and the homemade hot sauce was a spicy and flavorful bonus. Not the cheapest but nothing in San Juan is. Prices reasonable and owner/waiter very gracious and hospitable in a very home-y environment (read: not fancy). Tasted like the food I ate while in Turkey. Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank misscrusty
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Tasty Turkish food, well priced, fantastic service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Istanbul is located just a block away from where the cruise ships dock and is a total hole in the wall gem. It doesn't look like much from the outside but the food's fantastic and service was outstanding. Local shop owners recommended the spot to us, and we later saw them dining there!

Lots of vegetarian/vegan options, and a great break from the heavier food I'd had on the rest of vacation. My parents and I all had the vegetarian casserole, which is more of a stew than a casserole, and it was absolutely delectable. Our sangria was solid but nothing to write home about,

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank roxylass
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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Tasty Turkish fare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

It’s your best bet on Recinto Sur! A cozy, family-run restaurant that has a reasonably-priced, good selection of Middle-Eastern food. We went for dinner and had the Turkish casseroles, which were attractively served and yummy, but not as spicy as expected. The servings are generous: each casserole selection comes with rice and a nicely dressed salad. We washed this down with a generous ½ pitcher of sangria which was fortunately not spiked with hard liquor. It was refreshing with just the right hint of cinnamon. One drawback: the restaurant was half-empty, yet we had to wait quite a while before our order was taken.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Ana K
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111 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Not worth it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We were in old San Juan and wanted to get something quick to eat as a late lunch, ordered the gyro sandwich. It was one of the worst sandwiches we ever had, it took them 15 minutes to prepare the gyro, nothing but wasted our time and money. A better option would have been any fast food restaurant.

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Thank tasyed786
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