Cafe Istanbul: Atlanta’s Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Atlanta’s DeKalb County has serious culinary cred. If you are looking for international cuisine to please any palate, you can find it in DeKalb County. Foodies have taken notice and the word is out that DeKalb County serves up some of the finest, original cuisine in Georgia. My objective is to highlight some of the unique gems that are found throughout the entire county. If you would like to suggest a restaurant to be considered for inclusion, please email [email protected]


Cafe Istanbul Offers An Authentic Turkish Dining Experience

Once inside Cafe Istanbul, you are immediately transported and leave the outside world far behind. It has has been voted “Atlanta’s Best Mediterranean Restaurant” and is one of my favorite places to take out-of-town friends for unique dining in Atlanta for years now. This is not just a restaurant; this is a real, cultural experience…. You’ll feel like a guest in a Turkish home.

The décor, food, seating, and music blend effortlessly together to create an authentic, Turkish atmosphere. Seating is on comfortable, large pillows next to small tables arranged for a traditional meal. Of course, the occasional belly dancing adds a final touch to the overall ambiance.

Appetizers begin with Stuffed Grape Leaves, Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Falafels, and many other traditional favorites. I had the Shish Kebab (skewered chunks of lamb) for my entree and it was excellent. The Chicken Kebabs and Mediterranean Chicken are always delicious. There are also Turkish Meatballs along with a couple of seafood items on the menu. Café Istanbul serves up Vegetarian options as well.

The weekend nights are always busy and a great time to really soak up the unique atmosphere. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the belly dancing show. Later in the evenings, part of the restaurant is transformed into a dance floor when many of the young guests dance during the weekend nights.

Café Istanbul is located at 1850 Lawrenceville Hwy, Ste 100, Decatur, GA 30033. For more information, visit or call 404-320-0054.

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