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Istanbul Grill, Arlington, VA

Istanbul Grill

4.6
4.6
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
Turkish Cuisine Istanbul Grill has so many delicious, fresh, quality and amazing food in Arlington, VA.
Fresh Doner Kebab made every day. If you like spicy try ADANA kebab. iskender kebab

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm All day Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 970-5828

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Turgut Yigit

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    10 minutes walking from Ballston Metro Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. S

    Soup

    Washington DC

    144 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This was our first visit and in general was quite lovely, and we will return for sure! The food was excellent: I had an assortment of both hot and cold mezze, and my partner had a beef entree. Our server was gracious and helpful, and the host/owner (?) also made us feel welcome. We chose to eat on their outside patio, which was the only negative experience. The traffic on Wilson Blvd is quite heavy, and noisy, and so everyone seated outside had to elevate their conversational level. The result was an unsatisfying experience in terms of conversation. Nest visit -- indoors!
  2. PP

    PepperdinePatty

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service! Highly recommend for a business or family meal.
  3. L

    Leon

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service and very affordable. The owner and staff are very friendly. We will surely go back soon!
  4. V

    Vlad

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, awesome atmosphere and good food. I will come back at a later time
  5. P

    Pawmate

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was ok but the meat was dry. Service very accomodating.
  6. LL

    LLBL

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal at Istanbul grill. Ate where it was quiet with nice lighting.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. We will be back!
  8. JF

    JencyF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a hidden gem in arlington. Delicious food and really good turkish coffee
  9. AQ

    AhmedQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is good here but Mona service was charming. I will back again for Mona and delicious grill 🤍
  10. CD

    CynthiaD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good local restaurant with staff who can explain and care about the food.
  11. C

    Carly

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a great meal here last night. Three groups of diners on the patio appeared to be from Turkey, if that gives you any sense of it. We were very happy with the doner kabob and lamb stew over puréed eggplant as our entrees. Probably would skip the grilled eggplant in yogurt sauce hot mezze next time in favor of something else. Happy to have tried this restaurant and we’ll definitely be back.
  12. SK

    StuK

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service, they continue to upgrade the decor since they took over from a Mexican restaurant several years ago. Try the Adana Kabob (either lamb or chicken) and sip some Raki (a Turkish anise flavored liquor) with appetizers and lavish bread. Desserts are also excellent. Only downside is a small parking lot but street parking available across WilsonBlvd.
  13. N

    Nicciwhee

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our family loves Istanbul Grill. The food is great and the service is phenomenal! We also really enjoy the Turkish wine and our son loves the dark cherry juice. If you haven’t been in a while, they’ve decorated inside. There’s a beautiful mural of Istanbul and gorgeous light fixtures.
  14. C

    Clint

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and the service was fantastic!
  15. TF

    TFor

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem! You have to try this “hole in the wall” spot for some of the best Turkish/Mediterranean cuisine. The food is truly outstanding, and the service is great. The owner couldn’t be more friendly and accommodating. 10/10 recommend!
  16. o

    olena

    Miami

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing experience!! The best Turkish food I’ve ever had!! So yummy and fresh!! The ambiance is beautiful and very enjoyable!! We always have a lovely time dining here!
  18. o

    olena

    Miami

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!!! Our waitress Elivina was amazing!!! What a wonderful experience. We will be back for sure.
  19. a

    acaba

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It's a nice Turkish restaurant with parking spaces around. Really good food, traditional İskender and döner were excellent! Also have a nice desert menu with traditional kazandibi, baklava etc... They have been improving the decorations with pictures from Turkey and pretty light fixtures.
  20. Z

    Zenon

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding authentic Turkish food, a hidden gem! If they also served Halim, the amazing grilled roasted sheep milk cheese mezze, it would be even better (hint, hint)!
  21. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to Turgut and his staff for wonderful service and great food. I'm so glad this restaurant survived the pandemic. Food and wine is authentic Turkish. Heartily recommended.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience, wonderful hosts and great food, nothing else you need!
  23. I

    Inigo

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good and flavorfull food, fast and friendly service, large plates, good for sharing. This is a hidden Jem in Arlington.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely polite staff that are very helpful in navigating the menu. Excellent food.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their hospitality and taste of food are all excellent. Kebabs, salad and dessert that we ordered were so fresh, tasty and authentic. We ordered doner kebab, Kofte and lamb chops with bean salad and Ayran (cold beverage made of yogurt), they were all well cooked and delicious. kebabs here are not too spicy or salty, so our toddler enjoyed her kofte, plus the great rice pudding. Very kid-friendly team!
  26. S

    Star13

    Dublin

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Excellent service. I recommend this restaurant.
  27. s

    statusk

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Interesting selection some familiar some very new to us items. Patio is great on a nice night but be aware the fire station is in the area so you might get some fire engines. Service is very homey and neighborhood feel. Good size portions bread was awesome.
  28. CC

    ChristopheC

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food, very authentic, nice outdoor patio. Low-key place that’s great for grabbing dinner with a group of friends. Added plus is no time limit on tables
  29. S

    Star13

    Dublin

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem! Loved the food! Istanbul Grill is now my favorite restaurant in Ballston!
  30. DD

    DennisD

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful neighborhood restaurant specializing in Turkish cuisine. Great service, tasty meal.
  31. B

    Bill

    Miami

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Attentive staff. The chef came to our table. The server was wonderful. The outdoor terrace is great. Great location, Ballston area.
  32. MW

    MeredithW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A neighborhood gem. Having lived overseas, we much prefer a true ethnic restaurant to a chain. Istanbul Grill did not disappoint! From the moment we walked in - the aromas, cheerful ambiance - set the mood. The food was delicious and did not taste "americanized" which works great for us. Even our pickiest young eater cleaned up his plate. Portions are generous. Wait staff is friendly. We will be back.
  33. g

    ggreene

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Turkish restaurant isn't that common in the US, even in cosmopolitan DC area, so our group tried a lot of dishes to get an idea what it's all about. All were interesting: some better than others, but generally very good. Service was nice, & folks at other tables all seemed to be enjoying their experience. We'll definitely be going back & can recommend Istanbul Grill to people curious about Turkish cuisine, or anyone just looking for moderately-priced good food in a friendly venue.
  34. a

    amateurchef

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a real neighborhood gem, run by a family with authentic food from Turkey, we had a lovely lunch and the mixed appetizers and lamb dishes were all outstanding. The local wine was gret and the service amazing. We will come back there as soon as we can!
  35. F

    Fedorch

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous food and kind staff! A true gem for the Ballston area. I visited Turkey for six weeks in college and fell in love with the country and the food, so I love having this place close by. I’ll be back for sure!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere
  37. SD

    SarahD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food is really good, staff is very friendly. I recommend
  38. H

    Hisham

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Always love the experience there. They go above and beyond
  39. ML

    MehriaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent environment, friendly service, great menu choices and really decent food and at affordable prices. Will be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is hands down the best Turkish restaurant in all the DMV area. It is actually the best Mediterranean food we’ve had in the area and we have tried almost every Turkish, Lebanese and Greek restaurant around. The food was fantastic and the service was impeccable! The owner, Adam, is really nice and such a hard worker, he made us feel so welcome! He was checking to make everyone was taken care of. We had hummus, baba ghanouj, saksuka, iskandar kabab and the Adana kabab- of course, we ended a meal with some delicious Turkish coffee. I asked to substitute my rice for vegetables with the adana kabab and to my surprise my son who is 3 ate all the vegetables. The vegetables are so fresh, I am sure everything is made to order. Oh, and don’t forget to try the arugula salad, that was my favorite! A wonderful experience overall!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Istanbul Grill using the Order Online button. Istanbul Grill also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Istanbul Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (571) 970-5828.

Istanbul Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
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Google Map for Istanbul Grill

4617 Wilson Blvd Arlington, VA 22203

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm All day Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Public transit

    10 minutes walking from Ballston Metro Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Turgut Yigit

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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