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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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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 22
    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 very pleasant surprise!

I wandered in one evening and wow, was I impressed. I had been fairly unimpressed by some of the other restaurants I had tried in the downtown core of Halifax. This place restored my faith. The host/server was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself has a cozy, friendly ambiance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
saffycam
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Toronto
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English first
Toronto
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I wandered in one evening and wow, was I impressed. I had been fairly unimpressed by some of the other restaurants I had tried in the downtown core of Halifax. This place restored my faith. The host/server was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant itself has a cozy, friendly ambiance. However, the highlight was the food. It was fantastic. I... More 

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London, Canada
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I went for lamb: the lamb liver appetizer and the lamb shish kebab. I've never had lamb liver before; compared to good beef liver, it seemed a little over-cooked, but maybe that's the style. It was tasty, chopped into cubes, and came with a nice sauce. The shish kebab was good but not exceptional. It came with rice and a... More 

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Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This is my favorite place to eat in Halifax. I go so often that the server often knows what I am there to have. The food is always well prepared and fresh. This turkish restaurant deserves more then 5 stars!

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

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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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Cafe Istanbul

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

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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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