Cafe Istanbul - Plano

4.5
387 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.
What 387 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
4.3
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
BS
BillS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good here. Waitstaff are friendly.

g
galwithvodka
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was very good. But service was horrible! The waiter took forever to take our order. He didn’t even offer to refill our water at any point of time. He didn’t bring us plates to eat. We had to go to the manager and ask for water and plates. I wouldn’t recommend this place for a very bad service otherwise food was good.

m
vipmnoormo1
Dallas
268 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dined here after a long while. This is one of our favorite restaurants and it never disappoints. Authentic and excellent Turkish cuisine at its best. The crispy borek with beef appetizer was amazing. The table was unanimous on the Mixed Grill for 2 (Adana Kebab, Lamb Shish Kebab, Chicken Shish Kebab, Istanbul Doner, Chicken Wings and Chicken Beyti with rice pilaf, marinated red cabbage, onion-parsley mix and grilled sliced tomatoes). All the meats dishes were tender and tasty. Service was well timed and friendly. We will definitely return and make Café Istanbul a regular dining out stop.

TS
vipTroyS
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Limited wine selection, but we will definitely be back.

VN
VuNguyen972
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great location. Good food. It was our first time there so there was no major complaint during lunch. We sat outside so it was nice. The service is A++. Might have to come back to try different items on the menu.

AR
AriellaR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very nice.

JM
vipJMCooper
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The adana kabob and Turkish tea are fantastic! Excellent service as always!

FF
FouziaF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a very nice place to go for any occasion & the food is very delicious & great service ' u should open a bigger location 👌

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

A little mishap with our food coming out after people who sat after us but the food was great will definitely come back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unusually small portions

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Average hospitality level, not so friendly management. Food was just ok.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat when we visit. We love everything about it. The food is consistent and never disappoints. The drinks are awesome and the service is exceptional. The owner is friendly and Ender the server always greets us and makes us feel welcome, like family.
We have introduced friends to this restaurant and now they love taking their friends there too!! We love it!

E
Esann
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was slow because they had very little staff, but that's understandable with today's labor shortage. Just need to be patient. Food was delicious though!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

My family and I were there for Father’s Day. The restaurant was understaffed and the food was terribly expensive for what we got. Not going back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time here. Food was fantastic and the server very friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Father’s Day

B
Bongd
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food we ordered is great and very tasty. Kudos to the chef.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Hummus excellent. Baklava awesome. Would go again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out during COVID to celebrate a milestone for a family member. We are so impressed and definitely will be back many times! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
MistyM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Istanbul was amazing! I highly recommend this experience.

G
vipGeniya
Dallas
46 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 :(

AG
AGlez
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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!

P
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.

MC
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.

FS
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.

C
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

MH
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

O
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!

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

Excellent!

Report
S
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.

L
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!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
5 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 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.

OT
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.

C
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.

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

Very good!! Great experience

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

Very delicious meal.

FAQs

Cafe Istanbul - Plano is rated 4.5 stars by 387 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.