This is a nifty little spot. The last time we went, we got a floor seat, and it was pretty cool! I wish we had gotten there earlier so we could more enjoy ourselves, but I like this place. The Istanbul pizza is good! And they have hookah, a DJ on the weekends, and there's no cover charge! What more can you ask for? I totally suggest anyone check it out at least once.
Posted: 6/18/2013 • Link to this review
I really enjoy home-style ethnic food and having a good time in a relaxed atmosphere, and that's why I love Cafe Istanbul. It's true to the spirit and cuisine of Turkey, and if I squint my eyes enough, I feel like I've gone back. For starters, make sure you get a dish of Borek, a kind of Turkish spanakopita (spinach, feta, wrapped in phyllo dough. These melt in your mouth like butter. For entrees, we usually get the Choban Kavurma, chopped lamb on a skillet with onions, green peppers, and tomatoes. The Chicken Choban is another excellent choice, marinated chicken in place of the lamb above. Another favorite is the Iskender, bread with gyro meat, tomatoes, and cheese on a skillet -- not too far from pizza, if you want to order something the kids will like. The entrees are served with zatar bread, basically pita bread spiced with thyme, oregano, marjoram, and sesame seeds. You can always find this at the Mediterranean Bakery off Chamblee Tucker, or make your own with fresh bread and spices from Leon's International Foods (a Lebanese-owned grocery) off Pleasantdale next to I-85. The service is relaxed and not hurried, because these guys are actually from Turkey and not your typical pretentious Decatur haute cousine staff dressed in black.
Posted: 5/02/2010 • Link to this review
This is one my favorite places to eat. The staff is always so friendly to me. I think the food is the closest you can get to authentic Turkish food. They offer all my favorite dishes and I think the atmosphere is very comfortable. I come here whenever I can.
Posted: 6/14/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
It is not your typical Chili's or Appblebees you go to all the time. This Mediterranean place features a family style service where the 2 owners themselves will treat you like they have known you for years. All of the staff is friendly and the environment is great. The food is just amazing! I would recommend this place to anyone who loves a good meal with an amazing service!
Posted: 6/12/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
I believe the food is average at best, although it is ethnic and nothing I've ever had before. It is a fun place to go with your friends, however, to experience the hookah.
Posted: 5/20/2008 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
The service and food are great. When the resturant gets busy with patrons the wait staff becomes forgetful and distracted. A side of that oh so good yogurt took 20mins to get to me. The oh so tender meat was now alittle cold for dipping.
Posted: 7/28/2007 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
The inside decoration is very nice, but it is too dark that we could not see the menu easily. The food was a bit dissapointment. Our waiter forgot my order, so when all of my friends almost finished their food, mine came. The same waiter forgot my salad too. The grilled meat should have been warm, but somehow it was very cold. I had a eggplant dish, but I had much better Turkish food else where. The portion was small. The belly dancing was ok. I want to mention that their carpet needs to be clean ASAP. It is dirty and a bit smelly. Maybe that's why they keep this place so dark....we won't go back soon.
Posted: 9/11/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
My husband took me here on a Saturday night to see the belly dancing. I have to say I was disappointed. The food was OK. Neither one of us really liked our entree that much. The hummus and pitas were good though. The atmosphere is pretty cool, you can sit on the ground, smoke a hookah and watch the dancing. My biggest disappointment was that the belly dancer was on break for almost the entire time we were there, and we stayed for a couple hours. I might go back on a night when a member of Nazeem Allayl is dancing (I think Friday's) and just get a drink as it was a cool atmopshere to just hang out in.
Posted: 8/24/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta! If you go, definintely choose to sit on the floor. The pillowed room is adorned with billowing silks on the ceiling and walls, and holds the seductive scent of mango tobacco (which you can order for inhaling pleasure during your dining expereience - nothing wacky, just mild tobacco filtered through water). Try the mezza plate - it has a nice mix of middle eastern starters. The pizza is the real secret here! Chewy thin crust, feta cheese, lamb...yum!!
Posted: 5/09/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Every Atlantan should go here. It looks like a dump from the outside, but once you step inside you feel like you're in Turkey. Get reservations for the pillow room and plan on staying several hours. The food was delicious and moderately priced. The belly dancer was gorgeous and the hookah pipe was the perfect relaxing end to a perfect relaxing evening. The place was totally packed, so get there early and enjoy. It's the perfect date place and we will go back many more times. HIGHLY recommended! :)
Posted: 3/17/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
The food is great and ofcourse you cant beat the belly dancing. The food is awesome too, but it is really expensive. People usually go to Istanbul cafe to hangout, watch some belly dancing and have some Hukkah. If thats what you wanna do then its a great place. Dont just go there for food as it does gets pretty crowded and congested during weekends.
Posted: 3/08/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Cafe Istanbul, after one visit, became my favorite restaurant to take friends and visitors. Mustafa and Kemal, the owners, are high energy, fun and serious proprietors who know and enjoy their food! For vegetarians, the restaurant offers a variety of salad dishes. Belly dancers entertain several times a week, and you will often find the patrons joining in the dance. Authentic Kurdish dishes delight the palate and you will find a smattering of people from around the globe dining each evening. Cafe Istanbul is a great place to go to hear a multitude of languages and enjoy people of all ages and cultures coming together to share a nourishing food experience!
Posted: 3/07/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
Does not look like much from the outside but once inside you feel like you're in Turkey. Sit on the floor on the right side of the restaurant and enjoy the show!
Posted: 3/04/2006 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review
A smallish restaurant with exotic and excellent Turkish food. Everything we tried was delicious. Enjoy the Turkish coffee and deserts. A belly dancer topped off the evening. Great place, lots of fun!
Posted: 12/26/2005 • Last edited: 4/30/2009 • Link to this review