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Sogukcesme Sokak (Ayasofya Pansiyonlari Hotel) | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
212-512-4291
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 46
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  • 19
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
trav4500
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Beijing, China
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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 

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Beijing, China
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 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.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 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.

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BEDFORD
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Switzerland
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232 reviews 232 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
804 helpful votes 804 helpful votes
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.

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Ludwigsburg, Germany
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133 reviews 133 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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Helsingoer, Denmark
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I'm not disappointed. I'm not sorry. I'm ANGRY!! Together with five guests I went by taxi to Sarnic last Saturday evening in order to celebrate my wedding day. Two months before, back in Denmark, I booked a table and received the restaurant's confirmation. But the intrance door was closed! The doorstep was dirty. There was no sign with information about... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I gave this restaurant one star only because of the pictures you can see online. It looks very nice, but I wouldn't know, as it is currently closed for renovations (per the police officer I asked out front, has been for ~2 months) however there is NO mention of this on their website, and when I made a reservation for... 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
  • Phone Number: 212-512-4291

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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