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Albura Kathisma

#59 of 12,210 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Akbiyik Cad. No 38, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 517 9031
9:00 am - 1:30 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:30 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place with great food and comfortable setting, a bit expensive but with quality. Soft music and cozy neighborhood

Thank Hussam A
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant, really nice homely environment. Loved the staff! (Especially Mohammed) Food was excellent, my sister and I ate here during most of our stay in Istanbul. Would highly recommend

Thank Aliyah H
Falkirk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have now had 2 trips to beautiful Sultanahmet. On both occasions have dined several times at the Albura. Was initially drawn in by the hassle free policy which was very refreshing. The menu is extensive and the food extremely tasty. The waiters are very attentive and great fun to chat to.Special thanks to Drej and Mehmet. Learned a new skill... More 

Thank Fiona D
Melkbosstrand, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a brief stop-over in Istanbul en route to Greece and wanted to have a special dinner in Istanbul. Within walking distance from our hotel we came across this restaurant, with exceptionally friendly and humourous staff. We initially had starters, walked the streets a bit more and then came back for dinner, no disappointment! Lovely Turkish cuisine with excellent... More 

Thank TaniaMelkbos
State College, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

I've eaten at Albura many times and it is easily the best restaurant in Sutlanahmet. The dishes have delicate flavors that are nicely balanced. The offerings have a wide range - fish, lamb, vegetarian - and all them ate excellent. The staff are very professional and friendly. The kitchen is 1700 years old and if you ask nicely, they'll probably... More 

Thank Glenn P
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is brilliant. Just do it. Massive menu and all of it so delicious. Spread across three adjoining seating areas it has loads outdoor space and still intimate. As well as the food the staff are a riot. The best fun and humour we had all trip to Turkey. Point of difference is clear. It's a No Hassle Zone... More 

Thank Craig O
San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I went with my family the last day of our staying in Istambul and we considered Albura Kathisma restaurant as one of the best restaurants in Istambul! The quality of the food was really good, the service of the staff was great specially the attention and the service that the manager Drej gave us, make us feel great! Congratulations to... More 

Thank phoexixwy
Penn, Bucks, UK
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58 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Istanbul was suffering from a greatly reduced number of tourists and most restaurants were vigorously hassling to get customers. The Albura was the exception to this and we were met by very friendly and helpful staff. Great selection of excellent food, well presented. The restaurant was clean and a very pleasant location to people watch. Ate here twice and would... More 

Thank MickDaniel
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Our first meal in Istanbul Very Nice food Pleasant service $65lira plus tip for a main meal, large beer and a coke...so probably on the high side but the locals need the support more then ever. Out the back are some cool ancient relics where they sent us after our lunch which was a nice surprise! Cheers

Thank Robohan
Sao Paulo, SP
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I very recommend this place in Istanbul, the waiters are very friendly, Drej is the best waiter ever!!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

Thank Renato2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $53
International, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Halal
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
9:00 am - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akbiyik Cad. No 38, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 517 9031
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 service and, of course, delicious food, served all year round. Thanks to our success, Albura Kathisma has grown in recent years, but our passion stays the same: to provide our customers with the perfect experience of eating out in Istanbul. With a menu covering Turkish and International cuisine, we cater for a range of diets and tastes. Specialties include seafood and salads, traditional Turkish, delicious desserts, and vegetarian dishes. Our well-educated chefs and waiting personnel are happy to offer advice on your menu choices and personal amendments to dishes if requested. In 2012 we extended and updated our kitchen, also adding traditional elements: a large stone oven where we bake our own delicious fresh bread daily, and a charcoal grill to cook our selection of Turkish kebabs from different regions of the country -- a "gastronomic tour" for the kebab connoisseur! Open daily all-year round, including New Year, we are always happy to cater for groups, families with children, couples, individuals and celebration parties. We are honoured with all of the tripadvisor reviews you have written or are going to write. We read them all and are grateful to receive your comments, ratings and suggestions.

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Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighborhood Profile
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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