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#291 of 5,610 Turkish in Istanbul
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit Well cooked lamb meatballs and kebabs Fresh salads Traditional lentil type soup No frills service very reasonably priced Very popular with locals which shows your getting good food at a pair price

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 14, 2020 via mobile

Count your change! For a bill of 102 TL, we gave 150 and they gave us 143 in change instead of 148. Also they added service charge to the bill. Meatballs were ok, missing some salt and too oily.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

Every time I am in Istanbul, I come to this restaurant, just lovely meatballs and beans salad, my favourites, greasy cooked and served, friendly staff, clean, and always busy. However, do not accept card payments. Only cash.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed August 15, 2020

The original Sultanahmet Köftecisi in Sultanahmet has been serving quality food for good value since 1920. They now have many stores in Turkey and abroad even. Signature köfte dish (beef meatballs) - 15 TL (£2) Try also piyaz (bean salad), or the classic irmik helvası...(semolina dessert)More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 3, 2020

Good place, but too meaty. Overall a decent experience, but I would've liked some decent non-meat options. Only a couple of minutes walk from Hagia Sofia.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed July 28, 2020

When we went to Istanbul the first thing we tried was sultanahmet koftcisi.The food was really nice especially their famous grilled meatballs.The waiter was really friendly and could also speak english. Overall this restaurant was really nice.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 19, 2020

Whenever we visit Istanbul, we visit Sultanahmet Koftecisi - even more so as this year was its 100th anniversary . As always, the food is simple and delicious fare, with a few options ( Koftas, Kebabs and salads ) at a reasonable price - especially...considering its location near Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and the main tram line servicing Sultanahmet. Food is served with soft, warm bread rolls and optional chilli sauce ( not very spicy by Indian subcontinent standards. ie, mine :-) ) . The only reason that I have not given this a five star review is because of the lack of a smile from the staff . It might have been that the staff were having a particularly stressful day, but a lack of warmth did make me question how welcome and wanted my family and I were. Food was really good at a reasonable price, however.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 29, 2020

This restaurant has supposedly been around for 100 years, so you'd think it must be great. We found it just OK, though. Food was delivered fast, but without a lot of concern of feeling. We had the meatball lunch. OK, but nothing special. They also...charged us for bread we didn't order. They only accept cash. We weren't much impressed.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed February 20, 2020 via mobile

This place is 10 of 10 Highly recommended! Legendary and same taste since 1920. Very simple but amazingly delicious food

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

This place is 100 years old as was open in 1920. I guess the food or setting didn’t change much. Really nice and easy quick lunch. We had koftas, lamb skews, bean salad, fries and 4 bottles of water. The bill came to 102TL only!...They bring you bread and the chef gave the boys some free halva which was fresh and delicious!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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