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Sogukcesme Sokak (Ayasofya Pansiyonlari Hotel) | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
212-512-4291
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 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
Most recent review
Må oppleves

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
Inger Lill S
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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233 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
708 helpful votes 708 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
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
39 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
43 helpful votes 43 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
1 review
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
2 reviews
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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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
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

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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Restaurant Details

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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