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“Delicious, authentic Turkish cuisine and hospitality!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Optimus Cafe & Restaurant

Optimus Cafe & Restaurant
Piyer Loti Cad. No. 37 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
518 4600
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Ranked #316 of 11,048 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Canberra, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Delicious, authentic Turkish cuisine and hospitality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Before finding Optimus, I had all but given up on finding fresh, delicious, authentic Turkish food in Istanbul - I had even started thinking 'how is it possible Turkish food could be better in Australia than in Turkey?!' ;) All of that changed, however, with my first visit to Optimus!

The first thing you notice is the warm and tasteful decor, which is modern yet traditional. The restaurant offers a range of dining options, depending on what you're looking for - there are tables set up outside with an awning, perfect for drinks and a snack on a warm day or evening; indoors you will find a comfortable dining area for a more formal sit down meal; and last but not least, my favourite place - the low lounge and cushion area by the front window where you can enjoy food, drinks and water pipe should you wish, as you watch the world go by! The food is well priced, fresh and plentiful - it may cost a few lira more than other places, but it's not expensive, and you are guaranteed value for money.

The staff go out of their way to make sure you are satisfied, nothing is too much trouble! A special shout out goes to Emre and Mehmet for their wonderful customer service and interaction with guests. Mehmet is hilarious, and if you ask him to teach you a traditional dance I'm sure he would be happy to oblige!

If you want to go there with group later in the evening, Optimus transforms into a really fun party venue! We had a blast one evening with a Swedish group who took control of the music and delighted us with an assortment of 80s Swedish pop! The staff even took it upon themselves to source a guitar for one of the budding musicians in the group, and a great time was had by all :)

So if you're out and about in Istanbul and looking for a truly enjoyable meal, a few drinks and a good night out, do not go past Optimus!!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mehmet O, Manager at Optimus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you Bianca for your lovely review. We enjoyed the pleasure of your company and hope to see you he next time you are in Istanbul. We’ll let the staff know of your kind words. Hope you are well.
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
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UK
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great food and friendly staff! Must try!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We came across this gem on our way to the famous Kumkapi area. It was situated amongst a small cluster of restaurants on a quiet street. The outside looked very inviting with comfortable seating.

The staff were a delight, they spoke good English and were very knowledgeable about the menu. We tried their suggestion of the Testi Kebab (the one that comes out in a clay pot that’s on fire). It was delicious!! Very saucy and came with a plate full of salads, rice, chips and complementary bread. We even got a complementary fruit platter after dinner and then complementary tea and coffee.

We ended up returning to the restaurant another 2 times before the holiday was over. There was no hard sell to get us into the restaurant like you see in many other places. The relaxed and easy going atmosphere sold its self.

One more thing, they have a comfortable low cushioned area indoors with a small balcony to smoke water pipe in or simply to watch the world go by. A real gem of a place and we highly recommend it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mehmet O, Guest Relations Manager at Optimus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you FloatingStar for leaving a review.

We are glad that you enjoyed the food and atmosphere at Optimus. We hope to welcome you back in the future and we’ll reserve a seat just for you on the low seated area : )
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Chester, uk
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
“Good friendly restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Picked this out of a cluster of restaurants close to our hotel. Not the cheapest meal we had in Istanbul but probably the best, good service and friendly waiters speaking excellent English. 'Complementary' bread and hummous to start with, and tea to finish, nice place to spend the evening.

Sitting outside can be a bit strange though, its on a steep hill so nothing is level!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mehmet O, Guest Relations Manager at Optimus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you chesterimp for leaving a review.

We’re pleased you enjoyed the food at Optimus and as you say it’s not the cheapest place, however for the service and the food you get its clearly worth it ; )
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Virginia
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“Great atmosphere, food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Stopped by for some appetizers and tea. Staff was very friendly, and they spoke good English.
We tried the eggplant puree and potato crustini. They were out of the artichoke, so they gave us a plate of hummus for free. Everything was excellent. I liked the potatoes because they were "fried" but not oliy or too crispy.
I had the Turkish tea, my girlfriend had the apple tea. Both also very good.
Before leaving, we were offered another free drink, so we tried their Turkish coffee. He made it with just a little sugar (he asked how we drank our coffee at home to know how we liked it) and as with everything else here, it was great.
Great location near our hotel. We sat outside on a couch, which was comfortable.
Some cats came up to us, I did not pet them, but they were friendly. Cats seemed to be common on this street.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mehmet O, Guest Relations Manager at Optimus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you michaelandrew for leaving a review.

We are glad you had an enjoyable visit here at Optimus. Our aim is to show you the renowned hospitality of the Turks. We hope to see you on your next visit to Istanbul 
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Bartlett, Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“very enjoyable;”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I was introducted to Optimus by a dear friend in Istanbul. Mehmet made me feel so welcome. We dined outside and the food, chicken sote, was wonderful. Atmosphere, food, Mehmet, everything was wonderful and I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mehmet O, Guest Relations Manager at Optimus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you Trisha for leaving a review. As always it’s a pleasure to see you.

We’re glad you enjoyed the food and see that you have requested the recipe from our Facebook page. I hope you enjoyed your own dish as much as you did ours.

See you next year!
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