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Dervis Cafe & Restaurant

Across the street from Blue Mosque | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #1,263 of 11,069 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Eclectic
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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The dervis café is a great place to have a drink, a light snack, or a smoke and people watch. Prices are a bit high but that's to be expected for such a convenient location. Also the outdoor seating is quite plentiful, and the shady trees are quite a relief in the hot weather.

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sydney
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This place is not bad as per atmosphere. However the food is not all amazing it is average for the high price you pay for. Overall the dervis just makes it worth while to watch at nights. Maybe just a coffee or tea in summer will be good.

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Calgary, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This cafe/restaurant is open late and in a central location. We came several times for tea and dessert as it was near our location. Friendly staff and great dervish performance! Cafe has wifi as well.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We came here for some tea and shisha one evening and really enjoyed it and came back the next day. The shisha was great and we pretty much had unlimited tea. The band and the Dervish dancer was great fun to watch and really created a nice atmosphere. The location is also amazing with great views of the surrounding attractions.

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I loved this restaurant the prices were very good The food tasty And the band that was singing for the dervis was so amazing and spiritual it was one of my favorite places and I went there 3 times in my last visit to istanbul

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Located between hagia sofia and sultanahmet mosque, staff are friendly, we ordered for pasta as its the meal we are familiar with, price is reasonable, it is open air restaurant in a busy tourist area.

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Wyong, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I stopped by here on a recommendation that it was cheaper than an actual Whirling Dervish show. I was not disappointed with the show or the meal. Being Ramadan, I had to have the fixed meal. It was 40TL for a 4 course meal and it was delicious. The location is also great, right across from Sultanahmet Mosque. The staff... More 

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Southam, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 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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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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Address: Across the street from Blue Mosque | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
Cuisine: Eclectic

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