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Permanently Closed - Cafe Istanbul - Dallas

74 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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We cater your parties. We can provide servers for your special occasions.
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Cross street
Inwood Rd.
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Bellydancing Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDFWdiningrocks (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

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

RayV (Dallas)
2.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

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.

vipDHaTTonTTexas (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2016

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.

vipNeilB (St. Louis)
2.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

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.

vipChh1 (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

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

Madbeppo (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

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

Jamo (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2016

Authentic and flavorful

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on March 26, 2016

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2016

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

vipKruegman (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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!

foodlover (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

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.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

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.

Tfor2or3 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

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.