We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
265 Upper Street | Islington, London N1 2UQ, England
+44 20 7359 0405
Website
Today
12:00 - 00:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 10:30
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 11:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 171: English reviews
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
64 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great little Turkish Restaurant half way between Angel and Highbury. We ate really well with friendly staff with a large set of starters- 8 in all-.a main course and a beer and at £22 a head including a tip seems to me good value. You are not rushed and on a hot evening front doors open.

Helpful?
Thank Johntherunner
Herts
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to eat. The staff were friendly and the food was fantastic. My wife and I had a 3 course set meal each and a bottle of house white(great wine) Including a service charge the cost was £40,Yes £40 great value. Will be going back

Helpful?
Thank HertsDave
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
1,353 reviews
497 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ordered their special 3-course dinner for only 10.95 pounds and enjoyed a real feast. We each had a maze for a starter and then mousaka and chicken wings, followed by baklava with ice cream. What a deal! Oh, and I should emphasize that the cuisine quality was extremely high. Friendly efficient service. Good wine. The place was so popular... More 

Helpful?
Thank Thomas V
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely cosy restaurant with a valid menu,,, great for tapas when sharing! Superb Buzbag white wine. Highly recommended! Will deffinately return!

Helpful?
Thank Lesley B
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The other reviews have beaten me. Friendly, great food, good value and wide variety. Good for vegetarians.

Helpful?
Thank John H
Coventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

So impressed with the many vegetarian and vegan choices! This restaurant has food choices I've not seen in others. Great atmosphere and very attentive and polite staff. Such a great value for money. Nicely and uniquely decorated restaurant. Great set menu options with drink deals. Would definitely visit again!

Helpful?
Thank RobynBruce
London
Level Contributor
83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

I was here on Saturday night as I was in the area. I'd been before and remembered it as really good. I was a little disappointed as it didn't match my memories and the portions were smaller than I expected.

Helpful?
Thank Jenfert
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is the third visit to Gem in just over a year for a small group reunion. The meal was unhurried and in great surroundings. The food was delicious and plentiful, and at very good prices. Would thoroughly recommend it.

Helpful?
Thank John S
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Three visits now and just perfect each time. Just go crazy with the hot & cold meze... you can't go wrong!

Helpful?
Thank Ruairí Ó
Level Contributor
36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Nice local & cosy place that serves authentic Kurdish food. One of the best options on Upper street and definitely the best Turkish/Kurdish option!

Helpful?
Thank Amit Z

Travellers who viewed Gem also viewed

 

Been to Gem? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$16 - US$25
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 10:30
Monday
12:00 - 11:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 11:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 11:00
Thursday
12:00 - 11:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 265 Upper Street | Islington, London N1 2UQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7359 0405

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Gem staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?