Cafe Istanbul can quite rightly claim to be one of Manchester’s longest-standing, high-calibre Turkish restaurants in the city centre. It’s premises down Bridge Street, close to Deansgate, are hard to miss – warm, inviting, and with a definite touch of class, Cafe Istanbul offers proper Turkish fine dining. A huge selection of dishes are on offer, all made according to Turkish traditions and presented peerlessly. This is matched by one of Manchester’s longest wine lists. Perhaps Cafe Istanbul’s best kept secret, though, is its elegant private dining area.
It’s a huge relief to find a Manchester Turkish restaurant that really knows how to present its cuisine, and itself. Cafe Istanbul, down Bridge Street in the heart of the city centre, could certainly teach Manchester’s other Turkish eateries a thing or two – after all, they’ve been on the block for over thirty years, and have Turkish fine dining down pat. The menu, from the hot and cold starters through to the opulent seafood, grills, and vegetarian mains, is meticulously put together and annotated, and moreover exceedingly true to its Anatolian roots.
To accompany the beautiful food that Cafe Istanbul’s Bridge Street kitchen produces, the inspired proprietors of what is undeniably one of Manchester’s most renowned Turkish restaurants have corralled a small army of old and new world wines to accompany what is bound to be a superlative feast – it’s one of the longest in the city. The ace in the hole at Cafe Istanbul is undoubtedly their capabilities when it comes to hosting luxurious city centre private dining. Downstairs from the main restaurant is a club and private dining area designed by Bernard Carroll (of Panacea, San Carlo, and Cicchetti fame) that can accommodate up to 60 guests, complete with a feature bar and live music and DJs should your party need some dancefloor action.
A delicious meal served by lovely staff. We arrived earlier than booked and they were more than accommodating taking us straight to a table. Cannot say more than that.
Excellent restaurant with great food and pleasant service. A contemporary atmosphere rather than one that you might expect for a Turkish restaurant which we like.
Very friendly service and excellent food, in generous portions. The staff were always attentive, the décor is quite exotic without looking like a tacky film set. I would thoroughly recommend a visit, whether you love Turkish food, or you just want to sample it for the first time.
Great food great service that's why this place is one of my favourite places in Manchester. The meat platter is exceptional and huge so make sure you're hungry if you order it!
Abosultely love this restaurant. Been there twice now and each time i've been really pleased with both the service and the food. All the team at Cafe Istanbul are friendly, helpful and courteous without being over fussy. The food is amazing. Both my wife and I love turkish food but this place does it so well. And the portions are generous. Love it...
Every time we have visited Cafe Istanbul the staff are very friendly nothing is too much trouble. The atmosphere is one of elegance and the food is always first class. We have never had a bad meal there.The starter mixed meza are as good as the best resuarants in Turkey .
This has always been one of my favourite restaurants. But not been for ages. Absolutely lovely food and service. Had the£25 ottoman meal... Great value but no room for dessert. It was packed up for us to take home. Thank you. Will be back soon. Never been disappointed at Cafe Istanbul
One of our favourite restaurants. The food is always excellent and the chilli sauce is the perfect accompaniment to either fish or meat. We don't know how they get the rice so light and fluffy but they always do and it's so tasty. We like to go early evening when the early bird menu is exceptional value for money. It tends to be quiet at that time so service is always quick and the staff are friendly and welcoming. We will be back again that's for certain.
The restaurant has a varied menu. Food is nicely served and delicious in taste. Staff are welcoming and friendly. Unusually, the restaurant was quite empty when we visited so the atmosphere was slightly dull compared to its normal vibrant self. We have been eating at Cafe Istanbul for years and will return.
Cafe Istanbul is consistently good, with great food, attentive service and a buzz to the atmosphere. It is a good restaurant, not a cafe as the name implies to those people who do not know the venue. Well worth a visit.