27 reviews

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TheFork offers

-30% -30% off the "à la carte" menu!

Preset menus and drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.
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Preset menus and drinks not included.

Available on the booked timeslot.

Scores & Reviews

based on 27 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.5/10
Service :9.4/10
Setting :8.1/10
  1. Dianne M.
    Dianne M.
    • 51 reviews

    A good suburban restaurant. Not particularly atmospheric, but the food makes up for it. Lamb especially, was excellent.

  2. Charles X.
    Charles X.
    • 16 reviews

    The food was traditional yet great, really well cooked and the service was fantastic. A hidden little gem.

  3. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews

    Great local restaurant that's good value.

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews

    Small but cosy. Manti was amazing

  5. Tina b.
    Tina b.
    • 5 reviews

    Great food, friendly service no hesitation in going back to try more delicious food. The chef Elias was just fantastic in catering for all our needs.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews

    Great food and service. Great place for families ????

  7. Rachel T.
    Rachel T.
    • 3 reviews

    Very good find, we were pleasantly surprised- the food ordered (breakfast) was delicious- Nutella pancake was fabulously fluffy, daughter was very pleased. Friendly Attentive staff & service. Will definitely return! Thanks

  8. Marianne C.
    Marianne C.
    • 2 reviews

    We loved the food and service. Will go back

  9. Ece  .
    Ece .
    • one review

    Really good and delicious meals with very warm friendly service..Soft and well marinated meats.Salads cames with perfect balanced dressed ,home made baclava/ special pot boiled tea enough reason for going back to Istanbul Cafe Reastaurant,,

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 231 reviews

    Great service and food. Excellent value for money.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 261 reviews

    We knew from other reviews that the standard menu at Instanbul has a huge range of dishes from Italian, Greek and Australian pub food . It's not until you are given the banquet menu that you see Turkish food. It's a shame that you can't order what you want of the Turkish dishes without having to have the whole banquet, which we did and so were VERY full at the end of it. The dips were house made and good, The calamari was excellent - so tender. The salmon was a little over cooked /dry as was the cutlets, but the chicken and lamb skewers were nicely cooked. I would have preferred to have a Tabouli with the meat instead of what appeared to be a Greek salad. A bit odd really.

  12. Paul G.
    Paul G.
    • 9 reviews

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Istanbul Cafe Grill Bar. While the menu isn’t exclusively Turkish what Yilmaz & the crew have on offer will take you on a journey to downturn Istanbul where both the food & people are memorable. Overall ICGB comes highly recommended at around $35ph for a good feed, plus drinks :-)

  13. David H.
    David H.
    • 2 reviews

    Been here twice now and both times have been terrific! Generous portions, delicious dips, bread, meats and salads, all tasting authentically Turkish! Lovely people and great service. We have already booked again in a fortnight’s time.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews

    Istanbul Cafe is a great local eatery that caters for all diets. Grilled meats cooked to perfection and service with a smile. The staff were very attentive and friendly.

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews

    Food is ok, dips are amazing, just a shame we were not served Turkish bread with the banquet.

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews

    Lovely spot in the neigbourhood

  17. Andrew D.
    Andrew D.
    • 4 reviews

    Good service, very generous servings. The prawns and the squid were standouts. Small but reasonably priced wine list.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 253 reviews

    great food, excellent service

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews

    Great service, and delicious food. We had the banquet which was pretty filling and a great way to sample different dishes.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 reviews

    Tried the mixed grill meat. The lamb and beef was dry and without much taste. The dip was plain. Value wise its okay with the 50% off deal but will not come back as there is many better choice along the Sydney road.

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How to get to the restaurant

1039 Mt Alexander Road, 3040, Essendon, Australia

Directions to get there

Essendon, Melbourne North West, Melbourne West

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