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Istanbul Mediterranean Restaurant

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11525 Cantrell Rd Ste 914, Little Rock, AR 72212-1721
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Edinburg, Texas
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband was looking for something different so was disappointed when the food tasted like any other Greek restaurant we had been to. The food was very good, but not what we expected.

Thank Pamela P
North Louisiana
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86 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Beef doner (pronounced Don-hair) is wonderful, melt in your mouth buttery, crispy edged, thinly sliced 1 inch wide x 6 or 7 inch long ribbons of meat. It holds up in the refrigerator for reheating the next day...and that's good because the beef doner plate is huge! And comes with a wonderful crisp salad, herbed rice, cacik (like tatziki) and... More 

Thank TravelStars4Us
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

It was a nice experience at this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great. I really want to visit this restaurant again even though I am from southeast Missouri.

Thank Yasser A
Little Rock, Arkansas
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I eat here all the time, and I love the place. The food is just incredible. I could eat about five million of their dolmas. The pita bread is fresh and oh so soft. The cigar pastries are ridiculously good. You really should try the cigar pastries. The falafel is super tasty. The restaurant is pretty small, but I've never... More 

Thank travelinthedark
Mabelvale, Arkansas
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

I went there with family. We were all trying it for the first time. The staff was very accommodating and eager to please. We sampled various kinds of hummus. We enjoyed the food.

Thank btstan9297
Little Rock, Arkansas
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

When we are thinking of eating Mediterranean, Istanbul is top of my list. It is close to home (a big plus), cozy and the food is always great. I love that it is freshly prepared, and the staff is always very attentive.

Thank ahappycouple2
Des Arc, Arkansas
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Great lentil soup. Delicious rice pudding. My spouse like the lamb and pita bread. Very fresh. Pleasant environment. Service was polite and attentive. Will definitely try again when in the area.

Thank JojoandDew
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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954 reviews
468 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016 via mobile

In this unassuming little place in West Little Rock real Turks are serving up fabulously freshman food. Fresh baked pita with lovely homemade hummus; perfectly seasoned kofte, döner and shish kebabs with all the trimmings. There is even a Turkish pizza topped with kebab meat. Looked and smelled fantastic! The decor is sweet though nothing amazing. It's still a cost... More 

Thank otolith
Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

Istanbul restaurant just went from decent to great with new ownership! I have eaten here 5 times in the last 4 weeks. Everything is very fresh and the ambience is peaceful and friendly. The new owners are so nice! The chicken shish is fresh and delicious, the hummus and pita bread are outstanding. I also highly recommend the lentil soup... More 

Thank Michelle C
Little Rock, Arkansas
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

We are always looking for new and LOCALLY owned places to eat. We absolutely enjoyed everything we ordered from the Baba Ghanoush to the Doner, Lamb Kebabs and baklava. Great menu with lots of options. They do not serve alcohol. Service was excellent, very prompt without feeling rushed and very polite. We want to return to try more dishes!

Thank ChristmasInJuly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal, Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11525 Cantrell Rd Ste 914, Little Rock, AR 72212-1721
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Little Rock

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