Cafe Istanbul - Plano

4.7
368 Reviews
$30 and under
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.
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really fresh and delicious! That FRESH HOT bread is so good I would go just for this with the hummus!

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MistyM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Istanbul was amazing! I highly recommend this experience.

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vipGeniya
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food2service1ambience5

We absolutely LOVE cafe Istanbul and have been here dozens of time. The food is almost always outstanding and we always have the same great server. Until this time...
The server seemed new. Didn’t listen to anything and kept bringing the wrong food and wrong drinks!!
I ordered a lemon drop with grey goose and was brought a lemon drop as well as a grey goose on the rocks with a lime. ...... we ordered two combo appetizers to try mane things because we were with someone that has never been. We ended up getting two identical combo appetizers and the meatballs were spoiled!! The meat smelled looked and tasted sour! We have never had that happen EVER but this makes me worry a bit for the direction I hope this place is not heading. We love it so i hope this isn’t them cutting corners and costs :(

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AGlez
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly and attentive. Food was exceptional, and Turkish red wine was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Hamdi, our waiter, suggested several pairings of wine and food and he was right about everything. If you are lucky enough to have him as your waiter you are truly lucky indeed. Great man.

Food was amazing from appetizer to entrees to desert. Bread was fresh and hot and before the basket was empty someone was bringing fresh pita from the over. Restaurant is beautiful and the outdoor seating on a nice summer night can’t be beat. Great place for dinner date with the wife. We loved it here and will definitely be back. An absolute gem of an establishment in Texas. Enjoy!

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Paras
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was very slow and poor on Mother’s Day. Seems like they were understaffed. Portions of the menu were told to us that they were unavailable but then another party received those items on their table. Waiter would come by and then not be back for almost 15-20 minutes. Food was good but not really worth dealing with the poor service.

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vipMikeCAustin
Austin
129 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was Mother's Day but the service was quick, attentive, and efficient. We never waited on anything.

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vipFondaS
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious but were not happy in the way we were served. We were told to order immediately upon being seated but would not be served until we were ready. We were told because it was a holiday be celebrated and would be very busy within the hr and they might not have what we wanted to eat. We agreed to that and yet 10 min later all food was served to us anyway. When I asked the waiter why this was so he just said they told me to in the back! Otherwise we would have to wait an hr and half to be served. This evening did not make us feel like customers were your top concern unless we celebrated the holiday like them. Very disappointed in service overall but food tasted good as always.

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Carlos
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

10 min before we got water on the table. Food was good. Restaurant was packed

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MorganH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing!! Humde was our server and he was on point. defiantly recommend them

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Okaggie
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and choices! Loved the appetizer platter to sample a few different things. My son said the hummus was the best he's ever had. I thought the falafels were very tasty and not dry. It was great to see the restaurant full like pre-COVID days. We did wait awhile but we were just glad to see them busy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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Steve
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the food. It would be great if you could limit the amount of smoke lofting over from the next door bar.

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vipLadybuggs
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing celebration dinner at Cafe Istanbul!
Food was outstanding and service exceeded expectations!!! Thank you and well be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to eat here and it was fantastic! Food was exceptionally fresh and delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A delightful experience. Cocktails where a bit slow to arrive. Food was exceptional. Service was above average for the amount of business there was. Overall - will recommend and return.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Café Istanbul is always a good option with excellent food, great location and ambiance for lunch or dinner. Service is always outstanding and the patio is perfect for small groups or date night if the weather is nice. We had a group of friends with kids get together and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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vipChristie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was food. Service wasn’t great. There is a very very loud bar next door which makes sitting on the patio unpleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good!! Great experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very delicious meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing ! Service was great!

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vipflotown
Charlotte
59 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with our whole family of 9 and our waiter was excellent in his recommendations on how to order for the table. Food is very authentic. All the vegetarian options in the appetizer tray were fabulous. Some of the best baba ganoush I have had. The sampler tray in the main entree section is fabulous. Rec for big groups as there is so much to try. Turkish red cab was a wonderful pairing with the lamb.

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DanG
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I chose Cafe Instanbul over other Turkish restaurants because of outside seating. I set a reservation for 7, and then called to restaurant (in late a.m.) specifically requesting seating outside, and it was promised to me. When i showed up, there was no table outside they could offer and no record of that on my reservation. We had no choice but to eat inside. Our waiter was initially attentive then a no-show later in the meal. The food was not the best Turkish fare i have had, and like others have said was over priced especially for the portions. Had i known this was going to happen, i wished i would have selected another restaurant.

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vipKevinM
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic

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vipFoodieST
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our fav places. Great food as always. They were super busy and with all tables full. The server tried his best to keep up. Luckily we were there early and not in a rush. Regardless we highly recommend and will be back.

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vipMichaelL
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and fun atmosphere. Wait staff was very attentive.

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KimG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about our evening here. Food and service were amazing and it was the perfect getaway for our snowstorm delayed anniversary celebration. Thank you!!

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vipksgsmu
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! The food is amazing and the service is always friendly and attentive

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vipUrsulaK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very authentic restaurant! We made reservations for Valentine’s Day and it was a lively evening. Our server made us very at home and explained the dishes on the menu. He recommended Turkish wine which was a medium bodied dry wine.

The music was what I would call Turkish Pop, very much like American Pop but with some middle eastern beats to it.

This was very reminiscent of ethnic restaurants that I would dine when I lived in Chicago, a real gem!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service and food were excellent. Would definitely recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met another couple for dinner. Everything was fabulous from the warm bread to the amazing salmon

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vipMichelleH
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! Lovely waiter. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing!

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glenn
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, very friendly staff and very attentive of customer needs. excellent food and definitely coming back. establishment is clean and great location.

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AlexK
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner for my birthday and was pleasantly surprised at the value and quality with Cafe Istanbul. Well worth the stop and will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful restaurant! Amazing food and amazingly attentive service. The beef kabob and salmon were outstanding!

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vipJenniferT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going there. The food is delicious and the service is impeccable. It is a regular date night destination for us!

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vipKristaC
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place and am so happy they have done ok during COVID. The service is always friendly and helpful. The food is just so good - have been there at least a dozen times and have never had a disappointing meal.

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Cafe Istanbul - Plano is rated 4.7 stars by 368 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.