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Asitane Restaurant

Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6, EdirnekapI, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
+90 212 635 7997
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Ranked #92 of 10,946 restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: Turkish
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My only regret is that there were only 3 of us, so we just simply couldn't order enough to taste as many things as we wanted. Amazing, deep delicious flavors using recipes, some 500 years old, served in the Palaces of the Ottoman empire, with flavors from Central Asia, Anatolia, Middle East and the Balkans. There are some things on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is amazing! Serves Ottoman dishes prepared based on research from archive sultan menus. I had an Almond Soup (recipe from 1539) and a Goose Kebab (1539) and both were fantastic, flavours I have never experienced before. The menu itself is a fantastic read and makes you appreciate the effort the restaurant owners invested in researching these historic dishes.... More

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Miami, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The best restaurant in Istanbul, great dinner, probably the best in town with authentic cuisine in a wonderful setting, live traditional music played in a perfect volume, nice patio, good waiters; it's a MUST!!!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Just beside the Chora Church (a fantastic church with well preserved mosaics) in a residential out of the way place, you will find this sophisticated restaurant with great service. Sometimes you will find musicians playing traditional music. What distinguishes this place is their efforts to bring back old traditional recipes. Some are 500 years old ! There is an outdoor... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The four of us had a unique and incredible meal at the Asitane. We dined inside on a cool evening, linen table clothes but a very relaxing atmosphere. Drawn from recipes found at the three main palace kitchens - Topkapi, Edirne, and Dolmabach - the menu itself is a historical tour de force. Staff were very familiar with the different... More

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Washington D.C.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Asitane was one of the first restaurants we selected for our trip to Istanbul. We had read about Asitane in a few magazines and the idea of Ottoman Palace cuisine seemed like the perfect complement to more modern Turkish cuisine. (Asitane researched the dishes from palace menus). And we are very happy that we went. Overall, our dinner at Asitane... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went at the recommendation of our concierge at the lovely Premist Hotel and were delighted. Asitane delivers the culinary history lesson it promises with dishes from the 16th century. The staff was helpful, the chef masterful and the location refreshing for a late lunch (when the place was not packed, as it generally is around lunch and dinner). Reservation... More

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Halifax
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Asitane has a very interesting menu. It also offers wine, cocktails and beer. The menu says the food reflects the type of dishes served in Ottoman Palaces. We went for a late lunch after a busy day of sight-seeing. This restaurant is conveniently located next to Chora Church - a must see in Istanbul. It's down a flight of stairs... More

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Doha
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

very delicious food , excellent service , great location , I am recommending it for a very good authentic meal

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Sotogrande, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

If you are going to visit the slightly out of the way museum church of St Saviour in Chora, then you must have a meal in this wonderful restaurant which is adjacent to the museum. The restaurant operates in its tranquil garden during the summer and it is a wonderful place to relax and unwind after some serious tourist stomping.... More

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