Great food, French martinis, Bhoukas, belly dancers, wonderfully warm staff await you at this fantastic establishment.
The food is reasonably priced and very, very good. This wonderful restaurant also introduced me to the French martini, a very tasty drink that you need to try to believe how good it is.
I'm not sure if they have belly dancers every night, but I recommend also going on night when they perform.
Lastly, be sure to smoke out of the bhouka. It is not a drug, rather, a sweet "tasting" cigarrete (my description hee may be off--so sorry), but it is a fantastic end to a perfect meal.
CONS: Far from south siders
I had high expectations of this place due to the high reviews. I am a fan of Turkish food and have eaten at several other Turkish restaurants so I was excited to try this one. I was very disappointed. The appetizer and the two dishes we got were served luke warm. Both main dishes appeared to have been made the day before and then heated up. The flavors were bland and boring. The beef for the beef kabob had no flavor. The Turkish beer was the only thing my boyfriend or I thought tasted good the entire night. Our waitress was nice. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
I love Turkish food and I have been to other Turkish restaurants but it was more Mediterranean/American/Turkish food but A La Turka Turkish Kitchen was great authentic Turkish food and the service was great. I think this is a great place to go with friends and the portions are very large for sharing and the price was very decent. It is also a great date place as it is a cozy and very romantic setting,
Pros: everything was pretty great..the food, the price, the atmosphere
Cons: I like my food sizzling hot
I recently dined at A La Turka on July 12th, and having a husband of Turkish background, I had high expectations. And I have to admit, A La Turka's cuisine is truly authentic. The evening was very enjoyable from our first bite to the belly dancing show. The food was very tasty as well. The staff was friendly and efficient. I would definitely recommend A La Turka to anyone who is willing to experience true Turkish cuisine and culture!
Pros: Belly dancing, food, authenticity
First off the atmosphere was cozy, warm, bringing just the type of feelings I like to have when wining and dining. The ambiance was delightful with dark colors and had a very romantic feel. Secondly, the staff was phenomenal. I personally work in the industry of customer service and they are by far a 10. Thirdly, the food was deliciously flavorful. I ordered the Chicken Kabob and boy did I get my moneys worth! I love dining at restaurants with different cuisines. A La Turka brings culture and diversity to Chicago and I'm glad to have such a great restaurant in this city! Go and check it out!
Used to be a fun place with decent food
Was there recently with a group of 35 on a Saturday evening and it was a complete waste of money
New group of belly dancers that were horrible and danced 3 songs and left.
Besides our table, there were only 3 other tables and the place was empty
As soon as the dancers were finished the staff cleared our tables and at 10:00, exactly, the lights were turned on telling us to leave
A very bad experience
Cons: Entertainment, very average food, very poor atmosphere
I'm Turkish and, naturally, love Turkish food. Of course I wasn't expecting my mother's cooking, but I was expecting something at least half-decent. There were made-up dishes in the menu. If this restaurant were to open in Turkey with the exact same menu, the owner would be lynched within several hours of opening by the general public. How does anyone expect authentic Turkish food when the whole staff is Mexican. The food had no taste, and I felt embarassed in front of my guest. Our server's response to my dissatisfaction over my meal was simply "oh, okay." The loud-mouthed owner was prancing around the restaurant and was trying his best to promote the American belly-dancer. As if all of these weren't enough to make my visit a complete disaster, the entrees are outrageously over-priced. This "restaurant" doesn't even deserve the one star I had to give it.
p.s For those who've been here before, please don't give up on Turkish food. Try it elsewhere.
Pros: baking their own bread
Cons: the rest
My husband and I had a great dinner at A La Turka! We went on a Thursday night and the place was pretty busy, but we were seated immediately and the service was quite good. We had the hot appetizer platter to start -- Turkish pizza, zucchini pancakes, and phyllo rolls -- all delicious! For dinner, I had the stuffed baby eggplant, and my husband had the Turkish ravioli; both dishes were really flavorful and quite tasty. The accompanying bread and rice were also really good. We were too full for dessert but were pretty tempted by the baklava. We will almost certainly come back. Please don't let the bad reviews deter you -- it's a beautiful restaurant with yummy food!
This is probably the worst turkish restaurant i have been to in usa, or wait, the worst restaurant period. This place pays more attention to the belly dancers they have on the weekends rather than to their food and to their customers. To simply put it, it was loud, the food took forever to get to my table, it was cold, no flavor, it seemeled like i was chewing on a piece of leather than a piece of meat.
Pros: nothing really
Cons: everything really.
We do not recommend this restaurant. The food, the service and the ambiance were disappointing. The food was mediocre at best and after waiting an hour for our meal, it wasn't even hot. The waitress never came once to explain the long wait for the food and we couldn't find her to even complain. The place was extremely noisy as the host makes a big production out of raffling out $15 coupons for dinner to be used on your return visit. This is followed by three mediocre belly dancers which is a lot for a place that small where there is barely enough room for the waiters and waitresses to get by and the music is so loud that all conversation is suspended for the time that the belly dancers are performing. After 30 minutes of belly dancing, the host leads the entire restaurant in singing happy birthday and several more birthday songs. There are very good middle eastern restaurants in Chicago with better food, better service and where you can sit down and have a conversation with your meal. This frankly, is not one of them.
Pros: exotic decor, accomodates large groups
Cons: bad food, bad service, overpriced, loud
After passing by this restaurant several times, we decided to try it. Unfortunately the hostess told us they were booked for the night but instead try the bar upstairs and order there since they share the same kitchen. After going upstairs we decided to get carry out and confirmed with the waiter that they did allow carry out orders. We placed our order for food and after almost 1 HOUR of waiting our waiter told us that they in fact could not do carryout and that our food had NEVER even been cooked! We expressed our shock and displeasure that this waiter did not tell us this an hour ago and he agreed to get the kitchen to make and deliver our food immediately. After another 15-20 mins, with seemingly no effort by the waiter to check on the progress and still no food in sight we ended up leaving. Service at this place is horrible and not worth anyone's time.
Cons: non existant service
The restaurant serves great Turkish and Mediterranean food in the city of Chicago. On weekend evenings they have belly dancing (local belly dancers) with little games and giveaways. We won a bottle of Turkish wine on our second visit there. It gets extremely loud during the dancing and games and they could tone things down a little bit. The restaurant is a little cramped which gets worse as the belly dancers traipse around the tables. The food and service though is very good and I would recommend trying the kabobs and the appetizer platter.
The hookah here is very good, and not too expensive. The service is also good, at least in the upstairs lounge. Our bartender was friendly and attentive, and he checked on our hookah for us occasionally. The atmosphere upstairs is that of a typical bar, beer signs and all...not really what you look for when you're smoking hookah. But it's still a good place to relax and hang out with friends without spending too much money.
the few times i've been to a la turka the food has been good, though the prices keep getting higher. there are many more mediterranean restaurants in chicago that have better food and at cheaper prices (maza, semiramis, turkish kitchen). a la turka seems to be selling on atmosphere while the real emphasis should be on the food.
We came to A La Turka with the best expectations. The food was ok, but, the service was horrible.
The bus girl dumped a stack of dirty plates on me and my husband and ruined his shirt and my skirt. We called the manager and he just sort of laughed it off. I thought I was hallucinating. Here we were - all in grease from the dirty plates and he just offered us to bring him a dry-cleaning receipt back after we get it dry-cleaned ourselves. He couldn't spare a couple bucks upfront to do it, he had to have a receipt. Naturally, my husband and I were outraged, but we didn't want to argue and completely ruin our Saturday night outing. This is a somewhat pricey restaurant and they should know better how to take care of such issues, especially since the whole restaurant saw the bus girl dumping those plates on us.
I would not recommend this sleezy place to anyone. I don't remember being treated with such lack of common courtesy and such total absence of customer appreciation.
I would go back again, in fact I am going back again. Quite the entertainment with belly dancers on Friday and Saturday night!! They even had a raffle for gift certifcates and I actually won one! The food was awesome, and the staff was very attentive.
what a great place for a group night... we were treated like royalty..honestly..the owner/host gave all the femals authentic turkish bracelets, and the kids were given turkish chocolate bars.. i have never been to a restaurant that has treated their customers so well. the kids loved turkish cheesesticks and meatballs.. the food was phenomenal.
Pros: service, food, entertainment
The service was non-existent and the host / wanna be MC had absolutely no idea how to keep customers happy. Worst restaurant I have ever been to.
Cons: Service, Menu Variety
I took my fiance for the first time ever to A La Turka.. Was a bit worried since we weren't familiar with turkish food, but it ended up being some of the best authentic food we have had in a long time. Our waitress was very friendly and offered us samples of their best Turkish wine. It is very obvious that the patrons come to have a great time and great food. We drank, ate, danced with the belly dancer, and topped off our night at the hookah bar upstairs...
Pros: Friendly staff, Flavorful food
Me, along with 19 of my closest family and friends went to A La Turka this past Sat. to celebrate my birthday. The food was absolutely amazing! Everybody tried to order something different so we could all try the food. My favorite was the mixed grill. The chicken and the shish kabob were really flavorful and tasty.. The plates are huge and quite impressive.. Our server was very polite and quick! --The entertainment (belly dancing) was very impressive-- the whole restaurant practically got up to dance! Anyway, A La turka was a great place to celebrate my birthday.. The staff definitely goes out of their way for their customers... We already booked the upstairs of the restaurant for a private graduation party... definitely a MUST authentic chicago restaurant!
Pros: FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT, SERVICE!
I agree, service is getting better at A La Turka. The food is quite impressive and the place looks very authentic. I ran into Jamila the belly dancer elsewhere and she said the management changed. Nashwa is their new belly dancer which is probably one of the least popular belly dancers among the Middle Eastern crowd. But for those who can't tell the difference, she's ok. But generally an improvement is obvious.
Pros: Food, Ambience
Cons: Choice of dancer
The owners must have read that bad review and cleaned up their act, because I went there for lunch and the service was impeccable. Very polite and attentive.
Went there for lunch. We were the only table there. THe food was definitely excellent and authentic. BUt the attitudes of the waitstaff needs to be looked into. While we dined, there was a lack of care. The food came out immediately, but water wasn't refilled, even though the staff was at the bar area, talking REALLY loudly. They did not fill our water. I tried to get their attention, but eventually got tired of waiting, and went over and filled my glass myself. After we ordered for coffee and tea, and some takeout, my coffee came.... the take out came... and there was not tea. THey have FORGOTTEN. I can understand if it was busy, BUT WE WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE. how pathetic is that??!!we would go back for the food and atmosphere... but hesitate in giving it another try.
Pros: good food, great ambiance
Cons: bad service, loud staff