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Kitchen Istanbul

349 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118-2315
+1 415-753-9479
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“beyti” (5 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
349 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118-2315
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1 - 10 of 79 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, the food is well prepared and flavorful. The presentation is a little more upscale than previous experiences of Turkish cuisine, with prices to match, but this place is definitely worth seeking out. Make sure to order the roasted cauliflower.

Thank PiewackitBlue
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed both our mezes and mains at Kitchen Istanbul. We'd been to the location a few years back under a different name and ownership structure, and we're glad to rediscover it. A friend recommended we try as many of the Mezes as we...More

Thank S C
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Love this restaurant! the food was amazing, the ambiance was perfect, even with two tired little children, my husband and I enjoyed family style dinning table with four other people, whom we didn't know. The service was absolutely fabulous, very attentive manager/owner and the server...More

Thank Archana O
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Dining at "Kitchen Istanbul" made me curious to find out a little bit about Turkey and its cuisine. I did not realize that the city of Istanbul, Turkey is located partly in Europe and partly in Asia. I was not familiar with many things on...More

Thank Rose Ada M
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Very nice corner restaurant in San Fran, in particular we enjoyed the roasted cauliflower with Turkish pepper, but all the food was excellent Mediterranean style.

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Dinner for two vegans included the yummy hummus and red pepper spreads, cauliflower, roasted brussel sprouts and falafel with cucumber and onion condiments. All tasty and filling. Falafel a little dry but remedied by adding more hummus to the mix. Atmosphere light and airy at...More

Thank amb333
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We cannot say enough about Kitchen Istanbul. The owners and staff are warm and welcoming, making us feel like family. The zucchini fritters and roasted cauliflower were our choices from the Meze section of the menu. Our entrees were tasty and varied: moussaka, chicken kebabs,...More

Thank Dlswoboda
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We enjoyed our dinner at Kitchen Istanbul when visiting San Francisco recently. The decor is simple and casual, the food is very good and the service is friendly. We had a range of meat and vegetarian dishes and they were all delicious.

Thank BlakeNyc
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Went to Kitchen Istanbul on a recommendation and they did not disappoint. It wasn't particularly crowded, the staff were non-intrusive and extremely warm. My husband had the lamb kebabs plated on top of a deliciously warm chickpea salad and the meat was perfectly cooked. We...More

Thank shamz30
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Visited Kitchen Istanbul for the 2nd time with a business associate and was not disappointed. Ordered the Chicken Kebab Lunch Plate which came with a delicious skewer of chicken/vegetables over rice, salad and tasty dipping sauce. We shared a side of the warm chickpea salad...More

Thank twins1_11
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 349 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118-2315
    (5th Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Richmond
  • Neighbourhood: The Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 415-753-9479
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Where the exotic centuries-old recipes meet with local ingredients to transform into unforgettable flavors that will make you come back for more. Owner and executive chef Emrah Kilicoglu pays close attention to what goes in the kitchen as well as on the restaurant floor. He personally visits each table to make sure that the customers get the ultimate Turkish dining experience where the customer is treated as a guest in his house. Mr. Kilicoglu is not new to the San Francisco gastronomic scene: since March, 2012 he was the co-owner of Troya Clement and contributed to it becoming a staple among Turkish restaurants in the Bay Area. He carefully crafted Kitchen Istanbul's menu to incorporate lots of traditional mezes (Turkish style appetizers), each with a distinct kick to represent a specific region in the Mediterranean area. Just a look at the main dishes will make your mouth water, no matter if you are a meat lover or a veggie lover. The desert menu has a life on its own spanning a wide variety from Turkish classics including Kunefe to French counterparts including Pot de Creme, both recipes dating back to 1700s. Kitchen Istanbul has a welcoming, cozy atmosphere where you can leisurely enjoy your wine while sampling delectable food that is guaranteed to be prepared with the care and love prescribed by the long history of the recipes.
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