With a four paged menu filled with Turkish delicacies, and an owner filled to therim with passion for his native-cuisine, it's no coincidence that Istanbul is the most famousTurkish restaurant in Nashville.Swimming in a sea of mobile taco stands and fast food chains, it could be easy to overlook the unassuming building that holds one of Nashville's only authentic Turkish restaurants, but you can thank us later for the heads up. Istanbul Restaurant is owned and operated by Turkish-native Memet Arsian and his family. If you have the pleasure of dining while Arsian is present, we highly recommend you say hello and let him tell you why his baklava is the best in all of Tennessee (spoiler alert: it's made with honey instead of sugar).
The four page menu offers the usual suspects; gyros, freshly made hummus, and an assortment of kabobs, followed by some not-so-common specialties like the Kuzy Platter (which features a lamb shank that is cooked to absolute, mouth-watering perfection) and Tarhana, a Turkish soup that literally cannot be found anywhere else in town. Whether you are grabbing a quick falafel for lunch or taking advantage of one of Nashville's only BYOBs for dinner, we promise you are going to leave thinking of an excuse to be back on Nolansville Pike in the very immediate future.
Kuzy Platter with Soup, $12.99
Donor Kabob Platter, $12.99
Big Comp with Soup, $14.99
Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, 12 pm to 8 pm