Judging Restaurants – Cafe Istanbul

by Prince Of Petworth November 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm 8 Comments

Cafe Istanbul is located at 2001 L St NW. Their Web site says:

Our fascination with the cuisine and experience stems from Urfa Turkey. The cuisine is typical of the south-east; bread and meat are at the center either kebab, doner; particularly its distinctive mezes and kebabs.

But, our vision of the perfect restaurant has extended far beyond the actual menu. The atmosphere and décor play just as important of a part as the cooking; therefore, we wanted to provide a feeling of warmth and hospitality. We succeeded by creating dining areas that are as lively as they are sophisticated. A highly-trained and dedicated wait staff is another key to perfection, especially in providing diners with professional service and personal attention.

You can see their menus here. Could be a good late night spot as they are open until 4am on Sat. and Sun.? Any fans?

  • Anon

    Has Port of Peraeus (spelling?) been gone for a long time?

  • pia

    I work in the Port of P. is…it’s still very much there…
    Cafe Istanbul? I find it “okay”, but I’ve only had the salad and pizza.

  • pia

    Ugh. in the building where Port of P is… sorry!

  • Dan

    This place is on the same block as my office.

    Cheaper that Port of P. The falafel I had wasn’t bad, and they seem very happy to have your business. Haven’t had the ‘za yet.

  • Anon5

    I had a doner kebab there once, and I wasn’t impressed. I believe they used to be called something else, so they may be under new ownership now.

  • toore

    We’ve had their pizzas and they are awful. This spot used to be Cafe Milano, which had the best delivery pizza in town. We ordered pizza from Cafe Milano on a regular basis and were impressed every time.
    It figures that a Turkish place wouldn’t have great pizza, but I’m still morning the loss of Milano and in search of a great delivery pizza place.

    • John

      Didn’t this place used to be called Rumi until a couple of months ago? Same food.

  • Marta

    I had their Borek, which is a favorite of mine. It was good!


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