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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Something different

Really nice food, friendly waiters and waitresses cannot complain. If you want to try something different then this is a lovely place to go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Irfy A
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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63 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Really nice food, friendly waiters and waitresses cannot complain. If you want to try something different then this is a lovely place to go.

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Goshen, New York
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229 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Instanblue is in a small strip mall next to the Embassy Suites Hotel. Don't have to worry about drinking and driving if you are staying at this hotel. The food was well prepared and delicious. The owner was the only server and he did a remarkable job of taking care of all the tables in the dining room. If... More 

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Albany, NY
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The food was very good and we also enjoyed the BYOB. The portions are huge. However, the place was nearly empty on Saturday night at 7pm in Saratoga, which was strange. Can't imagine why they are not doing a better business. We'll be back.

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Naples, New York
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We traveled to the Saratoga Springs area last weekend. There are many dining choices but we have been craving some lamb and gyro sandwiches. First off the place is hard to find! It is in a plaza on congress ave. behind another strip of buildings. It is on the left just a little ways from Broadway.There were a handful of... More 

Thank Millzy62
Warrensburg, NY
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 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 

Thank Josh K
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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 

Thank at78rpm
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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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, European, Turkish, Greek


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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