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Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine

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3983 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219-6117
614-473-9144
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Kefta kabobs are the best

Lunch special is enough for two, and always consistently good. The pudding is delicious too! Service is attentive, and outdoor seating is preferred when possible.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Marti W
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Lunch special is enough for two, and always consistently good. The pudding is delicious too! Service is attentive, and outdoor seating is preferred when possible.

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Toledo, Ohio
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Apparently I've never had Turkish Mediterranean food before, it was delicious. This place has dishes similar to what you would expect at a "traditional" Mediterranean restaurant, but then they put a slight Turkish twist on them. We all had wonderful meals and the service was prompt and attentive. Try the wonderful selection of red wines, I very much enjoyed some... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Cafe Istanbul remains one of Columbus's treasures. From beginning to end, the whole experience is extraordinary. The food is delicious and the service is warm and inviting. I drive two hours every month just to eat at Café Istanbul and it is always worth it!

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Different from typical Mediterranean cuisine, and a delightful surprise of flavors. Attentive staff and good atmosphere for a quiet dinner alone with your beloved, or with your whole family.

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neohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

As a former chef at a Mediterranean restaurant, I can attest, this food is just about perfect. Everyone in our party ordered a different plate, tapas style...and, we all went to town. Try the desserts, and have a bit of coffee. Very nice way to end the evening

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Hartford, Connecticut
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Yum yum gimme some! I really enjoyed my dining experience at Cafe Istanbul. The menu offers a wide variety of options to please any palate. I definitely recommend trying a variety of appetizers to start your meal. Babaganoush, hummus and pinto beans were all great. Instead of the typical pita triangles, we were served a homemade bread. The waitress also... More 

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Lancaster, Ohio
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63 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This is not my first time here but my first review. My family had hoped to go to Cooper's Hawk on Christmas Eve bur they were booked solid. I did a happy dance because cafe Istanbul was OPEN! My family of 4 plus BFF went to dine and all were happy with food, drink, and service. We all had combination... More 

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Dekalb, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My wife and I had an excellent meal a week ago at this restaurant. The interior was very warm, with lots of beautiful wood, and the service was good. I had the Ribeye Kabob, which was excellent but there should have been a few more vegetables. My wife had Moussaka, which she thought was good, but a little lacking in... More 

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Marysville
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202 reviews 202 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Nice place but food was just okay. Hummus smoothly blended but boring. Moussaka was okay. Rice pudding was good. I expected better. Not bad, just okay.

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MSP
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Found this after a search on TA. Was not disappointed. Great food, awesome service and a nice quiet eating experience. Had the eggplant lasagna (type)dish. Great decoration and music as well. Will go back again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3983 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219-6117
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Columbus
  • Phone Number: 614-473-9144

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?