Istanbul Kebab House

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346 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish

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Pre/post Theatre
Welcome to Istanbul Kebab House!

We are family owned and operated since 2012.

The name of our restaurant, Istanbul Kebab House, magnificently represents this melting pot and the food we are serving. What is unique and excellent about our restaurant is that we are able to offer up the freshest of produce and meats, on which Turkish food is predominantly based, from the many local Vermont farms. We are dedicated to buying local ingredients whenever possible. This not only enhances the culinary experience at our restaurant but it also supports the local economy in a very special way. We like to think of our concept as Turkish food with a Vermont Twist.
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BobM
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had eggplant stuffed with lamb and it was delicious. Will definitely return.

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Irina
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome service and tasty food! The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is family friendly and relaxed. Thank you.

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Carrie
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My mouth is watering just thinking of the meal we had. Kebabs, with Kunefe for dessert. The waitstaff is so friendly -- they seem happy to be there, and so was I!

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Skier
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Our food was delicious. However, we had a reservation, and were first seated upstairs, as the downstairs was full. We were the only people upstairs, and after a good 5 minutes of no attention, my husband went downstairs to check. We were then able to be seated downstairs. We waited again, ordered wine and dinner, and waited again. The wine came with our dinner, not what we were expecting (we enjoy sipping our wine while we wait for our order). The server seemed to recognize the error when our food was served, and stated he thought we would have wanted our wine with our food. Not sure how soon we will go again.

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RyanS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in Burlington!

The staff helped me pull off a great Valentine’s Day dinner.

Thank you!

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MadihaT
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. It never disappoints!

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SteveM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our third time at Istanbul Kabob House, and we will certainly go back again.

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mgk58
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous feel, food and service. Perfect meal on a snowy winter night. Everything was a hit! Ordered large mezze platter for 5 and each had entrees. Two went home with leftovers. Will go back again!

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PamelaK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love the food, quality is great and the family members are so kind. The wine they import themselves is delicious. So appreciate the chance to have middle eastern food and flavors in Burlington!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared a large app and a mixed plate. It was wonderful! Not many tables, so make a reservation!

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Apparently there are only 2 tables that seat 4 people. One is upstairs and the other is literally next to the front door. In the winter this can be quite drafty and unpleasant. Be sure to request and receive confirmation for the upstairs table when making reservations for 4.

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ErinS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly service! Can not guarantee there won’t be loud children but even if there are some present, the food will make up for it.

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Kate
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Among the charms of the Istanbul Kebab house is the peaceful quiet compared to most restaurants today, and that’s with perhaps the tables full on the night we were there. The food is very good and comes promptly if you are heading to an evening performance at the Flynn Theater, which we were. The staff is courteous and lively. We have been several times and the same qualities were evident.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The staff was very friendly and helpful when it came to choosing dishes that were dairy-free, even when the restaurant was very busy. The food came quickly, and it was delicious. I’ll definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were there on New Year's Eve. We love eating at Istanbul, so we knew the food would be great. The only issue we had — and this was the first time it had ever happened — was that we were rushed through our meal. We ordered hors d'oevres, and BAM! it was there on a chilled and obviously pre-fabbed plate. Halfway through eating that, our entrees arrived. Then when my plate was still half full, we were asked if we wanted our plates taken away. I could understand the rush if there had been people waiting, but there weren’t, and there were empty tables. Our whole meal, from walking in to walking out the door, was 45 mins. That’s a bit short for a holiday evening out, drinks, hors d'oevres, and entree, I think. We’ll go back, of course, but it could be that the protocol on a busy night needs a review by management.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Ambiance was only think lacking.
Every staff member we encountered was wonderful.
Food was terrific and served in a timely fashion.
I recommend this restaurant to everyone who goes to burlington and wants to avoid the church street idiocy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A wonderful evening at this special restaurant where the all the staff where caring and attentive. We tried many dishes and all where delicious. The babaganoush Was the outstanding and the fineness we have every tasted. It was outstanding and very special. It alone would be cause to return often. The community is fortunate to have such a special restaurant

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Xmasdinner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Friendly. Great ambience. Prompt service.

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ConstanzaM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant serves authentic Turkish food. We went there for Christmas dinner and had the best meal! Each plate was amazing. The Turkish rice pudding dessert was outstanding. I definitely recommend this place!

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PamelaH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Istanbul Kebab House is one of our favorites spots in Burlington. The food is consistently top notch, and the staff are very friendly and inviting. It's a great spot for just two of us, or for larger groups.

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RobG
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality Turkish cuisine! Awesome Falafel and kebabs. Incredibly flavorful food and awesome wait staff. Can't wait to try more from the menu.

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BenS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free options and lots of them! Food is always amazing and the staff excellent.

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PatriciaP
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the service is great! Wonderful ambiance.

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ValerieH
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Open table took my reservation- even modified the time without telling me the restaurant was closed Dec 2 . I arrived with my party to lights out, closed door and a sign telling us the kitchen was being cleaned. DISAPPOINTED!!!!!! I love the food, the service- everything about Istanbul Kebab but please keep the online booking site current!

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VMass
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great leisurely Saturday lunch here. Highly recommend. We enjoyed the meze platter as an appetizer (we really enjoyed this) and then the lamb stuffed eggplant, chicken shish kebab (so tender and amazing flavor), and lamb meatballs. Topped it off with Turkish coffees, almond pudding and maple baklava. Everything was delicious. Is definitely on the list for another meal in the future!

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vipRick
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, lamb is delicious. Helpful wait staff. The table closest to the door can be chilly on a cold windy night. Great place for carry out too.

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ajp2754
New England
53 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very well prepared. Authentic cuisine and atmosphere. I would highly recommend.

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RichardD
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service was excellent! Can't wait to go back!!

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vipDisappointed
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation to this restaurant to take a few clients out to while attending the conference. We walked there in the snow and were looking forward to the meal, but found the lights off and a note indicating that they weren't open. Pretty frustrating to be freezing and disoriented and also trying to find another restaurant.

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HopeG
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. A real find. I especially enjoyed the babaganoush and the lamb kebab. Friendly, warm, but not intrusive. I will go back.

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rachelm
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Kebab House. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming. But of course the most important aspect is the food. Every dish we have enjoyed there has been delicious.

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Cjbl
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had an enjoyable dinner sharing the appetizer platter, then had the lamb stuffed eggplant. Both were very good. Staff was very friendly.

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LarryA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had dinner before a Flynn Theater performance. It made for a nice evening. Also have had several lunches. Its convenient downtown location along with the unique menu and efficient waitstaff makes for a nice change of pace.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Looking forward to returning soon.

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vipCinhart
Orange County
97 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You must order the lavosh. It’s so good and the presentation is the best. My husband and I shared the lamb meatballs which are actually patties and there are 5. We still ended up taking some home.

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JohnM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is fantastic. You have to try the mezze platter to get a taste of everything. The grape leaves are the best I’ve ever had. Whenever we go to Burlington we have to eat here.

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MaryA
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, pretty good size portions. Best baklava I've ever had.

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vipGCBoston
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not very familiar with Turkish food. The waitress was very patient explaining the dishes and answering our questions. We took her up on some of her recommendations and loved every last bite.

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KeeleyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have enjoyed Istanbul Kebab House three times. They have a good range of gluten free and non-meat dishes that appeal for my family members who need that, plus the kebabs you would expect. This time we sat on the second floor, which was pleasant. The service was really attentive.

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Kkopes
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been in Turkey 25-30 X, daughter at Uvm. She is no stranger to Turkish food. We loved it and converted someone to the cuisine. Yum.

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Istanbul Kebab House does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Istanbul Kebab House is rated 4.7 stars by 346 OpenTable diners.

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