Pera Islington

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144 reviews
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£25 and under
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Turkish

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Welcome to Pera Islington!

Pera Mediterranean brings an authentic taste & hospitality of eastern Mediterranean cuisine to London’s Islington.
Pera derives its name from an elegant neighborhood in Istanbul (Officially known as Beyoğlu) that has served as the melting pot for many cultures and cuisines since the 17th century. Husband (Head Chef) and Wife (Restaurant Manager) team from Turkey are collaboratively introducing lesser known mezes and meat preparations to a London audience. Pera features numerous mezes, specially prepared and marinated cuts of grilled meats and seafood, traditional and modern Mediterranean side dishes and regional breads baked a la minute.Guests can choose from a variety of different cuts of lamb, beef and chicken, or opt for lighter options from the lunch menu featuring assorted servings of house specialities.

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GS
London
159 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If you apply principle of you get what you pay for, you'd be way off the mark here. Inexpensive pricing belies authentic, delicious Turkish food served by the friendly family of this easy casual restaurant.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waitress did not understand what Gluten free meant in relation to the menu and as one of our party has celiac disease this was a little disturbing. The food was good and well presented but our six meals did not all come out together my husband’s was about 5 minutes behind the rest of the table.

k
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Another great meal. The pre-theatre set menu is excellent value and includes some very good choices. Service is efficient. I had houmous topped with lamb and the adana kebab and both were really good. My daughter had the courgette fritters which she loved.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food with a good choice on the menu. The waiters were very friendly, without being pushy. Good value and a super restaurant. Would strongly recommend.

AL
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super evening from a warm welcome to lovely and plentiful mezze. Would definitely drop by again if I'm going out in the area.

J
London
78 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable meal at Pera. Kebabs and cops were particularly good. Very few people in there early evening between Christmas and new year. Got a Bailey’s or amarettto on the house at the end )we were a big party)

JH
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly staff, delicious food and lovely lively atmosphere - would definitely recommend it and plan to return many times!

E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came as a fairly big group and we really enjoyed ourselves. The portions were large and the food was very good (including vegetarian options). The decor is nice. We would definitely recommend.

e
London
158 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went in a group before Christmas. The staff were lovely and food was good and reasonably priced and so was the wine. Ideal for a low cost group night out.. My only gripe was the awful Christmas music on a loop but I suppose it was Christmas. It seemed a bit out of place in a Turkish too.

j
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service ! The food was also delicious and well prepared. Shame we don't live locally, but will definitely make another visit if we are nearby.

D
London
100 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pets never fails to deliver fresh, tasty and amazing value food, served by the friendliest staff. Always a winner.

a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from friendly staff, good food (& wine) and great value. My friend and me had a really enjoyable evening.

DC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrating GCSE results, lovely food and great service.
Only downside was they had another large group who were extremely loud!!, so loud in fact my nephew (who was the one we were celebrating) had to leave the restaurant early due to a headache.

DC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing restaurant, despite us probably making it difficult for the waitress to understand our orders (we’d had a lot of wine beforehand!) they got every single thing right, the food was fantastic, the portions astronomical, the price simply brilliant. I’m pretty sure we stayed a lot later than the restaurant closes but they simply let us enjoy ourselves. Everyone said it was the best experience they’d had in a long time and we will all be returning! Can’t wait

BG
London
261 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our second visit, and just as enjoyable as the first. It really is great value, and the staff are very friendly.

BG
London
261 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value, very friendly. A real find.

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten there lots of times and have never been disappointed. Good value for money. I recommend the chicken shish . Nice and cosy in winter and in the summer you can sit outside.

m
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, attentive staff who were good enough to put up a birthday banner and balloons, as I'd ticked the special occassion box when I booked through Open Table. Such a lovely gesture that was very much appreciated.
Food tasty and good sized portions, though a few more imaginative vegetarian options would be welcomed.
We ate early, so relatively quite, which was good for my elderly parents. They both really enjoyed it.

f
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

NS
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very charming and made us feel very welcome despite when we arrived at 22:00 hrs and there were only two other customers already in the restaurant. Although I am sure the staff would have rather gone home they mad3 our evening very special, a catch up with our son and his partner. The food was very good and value for money, we also enjoyed the bottled beer, Efes I believe it was called. A lovely meal and would certainly recommend.

e
London
35 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pera is a pleasant Turkish restaurant with a good standard of Mediterranean food. The staff were friendly and helpful and food came promptly. We would use it again.

LT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely one of the best of the many Turkish restaurants on Upper Street, and well worth walking the extra few metres up Upper Street if you're going to the theatre at the Almeida or the King's Head. They start with a good Turkish breakfast menus and run right through to late dinners. The food is always reliably good, service comes with a smile and is efficient, and the wine list is very reasonably priced (I recommend the Cote du Rhone if you're having a red).

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Prompt and happy service. Very good food for the price.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t fault the food here. I love this place.

KC
Essex
10 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just good food special budget menus and very pleasant staff. Reasonable priced food.

CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with some fixed menus that were excellent.
Food was excellent and fantastic value.
Tip top service that seemed to have a real family feel.
Only shame was West Ham lost to the Gunners

A
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and fantastic food! Highly recommend Pera. We had complimentary feta cheess, dips and bread plus complimentary liquor to end! Thank you!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good service. We chose the seafood, and the food was fresh, clean and tasty. Will return again to the Pera!

L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Pera is okay but suggest you keep your expectations down. Friendly staff though.

CS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and value for money. Great food.

A
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Took the pre-theatre supper, but the a la carte is reasonably priced too. Good food and generous portions. Very attentive service and good value. Pleasant ambience, but too dark once they put the lights down.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was nice enough, service was a bit slow. I had booked for a special occasion, mentioned it on the booking but no reference was made to my husband’s birthday. I took my daughter who is a vegetarian, they had an excellent choice of veggie meals. The baklava were very tasty. Don’t dress up for this restaurant, go casual. Despite being a Saturday night , we needn’t have booked, it was suprisingly quiet.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff are extremely friendly and polite and the food is well cooked and very tasty. If you like Turkish food, you should definitely pop by for a bite!

K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely little place
Staff very friendly efficient
The food was lovely and very reasonably priced
Great location

D
London
100 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Pera on a number of occasions. As with every previous visit, the service was friendly and the food was fresh, tasty and great value.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the food. Excellent portions and good value for the location. Service was great and they threw in free dips/sauces with the starters and then a drink of our choice with the bill.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service, very well priced, amazing food. Warm family vibe with comfortable settings! We were very very happy..

J
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I visit Pera quite often after football. We have never been disappointed. Very cosy atmosphere, staff are curtious and friendly. Food is very good for value and tasty. I would recommend it.

RD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant. I try to go as often as possible. You can't beat the £15 three course dinner. You'll never have a better lamb chop!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A pleasant good value unhurried meal with good service.

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