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Dervis Cafe & Restaurant

Across the street from Blue Mosque | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1,113 of 10,932 restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Open air garden restaurant located across the busy street (where the tour buses drop off and pick up tourists) from Sultanahmet mosque, and on the edge of the public garden that joins the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Open air garden restaurant located across the busy street (where the tour buses drop off and pick up tourists) from Sultanahmet mosque, and on the edge of the public garden that joins the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
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Southam, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

After a long day walking around the Blue Mosque it's easily to say that you will be tired . Istanbul is a wonderful ,cultural place but can be very tiresome on the feet and legs if your over the age of 20. . Saying that we decided one late afternoon after a lot of sightseeing to just sit and relax... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

The mixed grill was excellent but I was disappointed with the lack of traditional Turkish dishes. Service was also very good

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

You get what you see here. It is undoubtably aimed at tourists but also frequented by locals enjoying a water pipe and a game of backgammon. It was a very pleasant spot to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The spinach flatbread "pancakes" are fantastic and the hummus with flatbread is lovely. In the evening it gets busy and you need... More

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Cardiff
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

The location is very good as is the ice cream (sold from a counter at the side) but the quality of the food on the menu is average and we were always waiting for service even though it was less than half full. We did not return

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best and most delicious food in Istanbul. We loved the braised meat and the juicy tawook. Their meat is so tender: chicken n lamb n beef. Its one of the best

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Darwin, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

We wanted to see the Whirling Dervishes but on the way were persuaded by 2 different locals, with no apparent personal interest, to try one of the restaurants providing a free show rather that pay a fairly hefty fee for a show alone. As it turned out, we had to agree to a fixed price meal of TL35 to obtain... More

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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This was the first restaurant we went to in Istanbul, after a long trip to get there and just before visiting the mosque, we were so hungry, so we just went to any restaurant. This restaurant has an excellent view of the blue mosque and the food isn't too bad. Two mains, chips and drinks only costed us 40 liras,... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The waiters are very attentive the food is good as are the shiska and tea The dervish show has to be seen as its a real experience with fabulous musicians and dancer

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Moscow, Russia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Perfect location between Blue Mosque and Hagya Sophia, dervish dance, good atmosphere, tea and ice-cream. I like this place.

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Sydney Australia
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252 reviews 252 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
381 helpful votes 381 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

After some successful shopping is the pleasant Arasta Bazaar we stopped for a quick meal at this cafe. While we were eating our kebabs, the entertainment started - Sufi music and a dervish whirling. It was the lovely, and for us unexpected, entertainment which made our evening very pleasant. There were many locals in the cafe as well as some... More

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