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“Turkish eclectic”
Review of Istanbul Grill

Istanbul Grill
Ranked #6 of 58 Restaurants in Fairfield
Cuisines: Turkish
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Fremont, California
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219 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Turkish eclectic”
Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

There is much more than Turkish here. Nevertheless we came for Turkish food, so we ordered it. We begin with baba ghanoush which was quite excellent. Chicken kabob came with lentil soup. It all tasted as good as we expected it to be. My wife finished up with a little cup of Turkish coffee and found out that you don't put cream in Turkish coffee but you can't put too much sugar either.
The waitress was the owner and her husband was the chef. Turns out this is not usual for Turkish restaurants, that is, a male cook.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Mt Pleasant IA
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Authentic Turkish Food”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

The restaurant itself is small and downscale, but the food is delish! True Turkish delights like hummus, eggplant, and lamb were all very tasty. The owners (who are the cook and waitress) are friendly and get to know all their customers. We'll definitely go back!

Visited May 2013
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Fairfield, Iowa, USA
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Felafels are awesome”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Felafel salad is so good!!! Stromboli - Wow!
Owner is very warmhearted and efficient. Big groups are welcome.
Love to eat there often.

Visited February 2013
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North Liberty, IA
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88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Absolutely Delicious!!!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Everything we ordered was so tasty. We started with baba ganoush with pita bread for dipping. yummy. We chose the lentil soup instead of a salad; excellent choice. I used to dislike lentils, but this soup was wonderful and spiced just right. I ordered the chicken kebab which came with hummus and rice. Very tasty. The chicken was juicy and grilled just right. My husband ordered the lamb guvech, which was very tasty as well. We were stuffed after all the goodness, but split an order of baklava anyway. It was just the right amount, as it was very sweet. I marveled at all the layers of pastry. :-)
A Valentine's dinner a couple of days late, but so well worth the wait and the 45 minute drive to get there. (and 45 to get back) .
The owners are SO nice and attentive.
What a great little find! So glad I used tripadvisor and thankful for the other good reviews that influenced our decision to go there.
I rated the atmosphere and romance high because I was there with the man I love. It is a casual mix of booths and tables with checkered tablecloths--didn't see any candles, if those are important to you.

  • Visited February 2013
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Fairfield, Iowa
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Senior rates available.”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Actually if you order the authentic Turkish platter this is very good. Fairly fresh ingredients and not too crowded. Always a nice friendly crowd in Fairfield.

Visited November 2012
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