Istanbul Blue

4.2
232 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
At Istanbul Blue Restaurant, you will instantly feel as though you walked into the city of Istanbul. We offer a variety of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes, all served within a comfortable, warm setting. The restaurant provides generous portions, while maintaining modest prices. Our specialty is authentic Turkish cuisine. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients and is hand made with care. When you are looking for something different yet delicious come visit Istanbul Blue Restaurant!

Special Offers

Free Lentil Soup and Turkish Bread

Order an entree and earn free Lentil Soup and Turkish Bread

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 5 February 2019

Ends: 6 February 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 16:00-18:00

What 232 People Are Saying
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MJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Istanbul Blue has a variety of food with some gluten-free options. Everything we ordered was good and served in quantity, except the stuffed grape leaves were a little disappointing. The menu said they would contain pine nuts and raisins but it was only rice.

The restaurant is very small and has only one bathroom which could be an issue depending on how long you want to spend there. Next door is an excellent cupcake bakery if you're looking for dessert.

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m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about it. Food, service, and ability to talk and be heard. We will definitely be back.

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N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal. The staff was lovely. I had my favorite- Iskendar Kabob and it was delicious.

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BG
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had everything, from appetizers to dessert. It was fabulous! Their food is so good. I've never had anything I didn't like. We started with the Istanbul Blue Platter, we cleaned the plate! Then we had the complimentary lentil soup which is a perfect blend of spices and great with the fresh bread. For entrees, we had Doner Pide, Hunkar Begendi, Kofte Kebob, and Lamb Shish Yogurt. Then we finished up with Kazandibi and Kunefe with Turkish Coffee for dessert. The service is fantastic and the ambiance is warm and welcoming. I can't wait to go back again!

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LU
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This well established Turkish restaurant does a great job with familiar dishes. The unfamiliar and specials were excellent (Pistachio chicken and Hunkar Begendi). Our server was very professional.

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GL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy ambiance, outstanding hospitality, and flavorful dishes. Quite a gem in the Town of Vienna. Order the kunefe for dessert!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My lamb dinner was good - tender and authentically flavorful. I chose a vegetable kabob to replace the rice, and expected more veggies, but what I received was tasty. My husband's donner-something was kind of dry. The Turkish wine we chose tasted sour (not citrus) and blah in comparison to the reds we normally drink, and we didn’t feel it was worth the $45. My husband had also ordered a cocktail before dinner, which the waitress seemed to forget. Eventually, when we'd almost finished our appetizers, she asked us “when” he wanted it. Too late! He told her to skip it, so that was disappointing. Our waitress and the chef were both friendly and pleasant, and we were able to sit for a long while after dinner and dessert without feeling rushed so that we could continue to enjoy our conversation. We had the Turkish coffee which is thick and good, and no, it did not keep us awake that night. I recommend trying the restaurant for something different. I’m going back soon with a friend for the lamb.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef you are great man. That kebob was the best ever. The waiter told me try and no regret. The staff know what they are doing and recommending very well. We just got there for an everyday dining. İstanbul Blue restaurant staff know what they are doing.

The staff was great, place was cozy, and the food was delicious. I will bring my family. Here is both for family and reunion.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was not as expectation and It was pretty expensive.

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DK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was ok but nothing spectacular. Some food was very hot and seemed cooked to order, but other items were lukewarm and seemed reheated.

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CL
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very good food. Unfortunately, our entree was served within 2 minutes of our appetizer. This made the dining experience at this restaurant rushed and not as pleasant as it might have been.

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DS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely slow, albeit the restaurant was not busy as we dined quite early. The server completely forgot about the soup I ordered and brought the wrong dessert for someone in our party. It took over two hours to have dinner and there were long waiting times for everything: taking the order, bread, appetizers, main meal, check, etc... In addition, a random server interrupted our meal to read a “mother’s day poem” and then proceeded to ramble incoherently about how the restaurant is a “mother” to many for the next five minutes. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they were out of lahmacun, which is one of our favorites.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Great food...but took an hour to get food...not prepared for Mother’s Day

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GM
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This an old fashioned white table cloth restaurant is good for long dinners conversations. The food is very good with a full menu of Turkish dishes. Turkish cuisine is a variety of Mediterranean food but with just enough difference to make it interesting. The staff is very friendly.

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c
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Stopped in for dinner last week since we were in the area. Lots of really interesting options on the menu. We decided on 3 appetizers for our meal; the baba ganoush, cigara boregi and the sucuklu pide. All three were excellent. The server, on the other hand wasn't so good. She was friendly, but not attentive. Never came over to check on us until we were all done. Prices are not bad. Might stop by again, but not sure.

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b
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This meal was a disaster from the very beginning. The restaurant is small and is decorated with various Turkish style lighting and photos on the wall. Tables have linen tablecloths covered by paper tablecloths!
They offer cocktails - martini, Manhattan, Old Fashioned and a few other traditional cocktails. BUT they are made with whatever brand they carry there. (And it took awhile for a server to finally ask if we wanted a drink.) No choices on liquor brand or any upscale brands. So why bother??? Who really orders a "generic" martini? Might as well just offer beer and wine and be done with it!
1. Bread was "finally" served but with no butter or olive oil.
2. Appetizer platter was ok and a standard mix of traditional Turkish dishes - hummus, feta cheese, grape leaves, etc. But when it was served the waitress said our entrees were READY and would we like to wait until AFTER our appetizer before serving them!! Of course we said yes, but that meant the entrees SAT there for the entire time either getting cold or under a heat lamp.
3. The donor kebab is made of a mix of beef and lamb. Just HOW does that work? Is it a mix of both on a vertical spit or what? To my taste donor kebab is LAMB, pure and simple. (And we never DID see the vertical roasting spit if there is one.
4. So when the Iskander kebab arrived it was overdone, dry, and pretty tasteless with very little sauce under it. Neither my friend or I ate more than half of it.
This was the worst restaurant experience I have had in years. Someone had highly recommended it from a few months ago but I understand that there is a new owner now and that seems to have made a huge difference. A Turkish friend who had eaten there some time ago and enjoyed it and then more recently said that "yes, this not a good place at all now!
Too bad because it was a wonderful and very consistent Turkish restaurant with a great serving staff for many, many years before it closed and then was opened as Instanbul Blue.

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BM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Istanbul Blue is our favorite Turkish restaurant in the United States. We have family events there and take large groups of guests who want to learn more about Turkey, Turkish food, and Turkish hospitality. It is always a great experience.

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SO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Authentic and not cookie cutter. Relaxed atmosphere and great food.

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SO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant and plan to return soon! It’s authentic, delicious food and has excellent service. A gem!

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OT
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food except for the baklava
BaklAva was dry and tasted old and not fresh
Was extremely disappointed with thAt especially since

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have always enjoyed Istanbul blue and I go there all the time. But this time I was not too satisfied with the service. They didn’t serve the complimentary soup which they always did before. And the food served was a little cold.

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h
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful little gem!

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MD
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! Waiter was a little rude. He could be more friendly for a party of 8.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious

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j
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time my husband and I chose that restaurant. The food was excellent and I will certainly comeback for special occasions.

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AM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good and we intend to go back very soon.

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OT
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was very good here but the service was lacking. The waiter forgot my wine, and never came back after serving our entrees. I had to flag him down for a water refill because he never checked in with us, and he never brought that.

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T
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love Turkey and its cuisine, and often visit Turkish restaurants in the area, though usually closer in to the city. It was a surprise to find one further out, and that was of this quality. Excellent food, Turkish tea, service, and a quiet atmosphere. I’ll certainly be back.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Very pleased.

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DG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun night with friends food was hearty and we enjoyed wine and cocktails. They kindly adjusted our reservation time too!

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BD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Istanbul is reliably very good in terms of range of choices, quality of the food, and service. Somewhat hidden in a suburban shopping center, it is easy to overlook, but that would be a mistake. If you are a fan of authentic Turkish cuisine, this is a restaurant you shouldn't miss!

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A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The best restaurant experience ever. Chef "Bob" was SUPERB. Would recommend to anyone.

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SN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely little spot. Excellent food , and nice service. It was very cold and I was seated by the door for some reason even though the restaurant was pretty empty. I asked to change tables and they did right away. Free cup of homemade soup warmed me right up. Delicious kabobs! I will go there again for sure .

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B
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent! The waiter helped us pick authentic appetizers and main courses as this was our first time eating Turkish food. The desserts were also very good! Will definitely come here again!

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HP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by humble servers and very good food with reasonable prices.

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HP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and tessty food , courteous and humble waiters and staff to provide good service. Food is great and tasty. Ambiance is very comfortable. Overall great place to dine.

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DG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful entrees, fast efficient service, great decor salads, kebobs, soup all great choices. Need another occasion to sample more of the menu!

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PG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Not special or good enough to make it worth your while to search it out.

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d
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Been here dozens of times. First fair experience after many excellent ones.

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