We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mesale Cafe

Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 518 95 62
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
Travelers talk about
“pancakes” (16 reviews)
“mix grill” (3 reviews)
“adana” (3 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM Hours
Cafe, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (463)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

101 - 110 of 271 reviews

Reviewed September 11, 2015

Frankly, we went there for the Nargille (hookah). They have a pretty large selections of flavors for non tobacco smokers like us. But they have tobacco hookahs as well. We ordered hydary and adana kabab. The bread they served was very thin and tasty. There...More

Thank Dora1986
Reviewed September 8, 2015

Cafe is conveniently located in a tourist area behind the Blue Mosque. They have a live band with dervish performance and that is the only good thing about this cafe. Otherwise food was average and dishes were over priced. We were group of 10 people...More

Thank Salman J
Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

We came during day, dealing from the staff terrible, long discussion to turn another fan , the shisha is too bad not clean……

Thank Waddah J
Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We were in Turkey during the final week of Ramazan and Mesale quickly became our favorite place to relax. The food is good and the people are great. You will find comfy seats in an open air cafe and people who are kind, attentive, and...More

1  Thank Travel_mom010
Reviewed August 30, 2015

We were attracted to this restaurant by the performance of traditional dance and music here. The food was fine but nothing to shout about. We ordered a 2 persons menu with mix grilled meat, which I think it's a standard menu as the waiter recommending...More

Thank GuteReise88
Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

Decent, not great food and reasonable prices. Good ambience with the hookah, traditional dancer and good musicians. Service was average. Busy waiters. No alcohol. All in all, an okay place to spend your evening with good entertainment while in Istanbul.

Thank Khil
Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

I only got to enjoy a rice pudding,a tea and a coffee, the ambiance is nice with live entertainment and a dervish dancer. I went a couple of nights, the first night the waiter was a bit nicer, the second night we received the traditional...More

Thank Paola F
Reviewed August 16, 2015

This place is conveniently close to major tourist attractions, but at the same time does not charge the full 'tourist' prices. The food is traditional Turkish, very good if you like that sort of thing. It's a garden restaurant, very pleasant. A word of caution....More

1  Thank F_Cattro
Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great place to chill out for evenings, food is reasonably priced and staff are good. Popular with tourists and locals especially for shisha, they do not serve alcohol though. Entertainment is good, not sure why people are complaining about the fake Sufi dancer, would you...More

Thank Flutter2015
Reviewed August 14, 2015

We were visiting the Arasta Bazaar and after a few hours of shopping decided to eat at the Mesale Cafe. It resembled an old Ottoman food house and the decor suited. It had live music and the food and service was good. We had pancakes,...More

Thank Greg W
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 1,193 hotels in Istanbul
Blue House Hotel
364 reviews
.01 miles away
Azade Suites
62 reviews
.03 miles away
Aristocrat Hotel
257 reviews
.03 miles away
Askin Hotel
75 reviews
.03 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Old House Restaurant
1,668 reviews
.04 miles away
Siva Cafe Restaurant
1,179 reviews
.07 miles away
Sofa Cafe & Restaurant
359 reviews
.05 miles away
Meat House Restaurant
556 reviews
.05 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Blue Mosque
28,517 reviews
.09 miles away
Arasta Bazaar
642 reviews
.03 miles away
Sultans' Turbes
25 reviews
.10 miles away
Turkland Tours Istanbul Day Tours
299 reviews
.06 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Mazen A
November 16, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Sanil K | Reviewed this property |
yes I believe, we saw it around 7pm then they stopped for prayer.. after that only songs... it depends on how busy they r I doubt ;) anyhow u can see it from street...
Arun P
November 7, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Renaud A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. I was staying close by and walk pass it every day going and back. I did not remember the show time, but there is always a live music and dance every time i was headed back to my hotel in the evening.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 518 95 62
It is an open air restaurant in the middle of Arasta Bazar.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing