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Cafe Istanbul

Map & Directions 1310 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Catering, Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible


Phoenix New Times' Description

This family-owned Middle Eastern restaurant serves award-winning food. The Tempe eatery’s all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is available on weekdays for $10 and includes a selection of salads, sides, meats, vegetarian entrées, dishes like lasagna made with lamb and cream sauce, and warm pita to sop up various dips. For dinner, the Al Amir combo with creamy hummus, minty tabbouleh, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), feta, baba ghanouj, mjadera, loubyeh, moist falafel, chunks of medium-rare lamb, outstanding chicken, and kafta kabob will provide enough to fill up two bellies for $29.95. Café Istanbul and Market also has a wide variety of sandwiches like shawarma, gyros, falafel, ma’anek (Lebanese lamb), soujok (Armenian beef sausage), baked lamb, and lamb tongue sautéed with garlic lemon. Save room for dessert, including chocolate mou, peach melba, nissreen cocktail, and Mike’s specialty (ice cream with melon and chocolate sauce).

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  • Mollie B. on 12/13/11

    Creepy owner, but great place to get shisha.

  • Lauren H. on 08/28/10

    great weekday lunch buffett

  • Lauren H. on 07/29/10

    Most amazing Kibbe Niyeh in Arizona!! Great service and great food. Get there immediately!

  • Mitch P. on 07/16/10

    Premium Hookahs and really quality food. Upstairs hookah lounge plus food or sit outside under the misters. Inside is a full hookah store plus additional dining space. Pretty awesome place

  • Dave C. on 08/01/13

    My number one destination for shawarma anywhere! I love it, and it's got better prices than anywhere else around the valley. The baklava is my 2nd favorite around the valley.

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