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“Great service and great authentic Turkish cuisine” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine

Cafe Istanbul Mediterranean Cuisine
Ranked #64 of 2,212 Restaurants in Columbus
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great service and great authentic Turkish cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

I had not tasted Mediterranean food in a very long time and when I walked past "Istanbul" on Worth Avenue, I had to walk in. The portions are generous so I only ordered a sampler cold appetizer platter with typical Turkish delights. I was not disappointed. My husband generally does not feel very adventurous when it comes to international foods, but he did try a little of everything. The service was great--the hostess and the servers were hospitable and attentive. The ethnic music in the background was melodic and soothing. It was audible but not too loud to listen to while we ate. The prices were modest for such large portions. I had to ask for a carry out tray to take the rest of my dish with me. This was the last stop of our Easton Town Center experience before heading back to the hotel and I really enjoyed it.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Columbus
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“What More Could One Ask For!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great food, lovely setting (especially on the terrace), professional staff, clean facility, what more could anyone ask for! Cafe Istanbul has been around town for a number of years, but this location and the current chef will be hard to top. The menu is varied and reasonably priced. Our friends chose to order multiple hors d'oeuvres and split an entree, and we enjoyed an appetizer and two excellent entrees. All were beautifully presented, and delicious. I especially loved a dish of cubed tender lamb served on a bed of pureed eggplant. The wine and beer selection is good, and there is a nice dessert menu if you should have room at the end of your meal. Our waiter was available when needed but kept his distance when he knew all was well. Much appreciated. We will be bringing our friends and family here often, and we'll enjoy a few dinners here just the two of us! Perfect for any occasion.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SCCF
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Columbus, Ohio USA
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153 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Excellent Turkish food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had recently spent time in Istanbul and loved the food there, so we were eager to see how this place compared. The food was here was authentic Turkish and outstanding. Kebabs are very good. Nice quiet atmosphere with Turkish rugs displayed on the walls. Service was friendly and efficient. We will definitely go back to Cafe Istanbul!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank curley6710
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Cleveland, Ohio
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Great dinning experience at Cafe Istanbul! Located in the shops of Easton. The decor was lovely. We had a relaxing dinner. Selections were well prepared. Calamari appetizer was nice and tender with a touch of lemon served with yogurt sauce. Our table also had entrees of lamb shish kabob, and chicken kabobs. Both served with rice and grilled vegetables. I had the lentil soup, delightful.

We all enjoyed our selections and also loved the warm crusty bread served with an olive oil dipping sauce infused with peppers, rosemary, it was divine. We selected baklava for dessert to share, which was wonderful. My first experience with turkish coffee, glad to have tried it. The staff is friendly and attentive. Hope we have the pleasure of coming back if we are in the area. Thoroughly enjoyable and lovely evening.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda_Northcoast_Oh
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Adrian, Michigan
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2,118 reviews
1,293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 822 helpful votes
“Good Option for Middle Eastern Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

This restaurant is a very good option for a Middle Eastern meal. The location in the Easton commercial complex is quite convenient. We were there for a shopping trip on this occasion and decided to stay for dinner. We had been to one other Istanbul location and found it to be a good experience so we decided to give this one a try. We were greeted in a very friendly manner and seated right away. The interior décor was appropriate for the type of restaurant it was as it provided a pleasant atmosphere for a meal. Our waiter (Anass) attended to us quickly. We found him to be very personable and friendly. The menu had several good options. We started with the hummus and pita, which was a great way to begin. We then had the Spinach Pide and the Iskender Kebab for our mains. The pide was very good while the Iskender was terrific. The latter consisted of doner meat over garlic bread covered in a mildly spiced tomato sauce with yogurt on the side to provide complementary flavoring. We were very happy with our choices. The prices were a bit on the expensive side as the bill was over $50 including tip (we had no alcohol). But overall, we were quite satisfied. I would recommend this as a good option for dinner if you are looking for a place at Easton and you are a fan of Mediterranean fare.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debbie K
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