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Turkish, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 25 December 2021

If you want to have any kind of Turkish dish in Helsinki, Istanbul Grilli should be your first choice. With great food and kind staff, you will have a nice experience. Do know that this isn't a top-class restaurant but a restaurant where you can...get delicious food at semi-cheap prices. In anyways, this is the best Turkish restaurant in Helsinki and if you are either longing for your hometown or want to try some Turkish food for the first time, you should visit there.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 10 December 2021

Very tasty and fresh food. Mixed grill was awesome and very good quality with quantity. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2021 via mobile

Turkish restaurant with a salad buffet area, serving meat grilled on an authentic grill. I had the chicken, tasty and tender. Staff is nice and prices very OK. I will definitely repeat

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 December 2019 via mobile

Good restaurant and very tasty food, I recommend it. Good for large and small groups with good food variety

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 1 November 2019

A warm welcome with prompt sevice, great dinner with unexpected extras included. The lamb kebabs were as tender and there was turkish beer which Id never had before.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 26 October 2019

The lunch buffet costs only 10 euros which was my main reason to visit the restaurant I pass often. The cold vegetable starters tasted just like in Istanbul and the freshly baked bread accomplished them. The dishes on the main menu look more interesting than...the lunch options served from a hot plate.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 8 September 2019 via mobile

Some things running out (arrived one hour prior to closing of buffet), selection now after renovation much smaller and quality not the same anymore. They used to have 2 kebab meats, one of them being chicken with good meat, now only one (the same meat...you get everywhere in Finland) and with poor quality. Other meats poor too. Salmon soup had no visible salmon at all. Soft drinks are limited to one glass only and one dessert was provided (quark with fruits, it was okay). Prior to renovation this was one of the best buffets in Helsinki, such a pity they have not kept up with quality anymore. Staff are friendly and interior is nice but buffet now not really worth much of a visit anymore.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 21 August 2019 via mobile

Went here at lunchtime had quality meat I don’t know name of Turkish foods however most likely a Tava or cassarole kebab like a Testi (without the flame and pot) the meat in this meal within the buffet was exceptionally good. Staff polite! Place clean...and much variety there is no way on earth this shouldn’t be in the top 10 on trip adviser I cannot give big enough recommendation even included sort drinks for 10 euro you can’t normally get much in Finland for 10 euros :-D amazing!! Very highly recommended by Dave :-)More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

We were staying next door and needed a quick, easy (and preferably reasonably priced) dinner. As we'd walked past earlier in the day and noticed the sumptuous buffet being prepared for the €10 lunch offer, we decided to try out this venue for our dinner...that night. It didn't disappoint in any way. We hadn't booked - no problem. Gracious welcome from staff, chose where we wanted to sit, ordered from a menu with adequate choices, settled in with a Turkish beer and the food was served before we knew it. Very generous serves of beautifully char cooked meats and vegies, dressed salad, freshly baked bread and choice of sides. Could barely finish, with no room for baklava! We returned there tonight and made sure we could fit in some dessert and were not disappointed in this either. Average cost per person, including beer and dessert, was €22. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

Very generous, very tasty and fresh. Good price! Just what the family needed tonight! They offered flexibility in the menu when my kids wanted something different. Simple but good Turkish food. Also, some baclava for desert when we weren’t expecting it! Yum!

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2018

Ate here on Saturday. The buffet runs till 6pm and is priced at 12,50e. Many choices, but to me it seems like they used to have an even larger selection. Still many appetizers, salads, tzatziki, spicy tomato dressing, several mains including kebab meat. Unfortunately no...chicken kebab anymore (it used to be my favorite here). Coffee/tea is also included. Still a recommendation!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

We ate here with a group of friends (dinner). The food was very taste, cooked in a traditional oven, proportions were very generous and we even got complementary desserts! Great value for money:)

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

I have been here on a weekend with my wife. I like Turkish food seasoning and taste in general so decided to give it a go. My wife and I loved the food really. I got buffet (12.50 euro) and my wife got "Adana Kebab"...(on discount for 10 euro- usually 12 I guess). The buffet was really nice. Lots of salad options as you may see in the pictures, and thank god they were fresh and not stored in fridge or anything like many other places. For food you have options like: A meat/tomato stew (Fantastic), vegetarian eggplant with cheese (Fantastic), chicken with mushroom and coconut sauce (Delicious, but I do not like coconut in general), kebab (not good, dry), french fries, home-baked bread, very soft and nice rice, baked vegetables and potato, and soup. Also you have desert and coffee included. I really recommend this place and we will definitely going back there. Adana kebab was good, it was not fatty at all, so my wife loved it. I of course believe Adana Kebab should have been slightly fattier :) . The staff were kind and had a smile all the time. Cheers,More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

Very bad customer service and he use very bad way of communication today I went toghter with my husband and we decide to take only one buffet lunch and when my husband was putting the food to the plate the employee told him take only...one piece of meat?!!!! What is that At the end we decide the leave the restaurant without eating Very bad person working there and he said that he is the bossMore

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

This is an amazing Turkish restaurant which has a variety of really tasty Turkish cuisine specially on its Ala carte menu. Buffet is not the best option however, it's could be ok. Their pizza is well served. This last visit however we didn't like the...food their, seems something has dramatically changed, might be new owners or do. The amount of food and its quality have obviously been reduced. Also other friends confirmed the case. Maybe we are going to give them one more shot, for the sake of previous long good experience.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Istanbul Grilli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5