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Tarihi Cesme Restaurant

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Kadirga Liman Cadessi, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
902125163580
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

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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
Most recent review
Good meal in cosy place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
ElenaPlis
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Moscow
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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316 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Moscow
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Great mezes , especially aubergine with tomato or yoghurt , brought to table with Turkish bread .Chicken curry on a cold damp night was yummy as was the mixed grill ordered by my husband . Well located close to our accommodation at Sphendone villa .

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San Francisco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Try the house special - ground meat in thin pastry dough, cooked and sliced on the diagonal. Served with yogurt sauce.

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Woodbridge
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel because of its convenient location. The food was amazing value with an excellent choice and generous portions. They bring round a tray of meze at the start for you to select from so you can really see what you are getting. We ate there three times and were made to feel very welcome... More 

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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: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget

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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