Istanbul Blue

4.2
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273 reviews
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$30 and under
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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 273 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.0
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on March 21, 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 February 15, 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 February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious. We will certainly return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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 February 14, 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 February 14, 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
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Install service and food was exceptional!

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vipKoblon
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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
71 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious and authentic. Great service.

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CateG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 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
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 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 January 4, 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 January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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vipjerry
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

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AnneG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 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 December 21, 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 December 15, 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 December 7, 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 November 30, 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 November 15, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipcindy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Gracious service and delicious food. A lovely dining experience.

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AngelikaP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 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 October 23, 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
215 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Having read several reviews on Open Table and other sites, I was excited about dining here. Our party of 3 had lunch here. This visit was a disappointment. The Doner Sandwich got a thumbs up; however, the Adana Sandwich gets a thumbs down (I've had better elsewhere). The Hummus got a mixed review. There was too much of hint of cumin in the hummus. 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. Based on our lunch experience I reluctantly do not recommend this restaurant.

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nazz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, incredible service and great atmosphere!

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TomK
1 review
Dined on October 12, 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 October 6, 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 September 27, 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 September 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

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

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shelbo
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! Food was delicious and service was excellent. It’s been a while since I last dined at Istanbul Blue. Looking forward to going back. Highly recommend this place, especially if you’re looking for something different but delicious.

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vipOmar2
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb Turkish Restaurant in Vienna VA with various quality delicious varieties.
Lentil soup is a must starter and all dishes are strongly recommended.
Diet to be forgotten on the visit day only ✅

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Momof2
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Coming into the restaurant there was a weird gurgling noise in the entrance way. I think it was coming from the plumbing above, but not quite sure. The pictures on their website make the restaurant look much larger and fancier than what it actually is.

We were one of two tables seated and our reservation was for 6:30 p.m. We arrived a little early. It started to get busier closer to 7 p.m. and later. We asked for a nice table away from young children for a birthday dinner and we were seated near the kitchen. Of course, they can't guarantee the type of table you'll get and since there were only a few large tables in the restaurant we got what we got.

The wait staff was very friendly. I ordered a Cosmo. Strangely it was served in a snifter over ice. They had martini glasses, so I'm not quite sure why it was served this way.

We ordered the Istanbul Blue platter for an appetizer and it was quite good with a nice variety of items. Then each of us ordered a different entree -- lamb kabob for my husband, Iskender kabob for me and Doner Pide for my son. All of the entrees were quite good. For dessert I ordered the baked pudding, my husband had the baklava (which came in four pieces) and my son ordered ice cream.

Overall, the meal was very good and on that alone I will recommend this restaurant.

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HolleyL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We really enjoy Isranbul Blue. We did, however feel rushed by our server. It was a date night away from home, and after appitizers, mains and coffee, we were out in about an hour. We had reservations and would have liked to linger a bit.

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PatriciaC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!! Such a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Absolutely delicious food. The service can be improved and the place needs a bit of touch up to match the quality of the food. but overall above average.

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Stephanie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent, quiet place tucked in a shopping center w/ample parking. Great selection of Mediterranean and Turkish food. You can’t go wrong with anything you select, including the desserts!

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VAMinners
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for Turkish food and drink; great value. Brought back many good memories of our lengthy visit to Turkey several years back. Particularly enjoyed the raki and chai, served in authentic glassware.

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Rondine
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and good food. Chicken yogurt especially noteworthy

FAQs

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

Istanbul Blue is rated 4.2 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

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