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265 Upper Street | Islington, London N1 2UQ, England
+44 20 7359 0405
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 10:30
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 11:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely cosy restaurant with a valid menu,,, great for tapas when sharing! Superb Buzbag white wine. Highly recommended! Will deffinately return!

Thank Lesley B
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The other reviews have beaten me. Friendly, great food, good value and wide variety. Good for vegetarians.

Thank John H
Coventry, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So impressed with the many vegetarian and vegan choices! This restaurant has food choices I've not seen in others. Great atmosphere and very attentive and polite staff. Such a great value for money. Nicely and uniquely decorated restaurant. Great set menu options with drink deals. Would definitely visit again!

Thank RobynBruce
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was here on Saturday night as I was in the area. I'd been before and remembered it as really good. I was a little disappointed as it didn't match my memories and the portions were smaller than I expected.

Thank Jenfert
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the third visit to Gem in just over a year for a small group reunion. The meal was unhurried and in great surroundings. The food was delicious and plentiful, and at very good prices. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Thank John S
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Three visits now and just perfect each time. Just go crazy with the hot & cold meze... you can't go wrong!

Thank Ruairí Ó
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice local & cosy place that serves authentic Kurdish food. One of the best options on Upper street and definitely the best Turkish/Kurdish option!

Thank Amit Z
London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

We had lunch with family and friends and had delicious meze with lovely bread and we followed with Pirzola ( tender small lamb chops) served with rice.The lamb was the best ever and perfectly cooked. The dessert just arrived! Baclava,honey pastry and ice cream. A perfect lunch served by cheerful helpful staff.

Thank Geraldine B
Ilford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Walked in for a lunchtime meal (midweek) for my sister's birthday. Three of us, shown to a suitable table and given ample time to peruse the menu. Our orders were taken and drinks arrived promptly. Our starters were also served promptly (and were all delicious - Lentil Soup, Dolmades and Hummus). Shortly after we finished our main courses were served.... More 

Thank Garry W
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

When if stuck for a place to eat in a relaxed atmosphere I head to gem, I recommend the mixed platter to share so much food and good value I have never left hungry, gem is definitely worth a visit.

Thank 185scott

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 24
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 10:30
12:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 265 Upper Street | Islington, London N1 2UQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7359 0405

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?