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House of Medusa

Yerebatan Caddesi No:9 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey (Sultanahmet - Old City)
+90 (212) 511 41 16
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Ranked #118 of 10,932 restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet - Old City
Description: House of Medusa Restaurant which is situated in Sultanahmet – a neighborhood that it is located in the historical peninsula – is one of the places for reflecting the charm of this historical neighborhood to its visitors in the best and the merriest way.This building which was used as a mansion house previously but tumbled down in the time passed has begun to serve as a restaurant after a restoration that it was started since 1986 and it took a long time such as one year.
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88% Recommend
Rating summary
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is located right next to the main sites in Old Town which usually means it would be a rip off, but in this case totally worth it. They have an amazing patio area shaded by trees and an attentive wait staff. We went for lunch on a very hot day in between touring and the shade and Turkish... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Our guide brought us here for relief from the more touristy restaurants near the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, etc., and it was a nice little breather. The food was decent -- the stuffed pumpkin blossoms and kebabs were very good -- but more importantly it offered a nice, shady respite from the tourist attractions.

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Food was great, we ordered several appetizers, all tasty, reasonably priced. Would recommend eating here, licensed too.

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San Jose, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

First of all, the restaurant is beautiful! Even on a warm June afternoon, the abundant trees in the garden offer shade to the weary traveler and let the breeze in. The food was fresh, the flavors were authentic. Definitely try the Cereal Salad - it is perfect! The servers were funny and very attentive - a great experience!

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I just visited the Medusa House restaurant by chance. Was looking for something different and I found it. Beautiful Garden Setting. Nice menu in many languages. I had the veal. Beautifully cooked and complimented the crisp Turkish white wine. Very good service. Very friendly and helpful. I finished with the chocolate sponge cake and ice cream. Wonderful. A little bit... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This restaurant was across the street from the Hagia Sophia. Despite this tourist trap location, the food was very good and the prices reasonable considering the where it is. The service was friendly and attentive. We ate outside under awnings and there were full toilet facilities. I've had better Turkish food elsewhere in Istanbul, but for a quick lunch in... More

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Sydney, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We loved House of Medusa so much, we ate there two nights out of three! I would highly recommend both the lamb shish kebab and karniyarik, and my travel companion had the chicken shish kebab both times! There's nothing more to say really, it was good service, lovely indoor and outdoor areas, and the food was the best.

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Morris NJ
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Ate there the first night we arrived and the last night. The outside patio is beautiful. It was decorated well and just as charming as you could imagine. The food-really pretty good. The Baba Ganoush (sp!!!) was really fabulous. I had lamb once and the shrimp casserole the other time. Very good.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Good choice of food, well cooked and very attentive service. Tried this restaurant twice during our stay in Istanbull, very good each time - even though they were very busy. Would recommend and would return.

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Halifax UK
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

No, looking at this restaurant's menu will not turn you to stone. The title is a reference to the house speciality, the Medusa Kebab, a three-meat monster of a dish (chicken, veal and lamb) which is simply delicious. As a whole, the menu includes all that is best in Turkish culinary tradition and offers good value. We were half the... More

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