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245 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
+1 203-787-3881
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Today
06:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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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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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Let me start by saying the staff was very accommodating. We called the restaurant to find out their closing time on Sunday. Whoever answered the phone just said: 10PM. We drove to the place around 3PM , paid parking next to the place and walked to the restaurant. The sign said; open at 5PM. The staff opened for us and... More 

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Thank silvania T
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, karisik izgara and hunkar begendi was delicious. Service was very good. It was well decorated and kunefe was to die for. Hope to be back!

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Thank cione
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outstanding food (lamb stew, pilaf, homemade bread, Turkish tea) nice atmosphere with fine artifacts, excellent service.

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Thank George B
Fort Lee, New Jersey
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

An Interesting Menu Menu in a Friendly, Receptive Environment.... Tasty from Soup to Dessert! Enjoy!

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Thank MFD1992
Silver Spring, Maryland
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974 reviews
624 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 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 

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Thank jaseaton
Montgomery, Alabama
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85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

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 

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Thank Kermit753
Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews
10 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 

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Thank Nancyjfabrizimiller
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18 reviews
18 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.

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Thank Murtaza K
Boston
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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 :(

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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.

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Thank ktmw985

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$35
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 19:30
Monday
06:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 19:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 21:30
Thursday
07:00 - 14:00
Friday
08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
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?