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Istanbul Cafe

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628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
+1 513-421-5100
Today
11:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for lunch and split the appetizer sampler and ordered the falafel and zucchini pancakes as well. Food was very good - nicely seasoned, lots of flavors. The cafe is chef owned. Highly recommend!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our work group went to Istanbul Café today to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. None of us had been here before, but we loved it and will be back! We started with the Babaganoush (eggplant with spices dish) and hummus appetizers. They and the pita bread served were outstanding. From lentil soup, the mixed greens salad, gyros and chicken and lamb... More 

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Thank aklaw
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The falafel, hummus and cabbage rolls are truly great. The Instanbul Cafe also have reasonably priced wine. The service is very good. The atmosphere the day we were there could only be improved by more diners. i am not sure what they could do better.

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Thank John S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The resturant decore is nice and simple.. it was quite not crowded.. it is located in the down town cincinnati, We ordered Falafel, Iskandar Kabab and Chiken kabab they were great and delicious.. the service is very good.

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Thank Salma J
Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Okay- I had high hopes for the restaurant and my findings are a mix. The environment is beautiful- white linens, delightful waiters. I ordered the tzazki and flatbread with the red wine from Turkey to start. Absolutely wonderful. I ordered the cabbage rolls for my entree'. The cabbage rolls were pretty good but the vegetables were mushy. I would go... More 

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Lolo
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21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It was across the street and we were cautious. But the waiter was quick to explain the dishes explained. We all ordered different meals. All were in for a taste treat. All dishes were slightly spicy, but not excessive.

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Thank ElmerPa
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I would say, reastaurant lacks dishes such as; Manti, Pide and many meze (appetizer) options. Iskender was good, however meat was cut so thick. It should be thin as possible. The Mezes are delicious though. Service was friendly and attentive.

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Thank Ozan V
Milwaukie
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Very quiet atmosphere, great service and amazing service. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Thank David R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

G\ood lula Kaboobs. The falafels were yummy too. Not excellent, only because , I was expecting more flavorful rice.

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Thank Koushik M
Illinois
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Found the reviews online and went here to enjoy a nice ethnic meal. Yes, the outside is underwhelming and to be honest almost didn't go in.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 20:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-421-5100
Description
Istanbul Cafe will bring the authentic flavors and smells of kitchens right out of Istanbul, and straight to your table. Located in downtown Cincinnati Istanbul Cafe offers a unique dinning experience in a city spotted with chain and corporate restaurants. This family owned and operated restaurant will please foodies and eclectic dinners alike. The atmoshere here is simple and to the point all about the food, Turkish rugs, photo's, and mirrors dot the dinning room and turquoise walls.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?