About Us

Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar was founded by Kamran Esar and his family, including his father, who has 45 years of butchery experience. The restaurant will have it's Grand Opening in mid-August, so stop on by!

Istanbul Tucson Gyro Sandwich

Delectable Cuisine

We aim to ensure that all our guests – from vegetarians to meat lovers – will find something to love at Istanbul.

Amazing Atmosphere

Our newly remodeled restaurant is complete with tables, booth and a bar for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy!

Great Prices

We aim to serve you the most delicious Mediterranean food at reasonable prices. Check out Our Menu to see our great deals!

Istanbul Tucson Gyro Sandwich

Family Friendly

Our restaurant is equipped to serve you and your family while you dine on delectable Mediterranean and Turkish dishes that everyone will love!

Excellent Service

Our staff treats every customer like family, ensuring you receive high-quality service and delicious Mediterranean options for everyone.

Great Prices

We aim to serve you the most delicious Mediterranean food at reasonable prices.

Our Story

My family and I are pleased to share our heritage with you as we prepare our famous Mediterranean and Turkish dishes for you and your family. I have always dreamed of opening a restaurant and my father, a butcher of 45 years, has always been my biggest supporter. We hope you enjoy dining with us a much as we enjoy serving you and sharing our favorite dishes. 

Kamran Esar

  • Our History

    The Esar family moved to Tucson 6 years ago and have been sharing their love of Mediterranean food ever since. Chef-owner Kamran Esar and his family will work together to bring you fresh, authentic Turkish cuisine right in Tucson. His father also brings 45 years of experience as a butcher right to the kitchens at Istanbul. They plan to open their restaurant Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine and Bar in mid-August so you and your family can experience the tastes of the Mediterranean. 

  • Our Cuisine

    Our menu features a variety of options to ensure that all our guests - from vegetarians to meat lovers - will find something to love at Istanbul. Our Menu features dishes like doner, kebabs, Turkmen rice, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and vegetarian dishes. Additionally, our menu features specials such as lamb shank, manti, lamb chops, okra, and more. To satisfy your sweet tooth we also feature fresh house-made desserts such as baklava and jalebi. Stop in today to see what everyone's talking about!