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“Wonderful Turkish food”
Review of Istanbul Sofra

Istanbul Sofra
Ranked #7 of 2,391 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 10 - USD 30
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Istanbul Sofra has a casual, fresh environment with paprika and cerulean walls, colorful menus and sparkly hanging Turkish mosaic light fixtures. Outdoor seating on busy Braddock Avenue also is available, weather permitting.
Reviewed 5 January 2018

My son and I ate there on New Year's Eve. We did not have a reservation but were seated right away. The restaurant had purchased lots of New Year's hats, horns, and noisemakers, which some of the kids were using. The restaurant was quite full. We ordered two appetizers. The first called Cigarette Borek was a "cigarette" of fried phyllo dough with dill flavored melted feta cheese. The dough was fried golden brown and not the least bit greasy. The cigarettes were loaded with cheese. I personally don't like a lot of feta cheese or dill but if you enjoy these flavors, this is the appetizer for you. Our second appetizer was hummus. The hummus was house made and likely the best I've ever had. It was delicately seasoned with cumin and lemon juice, drizzled with olive oil, and garnished with paprika and an olive. It was delicious. It was served with factory made Pita bread that was warmed up on a grill. It would have been heavenly with house made Pita. I had the Shish kabob. The lamb was cooked perfectly. The seasoning was very tasty. It was a big helping on a bed of rice. There was some pickled red cabbage was tart but not too tart. Also on the plate was a part of a grilled pepper which still had the seeds in it. There was a wedge of grilled tomato as well. It was all quite good. My son had the lamb chops. These were cooked medium rare and quite tender. They were not heavily seasoned like the Shish kabob, letting the flavor the chop come through. Initially, we were served the wrong order, however the staff corrected the mistake with no questions asked. We were not asked but had to ask ourselves for more water and bread. For dessert, we had Baklava which was was more than enough for both of us. The restaurant has some lovely Turkish decorations and pictures. It is a BYOB restaurant. The price for two with appetizers, dinner, and one dessert was $63.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

The warm (grilled?) soft pita bread and cold appetizer spreads/dips sampler is an excellent way to start a meal, or with multiple orders can even make a meal. The baba ghanoush in particular was spectacular. Our mains including falafel were only OK. And then we had the balkava! Wow! It was as good as we have had in Turkey and will definitely result in further visits.

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

I have had several occasions to eat here now, including take out. The consistency in their excellent cooking and great service is really great. Even when there is an issue, they will make it right.

Excellent place, deserving their top rating.

Thank IoannisPapandreou
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Hilton P, Owner at Istanbul Sofra, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Dear Ionians,
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. Its customers like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again.
Regards,

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I visited with a group of 23; service was excellent despite our numbers. Wonderful warm pita bread. Meats are mainly chicken and lamb cooked in various styles, I had the tomato salad, spicy but not too much, and can't remember the chicken dish. Too much food to finish so I brought my leftovers home and enjoyed them again. So inexpensive. I will definitely return.

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Thank Maburl S
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Hilton P, Owner at Istanbul Sofra, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Dear valued Guest
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note.Istanbul Sofra values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. Its customers like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to serving you again.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Had an nice but not memorable meal. Prices were okay. The atmosphere is very casual and crowded conditions.

Thank DavidMitchell97
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Hilton P, Manager at Istanbul Sofra, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Dear David
We want to extend our sincerest apologies concerning all the experience that you have faced. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality standards for our customers. So, we hope you will give us and opportunity to discuss this further with you.You can reach out to us on 412-727-6693 or you can email us on info@istanbulsofra.com. Adnan our GM will be taking care of you personally, his He should be reaching out to you shortly and we hope to find a solution than makes you smile.

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