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Cafe Istanbul

5986 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (South End)
902-405-4028
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Ranked #62 of 590 restaurants in Halifax
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: South End
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: South End
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  • English first
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English first
Halifax, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This restaurant used to be amazing. The food was flavourful and you got a lot for your money. However, they have changed their menu. The portion are smaller and the sides make no sense. The kebab used to be accompanied with rice and a salad. Now, it comes with mashed potatoes and rice??? This is really too bad because this... More

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Halifax, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

My last meal here was great and flavored. This experience was pricey and just ok. We ordered a $21.00 plate each. This plate included mashed potato, rice and lamb chop with some chicken. There was no sauces or pita bread or anything else. The meal was not bad but it was overpriced and lacked the things that should be included.... More

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Halifax
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99 reviews 99 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This used to be one of my favourite places to meet colleagues for lunch. Last time I visited, however, the menu had changed and wraps were now accompanied by Fries instead of the usual Salad and Rice. Really?? When I inquired, I was told that they'd made the switch because they were throwing out too much $$ worth of uneaten... More

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Halifax, Canada
Top Contributor
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68 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We love this kind of food and we so pleased with our experience here. We went on a whim and were overwhelmed by the warmth and the quality of the service - and the menu - and the food. The decor is beautiful too - so much to occupy the senses. We will definitely be going back. The only thing... More

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Halifax, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I normally don't complain about price when the food is good, but I've had Mediterainian fare from Here to Victoria and this place is the most expensive yet. Paying over $10 for a wrap anywhere is pretty rare but you won't find anything cheaper on their menu (even Falafel). That being said, the food is quite good. I had the... More

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Halifax, Canada
Top Contributor
262 reviews 262 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I just joined 3 friends for lunch today at the Café Istanbul. What a pleasant meal. We all had the lunch special which was a wrap and lentil soup for $8.95. You can chose the wrap you'd like but we all ordered the minced lamb. It was delicious. The lentil soup was creamy and tasty, a nice change from the... More

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Halifax, NS Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I absolutely adore this restaurant. It's delicious. The haloumi wrap is my go-to, but the prix fixe meal is also awesome. It's amazing. Eat there. You will love it.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

we arrived on a monday evening at 6ish before a concert & we didn't have a reservation-seems all the guests had the same idea to attend the concert, as it was very busy but the staff = 2 serving and the kitchen staff was awesome! we did tell our female server as we sat down that we were going to... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Great food. We had no problems other the service, but did arrive towards the tail end of the lunch crowd, so our orders were among the last to go in, but the wait till wasn't bad. Wait staff was very cheerful, no complains. Food was good, portions generous. Wanted the mixed appetizer, but it would have been too much with... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We wanted to order something with chicken instead of lamb, so I asked the server if this was possible to which she rudely just answered: NO. No explanation or anything. So after I asked why she just said: because no one asks for changes, we don't do that here. So I just ordered something else. I was surprised with her... More

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