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Siva Cafe Restaurant

#70 of 11,321 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Sultanahmet
Chowder, Mediterranean, Soups, Turkish
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Akbiyik Caddesi No: 22 | Sultanahmet /Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
+(90)5426619679
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Open beetween 9:00 - 24:00

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  • 154
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great hosts, good food, nice atmosphere

Ate our first "testi" here. A stew baked in a clay pot. It was priced as well as all the other restaurants on this strip and was very tasty. The decor is very bright and cozy and it's a great place to people watch. The hookah lounge is also nice comfy spot to sit and smoke. There is a backpackers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Jenaroundtheworld
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Alberta Canada
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Ate our first "testi" here. A stew baked in a clay pot. It was priced as well as all the other restaurants on this strip and was very tasty. The decor is very bright and cozy and it's a great place to people watch. The hookah lounge is also nice comfy spot to sit and smoke. There is a backpackers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Just stopped by for a shisha - cheap, the owners are fantastic - lovely and helpful at advising people about what to see around Istanbul, and the coffee is amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Nice and cozy hangout joint for good Turkish food at reasonable price. Nice ambience with friendly staff members. The tea provided as a compliment is worth mentioning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

On our first night in Istanbul, we walked around the neighborhood of our hotel and found the Siva Cafe. It's on a street with many other restaurants and cafes, but something about the decor drew us in. The tables outside were delightful, and we enjoyed a delicious meal and had friendly banter with the waiters and servers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Best food in sultanahmet area. if you are in the area and visiting Istanbul i highly recommend this restaurant. It has decent prices and the service is perfect. try the chicken sultan. it is the best turkish plate.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Despite every instinct in my bones, we sat down to eat here (worn down by the constant restaurant touts on this street.) Tasteless mass produced food. Suspect mezze dips were from the supermarket. Even the tomatoes where tasteless (probably stored in the fridge). It is almost impossible to eat bad fresh tomato salad in Istanbul. But somehow here they managed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We stopped off in Siva bar as we were desperately seeking quite an obscure football match and they had access to a range of channels. After searching through for 15 minutes unsuccessfully they then arrived with a laptop to watch the game on. Thank you Siva bar! I can thoroughly recommend this bar for watching sports.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We've just eaten at this restaurant and I'm flummoxed as to how they've achieved their rating of 4-1/2. It's either been a bad night or the ratings don't stack up at all. Keep in mind we have eaten at other restaurants in Istanbul and have just finished a full day Istanbul back street food tour with an outstanding guide. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Very good place i seeeeeee And have a cheeeeep price with hotel and resturant and best services and very nicely manager and stafe

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The food was good not 5 star but delicious, they give you free Hummus and apple tea. My wife and I got one meal (Hagia Sofia meal) and we both got full.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Akbiyik Caddesi No: 22 | Sultanahmet /Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +(90)5426619679

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 10
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Mediterranean, Soups, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene

Description

Open beetween 9:00 - 24:00

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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