A good Turkish restaurant isn't just the perfect place to practice close-up magic on unsuspecting patrons; it's also a great spot to meet friends and share Burton Gilliam gossip. Appetize while you socialize and mesmerize with today's deal: for $12, you get $25 worth of Turkish cuisine and drinks at Tuba Restaurant & Grill, located in the heart of Mission. This Groupon is only valid for dine-in.
Turkish chef Coskun Bektas draws from his Turkish childhood in Turkey and his experience in working in Turkish and Mediterranean kitchens to craft a Turkish menu of freshly made fare using natural ingredients inspired by Turkey. Also, the cuisine is Turkish. Cold appetizers include hummus ($6) and grape leaves stuffed with rice, currants, pine nuts, and herbs ($7), with hot appetizers such as crispy falafels ($6) and crab cakes ($9) for those wishing to test out the novelty mouth fridge acquired in a white-elephant swap. Tuba brings the classic adage "Everything's bigger in Turkey" to life with its generous entree portions. Valiantly attempt to polish off the moussaka ($13), served with rice, or the hearty grilled lamb chops ($22), served with rice and sautéed vegetables. Diners have applauded Tuba's mixed-grill kebab combo ($24), with its myriad of Mediterranean meats, also available in their own kebab platters ($14–$17), all served with rice and sautéed vegetables. End your eats with Tuba's signature dessert, the kunefe ($7), two layers of shredded phyllo dough packed with sweet cheese, baked, and served with syrup and pistachio nuts.
Tuba's dining room of ruby-red walls and atmospheric lighting promise an evocative evening, made all the better by the staff of attentive and informative servers. The cozy atmosphere is accommodating to large social heads and exclusive lovebirds alike. Brush up on your Ottoman Empire trivia and talk Turkey at Tuba Restaurant & Grill.
- Tuba is quite affordable if you go with two to three friends and stick to the combination platters… It's the kebab combo, with its succulent lamb chops, chicken kebabs, and kofte, that makes a group outing worthwhile. – SF Weekly
- Nonetheless, entrées entice most, with two dishes in particular warranting special attention: small beef-stuffed dumplings called manti, a specialty from chef-owner Coskun Bektas's hometown of Kayseri in central Turkey, and the mixed grill, an imposing plate of skewered meats capable of feeding at least two hungry diners. – Gayot
- I was sad that there wasn't a large man playing a tuba when we entered as I had imagined, but the food was good and very Turkish-esk. – Heather E., Yelp