Permanently Closed - Cafe Istanbul - Dallas

4.2
74 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

The only authentic Turkish restaurant in the region, the Caf� Istanbul in Dallas, TX is a wonderful spot for a romantic meal out, but also ideal for those who want to enjoy healthier fare that takes its cues from the foods of the Mediterranean and Aegean regions.

With a full bar and excellent wines, the Caf� Istanbul is popular for those who enjoy happy hour and serves tapas and Turkish pizzas on a regular basis. There is a popular Sunday brunch, and the main menu features a wide array of familiar favorites. There are dolmas and hummus, baba ganoush and tabbouleh, meze platters, falafel and kofte. Soups and salads along with Turkish pizzas and large main courses round out the menu. Try a Turkish coffee during your visit to Caf� Istanbul and you might never settle for regular coffee again.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(214) 902-0919
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erol Girgin
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Private party facilities
Our restaurant can be reserved for special occasions.
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Private party contact
Merve Varlikli: (214) 902-0919
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Catering
We cater your parties. We can provide servers for your special occasions.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Inwood Rd.
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Entertainment
Bellydancing Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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DF
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Belly dancer, enuf said! Seriuosly, the food and service is awesome. A must visit.

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RV
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

My wife and I have traveled a lot in the Mid-East and lived in Saudi for several years. The two appetizers we had and the entrees were unremarkable. The prices were high and not commensurate with the offerings.

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DH
Dallas
54 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Istanbul is a very pleasant change of pace. When you are looking for something healthy and not certain where to turn, give Cafe Istanbul a try. The meal will start with the best bread you have ever tasted. The appetizers and entrees were excellent and that wait staff was very friendly and attentive to our every need. If you continue to go to the same restaurants over and over again and walk away disappointed, try Cafe Istanbul for a very pleasant change of pace.

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NB
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my first and probably only visit to Café Istanbul. I was extremely disappointed that the lamb shank prominently displayed on the menu was not available. Since we arrived at 6:30 pm, this problem was NOT a matter of selling out - it was a matter of not stocking something on the menu. The food was mediocre and the server had zero personality. All together it was a very lackluster experience and I have no plans to ever return.

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C
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good as always, we had lunch and sat outside. A very European flavor.

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M
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attractive in and out, good location, good food. I particularly enjoy the selection of Turkish wines.

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J
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic and flavorful

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RM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent choice for a group gathering for pleasure or business. The food is excellent as is the service. It is excellent value

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I met an old friend for dinner. Service was very good. Greeted immediately and very attentive server. Atmosphere and decor very nice. Food was excellent. I had the Doner kebob and my wife had lamb cutlets. Best lamb we've ever had and all the sides were great too. Already talking about going back.

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KT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the best hummus I've had. Would come back just for that. The kebobs was good also.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cafe Istanbul many times and the food and service are both exceptional! I love it so much I chose to celebrate my birthday with friends. They accommodated our large group and treated us like royalty. Amazing food. Good wine list. Great ambience and HIGHLY recommended!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service and food was good. They really bend over backwards to customize some of the meals on the menu. They were great at accommodating my picky kids by evening making a desert that was not on the menu.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had several appetizers and entrees. Everything was great. My fav is the Lamachun Platter!!

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K
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time to eat at cafe Istanbul. Overall we really enjoyed it but our service was extremely slow. We probably waited 30-35 minutes before ordering entrees after placing an order for our appetizers. When we were finished and paid our server told us the belly dancer was about to come out and to wait to leave so we could see her. A few minutes after the belly dancer came out a hostess asked us to leave if we were finished as they had "a million other reservations". I understand not holding up a table but the mixed signals from servers and long wait times caused me to have mixed feelings about this restaurant when leaving.

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OT
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful! We sat down and started to order, and I suddenly felt unwell. They sped up our order and had it ready to go in record time. And we took the meal home. I really appreciate their caring service, and the food was amazing too!

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F
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!!!! The hummus and bread was terrific!!! But then, everything was outstanding for our group......hope to go back soon!!!

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OT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a gem. Love the food. The staff is so helpful in suggesting wine and dishes. Very attentive.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't know the name of the primary dish we had but I know it was meant for two and it had a variety of dishes to try! The surprise was the red cabbage....absolutely worth a taste. I ate ours up! For dessert we had the cinnamon pears. It's a delight to see chefs put effort into creative desserts.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Noise level was perfect until belly dancer. Then it got a little loud. A nice, pleasant place for dinner to catch up with an old friend. Enjoyed trying the Turkish wine.

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T
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I arranged for my son and daughter, their spouses, the grand children and some cousins to meet us at Cafe Istanbul for a surprise birthday party for my wife. I had reservations for twelve. Everyone arrived and was seated at a large table as per my instructions to Café I. It was handled so well my wife was completely surprised. We partied for three hours! The wine and traditional Turkish appetizers were wonderful and the food was great. (The picky grand kids liked the food and cleaned their plates). The Tavuk Beyti/ Stuffed Chicken was a favorite and my son loved the Lamb Chops.
Neenah came whirling thru about half halfway thru the party. It's a treat to be entertained by such a talented dancer. The grand kids were enchanted, my kids were amazed and my spouse was astonished, I am now a face book legend.
The staff served flawlessly without interrupting all the conversation and fun. We topped off the night with two deserts Kazandibi/ Turkish Flan and Ferin Sutlac/ Rice Pudding both were excellent.
The cost, "very reasonable", considering the generous portions of fun and food we enjoyed.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Istanbul was a great experience with amazing Turkish food. We ordered the mixed grill for two to try the variety of meats and it was a moderate portion that was delicious. The rice stood out the most as great. We also ordered the turkish tea and baklava and believe that it is a must have for the full experience. We got there on Saturday at 745 and there was a belly dancer that came at 8 and had an amazing performance that got danced to every table. The only thing was wish I was able to tip her.

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DF
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome food and great belly dance show.

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AE
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed a reasonably priced, while still delicious restaurant to take a large multi-generation family group for brunch. I came upon Cafe Istanbul through Open Table. Met every expectation for food and space and exceeded those for service. New family favorite!

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j
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I had much higher expectations for this place since it has been there so long.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a nice spot for a romantic evening. Also if you want to experience something culturally different the belly dancer on Friday is a must see.

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MM
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Being half Turkish, I had high hopes for finding some "roots" food in Dallas. The menu at Cafe Istanbul certainly has authentic items, and the service was friendly and personable. The food itself was just fine. Not great, but fine. The flavors were right, but the presentation was basic, and my dish arrived lukewarm. It seemed a little pricey for what you got. They have a lovely outdoor patio. Note: If belly dancers make you uncomfortable, this is not the place for you.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. The atmosphere was festive, the entertainment delight, the service perfect, and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful experience.

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TS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Boyfriend and I Originally Chose Cafe Istanbul Because they were one of the only places still taking reservations so close to the holiday and I can honestly say that our experience was more then memorable, it was exquisite. Food was excellent, Atmosphere was perfect and our waitress Azadel Z went above and beyond to ensure that we would return.

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a
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food is good but I must say I have had better Turkish food. A little overpriced for the quantity served.

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JD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Have always enjoyed Cafe Istanbul. I grew up in Turkey and it's always nice to get a taste of traditional Turkish food. The Iskender and Tavuk Sarma were excellent. Always a favorite of my wife and I for special ocassions.

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K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

For valentine's night we were there and we had a good time with a very good service and nice Turkish music

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A
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this great place after searching on the internet and will return on our next trip to Dallas. The food and service was excellent.

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MB
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

While they greeted us very warmly, there was no music or belly dancing on a Friday night and they only served us 1 pita (we had 4 people). For a restaurant of this caliber, at lease please include the bread. They wanted us to pay for additional pita. The only outstanding dishes were the feta and hummus appetizer. However, again-they only served us 3 feta rolls and there were 4 of us. And, you would think at least 1 other pita would come with the hummus, but no. They should have told us that when we ordered because we ordered several appetizers. Although the server was friendly, we had to waive them down several times for various things - lemon - more water, etc. My husband's lamb chops were not the best quality and my chicken with pistachios was mediocre at best (and luke warm). Overall, not too thrilled. May give it another try if a friend suggests, but otherwise probably not.

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s
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was wonderful. We booked it on open table for New Year's Eve, but received incorrect information from open table when I booked it. We were expecting live music and belly dancing for the night and when we got there we were told it was only at the Plano location. The management did try to see if we could get in over there, but they were unable too. I even showed them the confirmation e-mail from Open Table with their location and the entertainment lineup. We decided to stay for dinner and it was great. Best decision we made. The hummus was better than any I have ever had. The service was excellent. And my husband loved his pizza. The bread was warm and soft when it was brought to our table. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for new food or great food.

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c
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife and I had no idea what Turkish food was like but friends recommended this spot and we would definitely go back.

Not to be culturally insensitive, but to us, Turkish food is very similar to Greek food. So, if you like Greek food, you will enjoy this restaurant.

Everything we tried was good from appetizers to entrees but when we go back, I want to try the lamb shanks.

This is a lively and noisy spot, so it is perfect for a group but not for a romantic dinner for two.

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p
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our third family Christmas Eve dinner, always great service, great food. Good menu, I had my favorite stuffed chicken, the others tried new dishes. The calamari appetizer is outstanding.

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b
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had not been to Cafe Istanbul in many years. My lunch was delicious. Need to go more often.

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KG
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2014
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food at Café Istanbul is wonderful, the ambiance lovely and the service good. It is also open late, so it is convenient for post-Lakewood Theater dining. HOWEVER, when we arrived for dinner at about 10 (they took reservations until 11), they were very anxious to hurry us through the dining process and out the door. Which I did not appreciate. At all.

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R
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great in a quiet environment. The outside porch is quite inviting as well.

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J
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Turkish and Greek flavors were authentic and delicious. The house wines were pricey, however the Turkish Merlots were delightful.

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