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Tarihi Cesme Restaurant

#223 of 11,445 Restaurants in Istanbul
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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
CESME

Lovely food, good value, friendly staff, slightly off the beaten track. The smoked aubergine and chilli salsa cold starter were excellent. served with a balloon of fresh bread. Then the Iskender kebab and the intriguingly titled Absorption Kebab were both very tasty. Go upstairs to get the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Ian L
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lovely food, good value, friendly staff, slightly off the beaten track. The smoked aubergine and chilli salsa cold starter were excellent. served with a balloon of fresh bread. Then the Iskender kebab and the intriguingly titled Absorption Kebab were both very tasty. Go upstairs to get the best atmosphere. It is just round the corner from the Small Aya Sophia,... More 

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Oulu, Finland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

All nicely in this restaurant: tasty food, cozy atmosphere and excellent staff. Thank you, we"ll see soon! -Aila from Finland-

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had just arrived in Istanbul, were exhausted, and wanted to eat close to the hotel. We arrived at this quaint restaurant and were a bit put off at first by the brightly lit dining room. Alas, the upstairs of the restaurant is a romantic bistro setting. The food was splendid, great wine and lovely service. Really a treat.

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Moscow
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Small and cosy restaurant with nice lamb (no matter what is it - kebab or chops), fresh vegetables and various turkey starters "meze". Staff is positive and careful. Prices are lower than in the "touristric" places at Sultanahmet. We had dinner there every day. It was our second visit to Istanbul and we surely will come here again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I was here with my mom, we were very pleased with the food,service,professionalism of staff- everything for 5 stars. For every recommendation!!

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Ottawa
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90 reviews 90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The staff is eager to please. Menu is not too complicated that it is difficult to choose. Food was nicely presented and was good. Expected it to be more flavourful - a bit more spice would have made it more tasty. All in all - very good value for money.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Undoubtedly my favorite restaurant in Turkey! Food was amazing, service was great, over all 5 star service. The restaurant was very affordable and including the wine list. I highly recommend it.

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Perdido Key, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Great food with a variety of cats in residence! The family owned restaurant offers great house wine, also.

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We were looking for little place with outdoor seating and asked our hotel for directions. We should have taken the cue from their 'why do you want to go there?' expression. Instead, we finally found this place with it's outdoor seating closed in by a plastic tent with no view and not even any people watching. The interior of the... More 

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Colorado Springs
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13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A menu offering delicious Turkish food. Friendly staff, eager to please. Located on a narrow, busy street, it is a fun spot with seating both inside and outside.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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