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Sarnic Restaurant

Sogukcesme Sokak (Ayasofya Pansiyonlari Hotel) | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
212-512-4291
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Ranked #584 of 10,958 Restaurants in Istanbul
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Beirut, Lebanon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The setting is gorgeous, as far as the historical context, decor and live musicians. Shame it's being wasted on such a kitchen and serviced so poorly. Filet Roquefort on the menu effectively translates into just-edible steak with mayo on the side. Pepper Steak is an extra mediocre mushroom steak, made with just-edible meat as well. Waiter extra obnoxious, though "polite."... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We once walked past the windows of this restaurant and thought it looked beautiful. So we booked and took our 2 children, over all the restaurabt has one major thing going for it, the venue itself. An old cistern that is 1000 years old, high arched ceilings and cast iron chandeliers. Very beautiful. But the food is distinctly average, the... More

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Lubbock, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

When else will you have the opportunity to eat in a 1500 year old Roman cistern? Came across this place early in the day and made a reservation for dinner. Truly amazing atmosphere. Food was not the best I've ever had, but I would still go back just to sit and enjoy it. Order dessert and coffee so you can... More

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Dungarvan, Ireland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Having read reviews on Tripadvisor we booked this restaurant expecting wonderful atmosphere but mediocre food.......... boy, did we get a surprise. Yes, the atmosphere was amazing, but so too was our meal!! Each course was truly delicious. We shared a platter of assorted meses to start, then my partner had lamb and I had fillet steak for mains. We shared... More

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England
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

After a few failed attempts to find somewhere for dinner we headed to Sarnic on the recommendation of a Wanderlust article. Another wow moment on our Minimoon to istanbul as we walked into the Cistern Tavern of Sarnic. It was late but we were served well, and the food was fabulous. Make this a must visit.

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Chapel Hill, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I wanted to go here for the experience of eating in an old Roman cistern. I was expecting the food to be mediocre, based on a number of the reviews here. However, the food -- at least what we had -- was fantastic! The mezza platter was the best we had in Istanbul. And we had at least one mezza... More

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I had an overnight layover in Istanbul and saw this place on a list of places that have unique surroundings. Well it did not disappoint. The dining area is in a 1000 year old cistern and it is a magnificent venue. The architecture is amazing. The service was great, the food was very tasty and the price was very affordable.... More

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Nicosia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

When we entered the restaurant we were astounded, it is such a beautiful place. I could honestly say it is the most beautiful restaurant, in terms of architecture and atmosphere, I have ever been to. So even if the food was average, it is worth going just to see it and experience its atmosphere. And I recommend you order the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Reliable sources, who had eaten at this restaurant as recently as last October, gave great reviews about this restaurant and it had won a Trip Advisor Award and been in the top 5 per cent of restaurants in Istanbul. Sadly it has deteriorated . You can eat far better in Istanbul, without the same atmosphere,of course, for half the price.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

A gorgeous restaurant but very very expensive. Good service, average food. Too bad, because the overall experience was good, wish the food was better and drinks were cheaper.

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