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Istanbul Cafe & Bistro

#1,044 of 19,158 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Great Portland Street Station Great Portland Street | Tube Station Arcade, London W1W 5PP, England
+44 20 7580 9142
07:00 - 00:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What more do you need when you are travelling alone? This place is welcoming, the staff are friendly mostly smiling, they serve fresh delicious food at reasonable prices, and the location easily accessible.

Thank Ayman E
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, having ate somewhere else, but having time on our hands before train, thought I'd look for a Turkish Cafe. Happened on this place, tea a little weak, but wow the Borek was delicious and if the other food is this good then this is a gem of a place.

Thank Dawn Elisabeth A
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

popped in accidentally with my friends for a late Saturday night food and had an excelent service and food you can die for! friendly staff, i loved an interior, baskets full of fresh oranges outside, cozy corner to stop for a coffee, and of course delicious meat.

Thank Egle D
Cookham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 358 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If looking for good quality fresh food for a reasonable price and VERY friendly and efficient service, look no further than Istanbul Cafe and Bistro. It's a pretty little 'traditional' Turkish restaurant with a lovely menu. Try the Mixed Meze platter - you won;t be disappointed - it contains an excellent array of different dishes and you receive plenty of... More 

Thank H1CAJ
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here for many occasions. I have always had great food and great customer service. It's always fresh food and delicious. It's one of the best Turkish bistro in London..The owner Ahmet is pretty friendly and the manager Seray is extremely welcoming and helpful. Great Hospitality and Fantastic food. I definitely recommend to everyone. I will be back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed a late dinner here - warm and friendly atmosphere and clearly well-used by the Turkish community. Staff were very accommodating and the food was good, although didn't manage to finish it as there was so much!

Thank Siân H
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

After a long work day with no lunch, I found this place. Just the type of restaurant I love to visit when traveling. Informal but nice, I got a table right away, good service and most importantly good food. Istanbul met those expectations. The best part was the baklava and Turkish coffee. Fantastic!

Thank Diego L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Have worked near this restaurant for nearly four years, but such is disscreet setting blending in to the tube at Great Portland Street,a that i didn't go until 2 years ago. I now try and go regularly as its such a friendly place with great food. (lunchtime mezze special is indeed special) The staff went the extra mile on discovering... More 

Thank Chris M
Fithian, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We were looking for a restaurant that was open on Xmas night within walking distance of our hotel. We stumbled on the Istanbul Cafe and Bistro at the Great Portland Street Tube Station. We ordered the cold mezze plate as an appetizer. It was incredibly tasty and well prepared-clean, fresh tastes. For the mai course we ordered 2 lamb shish... More 

Thank Elliot C
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Lovely meze and Mousaka! Friendly service, what more could you ask for. Nice and authentic, one of the best Turkish independent restaurants around

Thank soph966

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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
US$5 - US$20
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Great Portland Street Station Great Portland Street | Tube Station Arcade, London W1W 5PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Fitzrovia
  • Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7580 9142
Based just by Great Portland Street Tube and very close to Regents Park, Istanbul Cafe & Bistro has become one of the best kept secrets for Turkish cuisine in London's West End quarter. For many years now, we have been amazing customers with our range of homemade, authentic Mediterranean cuisine using traditional recipes.

Whether you choose a genuine Turkish Breakfast, a two course set lunch, a selection of freshly prepared meze, fresh fish or something from the Grill; all our dishes will please you - great in taste, good value as well as exemplary service from our friendly, helpful staff.

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This sophisticated and sociable slice of Central London is a shopper’s paradise, offering the latest fashions, gadgets, and souvenirs. Fitzrovia is conveniently located between the major retail thoroughfares of Regent Street to the west and Tottenham Court Road to the east, with a handful of well connected Tube stations dotted around the area for easy transport. This neighbourhood is a favorite among foodies as well, with an impressive number of quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops vying for your patronage – especially along Charlotte Street and near Goodge Street Station.
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