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Siva Cafe Restaurant

#100 of 11,824 Restaurants in Istanbul
#112 of 12,126 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Chowder, Mediterranean, Soups, Turkish
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Akbiyik Caddesi No: 22 | Sultanahmet /Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

Open beetween 9:00 - 24:00

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Great food, good atmosphere & excellent service

We had the mousaka and saffron veggies and both were excellent! Then we had apple water pipe (sishe) before going to sleep. Very relaxing! The staff is very friendly. Ask for Can (sounds like John). He is very nice :)

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
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Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had the mousaka and saffron veggies and both were excellent! Then we had apple water pipe (sishe) before going to sleep. Very relaxing! The staff is very friendly. Ask for Can (sounds like John). He is very nice :)

Thank AnaSarmiento
larbert, scotland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fabulous evening here. Food was delicious and the evening was enhanced by the friendly staff. They looked after us beautifully without overdoing things. We had a mixture of Turkish food along with fish, which we love. The fish platter for 2 was fantastic and very good value for money. We had lovely Turkish wine. We enjoyed our... More 

Thank wils_on_hol
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone is genuinely nice here. Best service I've had in Istanbul. Fantastic food and drinks. Great atmosphere. I will come back soon. Also available for backpackers. Clean, spacious rooms with private bathrooms. Ceiling to floor windows with a great view of a lively street.

Thank Katie B
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

İ have be en the sıva cafe restaurant many time before as a all the time great thanks siva l will be back for a nice food again

Thank Abdullah B
Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ali welcomed us in to Siva with his charming smile and winning personality! All the staff were attentive and friendly. We visited three times to have a night cap and catch up with the football.....we ate our last meal - the local tradional dish TESTI - which is a casserole cooked in a clay pot to much drama and excitement!!... More 

Thank Angela M
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Arrived tired in Istanbul. Went to Siva because it looked ok among the many restaurants close to the hotel. It was the only one we re-visited during our 5-night stay. Good food, friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Thank quisScotland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Hi, I don't know if you still remember me, but I'm Erika from Germany. I was in Istanbul with my school class and we visited your Restaurant on our last day (Bayram günü). Thank you for your attention, Service, tea and the flower. Maybe in my next trip, I will come again. Almanyadan Ramazana selamlar, ERIKA

2 Thank Eslem T
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Great food and amazing staff members. Staff was very nice and helped us with directions and recommended sites to visit. I would definitely recommend to dine in and stay at their hostels👍👍

Thank Mateen S
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Wanted a dinner close to my hotel and was pleased I chose this gem. In an area with plenty of restaurants it offers great food, the staff were very friendly and a great atmosphere too. I had a cold aubergine (eggplant for the Americans) starter which was one of the best I've ever had. Then followed this with their recommendation... More 

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Alberta Canada
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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 

1 Thank Jenaroundtheworld

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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: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget


Open beetween 9:00 - 24:00

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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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