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Feb 13, 2010 10:43 AM

Tuba Turkish restaurant

Tuba opened on Guerrero and 22nd about a month ago, reviving a spot that long ago was the Moa Room and Le Trou and has been a succession of undistinguished restaurants since then.

The owners are associated with New Kapadokkia in RWC and also Marina and Kebab on Chestnut Street. This experience shows in everything about the place: the capable kitchen and staff, large parties thronging to get in, being able to make reservations on OpenTable.

It was packed on a Friday night, and although we were late for our reservation, we ended up having to wait a bit and then sit at the bar. The staff was gracious and attentive.

We shared the hot appetizer platter ($18?) and mussaka ($15?), made in the Turkish style with potatoes and eggplant. Portions are huge and come with small salads. Everything was delicious: for example these were the first decent tasting tomato slices I've had in months. And the rice with orzo that accompanies the mussaka was exceptional. (How often do you notice rice pilaf as a standout?)

The menu is a Mediterranean mix, with falafel and crab cakes along side more traditional Turkish dishes. My favorites were the kofta and mussaka. A zucchini fritter was tasty too. The cold appetizer platter and lamb chops headed to another table were tempting.

They're still waiting for their liquor license, but this is definitely wine-friendly food. Turkish coffee was the perfect end to the meal. Dessert looked good, but we were too full.

Our total came to $45 for two before tip. Tuba is a great addition to the neighborhood.

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  1. Patricia Unterman reviewed it for Fri 1/21/11 Examiner. Recommended dishes: ezme, stuffed falafel salad, mucver, icli kofte, beyti adana, hunkar begendi, rice pudding.

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    1007 Guerrero St (at 22nd St), SF

    Sun-Th 5-10p
    Fri-Sat 5-11p

    1. Went for dinner last night. Shared hot and cold platters, so tried a whole bunch of things. The haydari, crab cakes, and içli kofta were standouts. Adana kebab was really good. The manti were tasty though not as good as Troya's. Didn't have room for dessert, would have liked to try the künefe and rice pudding.

      Tuba Restaurant
      1007 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. How does it compare to A La Turca? (It's been my go-to Turkish for a while now.)

        A La Turca
        869 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        3 Replies
        1. re: jman1

          Tuba is fancier and better if less traditional. Haven't been to Troya to compare.

          349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

          1. re: Windy

            Tuba's food seemed quite traditional to me. It's a pretty nice space, comfortable seats, might make an okay date spot.

          2. re: jman1

            I've been to all three. Of the three, I prefer the food at Alaturca but the atmosphere at Tuba and Troya is much nicer. I think Tuba seems to have a little more "fusion"/Mediterranean influence rather than straight Turkish, like Windy indicated.

            349 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

          3. Dropped in tonight. A friend and I shared the hot appetizer plate and mixed grill entree. Thought most of the grilled meats were very good to excellent. Even the chicken (breast meat) was nice and juicy. Enjoyed the appetizers but would probably not get the combo plate again - while most of the appetizers are good the preponderance of fried stuff makes the whole thing a bit too greasy. Next time would probably mix it up with some cold apps and some hot.

            Quite a few people there at peak dinner hour for a Monday night. A bit out of my budget right now compared with the Tenderloin joints but good to have it as an occasional option.