Cafe Istanbul is one of the places we like to go on modest occasions when we simply want good food and what might be the best hummus and lavash in the area. 3 of us split the mixed grill and a Turkish sausage flatbread pizza... And hummus and a couple of lavash loaves. Awesome. We tried the Turkish Selection white wine, which was very dry and earthy and went well with the flavors of the food. The noise level was almost non-existent since we showed up before 6:00pm and were the only diners inside. We saved just enough room to share a Kunefe, one of the worlds great sweet inventions. Service was attentive and friendly. The only odd thing was that the chef behind the glass was staring at my wife for much of the time we were there.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I LOVE the food and desserts! Just YUM!! But a little pricey , I wish I got more meat for what I'm paying
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the belly dancing. Oh and the food was good.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Dolmas around
Great Mediterranean Food, amazing service, great wine choices and Dolmas are best in town. Vegetarian casserole is amazing as well. Nothing but things to say about this place. Whenever in there area will definitely dine here again
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first visit.
I went to this restaurant because I love good mediterranean food. I ate there the best lamb I had in the last year. It was perfectly seasoned, cooked and served with a mild hot spice and other traditional veggies. In addition they served a glass of good wine which mate very well with lamb.
Thank you for a great meal.
10/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, good service, good location, great atmosphere says it all for me.
If I have to add anything, I would say they could use some more vegetarian options, the ones they have are great, would be awesome to have a couple of more.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Service...
I was visiting a relative in Plano, TX and ended up going there for a late lunch (Yes, they are open all day). We were a group of four and it was a very good experience. There was a vegetarian in our group and she too had a lot of options. The waiter had a good understanding of how the dishes were made and took time to explain the details, which was interesting. The food came out nice and hot and good portions. Flavors were good (I am not Turkish but have had a lot of Turkish food over the years) and price of individual dishes was reasonable. We didnt order any wine but they seemed to have a good collection. Will definitely go back when I go to Plano/Dallas again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always good food
Been going to Cafe Instanbul for a long time. it is usually easy to get in and if the weather is nice they offer a pretty good patio seat. The hummus isn't my favorite hummus in town but the bread is outstanding. My favorite dish is the Doner Wrap which is always excellent. Te staff is friendly and the service is always good!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great(Chef's Special plate and the stuffed chicken) as was the service. They were very accommodating when we switched from wanting a table inside to wanting to dine outside. The apricot martini is yummy! We will return.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal Excellent time
Cafe Instanbul performs on all levels. The food was superb. Wait staff was attentive, recommendations for food and wine were spot on, and friendly. The belly dancing provided fun entertainment for all! Highly recommend this restaurant for a stylish night out on the town.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Sunday without Electric Power
Few minutes after we seated, the restaurant, as well all the area businesses and homes lost power for almost an hour.
The restaurant crew was able to accommodate us with what was available. Think that no food is pre-clocked there. Our food was delicious. The entire service crew was magnificent, even if under the stress of the loss of power. We will be back.
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
dinner - 2 people
I have been to Cafe Istanbul many times for lunch & dinner. They usually have excellent service & food. This time, it was at 6 PM ...they were not at all busy ... the food was good (we both ordered the same dish) ... our entree came out cold ... not lukewarm, but cold. We sent it back & quickly received new plates with apologies. We were the one of 2 sets of customers when we ordered.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great lunch
The food was great. Properly cooked and tasteful.You can feel the taste of the mediterranean food and imagine that you are on those shores. Great was the service and reasonable the price. We will be back.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Highly Recommended Lunch Spot
Consistently excellent in providing delicious, freshly prepared, high quality Mediterranean style foods. Friendly, respectful staff that provides attentive service. Reasonably priced for the quality. Atmosphere is genuine Mediterranean. Highly recommended and we will certainly go again.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had only been to the one in
Had only been to the one in Dallas (which is FABULOUS) so a little hesitant to change location....but, they lived up to their Dallas counterpart and we had a wonderful evening! Will no longer differentiate between the two locations...both are wonderful! Staff is so attentive and takes excellent care of us every time we dine here.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Service a bit Slow
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!
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Girls Night Out
Excellent experience. Loved the way they accommodated every request. Loved the place.
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
12/14/2013 4:00:00 PM