About Efes Turkish Restaurant

What is it about Turkish cuisine that makes it just so darn good? Is it the freshness of the produce used? Is it the succulent meats from the charcoal that quite literally melt in your mouth? Or perhaps the glorious array of mezze dishes? To be honest, we think it’s all of the above plus more, and if you’re after the best of Turkish cuisine in London, well the choice is obvious. Efes Turkish Restaurant is a London institution, and has well and truly stood the test of time. Owner Kazim Usta opened the first one in 1975 and hasn’t looked back, and their spot on Commercial Road in Whitechapel is brimming with all the some seriously incredible dishes and all we can say is – why are you still reading? Get down there asap!

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am


Efes Turkish Restaurant
230 Commercial Road, Whitechapel
London E1 2NB

Menu Highlights




Deeped fried bean and herb croquettes served with hummus


Mashed chick peas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic


Sautéed aubergines along with potatoes in an onion and tomato sauce

More about Efes Turkish Restaurant, London

London favourite Efes Turkish Restaurant are undoubtedly up there with the best restaurants in town. With several peppered through the city, their Commercial Road space in Whitechapel is a local favourite and the team have got the foodie scene buzzing with their extensive menu, and impeccable service. With their menu being so enticing, we’ve discovered the best thing to do is to pay Efes Turkish Restaurant a visit with a group, and opt to share several dishes so you can indulge in multiple dishes and delight those taste buds well and truly.

Start your Efes Turkish Restaurant rendezvous with the mixed mezze of hummus, tabbouleh, caci, rus salatasi and patlican ezme, which is a combination of several starters, and an excellent way to get amongst dishes you perhaps haven’t tried before. Following that, we have a soft spot for pide, which is a Turkish pizza topped with a range of fillings like minced lamb, or garlic sausage and cheese. The team at this London delight also have a range of vegetarian dishes so no matter your dietary preference, you’ll be well-catered for. Located on Commercial Road, this Whitechapel institution simply needs to be sampled, so go forth, feast and enjoy!

27 Efes Turkish Restaurant Reviews

27 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Good value
Abdullah M.12 days ago · 2 reviews

Great atmosphere, great scenery, bit pricy for the amount given. Overall positive. Attentive staff, respected fasting traditions, came just before fasting time, dates given to, but no Turkish tea to compliment as other Turkish restaurants offer this, and no baklava a given to. 6 stars.

Michalis P.4 months ago · 1 review

Excellent quality, huge quantity, friendly staff, worth it prices. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to eat till he drops. Would suggest the Efes platter no.2 for any group of 4 and more.

Jeff E.5 months ago · 1 review

Best Turkish in east London, great food at a reasonable price and friendly staff . Had the Effes 2 platter which was more than enough for 4 people