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245 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
+1 203-787-3881
06:30 - 19:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 06:00 - 19:30
Mon 06:30 - 14:00
Tue 06:30 - 19:00
Wed 06:00 - 21:30
Thu 07:00 - 14:00
Fri 08:00 - 19:00
Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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914 reviews
577 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a movie at the Criterion around the corner, we stopped in for what turned into a spectacularly tasty meal. We began with a mezzo plate. I continued with a lentil soup and a vegetable salad with crushed walnuts and and Efes beer...all sublime and spices (the beer was excellent, not spicy). The decor is Ottoman luxurious, and the place... More 

Thank jaseaton
Montgomery, Alabama
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83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

While I'll admit the service at this restaurant is often kind of quirky, the food is always excellent. I've been making a research trip to New Haven about once a year for the last few years, and I always have a meal at this restaurant while in town. On my most recent trip, I had the zucchini fritters and the... More 

Thank Kermit753
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

You would think getting a pizza at a place famous for its mashed potato pizza for lunch on a Tuesday would be simple. But, no, as they get their deliveries Tuesday afternoons and don't open until 5:00 to eat. Serendipity! Istanbul Café is directly across the street. It's just a small place, but no matter. The music, Turkish bottles lining... More 

Thank Nancyjfabrizimiller
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

They have really nice Turkish food and very friendly staff. They also have belly dancer entertainment on Saturdays which is a lot of fun. I also love their decorations.

Thank Murtaza K
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We came to New Heaven to drop our daughter in a summer camp. We really hoped to have a nice Turkish brunch. We check the opening hours and it stated that it opens at noon on Sunday. We arrived at 12:30 and there was no one there! Can you at least update your website??? Very disappointed :(

1 Thank OlaMayer
Denver, Colorado
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

There was barely anyone in this place for dinner on a Friday. That should have been my hint; however, I had never been here and many people have told me that they liked the restaurant. My falafels were tasteless, overdone, and really flat and the hummus wasn't any better. I won't be trying this place again.

Thank ktmw985
Cheshire, Connecticut
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

They have good food,including a variety of mezes and Turkish food which is one of the best.They may increase the serving quality though.Reasonably priced and centrally located.Try the homemade baklava,its delicious.

Thank Yigit B
Killingworth, CT
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539 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Cafe Istanbul serves flavorful, authentic Turkish cuisine in the heart of downtown New Haven. The Soguk Meze plate is an amazingly delicious vegetarian appetizer with hummus, babaganoush, a tomato, cucumber, pepper and walnut spread, amazingly light and flavorful stuffed grape leaves, a spinach puree and a carrot puree--served with delicious homemade bread. The cacik is rich and delicious. We had... More 

Thank v0yageur22
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Food is okay but the waiter is the rudest one I have ever met. Yells at customers. Will never be there again.

Thank Ali D
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57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Excellent food and I love their home-made Turkish pide bread! I have been here a few times in past 6 or 7 months and I must say that this is one of my favorites in the area. People who run the place and servers they are all super nice. I recommend Turkish rice pudding after whatever it is you chose... More 

1 Thank Ted A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 35
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 19:30
06:30 - 14:00
06:30 - 19:00
06:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 245 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  New Haven
  • Phone Number: +1 203-787-3881

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?