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Cafe Mese

#125 of 11,319 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Turkish
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Hudavendigar Caddesi No:27 Sirkeci | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
+90 212 519 1800
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8:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 170
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
So nice we went there twice

Really nice food in a very clean restaurant. So nice there's no need to have a person on the door to persuade you to enter. I enjoyed a veal steak on my first visit and a shish kebab on the second. Both were lovely meals.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Mair J
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Really nice food in a very clean restaurant. So nice there's no need to have a person on the door to persuade you to enter. I enjoyed a veal steak on my first visit and a shish kebab on the second. Both were lovely meals.

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New York City, New York
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256 reviews 256 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a nice café close to the Blue Mosque, etc., and a short tram ride/walk to the Grand Bazaar. We were there for a late lunch on a cold, rainy day, and it was a pleasant break from the rain. The service couldn't have been friendlier, and each of the four of us had a nice lunch. Nothing over... More 

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Douala, Cameroon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is just round the corner from the Neorion Hotel where we are staying. We have been here three nights in succession, principally because my daughters like it and it is too cold to want to explore much further. The service is excellent, the food is good but the choice on the menu is pretty limited and we will have... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stumbled upon this lovely cafe when looking for a place to eat. It looked lovely from outside and we took a seat. It was warm inside and there weren't many people inside so it was quite. We had pasta and mixed meat plates. It came within 10 minutes which could be considered quick. The service on the table was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Ambient atmosphere, great location near Sirkeci station and really nice food. Staff were really friendly and polite.

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

When you're tired of the traditional Turkish cuisine and the frenetic vibe characteristic of most Turkish restaurants Cafe Meze is a wonderful alternative. The intimate cafe has a relaxed ambience. It is possible to sit in there and listen to the background music or read a book while enjoying a meal. There small menu offers excellently prepared meals. The cafe... More 

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Africa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This place lets you know that pretty everything you know about the humble Kebab is wrong, this restaurant expertly deconstructs the infamous all encompassing street food assault/chant of Istanbul and serves it to you with melt in your mouth medium rare veal, perfectly grilled veg and a smattering of "in tune" yogurt on a bed of sliced crispy pitta squares.... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

the food in here was not sooo good than i thought.. we ordered the pizza, and i believe that i can find much better pizza in other place with this price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had a delicious plate of mese, lentil soup and yoghurt kebap. We were surprised by the kindness and non-pushyness of the staff (which is rare around there). Really good value for the money. Located near to the main attractions.

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Toronto, Canada
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39 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went here to try the mesa platter which was alright, but it was the mesa kebabs in the yogurt tomato sauce which stood out. Prices were a bit more than the kebab stands but not too steep.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hudavendigar Caddesi No:27 Sirkeci | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: +90 212 519 1800

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Turkish
Open Hours
Monday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?