We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
212 514 6151
Improve this listing
Ranked #52 of 10,974 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
Description: Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.
Write a Review

707 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a class restaurant in many ways. The setting with it's amazing glass roof was perfect for our final dinner in Istanbul. We really wished we'd found it earlier. The staff were very friendly and attentive although we did have a delay in between courses for which they did apologise. However the food was well worth waiting for, the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Not the only place to use Ottoman archives, but a wonderful roof top ambiance in a central position, with reasonable prices make this a popular place to go. Staff can be erratic, and large groups can interfere with the timing of ones order, but overall a good dining experience with slightly more unusual food.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Great location in the Sultanahmet, with the Blue Mosque and Sofia Hagia only steps away. Food was absolutely amazing! Also really cool to learn that the recipes are taken from Ottoman archives,so you can get a taste of history! To top it off,we found the staff extremely friendly. Great for a romantic meal.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was the best restaurant we ate at in the Saltan area of Istanbul. It was fun to try recipes the Saltans had eaten over a couple hundred years. The price was reasonable.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Matbah Restaurant in the Ottoman Hotel Imperial in the Sultanahmet section of Istanbul I should be a national treasure. The owners researched the historic recipes of the Sultan's palace kitchens and have recreated them for modern taste buds. The result is a real treat. Hummus like you've never tasted it before with big chunks of walnuts. Fascinating starters like... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Goshen, Connecticut
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant specializes in historic Ottoman cuisine. Many of the recipes are hundreds of years old. Among the dishes we sampled was almond soup, grape leaves with sour cherries, and chicken and lamb dishes with fruits and spices. All were delicious. Service was attentive. Reservations are a good idea. The setting is beautiful. We will definitely return.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Interesting menu based on historic Ottoman recipes. Food was good, surprising at points (as you would hope given the antiquity of some of the recipes). The roast lamb with aubergine was very good. For food, it´s great. Restaurant itself is nice although slightly lackluster, but nevertheless, for the menu, it´s definitely worth trying.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Abu Dhabi
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is the second time we have eaten here and it has now become our favourite restaurant in Istanbul. The meals are imaginatively prepared and presented (we were there last year when the were serving meals enjoyed by Mehmet the Conqueror to commemorate the conquest of Constantinople). The prices are on the higher end but not very expensive for the... More

Review collected in partnership with this restaurant

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Sydney, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Food was wonderful but the place lacked atmosphere. It was a bit pretentious for us. Friends recommended it and knowing them we thought it would be expensive. We were pleasant surprised that it was roughly the same price as Faros which was one of the touristy haunts.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife and I chose this restaurant on the recommendation of our guide, and we were not disappointed. We ate here the evening after visiting Topkapi Palace and were intrigued by the menu, which features dishes prepared from recipes recovered from the Sultan's palace kitchens. I am not certain how they know the exact recipes from the oldest dishes and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine also viewed


Been to Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing