Seattle >Food & Dining > Ephesus
5245 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9813647.555144 -122.387419
Neighborhoods: Seaview, West Seattle
Wonderful Food – Love this restaurant for it's tasty meals and wonderful ambiance.
The food is delish and the staff are polite, helpful and know their stuff.
West Seattle's Finest – This is by far the best restaurant in West Seattle. The food is both delicious and healthy. My favorites are the bruschetta and adonna kabobs, although everything is excellent. Don't let the bright colored exterior and busy California Ave. location fool you. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and you are able to carry on a conversation over dinner. The owner is absolutely charming and the service is wonderful. We planned our office Christmas party here and had a marvelous time. We'll keep coming back!
Just Like Istanbul! – My husband and I visit this restaurant about once a month or every couple of months, and are always happy. We spent some vacation time in Istanbul, Turkey on the Mediterranean and this restaurant brings back those fun memories.
Their hummus is to die for, and the Cacik (tzaziki type dip) is amazing as well. Their flat bread is phenomenal, and their main dishes are worth every bit of time it takes to make them. They obviously care about the quality of what they serve, and that comes through loud and clear in their presentations.
Long story short: This is a great restaurant for groups, a romantic date and just to feel like you're being whisked away to a foreign country for dinner!!
good food- lax but friendly service – Had dinner here based on recommendations- the food was good and the little house cute and welcoming but the service was off- scattared- I was there with my mother for an early dinner (6ish) so they weren't exactly busy- everyone was friendly but our table was just overlooked more than a bit- at one point after having my hand up several times a table that was being checked upon for the third time sent the waiter over for us...
I will try again- but perhaps someone in charge needs to tighten up the front of the house just a bit...
A Little bit of Istanbul in West Seattle – In scouring reviews to find the best Turkish restaurant in Seattle, Ephesus kept appearing, so we made the trip over to West Seattle. The restaurant is a fairly open arrangement in a former house. There?s an attractive waiting area with a fireplace, a scattering of attractive Turkish carpets and decorations, large comfortable chairs and a number of booths with a few tables having a peek-a-boo view of the sound. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. I wouldn't think of the atmosphere as as intimate style that I would associate with being romantic, but it is very attractive and comfortable. Most of the reviews mentioned the hummus and for good reason. It?s something you must have when going there. For main courses we had the shrimp kabob, chicken kabob and lamb platter. All were very good. We were even commenting on the rice---perfectly fluffy with a wonderful mix of spices. We selected a bottle of their private label Merlot which we were told came from Columbia Winery. It was smooth and provided a wonderful accompaniment to our meals. Be sure to save room for the baklava. The baklava at Ephesus is not as sweet as what I?ve had elsewhere which worked for me. Although we found that Turkish coffee wasn?t to our particular likings, the presentation in the demitasse cups was very classy. We lingered for some time enjoying the comfort of the chairs and our conversation. The wait staff remained attentive ensuring we had fresh water and being available should we want anything else. It was a pleasurable evening out and one we plan to repeat.
Favorite restaurant in West Seattle, best hummus, warm and friendly service – This is my favorite place in West Seattle, the gentleman who owns it is always behind the open kitchen counter with a smile when you walk in and they have the best hummus I have ever had, they make it fresh every day. The Chicken Toprak and the Lamb Kebabs are to die for and on weekends they make a fantastic pomogranite dip. The atmosphere is warm and comfy and the service is always friendly. It can be very busy on weekends so reso's are a good idea. This is a great stand by, one that you can be assured won't disappoint. The wine list is reasonable, you can get a good bottle for in the $30 range. Their spin on Tiramisu is great, they add coffee beans and the top layer is like a dense chocolate fudge. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the hummus!
Turkish restaurant brings in West Seattle locals and Alki wanderers for exotic specialties and their infamous hummus. –
Best Hummus Ever – Once you step inside you'll forget the pink exterior instantly. They have gorgeous ornate wood/leather tables and high-back chairs.
We were seated in a booth and had prompt wonderful service throughout our visit. I had a glass of the house red wine - pretty good. The hummus appetizer - best hummus ever. Main course - I had lamb kebab, my friend had mixed kebab, both perfectly spiced. For dessert I had baklava and turkish coffee. My friend had something chocolate for dessert and loved it, can't remember what it was.
My bill came to $40 with tip and tax. That was for a glass of wine, 1/2 the appetizer, main course, dessert and turkish coffee. If you just go for the main course, it's less that $20. But you MUST get the hummus if you go! Could write much more here but they limit you to 150 words!
A lovely place – Everything about our experience at this restaurant was wonderful - the service was fantastic, we had both vegetarians and non-veggies in our group and, across the board, the food was really, really tasty. If you are at all inclined towards mushrooms - their mushroom appetizer is a must. Also, if you do make reservations, ask for the table with the view - it looks out over their little garden and it's the perfect place to watch the sun set.
WOW - What excellent food and experience – What fantstic food at a low price. We went to this great West Seattle eatery last night and had a tremendous experience. We made reservations for 7:30 PM and although not necessary, our waitress had reserved a table looking out the back window over the gardens, and later, at a tremendous Puget Sound Sunset.
I had a Chicken Dish in a Clay Pot and the rest of our party had lamb and a vegetarian clay pot (ask for this) and all were very satisfied. Very good food and decent wine at a good price.
Our service was great too, fast, friendly and colorful.
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