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Istanbul Cafe

628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
+1 513-421-5100
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good46%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“falafel” (11 reviews)
“kabobs” (6 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
628 Vine St, 45202, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2403
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1 - 10 of 89 reviews

Reviewed 4 May 2017

Easy to find on the east side of Vine street. Friendly welcome t the main desk with lots of willingness to help. The service was fast as easy as the food fit into what was wanted for the day. The owner and chef are apparently...More

Thank saba1946
Reviewed 13 March 2017

After looking at Trip Advisor reviews, we decided to try this cafe for our date night (across the street from our hotel). So glad we did! I made a reservation for a Saturday at 5:15, early for dinner but we had tickets for a 7...More

1  Thank CarlyMegsMom
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is in the downtown area. It has an unassuming exterior so is easy to miss. I found it because I was staying in the hotel down the street and passed it by accident. I had dinner there with a friend and I was...More

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch and split the appetizer sampler and ordered the falafel and zucchini pancakes as well. Food was very good - nicely seasoned, lots of flavors. The cafe is chef owned. Highly recommend!

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our work group went to Istanbul Café today to celebrate a co-worker's birthday. None of us had been here before, but we loved it and will be back! We started with the Babaganoush (eggplant with spices dish) and hummus appetizers. They and the pita bread...More

Thank aklaw
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The falafel, hummus and cabbage rolls are truly great. The Instanbul Cafe also have reasonably priced wine. The service is very good. The atmosphere the day we were there could only be improved by more diners. i am not sure what they could do better.

Thank John S
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The resturant decore is nice and simple.. it was quite not crowded.. it is located in the down town cincinnati, We ordered Falafel, Iskandar Kabab and Chiken kabab they were great and delicious.. the service is very good.

Thank Salma J
Reviewed 15 October 2016

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...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 13 October 2016

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
Reviewed 15 August 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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: +1 513-421-5100
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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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