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Lunch, Dinner
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 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

Date of visit: October 2018
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

Date of visit: August 2018
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

Date of visit: June 2018
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

Date of visit: April 2017
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.

Date of visit: March 2017
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)

Date of visit: March 2017
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

Date of visit: December 2016
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.

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank craighH1994DZ
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

Date of visit: July 2016
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

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank KStulga1
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