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237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
+1 617-440-7387
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“kebab” (4 reviews)
“lamb dish” (2 reviews)
“sigara borek” (2 reviews)
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal
$$ - $$$
237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Try their specialties such as eggplant, poached eggs with yogurt. Don't get the assorted breakfast. It was disappointing with some salty cheese and some feta, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, sweet canteloupe, and very good scrambled eggs. Not sure whether this is Turkish or a regular breakfast....More

Thank elaine3Southport
Reviewed August 23, 2018

I used to live in Somerville and would come here with my boyfriend frequently. We went back on a recent visit and it's as good as ever. The food is always delicious, no matter what we order. The wine is excellent and the service is...More

Thank Laura E
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Nice place, prices are fair, good food, good location. We just came back from Turkey and wanted to try Food Turkey here in Boston. We are glad we came here, food was very tasty and the waiters were very friendly

Thank rubianoluis
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Ate a very substantial meal with our two teenage boys here last night. Shared everything around the table--between 3 omnivores and 1 vegetarian, this was a great approach. The food was excellent--particularly enjoyed the sigara borek and ispanak borani (hot tapas). Staff was really attentive...More

1  Thank campsand
Reviewed March 23, 2017

Istanbul'lu was a very pleasant surprise. We were six in total and sampled everyone's. The lamb dishes were formidable. Couscous, kebabs all scrumptious. Waitstaff quite congenial. Reservations are a good idea, the place is small and (rightly!) popular.

Thank Hewitty15
Reviewed March 1, 2017

We went to Istanbul'lu in Somerville for lunch this past weekend. We had Menemen, Izmir Kofte, Adana Kebab & Lamb Kebab for entree and baklava & Turkish rice pudding for dessert. Read my restaurant review on my blog Zest and Leisure (zestandleisuredotblogspotdotcom)

1  Thank ZestnLeisure
Reviewed December 19, 2016

I was here with friends and we found that the food is really good. The staff is quite friendly, and the prices are reasonable. I suggest a visit here to avoid eating the "usual" US food ! My suggestion? Exaggerate with tapas and skip main...More

Thank Pece_77
Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Came here on a whim for a friend's birthday. Actually, became one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The lamb is magnificent. A wonderful dining experience. Great family staff.

Thank Craig H
Reviewed August 20, 2016

For the quality of food you are getting, this place is way too overpriced. I ordered the iskender kofte and it was very dry with a poor yogurt tomato sauce. The sigara borek did not have good cheese in it, which is the most important...More

Thank ek2gke
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Did a pop in on a Sunday evening without reservations was immediately seated despite the restaurant being quite small and everyone that showed up after us obviously had reservations. The wait staff was helpful and pleasant adapting quickly to a change in our appetizer requested...More

Thank KStulga1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-440-7387
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