We've been going to this place for a couple of years, hands down this is the best Turkish restaurant you'll be able to find in the city centre area. The open kitchen allowed us to smell the kebabs and observe the kitchen brigade execute the dishes.
I had a fantastic anniversary dinner here with some of the best food I have ever consumed. It was quite pricey (100 dollars for two people including an appetizer and dessert), but definitely worth the money. Can't recommend this place more for delicious food and great service.
Unplanned Saturday night dinner at Cafe Istanbul. Luckily they were able to seat us without reservations. The food was amazing as always. The portions are plentiful and everything just tasted great. Can’t wait to go back again.
Buzzing wee joint, great atmosphere. Really nice menu, and everything was really delicious. Especially the scallops. And the short rib was melt in the mouth soft. Big portions! And to top it off they brought a special birthday dessert with a candle for my friend who was turning 83 that day!
ABC 7 food reporter Steve Dolinsky checked out the restaurant with the Turkish Consul General in Chicago
About 40,000 Turkish expats live in the Midwest, a quarter of them in Chicago. Some of them are restaurateurs, making the same delicious food from back home.