Cafe Istanbul - Plano

4.5
249 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Turkish
Cafe Istanbul has been serving the Dallas/Plano area for 18+ years. Our cuisine is all fresh and homemade. Our food is prepared daily and never frozen, our customers health is our main priority. All of our food is prepared by world class Turkish chefs. Come and experience a true authentic Turkish feel with our ample amount of dishes, with vegetarian, and gluten free items to our exquisite Turkish wines, and our super smooth Efes Pilsen beer the official beer of Turkey! We are the only restaurant in all of the DFW are that has Turkish Raki (Uzo). Try our Fell in Love in Istanbul cocktail prepared with fresh and organic ingredients. Our full bar has an exceptional amount of choices. Friday and Saturday nights we have a belly dancing show starting at 9pm. Feeling thirsty for a good cocktail? Come join us for our Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday 3pm-6pm.
What 249 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
L
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and authentic. The staff was very responsive when we needed anything and our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu items. The atmosphere had a touch of Turkey and the menu had a wonderful variety of Turkish cuisine. I had the Hunkar Begendi and my husband had the Istanbul Doner. We were both impressed with the dishes. We would highly recommend this restaurant!

Report
Helpful
U
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Didn’t like how the food tasted! I felt like I was eating kabab on salsa sauce. Not the taste I was going for and the waiter wasn’t so attentive.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Our second visit here and still very impressed. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Cafe Istanbul!!!

Report
Helpful
AB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful customer service and time every time my friends visit!
We definitely will be back as usual! 🤗

Report
Helpful
AS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. I believe the nice weather and patio business took them off guard. They were VERY understaffed. We waited 10 minutes for our server. Appetizers were delivered before any drinks. Had to stop a manager for a glass of water. No refills whatsoever.
After 45 minutes of waiting for our entree with empty beverages, we decided to leave and go to Terra. The manager did apologize and buy our appetizers, but it wasn't enough for our time and effort on an anniversary dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service at the table

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine often at Cafe Instanbul. One of our favorite places to dine for delicious Turkish cuisines. I highly recommend this place.

Report
Helpful
AK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife & I enjoyed our valentine diner at the Istanbul Cafe. We order mixed grill which was very good. The appetizer was Babaganoush was delightful. The service was excellent. Keep it up.thanks

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. I have friends come in from around the world and we go to Cafe Istanbul. They understand we are there to enjoy our dinner AND each other. We do not feel rushed.

I sometime like to come and enjoy a bottle of wine and light dinner with friends and family. If you are looking for a place to enjoy food and connect with family and friends this is the place.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, service and food!

Report
Helpful
SI
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was under cook, they just didn’t care for our business & was also rude. I will not be going back

Report
Helpful
DL
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite places to eat...we love it!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very authentic Turkish food. Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Turkish food! Made reservations for an early Friday dinner at 6:30pm. No reservations needed. They weren't busy yet. But they did pick up around 8pm.

Check in on Yelp and get a free humus. Yes please! The hummus was flavorful and came with a very large, hot, home baked lavash (bread). I liked the sesame flavor the bread had and how fresh it was.

The hubs and I are huge lentil soup lovers so we got a cup to share just so we could try it. It was soooo good! It had a unique flavor to it that was refreshing despite the fact it was a hot soup. It was unlike other lentil soups I've had, and we throughly enjoyed it. Will definitely get it again!

Next up... our entrees. I ordered the vegetarian casserole and the hubs for the Istanbul Doner. The casserole was light but didn't miss out on flavor. It comes very hot and with a side of very soft, fluffy rice. The Doner was a dish with gyro style carved lamb that was so fresh. The creamy, garlic sauce was similar to tzatziki sauce and complimented the lamb nicely. It also came with a side of fluffy rice and pickled onion and grilled tomato.

We ended our meal with the baklava, which, sadly, was the only disappointing dish we had. The baklava was so hard we had to use a knife to cut it. I liked that it wasn't overly sweet but it wasn't the soft, moist, flaky baklava I love.

There were a lot of regulars dining in. I can see why. The food is great and service is top notch. We were warmly greeted when we walked in and catered too with great hospitality. We look forward to our next visit.

Report
Helpful
AL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst meal I have had in a while. Service was non-existent. Won’t go back. Bizarre experience on every level

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas lunch was very good

Report
Helpful
S
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my second trip here, first was to celebrate a friend's birthday. On that trip the food was good, on time etc etc. This time I went with my family to celebrate my son's 16th and had a reservation. Everyone was friendly and we were seated immediately however it was very cramped they had a party of about 20 plus and the restaurant was packed. Appetizers came out on time but the entree took about 45mins!!! The waitress did apologize n acknowledge it was due to the large party.....this ruined our experience as the boys were starving the food wasn't the best, I tried the donor Kabab dish which was mostly eggplant hardly any Kabab..was a disappointing bday dinner.

Report
Helpful
DF
Dallas
88 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Turkish cuisine!

Report
Helpful
RM
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding!

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So imagine our surprise when we show up for a confirmed reservation on Thanksgiving Day and the restaurant has a sign on the door that says “OPEN” and yet the doors are locked and they are closed!!!! NO contact with us to tell us they are not going to open! Ever try to find another place to eat on Thanksgiving???

Report
Helpful
K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had reservations for Thanksgiving @ 11:30am. It was confirmed and we showed up with a few other people and the doors were locked and the lights were off. No one was answering the phone.

Report
Helpful
e
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always the food is really delicious!

Report
Helpful
d
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Never had a bad meal here, service was unbelievable, food has never been better. Authentic, tasty, well done.

Report
Helpful
J
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Istanbul is a great place to get a wonderful meal!
The food is always so good.

Report
Helpful
FR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent combo platter for two allowed us to experience many of the wonderful foods found on the menu. Only thing did not care for was the close table seating, otherwise everything was great! Will come back again.

Report
Helpful
M
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice night to eat outside so we chose Cafe Istanbul. Sam was our server. He took good care of us. We were moderately hungry so we decided to split two appetizers and share a pizza. All was excellent including the bread. We will return.

Report
Helpful
WB
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service is always attentive and the food is on point.

Report
Helpful
K
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a unique and delicious dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables too close. But great food and service.

Report
Helpful
AH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, great food and service was excellent

Report
Helpful
PB
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; excellent food. The evening was very enjoyable.

I'll definitely return!

Report
Helpful
d
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and exerted extra efforts to provide a comfortable quiet environment for a business dinner. Thank you to all of the staff. We even had lunch there the next day for another meeting.

Report
Helpful
DE
Dallas
26 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible.

Report
Helpful
PB
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service; excellent food. It's a great place for a date, and the staff is very friendly and courteous.

I will definitely return!

Report
Helpful
JA
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, especially the cold appetizers. Loved the Angora Cabernet. Server was friendly. Also, the belly dancer made for a lively and entertaining evening.

Report
Helpful
J
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for authentic Mediterranean food. Their "spicy kabob" is not for the "feint of heart" - as it IS actually very spicy (and GREAT!) compared to other similar restaurants that offer the same item on their menu.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quiet place. Food was delicious and server was very kind. Nice experience.

Report
Helpful
MC
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and service here. Will definitely return.

Report
Helpful
OT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great for quiet evening, all leaving lamb dishes are great.. Tender and flavorful. Don't miss the Turkish coffee.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
7