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  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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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 - $52
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Turkish
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food Good service Try the testi kabaab When you done ask for a tour of the palace under the restaurant

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by our hotel and definitely worth a visit. Food was great and reasonably priced. Staff friendly and kind. We loved it so much, we went three times! Also has a lovely underground palace that is being excavated and conserved....Well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice dinner, the sevice very good, and afther all that we visied the ruins from behind the restaurant Everything was great!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, good atmosphere, good sisha and very friendly personal. We will come again. We recommend to come to this place.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are a lot of restaurants on this street below the Hagia Sophia. This one is one of the few “hassle free” places that do not try to pull you in off the street. Very polite and charming staff with a well executed standard Turkish...menu. We came back for another lunch on our last day because we knew what we we were getting.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here most evenings on a recent trip to Istanbul. Staff very friendly - not pushy like some of the other restaurants. Food excellent with a fantastic choice. Lovely relaxing atmosphere

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022 via mobile

We ate in here every night. The food was delicious with a good choice and the staff were so friendly.The atmosphere was lovely, we sat outside with heaters which was perfect. We also got 10% off the menu as we were staying in the Setantus...Hotel which was next door.I would highly recommend it for eating.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022 via mobile

We have been coming to this restaurant consistently since 2017 . The food is always good especially the chicken cooked in a clay pot ( testi) which is served with great fanfare . The best thing of the visit is the ruins of an amost...1600 year old palace under the restaurant. It’s absolutely breathtaking.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 13, 2022 via mobile

This was one of our favourite restaurants on a short trip to Istanbul. The staff mostly speak excellent English and are happy to explain any unfamiliar dishes. They are very welcoming and the cuisine is excellent. They are very happy to show you through a...low arch in the back of the restaurant which leads into the cellars of the Byzantine palace which is buried under the whole of this Istanbul district. Be prepared for an uneven floor and dim lighting but you can emerge on the opposite side of the block in a different restaurant. This experience shortly before catching our taxi to the airport encapsulated all that is wonderful about this city.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022

Delicious restaurant! Friendly staff and tasty Turkish food. There are a lot of good dishes on the menu. It is also possible to visit the space below the restaurant. This is an ancient Byzantine ruin.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 1, 2022 via mobile

Awesome catering, delicious food, good price. The waiters were really attentive. Our waiter Ozan was especially kind. We’ll definitely go back. 100% recommend.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

We went there with high hopes due to the reviews. The three of the six dishes on the mixed meze were fermented. The tomato soup is delicious though. We ordered the lamb version of that stew in ceramic bowl, but received the chicken version. We...were not impressed by it.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

I really enjoyed this beautiful restaurant situated in Istanbul. People are extremely friendly and the service was excellent. Thank you so much and will definitely come some time soon again!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 24, 2022 via mobile

It is situated perfectly in the centre of the city. I like their food, was so good. The waiter explained us everythink we wanna know about their food. A little bit expensive but it worth it.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 21, 2022

The turkish food was high quality and delishous. They even have a bysantic celler for you to see. Nice enjoyable stay. Pleasant service. Comming back.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Albura Kathisma is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5