Decatur >Food & Dining > Cafe Istanbul
1850 Lawrenceville Hwy Ste 100, Decatur, GA | Directions 3003333.801665 -84.280175
Daily, noon to midnight
Atlanta's Best Turkish Restaurant – I have been going to Cafe Istanbul for a few years now and I keep coming back to this restaurant because of its exceptional customer service. The food is extremely affordable and the hookahs are very smooth to taste. At night the restaurant turns into a festivity with belly dancers. My favorites on the menu are Turkish Kayak Pizza and Adana Kabob, they are to die for! Kalo Galoway more commonly known as Mustafa always gives me the best experience there! The staff is like a big family and instantly make you feel at home. The restaurant truly takes you to Turkey and back, do not miss out! I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!
SKETCHY – Don't bring any valuables. My camera was stolen from there and i left it on the table for a few seconds and went right back to get it and it was gone. The waiters suck too and were not helpful when I asked them to check for my camera.
I thought this was a terrible hooka lounge and restaurant. I have been here multiple times and I must say throughout the years it has only gotten progressively worse.
first and foremost, they charge for water which I thought was ridiculous.. it might be a Turkish restaurant but it is most certainly not in Turkey- DON'T CHARGE FOR WATER!
Also, the waiters and waitresses, although this is not their fault, are terrible at serving. They take way too long for the simple things such as drinks. And on top of that they expect a great tip even though their service would not be considered great. Maybe management should look into hiring new people.
Also, although the food is good it is a bit pricey when considering the quality of the food, ambiance, and overall experience especially when compared to other persian restaurants such as Rumi's kitchen, Fanoos, Anatolia, Persopolis, etc.
Lastly, the hooka here is awful! I went with a larger party once and for about 12-13 people they gave is 4 mouth tips.. REALLY. When we asked for more we finally got them after another round of coal. Which is also another bad thing.. you have to pay extra for each goal. Not only that but they quality of the tobacco is really bad and not even worth the price. The hooka is way too expensive and although many people think it is great quite frankly you are much much better off going to other places such as Deja vu (unlimited hooka).
Overall, service is bad, food isn't great, hooka is better at other places! The only thing that I do like about this place is the music and even then, the music isn't always persian.. a lot of the time its Indian!
PS- A friend told me that the waiters/waitresses are payed in salary so all the tips that they receive go straight to the owner.. which he totalllly does not deserve! You are better off not tipping
cafe istanbul is the most amazing place i have ever been!!!! – hello!i am going to talk abou the best restaurant i have ever been to.it has the best turkish food and the best atmosphere i dont believe some of the reviews!the owners are very nice people.and i hear theyre making another cafe istanbul i am so excited i highly recommend bessssssssst...................place EVER!!!!!!!
Great restaurant -gone terribly bad!!! – I used to love this place. I drove one hour just to come here and bring my dad and step son to see the belly dancer and enjoy a great meal. However, this place has gotten very bad!!
We ordered drinks, apps- I had to ask the waiter 3 times for lemons. The waiter completely forgot about us after the apps were served....he never took our dinner order until we had to ask someone walking by. The belly dancer only did 1 dance throughout our entire dinner. The server never refilled our drinks ...I had to ask 3 times for water...Then he added to his gratuity when I had deleted his gratuity. The service Sucked and the Valet parking is ridiculous. Get a grip before your restaurant goes down the tubes.
Best hookah lounge and meditereanean food in Atlanta – My friends and I have found this place and we can not get enough! We have been to other hookah places, but Cafe Istanbul beats them hands down. Weekends are packed, make sure you reserve a spot on the cushions! Their menu consists of everything from pizzas to Turkish Kebobs, and a whole page of appetizers , one better then the other. All in all you cant go wrong here, Dj music and great food, My friends and I are forever their customers!
This Place sucks !!!! – Its a good place if you want to save money, however, thes place wa very unhygienic, dark and suffocating. They surely dnt maintain any hygiene in the restaurant. The cushions were torn. They need a serious makeover of the place and has to be a lot more clean. Food was sort of ok. Would'nt call it great.
BEST IN FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE!! – If you are looking for a place to meet with your friends in the weekend and party while you dine, then this is it!! we have been going here for 3 years now, it not only gets busier and busier but the food gets better!! They have Music Blasting ( D J ) and everyone gets up to dance!!! And my favorite part is the HOOKAHS! They have all flavors and its great with a hot Chai. My friends and I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant and atmosphere to all!
Horrible experience – It was my friend's birthday and we decided to get a group of about 15 people together to go cafe istanbul. When we got seated the owner started telling us about a minimum spending limit of $10 per person, no problem. Except they were keen on us ordering food. I tried to explain to him that we were going to buy alcoholic beverages and our bill would come out way more than $100, which was their initial requirement. Unfortunately they still insisted on us ordering food. All 15 of us left, they really need to make smart business decisions and instead they lost over $300 worth of business. Never going there anymore, management is rude and does not listen to their customers.
i hired cafe istanbul to cater for 50 people.what a deasester it was they cut portions .food was not good pita bread was old.i was so embarassed to my guests only reason i cater them was i was wishing for turkish food .what a wrong choice it was please please be aware and be carefull.they werent about to please or satisfy anyone just bad bussiness shame on you cafe istanbul this was so important to me. yet you made it a so bad experiance.
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