Cafe Istanbul - Plano
Cafe Istanbul - Plano

Cafe Istanbul - Plano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafe-istanbul.net/
  • Phone: 9723982020
  • 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: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater your parties. We can also provide servers for your special occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant can be reserved for special occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Berna Ozmen 9723982020
  • Entertainment: Bellydancing Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Legacy Dr.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking available.
A word from Cafe Istanbul - Plano
Authentic Turkish Cuisine, prepared by Turkish Chefs with fresh ingredients.
Full bar, extensive wine list, Happy Hour, Bellydancing Shows...
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Istanbul - Plano reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)special occasion (11)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (9)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Always enjoy dining here
    TJBSVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As always, we enjoyed our dinner. We request the same server each time and he is wonderful! They do a great job accommodating my allergy and making adjustments to their dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Janet
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice meal, the waiter was very friendly. Overall it was a great dinner with the family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • H02 Dinner Club
    JMcPeople
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Appetizers were outstanding. The hummus was very well prepared and smooth. There was a good selection of lamb. I would recommend the Lamb Shank ... falling off the bone, moist and flavorful. It was a Saturday night and we were able to take in a performance by a belly dancer. She was friendly and participated in our groups dinner club "festivities" !! Thank You for a Fun evening with our delicious meals!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Groups
    TamInTexas
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a group dinner and it was wonderful. The food, service, atmosphere - everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Turkish Food in Texas!
    GlobalGirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is good, the staff knowledgable and friendly. The hummus excellent. Decor is nice, casual. Loved the evil eyes on the wall and the tile on the ceiling.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • satisfied
    agrn
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Nice restaurant but disappointed no bread or dip offered to start unless you order it as an extra item .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Luv2entertain
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I had read a few negative reviews and was a little skeptical however I wanted to try it out. I was greatly surprised. The food and the service were both excellent!! Get the mixed grill out to try an assortment of their meats. It's excellent. Will go back and bring others!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same
    NancyTX
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We hadn't been to Café Istanbul for a while so I suggested it for a small family gathering on a Wednesday eve. We were seated at the back of the restaurant where they have several long tables set for groups such as this. The rest of the restaurant, bar and most of the patio were deserted. While other bars and restaurants across the street were packed, it was notably quiet inside. The appetizers were good as I had remembered, but the salmon on the salad was not the same, small pieces of not-real-fresh pink variety and disappointing. There was no happy hour nor specials and it just didn't feel the same. Definitely need to rethink their promotions and monitor the freshness of the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle Eastern Gem
    lh2325
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a restaurant that never disappoints. We've taken people who never had been exposed to this cuisine and loved it. It's wonderfully situated on the North end of Shops of Legacy (Lone Star) where the week-end night life is always fun to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethnic and serene place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food is gud..except for d shish kabab which were not done so well...so is the ambience is good...and service is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Cafe Istanbul - Plano reviews archive.
  • A great find!
    GabeB
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Eating outdoors in the evening was a very enjoyable experience. The patio is well positioned so there is no direct sunlight, and the ambiance is enjoyable. The food was unusual - something I crave - and very good, as was the service. The cost is very reasonable. We will definitely go back here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mediterranean Food
    Judy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My family and I enjoy the delicious and healthy Mediterranean food offerings. I always get the appetizer platter for the table and order for myself something vegetarian. The rest of my family orders chicken and/or beef and are very complimentary about their choices. The wait staff are very accommodating to children's special requests (i.e. chicken nuggets, catsup, etc.). It's always a pleasure to dine at Café Istanbul.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average food, not-so-great service
    victory01
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Several of us going to Cafe Istanbul were vegetarians so this review is based on that. Plusses of Cafe Istanbul: 1. Ability to reserve table online; nice convenience for a Friday night; 2. Good appetizers; 3. Outdoor dining a bonus Cons to Cafe Istanbul: 1. Entree options for vegetarians not so great. They had some veggie casserole dish that tasted like tomato soup with vegetables and you had to eat it with rice. Blah; 2. Service was average. Waitress was not friendly and had a condescending attitude. Big turnoff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    Bgame
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food & service was wonderful. Was too cold the day we were there to sit outside, but patio looks great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed menu
    Food
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The menu has changed since last time. Not as good in terms of flavor.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Setting & Food
    BeenAroundATimeOr2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I've lived and eaten food from Turkey so was pleasantly happy to find the taste and presentation of the food was very good. I was disappointed in the service however. I spoke with the Manager (Turkish Lady) about my service and received an apology and complimentary Turkish Tea and Desert. I'll go back again to give Cafe Istanbul another try however there is no substitute for being in the real Istanbul. :-)
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice food, but service not so!
    twittwoo
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Sadly the food was nice but we were ignored quite often and certainly found the service lacking. The food was okay.. nothing special and small portions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    mrswages
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We got to the restaurant before our reservation, but were seated right awa Yuri. The food was wonderful as well as the service. We even came back for the bellydancer at 9:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Waiter too timid and spoke so low he could not be heard over the background noise. My lamp shank was pitiful. Unseasoned and presented slightly warm. The tomato base stock was also uneventful and simply bland. The mash potatoes were from a box. A Pomegranate Martini was ordered per the drink menu and a Promegranate martini was served.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food is authentic and prepared fresh daily. The staff explained the dishes and provided great service without hovering. Every course was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Ingmarmark
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We enjoyed the food very much. Server did not make any recommendations and bar service was a bit slow but overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my good lunch
    deltapapaVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    What a great place for a delicious meal. I have been at this restaurant several times, both for lunch and dinner. Cafe Istanbul is always consistent. The mediterranean choices are excellent, the service is always accurate, friendly and respectful as well the management. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a nice evening with our daughter
    Mrfirstnighter
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Istanbul has been one of our favorite restaurants in the local area. this time we tried a Turkish white wine that was really quite good. In nicer weather, we like to eat outside and take in the people watching of the Legacy scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food brought down by service.
    FriscoFoodie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    This was our second time at Cafe Istanbul. After being seated promptly we waited a good ten minutes for our waiter to arrive. I think he was new, and they may have been understaffed for a Saturday night, but our service all night was lacking. Water glass sat empty often, never checked on us, attempted to clear plates as we were still eating, just uncomfortable. Lucky, the food is good here! The hummus and tabbouleh appetizers were outstanding, and dessert was some of the best baklava I've ever had. The actual meals were also good, but at the end of the day there are so many choices of places to eat in Legacy, all with great good, that having subpar service just didn't cut it for us. Might go back just for drinks and apps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy night
    Jetjock
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Night after valentines day and the place was very busy. Our waiter apologized for not getting to us often enough during the meal. We could see that he was assigned outside tables, a large inside group, as well as other smaller tables like ours. He was definitely getting his exercise running about. .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Service was super and we loved the food. Don't remember the name of the dish I had but it was lamb over a smoked eggplant mozzarella puree that was outstanding and very unique.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mediterranean Dining
    JayJay
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food here is always great. If you like Greek or Mediterranean food, then Cafe Istanbul will not disappoint with their Turkish menu. Our only complaint each time we come is the water. It tastes terrible. We are not sure if this just how Plano water tastes, but it forces us to purchase iced tea or some other beverage. Otherwise, this place gets 5 starts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took chef recommendations for dinner and was not disappointed. Make sure to get the kunefe for dessert. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was outstanding and
    Foodie1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was top notch. This is one of the best dining experiences in Dallas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a break from Mexican and sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    With another couple, we had a wonderful dining experience. The menu is authentic and has something for all. Presentation is very good and expertly prepared. I had the best lamb shanks I've ever tasted, served on a bed of a fabulous mixture of roasted red peppers and eggplant. Fantastic! Everyone enjoyed what they had. The service was very good, with a delightful server who was very friendly, informed, and made perfect suggestions. An accidental wine spill by one of us quickly had three people immediately helping, one to take care of the table, one mopping the floor and one helping the "victim" of the spill. Quick, cordial and helpful. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Istambul is consistently
    deltapapaVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Cafe Istambul is consistently a great place for a really delicious Mediterranean style meal. The creativity of the chef in incomparable as well the continuity of his traditional meals. The wines list gives the choice of the right drink at the right price. The service is superb as well the management in handling all of the aspects of a great dining experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went on a friday night
    Coqui
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We went on a friday night with reservation and as soon we got in the restaurant the host took us to our table. It is a small place, the ambience is nice. Service was fast and the food was delicious. The bakalava was the best I ever had. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trip to the airport
    deltapapaVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I reserved a table at Cafe Istanbul on my way to the airport. No surprise; the place is consistently great. The food provided was everything that I expected in a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant. My lamb as well the dessert were exquisite. The taste of the Turkish wine was superb. Management and staff are wonderful to deal with. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Turkish food/ fun atmosphere
    jcdoug01
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Second dining experience was even better than the first because the belly dancer added a festive element. Delicious Turkish food, and also good choices for diners skeptic about trying new things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!!!
    Rebelfoodie
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Thanks Herschel for top notch service! I loved the Turkish sausage, and the lamb on the mixed grill for 2 ( can't remember exact name of the dish).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    This restaurant at the Shops of Legacy is a great little place to take a date. We went on a weekday so it was pretty quiet and the service was very attentive. They have a delicious menu of Mediterranean cuisine and an excellent selection of wine. I certainly recommend Cafe Istanbul!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Baklava ever!!!
    KStategradVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Nice ambience, excellent service, the staff was very attentive and accommodating. They sincerely wanted you to enjoy your dining experience. We did! We ordered the sampler platter for two. Everything was wonderful but the beef was a bit tough. Strongly encourage everyone to try the Baklava. We have eaten Baklava all over the world and this is the best we have ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    PRPR
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Excellent experience. Loved the way they accommodated every request. Loved the place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent
    deltapapaVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Have gone several times now and each time is a dining pleasure. Staff is extremely courteous and responsive; the chef is superb. Food is delicious with unique and tasty spice combinations typical of the Mediterranean cuisine. The Anatolian cabernet was delicious and is recommended. Management is pleasant and warmly welcoming. Highly recommend this for a unique dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Service a bit Slow
    MillerbuildsVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We went to Cafe Istanbul this past friday and the food and belly dancer were wonderful. We had a great time the only thing that was a bit displeasing was the service. We had our apps and had more than completed them. After being done with the apps for more than 15 minutes the waiter asked if we were done and would we like to have our entree's started....I totally understand staging but this seemed to be a bit long. Over all the dinner took more than 2 hours. Other little things that brought the service down, on of the guests dining with us had a drink before dinner and had not finished it, so when the wine came, they did not provide him with a glass, we had to request one 3 times. To reinforce the food was wonderful! We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic