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.
Very nice place. Authentic food and great service!
The service was excellent and the meal was superb!
Enjoyable and first-rate from arrival to departure! Outstanding meal and dining experience!
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.
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 :)
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 :)
Great Turkish food. I love the Iskendar Kebab and the desserts were amazing.
Excellent choice to celebrate my husband's birthday
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.
Spectacular! Best service and incredible food!! Soup is amazing!
Food is excellent, beef kabobs were flavorful, tender, and juicy. Mezze platter was delicious. Service was great.
Both the food and the service were excellent. The meal was quite enjoyable.
This was my first visit. I was impressed with the service and the help that the server gave us with the menu and suggestions. The food was plentiful and quite delicious. We will, definitely, be returning. I highly recommend.
Two items we wanted were not available. The appetizer was served without the bread. And the white wine we ordered was at room temperature. The food we did get tasted good
The service and food were really good! Really enjoyed the portion sizes and the flavor of the food.
Our meal at Istanbul Blue was a very enjoyable time. Service was personable and efficient in spite of our being there at a busy time. The food was delicious, the lamb was tender and expertly cooked as was the beef moussaka. The desserts of rice pudding and baklava were a treat at meals end. This seemingly small restaurant was able to handle 2 large groups at the same time by the use of second floor seating. Would definitely share with friends.
Always amazing food.
We were visiting northern Va and having dinner with our former neighbors and good friends. We chose this restaurant because it was a favorite of our friends.
The experience was a disappointment from start to finish.
When we arrived on time, the snippy waitress said we could not eat downstairs as we almost always had but would have to go upstairs. When we asked for the open table by the window, she countered that that table was “reserved.” As it turned out, two people, a half hour apart, arrived to take it. Hence we were at a middle table, and before we were served, a large group - two families with five small (under seven) children - were placed right behind us. This put us in the middle of two other occupied tables with only window tables occupied in the middle and left side of the room.
Whereupon, two of the little boys behind us began shouting and jumping around for at least a half hour until they had something to eat. Their parents seemed to do nothing to control them.
We decided to grin and bear it because we had come for good Turkish food. Unfortunately, our waitress seemed to disappear. Much later, she brought our meals which were lukewarm to cold.
Neither the upstairs room nor the downstairs one seemed that busy. Understaffed? Doubtful. At one time or another we saw three waiters on our floor.
If our experience is typical, this restaurant is not what it used to be.
Amazing food, outstanding service and a great space
We’ve been there many times , we have never been disappointed, we enjoyed the food, the Sevices, the friendly atmosphere. My wife and I will go there again and again. Thumb’s up👍
Istanbul Blue serves superb Turkish and Mediterranean food. Very authentic, well prepared and delicious. Service was equally excellent. I highly recommend Istanbul Blue.
This restaurant was perfect! Hasan, the waiter, is amazing.
Definitely not worth the money. Don't get me wrong the food is not bad. But kebab anywhere else taste the same. I am not really sure why they charge twice as much if you do not get anything in return. My partner had kebab with rice. The rice was just thrown onto the plate like if some lunch lady was arrange it, no salad nothing extra that would justify the prices. I had Adana with tomato-yoghurt sauce, as well no presentation, just half of tomato and half of jalapeno, that's it.
Tables are tiny, you can barely fit dinner plates. Light way too strong in the restaurant, feels like school lunch.
I guess you pay for the table cloth. That is the only thing I could find different from any grill kabob.
My son and I had lunch at Istanbul Blue on February 11. We were the only customers for an early lunch, so we were a bit concerned about the food. But, there was no need to worry. We started with an appetizer tray with a mix of different samples. It was excellent! In fact, I will order that for my meal next time. Then we both ordered a Doner entree that was very good. It was so plentiful that we brought half home. Don't hesitate to try this restaurant.
First visit, great experience and excellent food! Service is beyond your expectations. I will return.
The food was excellent. And there was enough for a second meal for everyone at the table. None of us were impressed with the service. The server left us upstairs by ourselves and seldom checked on us. Go for the food; not the service.
Great food, cozy setting, and good customer service. Will return with my family.
We made a reservation on a Sunday evening during COVID-19. We were hesitant to eat inside, but we were the only people there. Plenty of carryout customers and one outside. Everyone was wearing masks and kept a good distance.
The food was fantastic! We loved it and hope to be back soon.
The food was absolutely phenomenal and the staff was kind, efficient, as well as genuinely nice. Best Turkish restaurant I’ve been to!
This restaurant was closed and dark when we arrived at the appointed time, in spite of having a confirmed OpenTable reservation. How disappointing!
Food ok. Martini was served on the rocks? I’m not sure the waitress understood English very well.
The food was delicious. We will certainly return.
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
Great location and delicious food. The restaurant owner, Ismet is also the cook. Absolutely a wonderful place - highly recommend it.
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.
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.
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 4.6 stars by 306 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.