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“My favourite restaurant in my entire life” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Istanbul

Cafe Istanbul
Ranked #146 of 2,185 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $31
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We are proud to be the longest established restaurant in Manchester, serving Turkish and Mediterranean food for over 35 years. Based upon traditional cooking techniques, we delight in serving high quality Turkish cuisine, using only the highest quality ingredients cooked to perfection.
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“My favourite restaurant in my entire life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Possibly the most friendly staff , owner and chefs imaginable and the food is todie for so much so that one saturday we came here for lunch went shopping and came back for our evening meal been here 5 times in thr past three months and NEVER DISSAPOINTED !!! Keep up the good work !

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Greek first
  • Norwegian first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Used to be so much better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

This used to be a place we would visit on Saturday lunchtimes as a treat when shopping and we always chose from the a la carte menus. Food was great but then they extended the restaurant into the place next door and the food suffered. Even the cheaper set menu was not good. Perhaps the quality was lowered to pay for the bigger premises. Shame.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Hummybee
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“There should be more!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely love this place I have had 3 visits to Manchester in the past 2 months and have been here every time!
First discovered the place as a one off, totally gob smacked when we tasted the food. Really tender meat and amazing rice and veg...
This will be on our top list every time we visit Manchester.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Kita1966
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Liverpool, England
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171 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Good food, good service; good night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Went to Cafe Istanbul with three girlfriends and had the £19 menu which is good value.
Starters were fresh and tasty with a good mixed platter.
The mains were great with big portions- too big for me, in fact- and really tasty. Not sure how completely authentic it all was but good all the same.
Desserts good too.
Service was friendly and efficient although I felt they pushed a bit hard on the wine.
It was quite busy although not a huge amount of atmosphere, which was a bit odd...
But, overall, good food and service in a nice place and would definitely go again.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christabelle04
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Really Good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2013

Not been to this restaurant for years, but decided to visit this week. It's just as good as it ever was. Good food, good surroundings, very good service. In fact, the service was the best we have had in any restaurant for quite some time. Prices very reasonable. Order the mixed grill - it's great!Thoroughly enjoyed our night out.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Steve B
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