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About Cafe Istanbul

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.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Cafe Istanbul
79-81 Bridge Street, Deansgate
Manchester M3 2RH

Menu Highlights



Smoked Fish Roe Pate (Tarama)

Home-made smoked cod roe pate with olive oil and lemon juice.

Feta Cheese Parcels (v) (Muska Borek)

Feta cheese with egg, spinach and herbs, wrapped in filo pastry and fried.

Istanbul Prawns (Karides Gyvec)

Succulent prawns, oven baked in our special tomato, green pepper and onion sauce topped with cheese.


Stuffed Chicken Fillet (Tavuk Dolma)

Rolled chick en fillet, filled with minced chicken, vegetables, raisins and herbs oven baked.

Special Lamb Cutlets (Pirzola)

French trimmed lamb cutlets marinated and chargrilled with thyme.

Pan Fried Halibut Steak (Kalkan)

Prime halibut steak, marinated. Served with basmati rice and seasonal vegetables.


Lamb Stuffed Vine Leaves (Etli Dolma)

A traditional Ottoman dish of vine leaves stuffed with minced lamb, rice and herbs.

Spinach and Feta Chicken (Ispanakli Tavuk)

Oven cooked chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. Served with basmati rice.

Pan Fried King Prawns (Tava da Karides)

Large king prawns sauteed with dill and garlic butter, with a hint of chilli. Served with vegetables

Main Menu

A la carte menu


Early Bird Menu


Special Lunch Menu


More about Cafe Istanbul, Manchester

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.

56 Cafe Istanbul Reviews

56 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Great value
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
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Michele T.a year ago · 1 review

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.

John D.a year ago · 1 review

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.

Terry C.a year ago · 1 review

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.

Paul G.a year ago · 2 reviews

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!

Andy T.2 years ago · 1 review

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...

Janet R.2 years ago · 2 reviews

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 .

Karen C.2 years ago · 1 review

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

Barry S.2 years ago · 1 review

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.

Anne M.a year ago · 2 reviews

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.

Anne M.2 years ago · 2 reviews

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.