Istanbul Blue

4.5
282 reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
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!
What 282 People Are Saying
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ReyG
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was perfect! Hasan, the waiter, is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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DenisaB
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Definitely not worth the money. Don't get me wrong the food is not bad. But kebab anywhere else taste the same. I am not really sure why they charge twice as much if you do not get anything in return. My partner had kebab with rice. The rice was just thrown onto the plate like if some lunch lady was arrange it, no salad nothing extra that would justify the prices. I had Adana with tomato-yoghurt sauce, as well no presentation, just half of tomato and half of jalapeno, that's it.
Tables are tiny, you can barely fit dinner plates. Light way too strong in the restaurant, feels like school lunch.
I guess you pay for the table cloth. That is the only thing I could find different from any grill kabob.
Disappointing.

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MsParticular1
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I had lunch at Istanbul Blue on February 11. We were the only customers for an early lunch, so we were a bit concerned about the food. But, there was no need to worry. We started with an appetizer tray with a mix of different samples. It was excellent! In fact, I will order that for my meal next time. Then we both ordered a Doner entree that was very good. It was so plentiful that we brought half home. Don't hesitate to try this restaurant.

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BryanB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, great experience and excellent food! Service is beyond your expectations. I will return.

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vipCharityQ
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent. And there was enough for a second meal for everyone at the table. None of us were impressed with the service. The server left us upstairs by ourselves and seldom checked on us. Go for the food; not the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cozy setting, and good customer service. Will return with my family.

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vipJackieC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation on a Sunday evening during COVID-19. We were hesitant to eat inside, but we were the only people there. Plenty of carryout customers and one outside. Everyone was wearing masks and kept a good distance.

The food was fantastic! We loved it and hope to be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely phenomenal and the staff was kind, efficient, as well as genuinely nice. Best Turkish restaurant I’ve been to!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant was closed and dark when we arrived at the appointed time, in spite of having a confirmed OpenTable reservation. How disappointing!

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vipLynne
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Food ok. Martini was served on the rocks? I’m not sure the waitress understood English very well.

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Finickyeater
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We will certainly return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Made reservations for Valentines Day dinner. We were seated right around our reservation time. The waiting area is very small and quaint. My husband and I were seated upstairs. We sat for almost 20 minutes before my husband flagged down a server. That set the tone for the rest of the night....food was average/good but too bad the service wasn’t

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and delicious food. The restaurant owner, Ismet is also the cook. Absolutely a wonderful place - highly recommend it.

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WantedPide
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Girlfriend and I went for Valentine’s Day and we were excited to go! We made a reservation and were seated immediately but we waited about 30 minutes before somebody came to take our order so we were a bit frustrated. Both my gf and I were excited to try the Pide option on the menu but we were told that the chef refused to make it on that evening. Mind you, this is after waiting for 30 minutes and nobody gave us any prior warning. The waitress gave us 10 more minutes to select another option. The food we both got was mediocre. It’s a shame because the wait staff obviously tried really hard and they were understaffed. Overall though I will not be going back.

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RickG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Reservation not honored despite arriving 20m early and being told to come back. When getting back 2m before reservation time, they had given our table to someone else.

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Anita
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Install service and food was exceptional!

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vipKoblon
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a small tucked away restaurant with very friendly staff and tasty food. I really enjoyed the hummus and Branzino. The traditional music was a very nice touch. I think If they could dim the lights it would have a more romantic atmosphere for date night. Looking forward to dining there again soon.

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vipMaryAnnC
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and authentic. Great service.

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CateG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Very disappointed in the waiter and service. Party of 5 on a Tuesday night, it was not crowded. we ordered two appetizers and the waiter forgot to bring them out, yet they were on the bill and we asked him to remove them. Then we waited over 25 for the waiter to bring us back our paid bill, the hostess kept telling us they were having technical issues reloading the paper into the machine. Unacceptable to wait for a paid bill receipt to be signed

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vipmich
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food has definitely gone down in quality. My wife and I both had the shish kebab, which was acceptable, but not very interesting. The service was poor - we had to ask another waiter on three separate occasions to get the attention of our waiter.

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NeilH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I enjoyed the complimentary, hardy lentil soup with the meal. And the shisk kabob I ordered was cooked perfectly and seasoned well. My one ding on the meal was a hot pepper (jalapeno maybe) served with the seeds still inside, which made it pretty much uneatable without a fire hose. Overall, a pleasant dining experience at a small, authentic Turkish restaurant.

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LarryR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh food! The waitress was very personable and friendly.

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vipjerry
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very good as always thank you for a great and tasty meal

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AnneG
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Services was excellent and the food was delicious. The Adana kebab was particularly good. Noise level is low allowing normal conversation. Very nice ambience.

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LouiseB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Very friendly place. Food was great! They were accompanying with special requests too. Will go back.

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qwerty
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT food in a small neighborhood restaurant with table cloths and linen napkins.

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theblakes
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Don't know why we haven't been back more often since the food is very good and the service equally as good. I had the Lamb Kabab and the wife had the Donner Kabab - and both were very tasty and fixed just right. We also each received a complementary cup of Red Lentil soup - which was also tasty.

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vipBarry
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Istanbul Blue came through with a great meal, good service, at a reasonable price. We had the soup, shared the platter, iskender, kunefe and baklava. We also spent some wonderful time with Chef Ismet talking about family. We strongly recommend Istanbul Blue to others.

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Beefeater
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect blend of spices and freshly prepared meats and breads. I went to try something new and different and now I have a favorite new Mediterranean restaurant. I had not indulged Turkish cuisine before but have dined in Mediterranean for decades. Servers were friendly, food was freshly prepared, service was quick and a very friendly/positive energy.

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TriciaL
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a small, cozy restaurant. Very pleasant service.

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vipcindy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Gracious service and delicious food. A lovely dining experience.

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AngelikaP
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but a little bit pricey. Paid $150 for 2 adults a d 1 child

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wifeofcarnivore
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely small local restaurant. Good Turkish food, especially the Istanbul Blue platter for shared appetizers and the Lamb Shank main course. Our waitress, Emel, was great.

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vipmnoormo1
Dallas
246 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointing lunch experience. The table was split on the sandwiches. The Doner got a thumbs up but the Adana got a thumbs down. The table was also split on the Hummus. One person liked it but others felt there was too much of a hint of cumin. The baklava on the other hand was absolutely delicious with syrup dripping onto our hands. Service was very slow even though there were only 2 tables occupied for lunch.

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nazz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, incredible service and great atmosphere!

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TomK
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was exquisite.....service, very personable, warm, efficient.....and the food — SPECTACULAR! Mouth-watering hummus, falafel, and salmon. Plus marvelous Turkish music to put the frosting on this cake.... 😋 😊

I recommend Istanbul Blue to anyone looking for a wondrously memorable dining experience.....Ataturk would approve!

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Greg
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My wife had the lamb chops, and they were overcooked, very thin and lacked flavor. She left most of them on her plate.

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SRKN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner at Istanbul Blue. The appetizers were excellent and very filling. Chicken yogurt Entree has chicken which melts in the mouth. Their meats are delicious. Definitely will go back soon.

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Charmingfoodie
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food and excellent service. The space is a bit tight in my opinion with tables being very close to each other.

FAQs

Istanbul Blue does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Istanbul Blue also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 938-8948.

Istanbul Blue is rated 4.5 stars by 282 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.