Albura Kathisma

Albura Kathisma

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Hours
Sun
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Mon
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tue
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wed
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thu
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Fri
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sat
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$9.00 – $52.00
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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About
Welcome to Albura Kathisma, a unique and beautiful Cafe & Restaurant located in the heart of historic Istanbul. In easy walking-distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace, our garden enters the mysterious Byzantine Palace that once stood here. Opened in 2005 in an old Ottoman family house where we are now, we offer cozy indoor and spacious outdoor seating, friendly and courteous s
PRICE RANGE
$9.00 – $52.00
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,533 reviews
Excellent
1,850
Very good
487
Average
126
Poor
43
Terrible
27
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

freya691
Bunbury465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
We wandered the streets near to our hotel and we were hassled by every waiter at every restaurant when we stopped to look at their menu - which just caused us to move on. This restaurant had a sign out the front which said no hassle and when a waiter started to approach us we pointed to the sign, he smiled, nodded and left us in peace. This is the place we chose to dine at and we are very glad we did. The starter of spicy tomato mezze and bread was delicious and we were given some turkish pizza on the house. We also ordered a Pide and Gucek and both were delicious. We were offered complimentary teas and we felt pretty special and looked after all the way through our evening. Highly recommended for great food and special service and no hassle. Thank you!!
Written January 11, 2020
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susie043
Puerto Del Carmen47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
I've been to Istanbul many times and I always eat in this restaurant. The sign outside says hassle free zone and they keep their word, it is always a pleasure to eat here. The food is delicious and the staff are excellent, they have great English and a really good knowledge of the menu especially Hasan, who is always smiling and helpful, he will be able to help you make your choice from the varied and tempting menu. The Albura Kathisma is by far my favourite restaurant in Istanbul and I hope they will continue to be a success.
Written February 13, 2020
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Alp_Kathisma
thanks, always welcome
Written March 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tomislav C
Rijeka7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
My girlfriend and I stayed on the same street, so we scoped all the restaurants- and we ate in several. This one was the most comfortable, and also the only one where we didn’t constantly get pulled by our sleeves. The food was probably the best we’ve eaten here , and the price was I would say even cheaper . We didn’t eat “street food” like kebabs, we ate Turkish specialties - with lamb and chicken and vegetables . I wish we had eaten there the first night . Our server Bulent was friendly and made us feel comfortable.
Written January 11, 2020
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hopern193
United States43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 couples
I’ve eaten here three times now, the food is always good and the staff are very kind and fun. They don’t hassle you, the atmosphere is very relaxed. You are welcome to enjoy your evening here without pressure. Lovely place to have a delicious meal for excellent prices. Prices closer to the tram line (near the blue mosque) are much more expensive but on this street, prices are reasonable and the food delicious. If you eat here, ask for Fevzo - he was a great waiter!
Written September 16, 2020
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Gregory
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
Albura Kathisma is a great place which is serving a big variety of Turkish dishes (Guvec & Hurrem are strongly recommended). Very tasty food, fast and friendly service, "family" atmosphere. Hope that after COVID 19 madness this lovely place will be again full of tourists.
Written August 2, 2020
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Susan D
879 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
This restaurant was a stone's throw from our hotel. We tried it our first night in Istanbul and went back 3 more times. The food was consistently good. Prices in Sultanahmet are higher the in the areas nearby but this restaurant was very good for the price. Staff recognized us and we had good conversation. Very good service. Try the manta (lamb ravioli). Lentil soup was one of the best we tried in Istanbul. After your meal you can see the excavation that lies within the restaurant (it's pretty amazing).
Written July 27, 2021
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ktrtontour
Darlington375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
This restaurant was recommended by a friend and I'm pleased I took her up on it. Whilst it is in the heart of the tourist district, surrounded by restaurants it is worth looking out for. We were able to sit outside on the terrace sheltered by a gazebo type affair and heaters. The staff were friendly and helpful. Bread, dips and olives were complementary. For mains we had a chicken kebab and a traditional chicken dish with rice, both of which were tasty and plentiful. A good restaurant that I in turn would like to recommend to others.
Written February 29, 2020
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Alp_Kathisma
thanks we wait again :)
Written March 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

alirourke
Dar es Salaam94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
I came here for lunch with my husband and we were really impressed. He had lamb cooked in a terracotta pot and I had lamb stuffed aubergine. The staff were super friendly and welcoming. We are staying nearby so we came back again and had the best steaks I have ever had! I had steak flambe’d in cognac and my husband had steak in Gorgonzola. The steak was cooked to perfection and so incredibly tender. I think maybe the best steak I’ve had! To start they bring flat bread, with olives, hummus and vegetable dip. The service is fast - possibly even too fast! The waiters are very friendly. Also this restaurant is located only 5 minutes from the Blue Mosque so an amazing location on a characterful cobbled street. In addition, the restaurant is built on top of an ancient palace - entry near the back of the restaurant; such a surprise! Highly recommended!
Written October 11, 2021
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Nektoalex
Kyiv122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 couples
Our most visited restaurant during the visit. Hot tasty bread, delicious kebabs, desserts, vine and even the hookah if you like it. Hidden excavated palace as a cherry on the cake is offered to those, who are eating well) Most important for me - really nice service and great guys doing it with attitude and humor. I enjoyed every minute of our chatting, thanks for the taste of Sultan Akhmet this spring!
Written April 4, 2021
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Nicole A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
Great service and food ! Antonio and the staff were so welcoming and nice!! The food was delicious and the location is perfect just around 5 mins from Hagia Sophia. The service was excellent and what made it better was the staff. Food was reasonably priced! Not a tourist trap like other places. Definitely worth eating here!
Written March 15, 2020
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Lubna Mirza
Toronto7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
This is a great restaurant with great food, relaxed atmosphere and amazing staff. I have been to this restaurant many times whenever I am in Istanbul and highly recommended to all of you who are looking for that good experience of being served with great customer service from exceptional staff, serving delicious food and superb courtesy. Don't forget to visit the Cellars...worth the visit!
Written March 24, 2021
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Arj229
London31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
We visited Albura Kathisma 3 nights in the row for drinks, dinner and once breakfast (family of 7 people). Restaurant right opposite our hotel. Although very cute street full of restaurants, we were drawn by the waiting staff here straight away, very polite, smiley and definitely not pushy, which we found to be the case in all other restaurants there. Staff was very attentive to my daughters who love cats, they went far and beyond to accommodate to everyone’s needs, kids and elderly. My family was pushing to go there every night, even if only for drinks when we were not having dinner. The secret room/museum was outstanding, we were blown away. The set up was also very cute and traditional and looked very clean. Staff were checking on the tables non stop to make sure there is no rubbish and there is always service with a smile. Food was also delicious for breakfast and dinner, with top nosh service. Big shout to Abuzer and Antonyu (sorry can’t remember other names). all staff was just great). Many thanks for making our stay so special. It was great meeting you all and sorry for the late night stays 3 nights in a row).
Written April 9, 2022
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penny hrpr
Istanbul2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 none
This restaurant is awesome, i had been there many times and the service,location is perfect.They have international kitchen and on my visits i wonder that who is the chef and the name that i got is Yücel. Thank for the delicious food Yücel, they serve all kind of meat,chicken,fish etc.
Written March 30, 2021
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Pekel L
Grand Rapids20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
This place makes you feel like you are instantly a friend while also having such good food you literally dream about it. Plus there is a palace under it! Go. Try anything. We went twice and can’t pick the best dish.
Written April 30, 2022
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Thomas Schmidt
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
During our hotel stay at Senatus Hotel / Istanbul from 15 to 19 April we spent each evening in Albura Kathisma restaurant which is very close to hotel. We spent our time there in that restaurant because of it`s execellent offers for dinner: turkish and italian and international foot, salates, appitizers etc. Also we enjoyed the atmosphere in the restaurant. Clean, comfortable and top clas level. Nice background music, local and international drinks. Above all, we very much appreciated the execellent service provided by restaurant staff. We met Mr. BULENT as a very nice person. Open minded, friendly, highly motivated and, thus, a real kind support for us to make our evenings succesful. Thanks to his kindness we felt like home. His excellent English allowed us to communicate not only about dinner related issues but also about issues of diverse topics. Congratulate restaurant to employ such professional staff as BULENT and his collegues. Thomas Schmidt, GERMANY
Written April 20, 2022
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