About Us

Gencer and Süreyya Gökeri, the owners of Istanbul Imports (established in 1991) have expended their business to bring to Fremont Istanbul Imports and Café Turko. They hope to bring you a truly authentic Turkish experience. The food and the culture offered at Cafe Turko reflect the Turkish respective cuisine, and well known Turkish hospitality.

When guests step into Café Turko they are immediately transported into the midst of the Anatolian, Mediterranean environs. They do not only enjoy the homemade cooking and exquisite tastes, they also get to experience a totally  mystic atmosphere, decor, and fun exceptional shopping.

Gencer Gökeri Süreyya Gökeri
Inside View

As a trained and educated teacher, cooking instructor and culinary trip organizer Süreyya brings a vast experience to both food and the ambiance of Café Turko. Gencer brings his retail experience of running Istanbul Imports since 1991: selling Turkish imports, and handmade rug mastery to Café Turko. The Gokeri's with their boys Kaan and Kutay welcome you to their homeland, Turkey in Fremont.

Come by and let us take you to Turkey during your stay…

Testimonials

Thank you again so much for the wonderful catering job for Bob's birthday party on July 15. I wrote about your wonderful food on my blog. I hope I am able to introduce you, your wonderful restaurant and your catering business to many people.
Thank you Süreyya, Once again, everybody raved about the food and asked me where it was catered from. There was plenty for everyone, and everything I tried was delicious.
Great food, great atmosphere, great people. Excellent, we will be back.
I cannot recommend this place enough! They had so many vegan options, we didn't even know where to start. Their food was excellent and the spices used were amazing. We enjoyed everything we tried. The staff is super friendly too. We'll definitely be returning.
Thank you so much for catering for our meeting. the food was a hit and many people asked me who made it and planning on to visiting Cafe Turko now.
Süreyya, The food was amazing. Great feedback from everyone. Thank you for coming through on such short notice.
UH-MAZING!!!! And I don’t like kale but this is by far the best ever!!! Everything is delish, the vegetarian dish is equally delish! Yummy, thank you!!!
Dear Süreyya, We got so many compliments on the food. Everything was delicious, and we had enough.
The Gem in Fremont. What a great experience. The food is wonderful and the husband and wife owners are so nice. They take time to talk to the customers and genuinely seem happy that you are there. I've never been to Turkey but if this is what the food is like, I think I will.
The smell of cardamon tea and homemade pastries at Cafe Turko brings me back to the time I spent in Gaziantep, Turkey, a town in Southeastern Turkey considered the country's culinary capital. Come early, settle in at a table near the front window next to the open kitchen, and watch Sureyya and her crew prepare all the traditional dishes. My favorite is the yam hummus.
I love Cafe Turko catering so much , it is a pleaSüre to work with Süreyya and her team. Their menu is extensive and they will help you pick just the right menu for your special event. the dishes are beautiful and they are just gorgeous on the table. I have used their catering for several parties and celebrations. They are simply the best.
The orange one had yam in it. It was like "dessert hummus." The red was beet; the green was spinach, and the bottom one was regular garlic. They were all incredibly, ridiculously tasty. [Rainbow humus]
Cafe Turko has provided lunch for entire 45 person start up every week for over 2 years. the employees love it so much that they have fondly coined Tuesdays as “Turko Tuesdays” and it is a day that we will all look froward to. Cafe Turko provides us a wonderfully fresh, balanced and delicious meal each week which is always varied, well spiced, full of in season healthful ingredients. Delivery is always prompt, presentation is beautiful, and quantity is right on. We are so greatl for our weekly Cafe Turko lunches.
Hello Süreyya, Thank you so much for your wonderful food and very pleasant staff and service. I personally think all of it is absolutely delicious and we will recommend your catering services.
Thank you Cafe Turko for catering my daughter”s wedding. What a treat for 200 guests. You did an amazing job with beautiful colors, tastes and textures. Süreyya delivered the food, set up the tables and presented the food in such an elegant manner, accommodated with my last minute changes without a problem. I highly recommend Cafe Turko’s Catering service. Their food is lovely and I was quite happy with all of the praise.
If you are having a party, it's a great idea to stop at Cafe Turko to get an assortment of salads and spreads, Sureyya's seasonal hummus dishes, the roasted eggplant in yogurt sauce, pide, dolmas, etc. They also do catering. Overall, I crush on this local treasure. Not sure if folks know they still have a large retail business in addition to the cafe. I also picked up a gift certificate for Christmas.
If you're looking for a great, inexpensive, warm, inviting place to eat in Seattle, go to Cafe Turko. I can't say enough nice things about this place. We lingered endlessly there today. The food is amazing and the family who owns and runs it couldn't possibly be nicer. I wish they'd adopt me.
All of my senses are engaged as I step into Cafe Turko. As one who has traveled Turkey, I love to visit this cafe to remind me of my travels by the smells, tastes, sounds and touch. The staff is delightful to talk with and hear their stories; they carry their heritage as a gem to share with Seattle.
I know my parents have already been to the restaurant to return the platters and thank you in person, but I just wanted to extend another thanks for the beautiful catering last weekend! Everything was so delicious, our guests had so many positive comments about how exceptional the food was. It was such a pleasure to work with you again--my family couldn't image having anyone else cater a party!
Thank you again, and I look forward to eating in the restaurant very soon!

What they say in the media

Below are some of the media articles about Café Turko

Delightful Turkish in Fremont, Seattle Times October 31st 2013, By Misha Berson

Turkish delight: Seattle meets Gaziantep at Café Turko

Café Turko: a Vegan Oasis in Fremont

Seattle True Foodies Meetup Group 27 September 2013

Reviews