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Sogukcesme Sokak (Ayasofya Pansiyonlari Hotel) | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Great atmosphere!

We had a lovely meal here one blustery evening. Food was good, but the atmosphere is fantastic! Make reservations.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Beijing, China
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

mouth watering food and excellent hospitatlity at the restaurants want you to go back again n again...

2 Thank Ssumier
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

it is/was a/an expensive restaurant but where else you can eat in thousands years of history,inside a byzantine cistern.ı hope it will reopen asap...

Thank dunyakazanbenkepce
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The restaurant is in the heart of old Istanbul, and is unique - is located in the millennial tank with high domes supported by six stone pillars, on top of a hill at the end of a number of small hotels just behind the Hagia Sophia. The atmosphere inside is very romantic, like in an ancient medieval castle. Need to... More 

Thank Elena N
Beijing, China
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had a lovely meal here one blustery evening. Food was good, but the atmosphere is fantastic! Make reservations.

4 Thank trav4500
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great atmosphere and great food delicious. Kandelaver that illuminates retaurant, friendly staff and super good food! Should book a table in advance.

2 Thank Inger Lill S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

In a Roman Cistern with a roaring open fire in the winter - it's the place to enjoy a meal for a special occasion. Great Service, superb ambiance and consequently a little more expensive than other restaurants - but worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The Restaurant is closed until further notice. It seems to be up for Auction. It used to be great, if not for the food as such, the dining experience in a real Sarnic was novel and extraordinary. With a bit of luck, whoever buys it would offer better food.

6 Thank Frequenttraveler031
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I reserved a table by email and received a confirmation stating that they were looking forward to welcoming us to the restaurant. Imagine my surprise and extreme annoyance to discover they were closed for refurbishment when we arrived. I was even more cross to discover that they had been closed at the time of accepting my reservation. Why accept my... More 

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swindon uk
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have just returned from a very enjoyable week in Istanbul but the thing that annoyed me the most was despite receiving an e mail confirmation of my reservation the Sarnic is closed. From reading previous reviews they must have known this when they replied to me. I only booked the table on 17 September for 4 October. Most disappointing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

- located at the top of the hill in a narrow street immediately behind Hagia Sophia - more than thousand years ago the location was a cistern; until recently it was used as a car repair shop - when I reserved a table I already thought: maybe that will be a very touristy restaurant - and it absolutely is! I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sogukcesme Sokak (Ayasofya Pansiyonlari Hotel) | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: 212-512-4291

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings


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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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