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Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe

935 S East St, Indianapolis, IN 46225-1321
317-974-1770
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Ranked #43 of 1,991 restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Turkish
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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89% Recommend
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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I've never had Turkish food. The environment, server and food was like a total cultural experience! Had stuffed grape leaves for appetizer and a lamb vegetable dish for dinner. Both were delicious including the soft, warm, fresh pita bread! I'll be back!

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe is a small place located just south of downtown Indianapolis. The food was great and we loved the colorful decor. The place is pretty small, so I would suggest getting reservations.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This place is amazing. Little restaurant with incredible flavor, unique choices and tremendous ambience. We ordered the pepper delight appetizer...wow! Very good. Then we split the chicken Mediterranean dish. Plenty big enough for two. Flavor was so so good! And don't leave without the baklava. It was better than most I've had in Greek RESTAURANTS. We will be returning soon.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Four of us ate at the Bosphorus Cafe last evening. Let the Cafe's modest exterior not deceive you; the interior offers a collection of very agreeable Turkish pictures, knickknacks, etc. All of us have traveled extensively in Turkey so we appreciated the atmosphere. Service was prompt and friendly enough. For starters, we chose ezme (quite excellent) and dolma (okay). My... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I am sorry that I have not reviewed this sooner! This is one of my favorite restaurants in Indy. The staff is incredibly kind and friendly. And their tabouli is amazing. I was used to bland, uninteresting tabouli, but their's has a spicy zip that I love. I also appreciate the rich, cumin flavor in the hummus. If I could... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Seriously, no self - respecting Turk would serve guests canned grape leaves. The rest of the meal was just "meh."

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Fishers, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great food, pleasant staff, inviting atmosphere. The pace of the service was a little slow but overall good experience. Love the Hummus.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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105 reviews 105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This place was featured in the Indianapolis Star, which often gives great recommendations to local eateries in town. I was fortunate enough to make it here by the bottom of the lunch hour; it's known to be packed, as it is a small place. The interior is very clean with eye-pleasing Turkish decor. My server was hospitable and patient, as... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We just returned from a wonderful meal after a full day at a conference. The staff were friendly and efficient, with no hovering but wonderful service. Our selection of appetizers were a great introduction to the main dish that followed. All food tasted authentic, meaning we our plates returned to the kitchen completely cleaned. The only two disappointments came at... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The flavor of the food was amazing while the atmosphere suited our anniversary date. Service at the beginning was a tad slow, but attentive from there on out.

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