“Food, atmosphere and service are all top notch! We started with an amazing appetizer with hummus, tabouli, babaganoush and a few other dips, all were great – in fact the hummus was the best I’ve ever had. They kept the warm, fluffy pita bread coming. I had the lunch special, a few options were available – I went for the red lentil soup – which was excellent, and the stuffed cabbage – which really felt authentic, had tasty rice and meat inside and covered in a red sauce with a subtle zing. Veggies on the side were a great complement. There were two servers working at the time; our main one took great care of us and if he wasn’t around the other one was happy to jump in. We were well taken care of and they interjected just enough fun banter.” – by Rich B.

“This place never disappoints. It’s my favorite Indy restaurant. The atmosphere has perked up with the recent purchase by a nice family, and the food maintains the same high quality. One especially nice thing is that they will often cook to your request. I like Gyros sandwiches (which are not Turkish), and though it is not on the menu you can order essentially the same thing as a Doner sandwich. The quality of the meat blows away any of the restaurants in town that specialize in Gyros, and the price is comparable.”
– by Nicholas M.

“Don’t let the location fool you.  This unassuming storefront opens up to a slightly upscale yet very relaxing atmosphere.  My new favorite restaurant has a small bar and nice dining room with pleasant light colored wood lining the walls.  The server delivers fresh pita bread with delicious olive oil to the table to kick things off. The feta borek appetizer is delicious but skip the calamari which is only average. The doner kebab, served with rice and veggies, is usually enough for two meals.  The plate looks so simple, but all of the flavors are out of this world.  I don’t know much about wine pairings, but I know the lamb tastes so good with a glass or two of Cabernet.  They gyro plate is good too. Service is attentive and friendly. I think it’s a family-run joint.” – by Sara M.

“Because I don’t live near this neighborhood, I had never heard of the Istanbul Cafe.  However, I was able to go on an urban hike this evening and the meeting place was the parking lot between the Istanbul Cafe and Blockbuster Video (are they still in business?!).  Since I arrived early, I decided to meander over to the Istanbul to check out their menu.  As soon as I walked in the door and smelled the heavenly delights, I immediately placed an order for the shish kabob (lamb) and a side of the Pureed Eggplant to pick up after our hike was finished. I have to say that the lamb was spectacular!  So tender and juicy, I didn’t mind eating it out of a to-go container 🙂  I didn’t know what to expect with regard to the pureed eggplant, but OMG! I have never tasted anything so flavorful!  It came with some flatbread that was also very moist and soft…perfect to dip into the eggplant. If I do this same hike again — and I’m sure I will — I plan on dining in and enjoying the entire ambiance of this charming little restaurant.  Don’t let the stripmall deter you.  It is a nice shopping area at the corner of W 86th and Ditch Road.” – by Diane H.