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Cafe Istanbul

Restaurants, Entertainment, Arts & Entertainment


Café Istanbul is a 3,800-square foot, handicapped-accessible performance hall with a mission of fostering, encouraging and promoting the performing arts in New Orleans. The line up of events includes live music, dance, theatre, poetry, comedy, film and visual arts.

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78 Reviews

78 Reviews

Brandon D


September 1 there will be a great party at Cafe inbusal for Hi Def from 9 until 2am.




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darrel w


Favorite venue in the city

Todd G



Joanne D


Love the variety of programming and atmosphere along with limited free parking in the rear.

Joseph S


Cool place with decent drinks. I highly recommend it.

ctannerd 0


I like the open mike nights and interesting events that are shown there.

aaron m


Great Service.

Karen W


It's peaceful music is wonderful it just getting into town and enjoy yourself so well

Michael L


I was recently played a show at this place. The production company was great bust Cafe Istanbul really dropped the ball on this one. There was 0 promotion of the show by the venue I only noticed it show up on the website a day before the show. We showed up on time for sound check and there was a birthday party going on. We were told " the owner forgot he had an event that night" next issue was the sound. The sound guy had no idea what was going on and placed mics everywhere but near the speaker. Sound guy was also to worried about getting his drinks then running sound check. Iv worked with kids right out of audio school with more brains than that dude.

Will M


Interesting theater. Huge variety of shows

Eric S


Great place for special events. Parties, weddings any occasion really. Also has a great stage for the performing arts.

Cliff D


Very hip with a huge movie screen. This place just oozes history.

Shelley E


This was a great show.!

This is awesome!

Stephanie S


I love the ambiance of this place! Had went to watch some friends who were performing and really enjoyed myself!!

Blood P


The food here is outstanding and the staff is really nice.



Skip this place. Rude waitstaff! Look for better venues that feature local talent.

JoAnn E


Great vibes and events. Great place to have any function.

Nazary N


Any review of this place should of course come with the tag that your mileage may vary - it is after all just a venue and so if you go here and the performance sucks, well you won't be leaving positive reviews. That being said I've been to 5 different events here and they all ruled - if an organization is putting on an event at Cafe Istanbul it makes my ears perk up. It's a nice cozy space that makes you feel like a part of whatever is going on but also allows you to easily slip away and have private conversations with friends. It can be a little hard to find on your first trip but it gets easier and funner with each return.



This is a really nice place! I have one gripe. To ensure the safety of the patrons leaving Cafe Istanbul at night, bright lighting is needed in the parking lot.

Robyn R


Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Large selection of alcohol

Kimberly J


The band was awesome. Will be going again soon!

Jessica B


This is a cultural haven and soulful spot. Locals and visitors will love coming here. Mondays for the open Mic are unforgettable!!!

Frank J


There was a showing of Akira. Very laid back spot. Nice setting. Great stage.

atheist s


Stage and surroundings nice but drinks are pricey and bartender was slow.

Alfonzia L


Music was nice and the food was good.

Daniel K


Full od events with locals and tourists. A must-stop-in locatuon for anyone who wants to a real NOLA venue

Jae G


This place is really a great hang out. mature & mixed ethnicity of folks you'll find here. live band is great, drinks are great as well. everyone is super friendly. the only complaint is the location. I feel they need security. there's a parking lot that fills up at may be 15 cars, street parking is very dark.

Lynn B


Was there while closed. Been when open performing for charity event. Owner is my friends brother. Very nice of him to let us use it for auditiin photo shoot

Ronni B


Great little venue! I've both performed there and attended a variety of show types there. Friendly staff...

Helen L


We have yet to experience all that this magical place has to offer. On our most recent trip to New Orleans, we came here twice during our ten-day visit. Never got to experience the theater side, as we were only here for Poetry on Poets, an open mic on Monday nights. Hosted by Chuck Perkins, he creates a more intimate space near the bar by closing a curtain and creating a "living room feel".

The weekly event is not limited to poetry. Anyone with anything to share is welcomed and encouraged to grab the mic. Poetry, stories, vocals, name it! We both felt inspired by the creativity in the room and super comfortable with the loving and playful energy of the host and attendees.

Alix P


Came here to listen to a taping of Doug Loves Movies. Fantastic venue, great bar, and incredibly fun show.

ethel b


I really admire the place. Had a Good Time's

Harold J


Part of the Healing Center where variety is the key. This venue is perfect for whatever your needs are. Chuck always gives everything the personal touch. If you're looking for a fun place for fun people, this is the place.

Ashly L


Great venue. Drinks strong, but a lil bit higher than I expected. Ladies bathroom was exceptionally clean. That's the 5th Star.

Reggie B


This venue is pretty awesome. You have to go inside the Wellness Center to enter the venue but it's two stories has a full stage with Backstage Bar and grand piano! You're right across the street from an amazing Market and if you're looking for a grocery style shopping there is an amazing grocery store in there with a hot bar so you can grab healthy good food in between at intermission.

Jed N


A fun venue. Great drinks and friendly staff. Very intimate club so you can really get a feel of the band .

michelle b


Went for a live show. It was an intimate setting. A small and personal venue.

Loved it!

Elishia M


Owner Chuck Perkins pours his love of New Orleans into everything he touches. His venue is no exception. Excellent space, great acoustics, beautifully decorated. Friendly bartenders are the icing on the cake.

Nadine C


The owner was VERY friendly, he and his friend even bought everyone at the cafe drinks which were amazing. We went for the poetry at 9 but it started at 10ish which was fine because the atmosphere and people were lit. While we waited we got to see their dancers practice some upcoming performances. When the poetry part started it was just as lit if not more, staff members encouraged my friends and I to go up and perform something lol but we didn't.

There was a local artist who preformed a song of his own (xeno- connections) and many more. I honeslty loved it but was in nola for a short time so went only once

Scott C


Great place. Chuck you are the man. Loved the venue. Loved everything about the place. We will be seeing you again soon my friend. Thanks for a great time.

Nate T


Keep an eye out for their movie screenings. Usually they show interesting documentaries on local and national issues. Check their Facebook page and subscribe to their event postings! Also, check out Refuge Church here on Sundays at 10!

Raymond S


This is a great space. You can leave it like it is or transform it. I have been there for a few events. And it has looked different. I think it's important for those renting the space to know that they should bring their own sound system. And I think it gets a bit cold in there too.

Naderah M


The timings of the shows were not properly organized. This is the second time where I've seen a performer rushing off of the stage, cutting their show short for the next set of people who were also scheduled to perform around the same time. I think that too many performers are constantly getting booked in such a small amount of time. It's kind of hard to fully enjoy a show like that.

Imhotep M


Beautiful ambiance and great acoustics. Great place to perform or be entertained. Bartender is amazing which goes hand in hand with the amazing hospitality. Enjoy, I did and you will as well.

Gloria W


It was great, had a fantastic time, the place looked very nice and the, people were very accommodating

H. I


Great funky, eclectic venue for live entertainment. Comedy, plays, music...varied and reasonable prices for performances.

Eliot k


A fine comfortable cozy venue for plays and live music performance. Has that intimate show place feel where you sit at watch and listen.

Neworleansown D


Great venue to perform. Monday nights are epic!! Great performers and the way everyone is involved musically is like no other... Great experience...ultimate REAL local New Orleans TRUE talents with all genres and styles... melting pot freestyle sessions

Penny C


Never ever not a Grand ole time at the World's most famous Cafe Istanbul! New Soul Incorporated old school band rocked the house on this past Saturday nite!!! I've seen them performed from day one and haven't been disappointed none!!!

Seika G


Great space for shows. Southern Sideshow Hootenanny was a blast. Monsters of Schlock were so much fun.

Larrin O


Lots of things going on... Good staff

Dr Z


Saw Rebirth Brass Band here, cool spot. Abita on tap, Rebirth, low cover charge, love it.

David G


Great local venue for music. Very unique good sound.

Christal W


Kind of hard to find but really good venue and music was great!

Creighton G


Once again enjoyed my time here great music.

Eric J


Came here for The Moth show. Actually ended up on stage sharing a story! The venue was great, and the staff were friendly. Beer was reasonably priced also!

Costa K


This is hands down the best kebab (really greek gyros) in America. It's made with so much love you can taste it. They jave a special white sauce which is unique and adds extensively. You need to try this place at least once

Janice P


Ohhh my... it was a beautiful marketplace and meeting space for the 48 Hour Business School. Thanks bunches for your welcoming hospitality.

Devin F


The environment and bar service here are great, I've been to a few shows here and think more people should know about this place. I went and saw fly movement salon and highly recommend if you haven't seen it before you should go check it out

Kevin R


I like going to this place to hear my cousin sing. There is ample seating, and the cash bar is well stocked. I only wish there was more available parking.

Helen L.



We have yet to experience all that this magical place has to offer. On our most recent trip to New Orleans, we came here twice during our ten-day this and 16 more

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