Cafe Istanbul - Plano

4.7
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280 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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4.7
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4.7
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N
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love cafe Istanbul, great food , service. You can relax and talk. We will be back soon.

DF
Dallas
108 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, authentic Turkish cuisine. Just wish they could actually stock the Turkish and Lebanese wine in their menu! However, you go for the grub!

P
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

DS
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

$25 appetizer platter is worth about $8, and with hair in it, you'd think they would have taken it off the bill, even though they brought a new one. Everyone had shish-k-bobs which are ok in size but most restaurants like this give two, and the rice, which was just "ok," was a very small serving. The wine selection was poor. Was hard to get waiter when we needed him. Won't be going back.

e
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Istanbul is always reliably delicious. The atmosphere is welcoming, and the service is great. easy parking. One of our favorites!

OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I often eat here for dinner. The staff and owner are always friendly. Keep up the excellent job!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and the most amazing food that is beautifully plated !

Perfect for a date night, family, or special occasion....the bread is a special treasure !

d
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at this restaurant and both times the food and service has been excellent. I always recommend this place to friends and family. Most authentic Turkish food I have had next to being in Turkey. Best lamb dishes in Dallas that I have tried.

SS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I frequently take customers to Cafe Istanbul for lunch during our VIP events. They are always able to accommodate my group, even on short notice. The noise level is low enough that we can comfortably talk business without having to yell. And the food is terrific - there's really something for everyone though the carb-free folks may be tempted by the amazing bread that comes hot out of the oven. Good vegetarian options, the salmon is consistently excellent & the kabobs are a hit. Highly recommend.

m
Dallas
200 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Cafe Istanbul. I've dined here regularly on business (lunch). The food here is excellent and this visit with a party of 4 did not disappoint. We enjoyed the Lahmacun Tabagi appetizer. The adana kebab and lamb shish kebab entrees were excellent. One member of our party said its the best shish kebab she's ever had. The adana kebab tasted just like the adana kebab I had at the Cevalia Mall in Istanbul this past December. Excellent meal overall.

SK
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent and always authentic! Including some light options, and you must finish with traditional Turkish coffee!

S
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The hummus, bread and entrees were excellent. Fresh salads also.

JT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, cocktails and service. Always one of my favorites. They never disappoint

JA
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Very nice place for a date!

l
Dallas
89 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was well prepared and nicely served. Our waiter and the owner went out of their way to be sure we were pleased with meal. I appreciated the numerous gluten free options on the menu. Really good neighborhood restaurant.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy cafe Istanbul every time we dine here, after today several of my family praised my choice of restaurant and mentioned they plan on returning more often!

AJ
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been to this place before and the quality of their food remains consistent. A bit pricey!

d
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic. Our party of four had no complaints. Unfortunately, the music was VERY load making it hard to talk with friends I have not seen for some time. We finally asked for the music to be turned down.

BD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Cafe Istanbul!

JT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always

KT
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Great patio and lamb - the rest very disappointing
The falafal is supposedly prepped by "world class Turkish chefs"...I have had fast Mediterranean food falafal that was better. At least it was luncheon priced. Unfortunately, there are no lunch sized entree portions. Only sandwiches on the lunch menu. $100+ for casual lunch is a bit much. The lamb was excellent as was the pita. The waiter said the calamari was not breaded but it was. It was decent but nothing special. The Turkish coffee was worth it though. However you can get equally good at Cafe Intermezzo across the way. And better food.

BG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

This used to be one of our favorites for Mediterranean food. Food quality seems to have gone down significantly. Chicken kabobs were almost inedible and had no flavor. Rice was equally as bland. Hope they'll devote more effort to adding flavor going forward.

PR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Relax environment

WB
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was delicious. service was great. prices were good. a great night out!

JT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding and so was the service

c
Dallas
45 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a fabulous evening at Cafe Istanbul. The food was absolutely delicious. Great flavors. There were 6 of us & we shared two appetizer platters, two salads & two entree platters. So much food we took enough home for dinner for four! Tried an interesting Turkish red wine - somewhat sweeter than a Merlot but nice.

AA
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It was not what we thought it would be. food was not that great, very average. The value overall was not that great, there are tastier, cheaper options at an average buffet style place. No, we will not be returning.
Worst item served was a falafel, best part of dinner was Turkish coffee.

BB
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork chops were excellent.

SR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food in this place has always been great. We tried a new appetizer called Spicy and it matched its name. The soup and the adnan kebab were really good and they make a really nice jalapeño margarita. The server was attentive and helpful especially to the vegetarians in the group. The lavash bread was warm and amazing. Overall a very pleasant and relaxed evening, we enjoyed the charming outside patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

It seems that each time we give this restaurant another try, we are are once again disappointed. We waited 25 minutes for our table after arriving on time for our reservation and then waited an additional 20 minutes to have our order taken. The noise in the restaurant from the music and large tables made conversation and ordering difficult.
Customer service did not seem to be a priority for the staff.

JA
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date!

L
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

U
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

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.

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

BD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Cafe Istanbul!!!

AB
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service at the table

OT
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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