Cafe Istanbul - Dallas
Cafe Istanbul - Dallas

Cafe Istanbul - Dallas

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe-istanbul.net/
  • Phone: 2149020919
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Ahmet Ozdemir
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater your parties. We can provide servers for your special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant can be reserved for special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Unsal Bulut 2149020919
  • Entertainment: Bellydancing Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Inwood Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Istanbul - Dallas
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Cafe Istanbul - Dallas reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (8)fit for foodies (5)great for lunch (5)special occasion (4)kid-friendly (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Cafe Istanbul was awesome
    WD40
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I have always heard of the restaurant, but never made the time to go there. Our party had a great time learning about the different type of food and it was very good. I will definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AC
    DMan
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    It is VERY VERY hot inside. They don't seem to switch on the AC. We informed them a couple of times but they did not bother to address the issue
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very authentic Turkish cooking!
    Papabear
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We enjoy good from all over the Mediterranean and Middle East, but Turkish food is special to us. We've been to Turkey twice on culinary and cultural tours, and it's one of our favorite countries to visit. The food was excellent, everything we could have hoped for that night! We went to the Lovers Lane location in the Inwood shopping center, because of its proximity to my parents, but will be trying the North location soon. I didn't realize they had belly dancing on Friday night, or we might have gone someplace else so that we could have more conversation. However, we still really enjoyed the experience. The dancer was pretty good, even though the sound level made conversation a little tough. Try something w/puréed eggplant. Yumlicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We like this place and I just believe we just went on a bad day. My food was OK although a bit salty. The appetizers were OK but I know they can do better. The place lacked ambiance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoy Summer dining
    NYNY007
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Lovely spot for a quiet lunch with a friend. Food and patio were perfect for outdoor dining. Service is fast and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another find
    Charles
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I always look for interesting cuisine and found another that tickles our palette. The presentation and taste of the food was good and will come back due to it. We visited during lunch time, and there are people in the patio area, but inside was empty. I would suggest to the manager to not have the lighting so dark during the lunch hours, and they may have more people start coming in. As I mentioned, the food is good. Our waiter was very attentive at first, but when I asked for the check it took a while before I received it, since he was attentive to new patrons sitting outside. We definitely will come back, if not here, then the one in Plano.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint Gem
    Ckg4
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This was our second trip to Cafe Istanbul. As before, the food was excellent. The falafel in particular is not to be missed, and we really enjoyed the chicken and tilapia that we ordered. The wine list is alright. The waiter did try and push a more expensive bottle, but was polite when we declined. It would be nice if the staff were trained not to fill our wine glasses like water glasses. We only got 4 glasses out of our bottle because of the heavy handed pour. It wasn't enough to spoil the evening, but we just expected better. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Cafe Istanbul - Dallas reviews archive.
  • Dependably good
    Madbeppo
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We needed a quiet place for dinner with a job candidate, and the Cafe Istanbul was perfect for that purpose. A quiet place, with of course good food and service, and the rest.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Turkish Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The menu items may sound familiar, but the quality, preparation and seasoning transcends the ordinary. Reservations did not appear to be necessary as the greater did not check, nor appear to have, a podium list. We were seated immediately. We were given a less-than-prime spot but the service and attentiveness from the staff did not suffer, Beer and wine only. Canned music a bit intrusive, and at one point, dueling with a second source. Half a Dollar Sign overpriced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cultural, but a little over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    My husband and I wanted to try this restaurant as it is within walking distance of our house and it was one of the few in the area we had not yet visited. Friday evening dinner scene was rather sedate, only about 25% of tables were filled, and the lighting was very low (we're in our 20's and it was even a little dark for my eyes). Food was decent, but given the prices I felt it was a few dollars over-priced. Then there was the belly dancer.... not overly distracting, but the music accompanying the dancing was very loud, and I could've done without the show. BUT it was a very authentic feel, the owner/manager greeted every patron at the door, and our waitress was very kind and helpful. Overall: good to try once, but likely will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Frank17504
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food and the entertainment were excellent. This is a great restaurant if you want the experience of a Turkish/Middle Eastern dinning experience. Next time we care in Dallas, we will definitely place this restaurant on list of places to visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night out
    Goodgirl
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    The waiter misled us on a dish we could not eat and only offered dessert in lieu of. Thought that was kind of tacky. Everything else was OK
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    BDance
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    True to the Turkish culture, Cafe Istanbul is delicious. The service and food were top quality, and this place is excellent for a date night or lunch out while shopping. You just need to eat there, at some point, and if possible, more than once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Cafe Istanbul!
    birdman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant! My wife and I go every Valentine's Day! They have the best Calamari that we have ever had. The bread is great and the food is just plain AWESOME! If you haven't eaten there before you are missing out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something Different
    Ckg4
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    I came here with my Dad, looking for something different for his trip into town. Cafe Istanbul was a real winner. The service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was great for a quiet get together. One note, when they say their food is spicy, they mean it. It wasn't over the top, blow your head off, but deliciously spicy, and we loved it. We tried the Turkish wine on offer. Our server was great getting us several to try so we could chose the one we enjoyed the best. We also asked for a plate to go, as one of our party couldn't make it to dinner. They put it together with care. It was obvious that everyone there had pride in their establishment, and the service they provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I got hummus to start, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I got hummus to start, which was tasty, but drier than most. Heavy on the chickpeas, light on the garlic lemon and tahini. I also had the lunch special with Falafel and salad. The salad was a very small portion about the size of your fist. The flafel sandwich comes on a flatbread pita with falafel only and no other toppings, which makes it very bland. I put the salad on top of the sandwich. I also had an iced tea and a turkish coffee. Including tip it was $32. Pricey for what you actually get. You would do better to go to Cafe Izmir, or even GRIP Mediterranean, for that matter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch restaurant. I
    HewieVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Great lunch restaurant. I love the mediterranean style salads!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We loved the calamari - lightly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We loved the calamari - lightly battered. I had the lamb shank. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were a group of 7 and the waiter did a great job of helping us order combined sample platters that everyone enjoyed. The belly dancer on Saturday night was an added attraction.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Istanbul
    CReynolds
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Our appetizers were good. but, our main courses left a lot to be desired. Two guests ordered lamb chops which they were out of, so they substiuted lamb kabobs. The kabobs we very well done although they were ordered medium rare. i ordered salmon which was dry as a bone, and the sauce accompaning it was very tart and vinegary. The fourth diner ordered the specail. He barely ate two bites. He said it was awful. There was a belly dancer that was very hokey. A little bit of that goes a long way especially when you are trying to have a conversation with your guest. We won't be going back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spontaneous Choice
    Gregg
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I have seen the Cafe Istanbul at Legacy Village but never tried it. On NYE we had a limited choice in places to eat since I was making last minute reservations.. The Dallas location near Loves Field had a couple of tables open and we grab one up quick. The food was great, the Turkish wine our waitress recommend was great, our waitress was amazing as well as the rest of the staff. In the end I will be visiting Cafe Istanbul on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were out of some of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    They were out of some of the menu items we were looking to order, but overall good restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Turkish lunch
    texasmamaVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    I met a friend at Cafe Istanbul for lunch and we were able to sit outside at a very shaded table. I ordered the lunch special which was soup and a sandwich. The lentil soup was really delicious as was the chicken sandwich that I ordered. It also came with a few pieces of baklava. My friend ordered the beef kabob which looked great but she said it was a bit too spicy for her. The waitress brought her some yogurt sauce to cool it down which worked for her. Overall, we thought that our lunch was very nice .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love it! Danny is wonderful!
    TJBSVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Dine here often and Danny is our favorite waiter. He takes wonderful care of us, allows makes sure our order is correct (I have allergies that require special attention) and remembers us and our preferences every time we're there. The food is great and he definitely adds to the whole experience! Will be back again and again! One of our favorite places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exellent Place
    Troy
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The food was magnificent and the service, impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy we tried it
    Jujubean
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Two of us split an appetizer tray with 4 appetizers and it was enough for lunch. Save room for the baklava and Turkish coffee for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something wonderfully different
    RandS
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    This restaurant is a great find in Dallas. The food is different and extremely tasty. The breads are wonderful, the salads differnt than anything you have had anywhere and the lamb selections incredible. The staff is very eager to help explain each item, so no fear of not knowing the food. No matter who you are, you will find something of interst ont he vast menu. They even have wines from Turkey that were very nice. WE have gone a few times now and keep finding new favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dined here several times.
    TJBSVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Dined here several times. Can be difficult when ordering if the waitstaff is unfamiliar with the menu as with our last experience. But, once someone seasoned is found things look up. We enjoy dining here and will be back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but pricey
    ethnicfoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Visited this restaurant before but remembered larger portions previously. Food was seasoned and tasty but I would only go back for special occasions. This is not a place I would visit frequently unless I had money to spend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure!
    Annie
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    Love to eat at this little restaurant at Inwood Village. The food is great and the ambience as well. The beef and lamb dish is well-spiced and excellent. Love the hummus as well!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet