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Istanbul Cafe

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628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay- I had high hopes for the restaurant and my findings are a mix. The environment is beautiful- white linens, delightful waiters. I ordered the tzazki and flatbread with the red wine from Turkey to start. Absolutely wonderful. I ordered the cabbage rolls for my entree'. The cabbage rolls were pretty good but the vegetables were mushy. I would go... More 

Thank Karen R
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was across the street and we were cautious. But the waiter was quick to explain the dishes explained. We all ordered different meals. All were in for a taste treat. All dishes were slightly spicy, but not excessive.

Thank ElmerPa
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

I would say, reastaurant lacks dishes such as; Manti, Pide and many meze (appetizer) options. Iskender was good, however meat was cut so thick. It should be thin as possible. The Mezes are delicious though. Service was friendly and attentive.

Thank Ozan V
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Very quiet atmosphere, great service and amazing service. The food was very tasty and reasonably priced. I would recommend this place to anyone.

Thank David R
Cincinnati, Ohio
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

G\ood lula Kaboobs. The falafels were yummy too. Not excellent, only because , I was expecting more flavorful rice.

Thank Koushik M
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Found the reviews online and went here to enjoy a nice ethnic meal. Yes, the outside is underwhelming and to be honest almost didn't go in.

1 Thank Ben E
Union, Kentucky
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

At a convention in Cincinnati and stopped in for lunch. Had the falafel plate and the food was outstanding. Fresh and great favors. Food was prepared quickly and service was excellent.

1 Thank Wendi G
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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346 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Had dinner here recently. Starter of the sampler plate and then the mixed grill plate for 2. All the food was really tasty and the bread warm and fresh. Service was friendly and efficient. I will return when next in Cinci.

1 Thank ShareKhan4
Clarksdale, Mississippi
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2016

I was here only for lunch but the lunch special was more food than I could eat, the doner kebab was excellent, as was the hummus. The service was friendly and the place was comfortable. It was good value for the money. I will happily go back for lunch next time I'm in town.

Thank Eric S
Fargo, North Dakota
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

As we came up to this restaurant, we noticed the outside was very unassuming. But, as you walk in you see a very nice and elegant dining area. I had the appetizer sample and the falafel dinner, which were both very good. No hesitation in recommending this restaurant.

Thank Jasosmit

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $22
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Greek, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 8:30 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
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-421-5100
Istanbul Cafe will bring the authentic flavors and smells of kitchens right out of Istanbul, and straight to your table. Located in downtown Cincinnati Istanbul Cafe offers a unique dinning experience in a city spotted with chain and corporate restaurants. This family owned and operated restaurant will please foodies and eclectic dinners alike. The atmoshere here is simple and to the point all about the food, Turkish rugs, photo's, and mirrors dot the dinning room and turquoise walls.

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