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Tarihi Cesme Restaurant

Kadirga Liman Cadessi, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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Ranked #185 of 10,976 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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New York City, New York
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123 reviews 123 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We came here for lunch after a long day walking around the city. The food was great. Turkish pizza is delicious and the kebab my wife had was amazing too. Very friendly environment. I would recommend.

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Rockville, Maryland
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

With our hotel being in the old town, we naturally tried a few restaurants within walking distance. The first night we tried another restaurant in the old town which was turned out to be a disappoint due to how expensive it was relative to the other places we ate in Istanbul. Our second night, we tried Tarihi Cesme and we... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This restaurant was opposite our hotel and was so good that we ate here twice. The meses are bought on a tray and were all tempting. The bubble bread was a particular highlight but we found it all good and great value.

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We ate here twice as it was close to our hotel. The mezes are presented on a tray for you to choose or not, of course, if you choose, there is a cost. The food and service were very good. The atmosphere is nice, outside under a roof of vine leaves, beside parts of an old building. The value is... More

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146 reviews 146 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Ate here once. Staff were really helpful but not sure that we should have been slipped two mezes and then sneakily charged for them. Also, grilled sweet pepper turned out to be chilli peppers - not good. Overall, meal was ok but not exceptional

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited the Cesme restaurant twice while staying at the nearby Ayasofya Hotel. In an area full of tourist traps we found this to be a delightful family-run restaurant in a delightful setting and serving excellent food with a smile. The best value for money we found in Istanbul; our only regret is that we didn't use it more often.

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Hong Kong, China
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Don't deceive by the humble appearance of this good restaurant as we did when we first arrived Istanbul. Our hotel was just 5 minutes walk to this restaurant, we passed it several times during the first several days of our stay in Istanbul and had never tried it until we returned to Istanbul after our visit to other parts of... More

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Hampshire, England
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352 reviews 352 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

First meal in Istanbul as restaurant was recommended by our hotel Food is standard Tufkish offering and I don't think we chose very well In our personal view this was not the best meal we had in the city which is overloaded with many great restaurants However returned for drinks on a couple of occasions and were perfectly satisfied

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Hamburg, Germany
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Cesme Restaurant is situated in one of the small streets in Sultanahmed, only a short walking distance away from the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, and next to an old (maybe antique) building. So if you find a table outside, you can sit directly next to these antique walls under a roof full of wine leafs. We went... More

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New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My husband and I have eaten at this restaurant six times during several stays in Istanbul. Each meal was excellent especially anything with lamb in it. The staff were attentive, friendly but not hanging around our table. We tried several different dishes and they were all good.

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