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

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.

Carol Pucci, freelance travel writer.

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.

Deanne Redr Greaves

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!!!

Monica D. Guillen

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.

Patty Bertand

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]

Beth Heston

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.

Shannon Armstrong

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.

Monica Guillen

The food, service and atmosphere is amazing here! I have been here so many times and I can not believe I am finally writing this. This is probably one of my favorite halal restaurants in Seattle! The decor is excellent at the restaurant, and the owner is so nice! He goes around and sill ask how everything is to make sure everything is perfect. If you have not been here, you need to go ASAP! It is that good!

Sania Iqbal

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!

Carrie Dedon

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.

Sandy Stith

Dear Süreyya, We got so many compliments on the food. Everything was delicious, and we had enough.

Chiyo Ishikawa

Thank YOU Sureyya! Once again, everyone raved about the food and asked where it was catered from. There was plenty for everyone, and everything I tried was delicious

Mohit Talwar

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.

Cilla Scofield

Süreyya, The food was amazing. Great feedback from everyone. Thank you for coming through on such short notice.

Donna Mahoney

Seattle needs more food like this: truly authentic cultural cuisine that does not break the bank. The brunch is solid, but the dinner is where it is at. For two people, we usually order an entree and a platter of mezzes. You can count everything you order being incredibly well seasoned. We especially appreciate that they have gluten free bread.

Eric Wilson

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.

Aimee Roof

Café Turko’s catering service provides high quality, delicious food at very reasonable prices. I’ve used them now for a work event in my home, a large birthday for 25 people, and a dinner party. They deliver the food in easy-to-keep warm containers, or platters if you prefer, and Sureyya is very helpful figuring out how much to order, what will be a good fit for the occasion, and making suggestions. I plan to keep using Café Turko for home and work catering – great food, great service, and super-tasty left-overs!

Lara Iglitzin

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.

Heather Cameron

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.

Annette Touthonghi

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.

Lisa Foltz

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.

Mohit Tawar

Great food, great atmosphere, great people. Excellent, we will be back.

Belgin Jones

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.

Kathleen Dedon

Hello, chef Sureyya! Yes! Thank you very much. Everything was delicious and presented well. The food arrived on time, and the delivery person (your son, I believe?) was very gracious and sweet.  Needless to say, we are not only fans of your restaurant, but your catering business, as well! We had a wonderful celebration!

Arlene Chen

My friend, who loves all things Turkish brought me, who loves all things familiar, to Cafe Turko and it was really good! Great ambience and great food. I had something similar to pizza with Turkish sausage and dolmas. All delicious. Friendly staff and great service. Eat here, you won’t be disappointed.

Abbey Oneover

What they say in the media

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