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Istanbul Sofra

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience


Small Mixed Appetizer Platter
5 combinations of cold appetizers. Chef's choice. or Pick and choose
Large Mixed Appetizer Platter
7 combinations of cold appetizers. Chef's choice. or Pick and choose
Mashed chickpeas, mixed with fresh lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil and tahini.
Mixed Appetizers
Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, currants, parsley and spices.
Spicy Ezme Salad
Spicy mixture‏ of finely chopped tomatoes, onions, parsley, red and green bell peppers and Turkish spices.
Thick homemade yogurt with chopped walnuts, garlic,  and dried mint.
Eggplant Spread
Char-broiled eggplant mixed with sauteed chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers and parsley, with a touch of olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Baba Ghanoush
Puree of eggplant, flavored with tahini, olive oil, fresh dill, yogurt  and garlic.
Made with navy beans, tomatoes, onions, red bell pepper, parsley and Turkish spices.
Lentil Soup ( Mercimek Corbasi)
Made with red lentils, tomatoes, onions and other vegetables.
Soup Of the Day
Cigarette Borek
Phyllo dough stuffed with feta cheese and dill and pan fried until golden brown.
Ground chick peas, chopped fresh vegetables, and flour formed into a pattie and fried until golden brown.
Fried Zucchini ( Mucver)
Deep fried patties of grated zucchini with dry mint, Turkish spices, eggs and flour
Mix Hot Appetizers
mixture of Cigarette  borek, falafel, Fried Zucchini, Spinach Borek
Istanbul Sofra has a casual, fresh environment with paprika and cerulean walls, colorful menus and sparkly hanging Turkish mosaic light fixtures. Outdoor seating on busy Braddock Avenue also is available, weather permitting.
US$10 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hummus and pita bread were divine. The grilled lamb was tender and packed full of flavor. The speciality was lamb stuffed eggplant and it was tasty. The chicken was so so. Dessert was fair but we’ve never ate Turkish so that may be the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank foodisourlife
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

There were 6 of us for dinner. All of us loved our food. I highly recommend getting cold sampler and hot sampler platters. Great way to try the cuisine. Waitress was very helpful explaining the dishes to us. Owner came to table several times to...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Tilliesdaughter24
Hilton P, Manager at Istanbul Sofra, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Dear Valued Guest, Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are glad that you and your party loved our services, our dedicated staff will be pleased to learn of your high praise. They work very diligently and it will provide them with great...More

Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Although I've never had a meal here, I have had the Baklava numerous times. It's truly the best Baklava I've ever had...even comparing it to "authentic" Baklava I've had over in Europe. It's not dense and not overly sweet, absolutely delicious!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank aliciaa159
Reviewed 13 November 2018

I lived in Istanbul for 6 months and was very excited to see an authentic Turkish restaurant in Pittsburgh which represents the former Ottoman capital. The food was delicious and the service very gracious. The menu was limited but very solid. The tea was particularly...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jdanielstec
Reviewed 8 November 2018

While some might find the size and the relative lack of ostentation off-putting, we found Istanbul Sofra to be charming, unpretentious and well-worth the drive. Our server was a young Turkish woman who was taking her Master's at Carnegie Mellon, and at least half the...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 6 November 2018

I really enjoyed the food here. I went in the evening close to the finishing time but was served nevertheless. I ordered chicken kebab with rice and I must say the kebab tasted amazing. I also ordered falafel as starter which was standard good taste.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Zain I
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Delicious food with friendly staff and clean restaurant. Always order Turkish coffee, and their dishes are all great.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Q8608WRryang
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

En route to Fallingwater in Mill Run we stopped for lunch in Pittsburgh’s highly-rated Turkish restaurant for lunch. We were delighted with the friendly service, charming authentic decor and delicious well-prepared food. The falafel got raves as did the lentil soup and stuffed eggplant dish....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank mindy1435
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

The food was really nice and delicious, the service was really good as well ,the waitress are very clean and very friendly. Thanks . Highly recommended

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank hollylandabyssinia
Reviewed 19 October 2018

I posted a strongly positive review of Istanbul Sofra a few years ago, and have very much enjoyed all my visits since then. My wife and I visited last night, and I just want to confirm that the food is still excellent and the visual...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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No I’m sorry we do not have a simit . On center avenue Sultan Bey market have simit.
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Yes we are. We have plenty room
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Parking is usually easier on East End or any street parallel to South Braddock, it's a very quick walk (3 minutes maybe depending on how far down you have to park). There may be spots on Forbes, but limited, parking on South... More
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