Cafe Istanbul - Plano

4.5
410 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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vipBegoLledo
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Enjoyed it last year and again this year. A must if you like Mediterranean food and you’re in Plano, TX. Amazing and delicious food. The staff is so friendly, always smiling. Don’t miss it!

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chuckc
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, weak cocktails. Noisy but friendly environment. Good waiters.

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vipJMCooper
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kadir provided excellent dinner recommendations. The service and food were both outstanding.

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vipManosS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

We had a reservation but still had to wait for more than 45min to be seated. The food was tasty but the portions have gotten smaller and the prices higher and because the place was so busy it took a very long time to get our food. Maybe not a good choice for Saturday night.

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vipgranik
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service is nonexistent! No refills, bread service and food too slow. Food arrived cold.

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vipDallasites
Las Vegas
55 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food. Too crowded, not enough waiters. The waiters were working hard and as fast as they could.

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vipgranik
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was too slow. Food was average.

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MaddieF
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The waiter got the wrong dish for our two at night. And it charged more money for that dish that we didn’t order it, around $60 for one dish. We paid for it and not happy with it.
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Angelica
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Good options for vegetarian and halal food. It was a beautiful day outside so had an enjoyable lunch in their outdoor seating. Adana kebab was the favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was super slow and the workers seemed uninterested in their jobs. We got our table over 20 minutes after the reservation time and with no waiting area, had to wait by the road with kids. The food was overpriced for the tiny quantity and poor quality. We won’t be back here.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the staff attentive. We will be back!

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JohnJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Everything was amazing! We had dinner outside on their patio. The service, ambience and food were all excellent. Our server was one of the best I’ve had and the lavash is served hot and fresh as well. Perfect portion sizes as well. We will go back for sure, as it just became one of my favorite restaurants in the Plano area! Do yourself a favor and if you like Turkish food or haven’t tried it, go!!

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KarenO
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. One of our go to restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating, wonderful hospitality, delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always great at Cafe Istanbul ! And you can’t beat the delicious freshly made warm Lavash ! Wine is great as well !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Overworked staff and super slow service!! Meat was undercooked a little

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

amazing food! We loved everything we ordered. They seemed short on staff and took longer than we expected to get food.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our birthday celebration was disappointing. We were not welcomed as we hoped. In disbelief we watched the owner “disinfect” our table with Windex. Our young adult kids were refused a phone takeout order earlier that evening because place was too busy to take it. We ordered for them when we got in, but the order had an error and was missing bread. Not a great rep for an expansive restaurant.
Our waiter got lost for a while and we could not get anyone’s attention until a waiter who was taking care of the table next to us took our drink order. I am also personally annoyed when a restaurant automatically adds gratuity. We had a party of four, we did not enjoy the service, and we definitely will not be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 7 pm but walked out because of how terrible we were treated. I wouldn't recommend going to this restaurant to anyone. Manager/host didn't care at all to help or fix their mistake.

Upon arrival, we weren't even greeted for 10 minutes. We were next in line at the host and instead, they chose to greet people who arrived after us and seat them before us. If we tried to say anything we were hushed by the host and even a customer had the nerve to get involved in our poor service because she was friends with the owner.

After expressing our terrible first experience to the manager, they still didn't care or even acknowledge how they treated us. Will never be visiting this restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, the food looked and taste very delicious, table sitting was very clean and neat. The waitress were committed to an excellent service and the atmosphere was very beautiful and detailed. Love Cafe Istanbul

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vipQuietStorm
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

They are clearly understaffed. The manager/owner was doing everything he could - hosting, bartender, and server. The only thing was that his manners need work when dealing with patrons. He was overwhelmed and not pleasant but the food and atmosphere is great! I wouldn’t go back on a busy night but I would go back.

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vipJimW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Great food. Less than friendly or helpful wait staff this time.

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BillS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good here. Waitstaff are friendly.

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galwithvodka
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
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.

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vipmnoormo1
Dallas
284 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
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.

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vipTroyS
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

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VuNguyen972
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 24 July 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.

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AriellaR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very nice.

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vipJMCooper
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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FouziaF
1 review
Dined on 11 July 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 👌

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Unusually small portions

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 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!

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Esann
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 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!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 June 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Father’s Day

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Bongd
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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Cafe Istanbul - Plano is rated 4.5 stars by 410 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 bookings at the moment.