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“Typical Turkish food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vaha Cafe and Restaurant

Vaha Cafe and Restaurant
Kucuk Ayasofya Mah. Sehit Mehmet | Pasa Yokusu No. 9, Istanbul, Turkey
+90212 517 34 24
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Ranked #827 of 10,932 restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Close to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Arasta Bazaar, Vaha originally began in what was a family house from Ottoman times. Our street we have terrace sea view retreat leads into ancient underground ruins where the Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque. We believe in maintaining our historic links to the past in our culinary traditions too.Drawing on the arts of traditional Ottoman and Byzantine cooking, we’ve added modern Turkish twists to our menu together with some cosmopolitan favorites of modern international cuisine.
Gothenburg, Sweden
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Typical Turkish food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We ate a delicious dinner on the roof terrace with a wonderful view of the Bosphorus. For appetizer we had meze and then got ve a huge portion of mixed kebab.

Visited September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Incredible sunset views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

A delightful restaurant with a lovely rooftop terrace. The views over the water and skyline are simply
beautiful. We were there at sunset.. just spectacular. Food was good and service was friendly. It's not a posh restaurant so dont expect that.. rather its good food with stunning views.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Julian's, Malta
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere, views..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Sitting on the terrace was lovely and probably the best thing about this restaurant. The service was good but we ordered a yoghurt dip for starters and afterwards realised that every table was getting it free as an appetizer (a smaller portion than what we got). The waiter should have told us as I would have ordered something different if I knew I was going to get that free anyway. Instead we had to pay for it when everyone else got it free. The food was good but not the best we had. It is not too expensive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, Essex, England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Rooftop delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I wholeheartedly recommend this place but first you have to find it! We found it by chance, wandering seawards hoping for a place with a view. Googling the address doesn't get it on the map. So: at the obelisk end of Hippodrome/At Meydan, take the road up behind Chez Gayip gallery, 3rd left down Su Terazisi Sk, at the 2nd crossroads Vaha is diagonally opposite Otel Daphne. Good-humoured host, 5 floors to the small rooftop terrace, competently prepared food, service with a smile, view over Marmora at dusk, and the staff really work on trying to get everyone enjoying the atmosphere. Nice little place, good honest Turkish food, view to die for. 5 mins from the obelisk. If I ever get back to Istanbul, I know exactly where I'm going. Enjoy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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WREXHAM
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“well worth the climb up to the top floor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

This restaurant is tucked away in a side street , but in reasonably central position . We stayed at the Arena hotel close by, and wishing to eat further away we didnt eat here until our last night nd I would have gone there again if I had tried it earlier. . It was really good, good choice on the menu, traditional home cooked food at a very affordable price. I would suggest you aim to eat just before sunset in order to experience not only the high rooftop scenery , but also the magnificent sunset falling over Istanbul. It really is worth climbing the 5 flights or more) steps to the rooftop if you plan to dine in the evening

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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