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237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
+1 617-440-7387
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good50%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“kofte” (4 reviews)
“baklava” (4 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Halal
££ - £££
237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
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Reviewed 9 April 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

Thank campsand
Reviewed 23 March 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.

Thank Hewitty15
Reviewed 1 March 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)

Thank ZestnLeisure
Reviewed 19 December 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

Thank Pece_77
Reviewed 3 November 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.

Thank Craig H
Reviewed 20 August 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

Thank ek2gke
Reviewed 17 August 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

Thank KStulga1
Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

We ate tapas and salad and were so satisfied with the meal! The waitress was prompt and attentive - very lovely. We will return soon!

Thank Acbrow11
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Average Turkish with small but pricey dishes and a rather expensive list of mediocre wines. Nothing seriously wrong about it but the prices are too much for the quality and the quantity. We'd pass next time.

Thank catrionajallock
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Ate here because we finally found a parking space...and this was next to it for a late dinner. Friendly staff made recommendations. Everyone was very happy with their food, even my skeptical teenager. Eggplant dishes were especially good.

Thank hengelhardt1
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 237 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144-2402
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-440-7387
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