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Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant

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68 Congress St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-0181
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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My wife and I were visiting Saratoga Springs and couldn't find a parking spot -- not an unusual occurrence in that lovely town. I found a parking lot behind the CVS, and adjacent to that lot is a small mini-mall with a Chinese restaurant and Istanblue. After a look at the menu, we went into... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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English first
Warrensburg, NY
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I rarely complain about food or service. To me, both tend to vary between OK, and great. The service on this particular night was OK. The food was borderline inedible. I had to deconstruct the plates in order to find the only morsels of food that I could stomach. My wife ordered a ceviche. What she got was a bowl... More 

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at78rpm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were visiting Saratoga Springs and couldn't find a parking spot -- not an unusual occurrence in that lovely town. I found a parking lot behind the CVS, and adjacent to that lot is a small mini-mall with a Chinese restaurant and Istanblue. After a look at the menu, we went into Istanblue. Full disclosure: our favorite... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This was not our first visit to Istanblue. When they first opened, the food was wonderful and the service very attentive and personable. We returned last night (Sunday) for the first time in a year and had one of the poorest dining experiences in recent memory. Things began well enough. Our waiter was friendly and brought us glasses for the... More 

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Matthew K, Guest Relations Manager at Istanblue Mediterranean Restaurant, responded to this review

docr2dave, thank you for your critical review on Tripadvisor. I am sorry that you had a disappointing experience at Istanblue. There are no excuses or justifications for staff rudeness or indifference and I offer you my personal and professional apologies. We are currently in the process of hiring more personnel in both the front and back of the house in... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Went here in the fall and the food was good however I criticized the place for not having a Turkish ambiance. This time around was different, as they had Turkish music playing (yay!). It may seem trivial, but if you're calling yourself a Turkish restaurant but you're playing that cheesy Jazz music they play at Olive Garden then it just... More 

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Rochester, NY
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12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My friend and I were staying at the Embassy Suites for an old-fashioned slumber party to stay up till all hours talking -- hadn't seen each other in 11 years and Saratoga Springs was a half-way-meeting-spot. I made a reso at Istanblue because of the great OpenTable & Yelp reviews. Had no idea it was within the same parking lot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We really liked the BYOB because Purdys is 2 doors down so the choice of wines is endless. The restarant decor is a little humdrum but hey, We came for the food. And it doesn't disappoint. The hummus appetizer is very nice and well portioned. Many reviews speak of the breaded calamari app. It is as tender as can be.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I have been at istanblue so many times and I feel like I never get enough. The food is so tasteful and service is not just friendly but very professional.fantastic and different. No doubt just call and make a reservation.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My husband and I dined here at the suggestion of a few friends. So glad that we listened! First of all, you can bring your own wine which is a huge plus and a huge savings! The Restsurant was warm and cozy even though it was 16 degrees outside. Our server, Sasha, was very helpful. She made great recommendations. We... More 

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Altamont, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had a great dinner. Sampled many items and picked out the ones for the next trip. Everything was super fresh. Good, healthy eating. Very pleasant surroundings - no problem parking Looking forward to going again here or the Clifton Park location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This place is amazing by all measurements!! -me and my husband Ordered the mix grill for two , baba ghabouj, stuffed cucumbers. Simply amazing in everything. -Great portions -nice atmosphere -friendly waitress You should give it a try, or two or even more ;)!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 68 Congress St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Saratoga Springs
  • Phone Number: (518) 581-0181

Price and Cuisine

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

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