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Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant

#164 of 12,137 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Sultanahmet
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Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
902125120008
Today
9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Cape Town
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friendly and lively atmosphere to complement the good food and prompt service. Great variety on the menu drawn from various regions of Turkey. Our favourite dish was the lamb with plums. We looked forward to a return visit and made sure we got one!

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Thank Pacro
Manama, Bahrain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nothing was faulty. the location is fantastic and the service is good. outdoors sitting is a little bit noisy as the small street is always busy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant surprise...beautifully cooked food..a good selection of western alternatives cooked correctly....fairly priced and excellent service

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just happened upon this cafe while walking around looking for a place to have dinner. I had the tangine and it was wonderful! Staff were very friendly and helpful. Lovely to sit outside on the street and people watch. Highly recommend it.

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Thank Julenichka
Sao Paulo, SP
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344 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good Turkish and International restaurant. Mainly for tourists but has a fair price and good food and service. Located in a charming street.

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Thank Henalele
Helsinki, Finland
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

I am really into mezes and here they were fresh and really tasty. A meze plate (vegetarian) is enough for one even for dinner. Fresh-made food with lots of herbs and vegetables.

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Thank Triple86
Weidenbach Eifel
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

During heavy rainfall we stepped into this cafe by chance. Sitting under a rain proof blind and a warm heater in the back we ordered some Turkish lunch. Different starters and a main course have been excellent at fair prices.

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We stumbled upon this place by chance (didn't have a wifi connection to check trip advisor!) but we were glad we ended up here. I had a most beautiful fresh salad. The service was friendly and professional.

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Thank Susan_boyds
Addis Ababa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Fantsatic service. Wonderful receiption especially from the waiter Emrah. Thier food is great. It is worth Every cent. Try the Kebab

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Thank Addis A
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Good food - but I find that everywhere in Turkey! Lovely setting, close to the blue mosque. good friendly staff and nice ambience. Unfortunately not loads of clients - whole area was rather quiet, but that didn't spoil our meal. Because of the location, I had expected the food to be more expensive!

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Thank Joanne S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $32
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, European, Turkish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: 902125120008
Description
Nestled in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, Rumeli Cafe is an ideal location for dining while people watching the nations of the world from the restaurant’s streetside terrace. Summertime sees the opening of the rooftop dining area, where guests can gaze at the stars and glimpse at the minarets of the Blue Mosque. When the weather chills in winter, the allure of the restaurant moves inside—where the gentle crackling of open fireplaces invite guests to stay a while to appreciate a glass of mulled wine paired with a rich Ottoman dish.

Set in a former Ottoman print house, the restaurant has become one of Sultanahmet’s most loved restaurants since the building’s renovation in 1994. Now it’s famous for its friendly service and intimate dining areas with dark wood floors, wrought iron fixtures, and exposed red brick walls—an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in a foregone Byzantine palace.

Personal favorites on the menu are the grilled marinated calamari, the Ottoman style Marmara A’la Rosto (roast beef with rice and vegetables), and the seafood linguini. Also on the menu are international favorites; regional specialities such as Ali Nazik (minced lamb and beef on a bed of pureed eggplant, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes); Byzantine dishes like Papaz Yahisi (stewed lamb and vegetable served with cumin and garlic in a terracotta pot); and fresh seafood including seabass, sea bream, and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian options are also available.

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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