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Cafe Istanbul

South End
Turkish
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5986 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
902-405-4028
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A tasty meal, not too expensive

We shared the appetizer plate, which was really good and generous. Our entrees were also tasty, and we loved the bottle of Malbec that was relatively reasonable in price. The only disappointment was that they were out of baklava even though it was still pretty early in the evening. But the server... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
TheWisslers
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Pennsylvania
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69 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent environment with unique and fun decor & artwork. We both ordered the lamb burger (ground lamb mixed with various spice covered with a grilled slice of goat cheese, tomato, lettuce and bourbon bbq sauce). The dish was served on a wooden cutting board. My hackles raised up when I glimpsed the offending pre-packaged crispy french fries. I'm sorry but... More 

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Pennsylvania
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We shared the appetizer plate, which was really good and generous. Our entrees were also tasty, and we loved the bottle of Malbec that was relatively reasonable in price. The only disappointment was that they were out of baklava even though it was still pretty early in the evening. But the server gave us a free piece of cheesecake in... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I have eaten here many times the food and service is always great! I think this restaurant services the best Middle Eastern Food in Nova Scotia.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It's an amazing place with a great Turkish food. We enjoyed all kind of foods that we ordered.also the manger was always present,kind ,respectful with a priceless smile.the Turkish soup was great, the mix kebab plate was awesome. They had almost the same taste of Turkish food which we already had in Istanbul,Turkey.

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Nova Scotia,
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I have been there a few times with friends or relatives. I have never been disappointed. The food is excellent, fresh and for the most part genuine. Great place for a date or a family gathering. Prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.

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Halifax, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I visited this restaurant with my family and had a lamb shish kebap. It was really delicious as if you eat in a Turkish restaurant in Istanbul. At that night a belly dancer was also performing. What a night.. Good food and entertainment. I certainly will be back.!

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Champaign, Illinois
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I was a bit unsure if they would have something for a non-meat eater, but the hummus as a starter was so good and the vegetarian dish was fabulous. My daughter thinks the kabobs here are the best in town. A great experience.

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Halifax, Canada
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257 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Amongst the pizza and sub shops in this part of Halifax lies a gem - Café Istanbul. I just stopped in tonight for a late supper and had the lamb shish kebab. It was delicious and came with a cold potato salad, vegetables and rice. While there I learned that beginning in October they will have a belly dancer performing... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My daughter and I dropped in for lunch and were very pleasantly surprised. The food is all freshly made and delicious. We had the grilled halloumi appetizer and then a shish wrap and a chicken wrap. Both came with a nice fresh salad and spicy sauce. I will have to come back for dinner sometime. The service is also great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visited this restaurant with my wife and 7 year old son. I had a shish wrap which I would recommend to anyone. The texture of the meat was really good. It was perfectly cooked. My wife had a chicken wrap which she thought was also great. Will be returning soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5986 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax>  > South End
  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Phone Number: 902-405-4028

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Turkish
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?