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Cafe Istanbul, Chicago, IL

Cafe Istanbul

4.5
4.5
225 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
In the heart of Chicago, there's a charming place known as the Istanbul Café, owned and run by Mustafa Guler. With more than 15 years of culinary experience in Istanbul, Ankara, and Antalya, he brings the flavors of Turkey to the Windy City.

For over six years, Chicago residents have flocked to Istanbul Café for delicious, authentic Turkish cuisine. From mouthwatering kebabs to flavorful mezze, each dish is a testament to Mustafa's culinary expertise.

What set Istanbul Café apart was not just its special wines, homemade baklava, or Mustafa's culinary expertise, but a secret treasure hidden within its menu - the "Cag Kebab." This special dish from Turkey's Erzurum region, and you won't find it anywhere else in the city.

From the talented chefs to the friendly servers, they ensure every visit to Istanbul Café is special. Here, we serve you not just with food but with passion! Come and savor Turkey's essence in the heart of Chicago!

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (773) 661-9487
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Mustafa Guler
  • Catering
    2014 W Division St Chicago Illinois,
  • Neighborhood
    Bucktown / Wicker Park
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

225 Reviews
  1. Foodie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the staff are always magnificent! We love bringing our friends here so they can experience the wonderful tastes of Turkey!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Very happy we booked this restaurant for Mother’s Day

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  3. TonyAries

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Istanbul is my favorite Mediterranean restaurant in Chicago. Amazing service, amazing quality, amazing value!

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  4. WendyC1

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You know when you're eating one of Mustafa's creations with a great staff of chefs it's going to be special, and it was. Oh. A great atmosphere and with warm temperatures. Loved it.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, friendly, knowledgeable service. A lovely experience.

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  6. DebraR

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was one of the most captivating dining experiences we've ever had! Not only was the food absolutely delicious and the presentation inviting, but the flavor profiles were some we had never tasted before! The wait staff could not have been more accommodating and made our dinner top-level! This is the best! We will be back and will always recommend Cafe Istanbul!

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  7. Tr404

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The meat was tasty. The rest was fine, but pretty average. You can get food just as good for cheaper at many places.

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  8. ManasviK

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always outstanding. This is my third time here and we loved the food, although their vegetarian options are limited. Having said that, this place is popular for its meat and not eggplant. Always ask for their complimentary bread, it is heavenly.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Amazing service with great taste! Special thanks to Murat.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. HillaryA

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and friendly service. We went on Easter Sunday so it was quite busy and the service was not as good as I'm sure it is on a regular day. Highly recommend for authentic Turkish food.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Istanbul using the Order Online button. Cafe Istanbul also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Cafe Istanbul also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 661-9487.

Cafe Istanbul is rated 4.5 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Istanbul

2014 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622-3154

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Bucktown / Wicker Park
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Turkish, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Executive chef
    Mustafa Guler
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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