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“Quite nice”

Istanbul Turkish Kitchen
Ranked #31 of 286 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 5 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Turkish
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Description: Istanbul Turkish Kitchen offers Ithaca's only authentic, delicious Turkish cuisine. Our unique menu boasts mouth-watering, exotic meat & vegetarian selections prepared for you fresh, in-house, everyday. We invite you to join us for your next meal, as we hope to transport you to the tastes, smells and sights of Istanbul for a one-of-a-kind dining experience
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

In Ithaca for the day, and stopped by for a late lunch. The restaurant was clean, pleasantly decorated, and playing Turkish music. Ordered the Cay and it arrived in less than a minute in a tulip glass on a brass charger, with a little bowl of sugar. Delivered by a very nice young lady who taught me how to pronounce it properly. A bowl of complimentary yogurt soup was then brought (light and refreshing). My entree, chicken sis kebap was very quick to follow, was very nicely plated, and quite tasty. Cooked well, and still very moist. Accompanied by a parsley, tomato, and onion salad as well as bulghur wheat (which is tastier than it sounds!). For dessert, homemade pistachio baklava which was nice and crisp, not too sweet, not soggy at all. And to finish, kahve! I have wanted to try Turkish coffee for years, and had to get it. Served in a magnificent little brass cup - sort of like a miniature Russian podstakanniki. Very thick, very rich. Think a very thick shot of espresso. All very quickly served and very hot and fresh. Service was delightful, and I thought the prices were quite reasonable for a three course lunch in a pleasant sit-down restaurant. I will be back!!

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was our 4th time at Istanbul & we noticed that the menu is pared down from what it was. Not to worry, however, because this often means things are fresher & better. This is exactly what it was, even our Turkish friends were highly impressed. The mezze course was amazing, such variety & all 6 of us greatly enjoyed it. We each had different dishes for our entrees & shared - all were superb. Clearly this restaurant is a delicious part of the Finger Lakes dining scene.

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We've had several good meals at Istanbul, so we decided to go there for our anniversary dinner. We should have been tipped off by the fact that the restaurant was empty, and remained so throughout our meal. The menu has been reduced from what's on their website, and many items weren't available. For example, they only had 2 of the 5 desserts on the menu and none of the eggplant appetizers. The waitress kept apologizing for what they didn't have. We ordered soup, two other appetizers and a fish entree. Although we were the only diners, the soup took more than 10 minutes to arrive. The fish was good, but $24 for two small fillets and some lettuce and tomatoes seemed excessive. Also, we noticed that they do not have salt & pepper available, and some of their dishes are rather bland. And although they're waiting for a liquor license, they no longer allow diners to bring and drink their own alcoholic beverages.
We were still hungry and went out for ice cream after the meal.
I hope this was just a bad night, rather than a trend.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

The food here is great. Lacks curb appeal but the inside is nice, friendly service and delicious food. Have been here several times. Get a small cup of Turkish coffee after.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We were a party of six. As we attempted to order we were informed that several things on the menu were not available. Then our food was delivered--for two of the four of us. One more meal came about 10 minutes later. The other two meals were completely forgotten. The food was okay but the service is totally unacceptable. Maybe for Two or less. Not for me though.

Thank Linda T
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