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Istanbul Blue, Vienna, VA

Istanbul Blue

4.3
4.3
335 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!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Turkish

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 938-8948

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Vienna

  • Cross Street

    Nutley St. NW

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 335 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CL

    CandL

    Washington DC

    83 reviews

    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The wait staff would benefit from some training. Our waiter told us Chardonnay was a red wine, only one entree was served instead of two for our main meal. The food was very good but service left much to be desired.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our server Ali was very nice. Cute place where I took my dad for Father’s Day :)
  3. DT

    DeniseT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here, and was very pleased. The food was delicious, and the server was superb. We will definitely go back.
  4. PJ

    PaulJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Authentic atmosphere Attentive service Food like “home cooking” Will return again
  5. S

    Sherwin

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service!!!!
  6. j

    jennifer

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Istanbul Blue is a wonderful restaurant. Excellent and impeccable European-style service. The food is presented beautifully and is absolutely delicious. We have dined at Istanbul Blue many times, and always impressed!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Graduation
  8. SJ

    ShelleyJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the second time we have visited. I had the lamb kabobs with grilled vegetables and rice with almond slivers. It was very well prepared and delicious. I particularly enjoyed the flavoring of the rice. I like their tzatziki very much. It’s fresh and flavorful. I really appreciate how quiet the restaurant is because it is possible to have a conversation. The decor is very charming.
  9. D

    Deni

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  10. CE

    ConnieE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ambiance was beautiful and inviting, rich with art and with blues against the white walls. They have renovated and upgraded the seating area, including the chairs. Very impressive! Beef and lamb entrees were excellent. We took the two recommendations of our server and we’re not disappointed. Yogurts were wonderful. Our server patiently brought us tastings of two Turkish wines, which I did not have a taste for, and even the house cab was excellent. I highly recommend Istanbul Blue!
  11. E

    Epicurious

    Washington DC

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Prices are higher than those indicated on their website and do not include some of the "freebies".
  12. EB

    EmiliaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Everything was above expectations: food, service, the whole atmosphere! We will come back!
  13. MM

    MsMelissa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I went for an iftihar dinner. Though it was not a specialized menu, We were able to order soup and an entrée, and the staff were so kind to bring us states to break the fast. Great meal and thoughtful and attentive service.
  14. T

    T4two

    Washington DC

    119 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We lived in Turkey, so we ordered several of our favorite dishes and shared them with friends. Everything was delicious, and all the food met our taste expectations. The only problem encountered was ordering cocktails from their very prominent menu. It took the staff over 3.0 minutes to make four rather simple cocktails. Still, I will return, perhaps only order wine . . .
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. More traditional than trendy.
  16. M

    Marian

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit to Istanbul Blue and we really enjoyed it and look forward to coming again. The entire meal was delicious, we discovered several new foods, the waiter was welcoming and knowledgeable, and we didn't hear any "background music" which we usually find annoying. All and all a wonderful experience, hopefully to be experienced again soon.
  17. CS

    ChristyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. The chef and the staff were engaging, but not intrusive.
  18. S

    Soup

    Washington DC

    143 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This little gem of a restaurant needs you to visit! The food is quite fine; we each had the mezze sampler and it was nearly too much to eat! Ample parking, and a lovely place. Go and eat!!
  19. LV

    LaurieinViennaVA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good Middle Eastern food at very reasonable price. Lentil soup was delicious. Turkish wines and Turkish coffee were a plus!
  20. S

    Sabrown

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Very disappointed! The wait was long, the food cold, the lamb cooked well-done when I ordered medium rare and the service was poor.
  21. r

    redsoxman

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lived in Turkey for two years and have revisited in the last couple of years. We love Turkish food and my wife cooks Turkish. We had been to the same space when it was Nizems? I had Donar Kebab, a meal I would have everything Friday when we lived in Izmir. The only downer was that I wanted an Efes beer. Unfortunately for me, they had just sold out of it.
  22. SB

    ShsunaghB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and great service. The lamb shank was fall off the bone delicious.
  23. p

    paular

    Washington DC

    65 reviews

    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious. Service was good.
  24. m

    moodyfoodie

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We came for dinner at 7pm. I think there was a group upstairs. The service was a little on the slow side. The food was great, but took a little while to come out. We were seated near the bar/kitchen towards the back of the downstairs, which was a little on the smaller side and a little loud. I would definitely give it another try.
  25. J

    Jeca

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was great but the service was very slow. I will recommend the restaurant.
  26. MH

    MikeH22020

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    First visit. A couple of the dishes were good but frankly a couple were disappointing. There are a few greek or Turkish restaurants I would choose over it
  27. VE

    ViennaEats

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding staff and food and ambiance. I love this place for all occasions.
  28. SF

    SwimFinz

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was very good - the service was just weird, considering there were only 3 tables of people. They also didn't have any bar items, which is fine but then don't provide the bar menu... I had the branzino (fish) and it was delicious - cooked perfectly. My husband and I shared the appetizer sampler which was quite good and a great way to try a bunch of their apps at one time - the falafel, tzatzki and hummus were especially good. We'll definitely be going back.
  29. MI

    MICHELELDOLAN

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food and everyone enjoyed the tastes
  30. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    The food was good but with my reservation I said it was for a birthday and requested Baklava for desert but had to request it at the end of the meal. I didn't see lamb shank on the menu which I usually order in Middle Eastern restaurants. I now looked at the online menu and see that lamb shank is offered, it must have been hard to find on the restaurant menu. The tea didn't have any cardamom which my wife usually likes in her Middle Eastern tea. The food was good, but not quite as good as at Afghan Kabob Restaurant on Rolling Rd. in Springfield, VA which is much closer to our home in Burke. My sister-in-law loves the food at Istanbul Blue but she lives in Vienna and doesn't drive so far as Springfield to eat out.
  31. AB

    AsheshB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place. Authentic food and great service!
  32. LS

    LisaS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent and the meal was superb!
  33. CG

    CeliaG

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable and first-rate from arrival to departure! Outstanding meal and dining experience!
  34. G

    Gloria

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A neighborhood restaurant with a good chef and very attentive and gracious servers. We especially enjoyed the branzini fish - perfectly prepared and delicious with Turkish rice and cold vegetables. The menu is quite limited for vegetarians and they only serve Turkish wines but we had a nice dinner at a good price.
  35. S

    Sindhura

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time to Istanbul Blue restaurant. I had a warm welcome by the restaurant staff, who were super courteous throughout the time we were in. The food was super delicious. I am a vegetarian & they have tons of options. Prices were moderate. The ambience was warm, cozy, & clean. Though the restaurant wasn't very huge inside, they had sufficient breathing space between the tables. In this pandemic, it is important that we don't bump into each other. The restroom was also super clean. All in all, I am highly recommending it to my friends & family & will be back again to explore other veg options :)
  36. G

    Geeta

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ali was polite and very good to change the menu for our family style dinner. His suggestions was great and we had a wonderful time with his help. Thank you Ali :)
  37. d

    debriw

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Turkish food. I love the Iskendar Kebab and the desserts were amazing.
  38. NS

    NataliaS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice to celebrate my husband's birthday
  39. JL

    JayL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic. The food was wonderful and service was probably the best I have had in the DMV. It is lovely and quiet. I even tried some Turkish wine which was light and refreshing for lunch. 100% recommend this establishment.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular! Best service and incredible food!! Soup is amazing!

FAQs

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

Istanbul Blue is rated 4.3 stars by 335 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 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Istanbul Blue

523 Maple Ave W Vienna, VA 22180

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Nutley St. NW

  • Neighbourhood

    Vienna

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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