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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Caferiye Sokak No 6/1 | Sultanahmet - Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
212 514 6151
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Ranked #45 of 10,932 restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $30 - $75
Cuisines: Turkish, Vegetarian, Healthy
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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.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

My wife and I dined here twice during our Istanbul visit in early September, 2013. The first time was by ourselves while the second was with ex-pats who have lived long in Istanbul. Both times were delightful. A perusal of the Matbah website and the content here on TripAdvisor will provide you the basic information about this remarkable restaurant. You'll... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

The summer garden in Matbah was a lovely setting for our meal with friends. We had spotted the lamb shank looked good and it definitely didn't disappoint! We knew that the meal would be a little more pricey than some restaurants we'd eaten at previously but it was definitely worth it. The wine selection was great and the service good.... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Unique cuisine that was delicious. Setting and service were excellent. Convenient to our hotel (Black Tulip) and Blue Mosque area turism.

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Fallbrook, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The staff are excellent: Professional, personable, perfectly attentive. The menu is expansive, and the wine selection, pretty darn good. The food is delicious and nicely presented. The rooftop location is lovely. And the "tooth rent" gift for each diner at the end of the meal is a charming tradition, well worth perpetuating. Reservations are almost a must. I don't know... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Matzah during the Ramadan should be great for dinner but at best very middle of the road average Turkish cuisine. And the tables are too close together

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Need to book a table in advance for dinner ! A wide range is available and all freshly cooked and prepared on site.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

lots of glowing reviews here on Matbah. we found the good good but slow. service good. price tag rather beefy. value for money it doesnt deserve more than 3 stars.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The best restaurant in Istanbul for what I could see, gorgeous view and quiet location, superb staff but above all, magnificent food! The effort to offer something different paid off for this restaurant where everything is perfect. I had hummus and Mahmudije, my boyfriend tried Sailor's roll and lamb, everything was perfect and different to any other cuisine we had... More

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Powell, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Dinner at the Matbah was delicious. The restaurant was in our hotel but came highly recommended. There were many offerings for my self, a vegetarian, and my husband who is not. The setting is under the stars with a moveable ceiling. Ladies are given a gift as they leave. Delicious and memorable.

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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Food from old Istanbul, good choice and nicely presented, well worth a visit. Nice outdoor terrace, we had 3 courses each of which were very good, normal resturant prices. Nice place for a Romantic or Special occasion

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