Istanbul Grill & Deli
Houston, TX 77005
- Middle Eastern
- Sun, Tue-Sat 11am-10pm
- All Major Credit Cards, cash
- Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
- Dinner, Lunch
- Recommended, Accepted
- Lot Available
Houston Press' Description
Istanbul Grill is an outpost of Turkey nestled between monuments of yuppiedom in the Rice Village. Inside the tiny six-table restaurant, the TV glows with scenes from a Turkish broadcast, while outside young Turks happily demolish platters of food or sit quietly sipping Turkish coffee. Swooning is a natural reaction to imam bayildi, a luscious dish of roasted and stuffed eggplant. A favorite entrée is iskender kebab, alternating layers of lamb and beef on a skewer, but the Istanbul Grill allows you to sample a wide variety of good kebabs.
Tips from foursquare
2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best Service: For a real taste of authenticity be sure to order Turkish beer or coffee to accompany your meal.
They do not like splitting up the bill. We had a party of 6 and they said they did not have enough time to split it because it was lunch time and they were busy. I think it was just total laziness.
Get the doner kabob with the spicy sauce!
overall good food
The Donner sandwich with a side of hummus is the best
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Reviews and News
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We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights... More on Istanbul Grill & Deli »
I've passed by Istanbul Grill & Deli often during dinner hour but never stopped as the parking situation always made me a bit... More on Istanbul Grill & Deli »
Best Of Awards
For more than 12 years, the friendly folks at Istanbul have been serving Turkish food with a smile and a helpful... More on Best Service »
We should be up front and say that there are plenty of other reasons to visit Istanbul Grill... More on Best-Looking Restaurant Staff »
And on the eighth day, God created Istanbul Grill's stuffed mushrooms. Yes, they really are that good.... More on Best Stuffed Mushrooms »