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Tarihi Cesme

#183 of 11,199 Restaurants in Istanbul
#198 of 11,655 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Sultanahmet
European, Turkish
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Kadirga Liman Cadessi, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
902125163580
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Description: Tarihi Cesme Restaurant is located in the historical heart of Istanbul on...
Tarihi Cesme Restaurant is located in the historical heart of Istanbul on the half-island of Eminonu very near to the big sights like the little Aya Sofya mosque and the old Sokullu baths. The restaurant has three storeys and a romantic garden with a view on the centuries old fountain and the picturesque streets. On the menu you’ll find the traditional Turkish dishes; hot as well as cold food. Off course all the kebaps are served, but the restaurant also serves fresh fish, pides and one should really try the house speciality: Cesme kebap. A real treat!We would like to welcome you in our restaurant one day.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Favorite place of our family

First day of our stay I looked for a place with reasonable prices and nearer of the hotel. Decided to try food at Tarihi Cesme restaurant. Delicious food with good prices, amazing Apple Tea. Friendly stuff with perfect service and the music makes relaxing atmosphere. So it was our favorite dinner... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Muhamed G
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

First day of our stay I looked for a place with reasonable prices and nearer of the hotel. Decided to try food at Tarihi Cesme restaurant. Delicious food with good prices, amazing Apple Tea. Friendly stuff with perfect service and the music makes relaxing atmosphere. So it was our favorite dinner place until end of our Istanbul trip. I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

First place we ate in Instanbul and still our favourite. The staff are magnificent - very friendly and welcoming. Food is reasonably priced considering the quality and service - we were there for hours and had an entree, two mains, three large beers and two apple teas for about 75 Lira. Stoked. Always got a wave and smile from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

It is no longer "of the beaten track", but they have kept their low prices. I must sat I was amazed by the service there. The waiters are quick, and very polite, without being annoying or pushy. We had great Pide(tyrkish pizza), awesome casserole and beer/vine for 3 people. It came to 80tl. For Scandinavias, be aware they cant take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Delicious food, great price, wonderful service, and a relaxing atmosphere. Try the adana kebab and spinach pide. Happy bellies!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We ate here twice as it was just across the street from our hotel. Inside/outside seating on a street that looks like a backstreet but is fairly busy. Food was authentic Turkish and very tasty. After one dinner there we returned the next night to have different dishes. The Cesme Special and the eggplant salad were very good.

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Nagpur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The restaurant was right across the street from our Hotel Aya Sofya. The food variety is diverse and the staff very helpful in understanding your need and explaining the options. Has an outdoor area too with a natural cover on top (Grape vines possibly). The complimentary Apple Tea was "icing on the cake".

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This restaurant was right across from our hotel. It is just on the fringe of the tourist area so no touting. Service and food are both good and it was very convenient. We went twice because it is much better than most of the standard kebab places.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

they could do more with the nice courtyard, average food with a plain menu, expected more. The area is interesting in an old part of Sultanahmet with curving streets and little unexpected laneways so to come upon a restaurant like this is quite a bonus

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Placentia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We started off with some Hummus which was served with incredible hot and tasty bread. I had the vegetarian dish which was baked in a clay pot and was delicious, others had chicken and kabob which was good. Service was good and we were served complimentary Apple tea.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Very friendly welcome with a happy atmosphere. We stumbled upon this place on an evening walk about and ended up eating there every night of our 5 night stay. You might say thats not being very adventurous, but they had a varied menu so why go elsewhere when you know your going to get a good meal. The waiting staff... More 

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Address: Kadirga Liman Cadessi, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
Phone Number: 902125163580
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: European, Turkish

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kadirga Liman Cadessi, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: 902125163580

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: European, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

Tarihi Cesme Restaurant is located in the historical heart of Istanbul on the half-island of Eminonu very near to the big sights like the little Aya Sofya mosque and the old Sokullu baths. The restaurant has three storeys and a romantic garden with a view on the centuries old fountain and the picturesque streets. On the menu you’ll find the traditional Turkish dishes; hot as well as cold food. Off course all the kebaps are served, but the restaurant also serves fresh fish, pides and one should really try the house speciality: Cesme kebap. A real treat!We would like to welcome you in our restaurant one day.

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Sultanahmet
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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