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Erol Restaurant

#360 of 11,913 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Catalcesme Sok No:3 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 511 0322
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

Exceptionally friendly, great Turkish food, nice coffee and prompt service. Very good value for money for where it is, one minute's walk from Sultanahmet tram stop. There are a few tables outside but lots more inside, where the decor is sparse but there is plenty of room.

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Thank Jomb137
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for having time to comment. We are trying to have happy guests always :) More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

We went by the positive reviews on Lonely Planet and wanted to try real local Turkish cuisine for a change. The service is nice and the seating comfortable but the food itself is something that probably only locals may enjoy but even though we were open minded, didn't seem to like anything from the limited buffet that they had. The... More 

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Thank mehulmparikh
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry for upsetting you. We hope to serve you better food next time. More 

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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

The place is pleasant, staffs are friendly and the one who speaks English showed and explained the dishes to us. They were tempting. We chose several dishes; all were great, freshly cooked and great value of money.

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Thank Nony S
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comment and using "value for money" instead of "cheap" :) More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

If you go for a lovely Turkish food. I recommend this place. They prepare everything freshly each day. Please don't let the appearance of the restaurant turn you around. You would definitely regret it later.

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Thank Peter_Tulip
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for advising us. We like the guests who like discovering hidden gems ;) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

Cheap prices. but good & quick service. Tasty & fresh food. The place is clean and simple, would come back there again ....................

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Thank Rytis G
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your short and sharp comment. Yes, the prices are cheap and the food definitely isn't :) More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2015

Forget about those places in Sultanahment area with waiters asking you to go in with claims of authentic Turkish food. Go to this place and you will definitely get : 1) Great Turkish food 2) Friendly and great owners 3) A bill which will make you go.. "WTH! why is is so cheap??! Best place we've eaten in Istanbul by... More 

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Thank iching_84
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

You left us nothing to say! You know the best, thank you :) More 

London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015

We went to Erol on a Thursday night around 8.30, having walked past it during the day and thinking it looked like a good, 'local' kind of place (in contrast to the more touristy restaurants surrounding it). There were still a couple of Turkish customers in there when we arrived, but they were finishing up and pretty soon we were... More 

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1 Thank WAH83
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your explanatory review. Our challenge is keeping our place as genuine as possible though it is getting harder each day. The tastes are the result of 45 years our chefs have had in this restaurant. Our prices are competitive for the local standards as well. The crowd you saw at lunchtime mostly consisted of local... More 

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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

A traditional Lokantas where a restricted number of dishes are cooked fresh each day and then kept hot above a Bain Marie. We were greeted in a friendly way and went into the back to have the dishes available explained to us. Portions were generous and everything we chose was delicious. I especially recommend the stuffed peppers and lamb and... More 

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Thank Sarak34
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Guest Relations Manager at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for expressing our value for money. You are always welcomed to fill your stomach with our delicious recipes :) More 

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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

The food is bland and watery and expensive. I'm vegetarian though so keep that in mind. I certainly wouldn't recommend them food vegetarian food. Look elsewhere.

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2 Thank Parveen S
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Guest Relations Manager at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the share. We serve vegetables, but aren't specifically vegetarian restaurant. Anyhow, we will try to improve our conditions to serve better to vegetarian visitors like yourself. Give another chance ;) More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2015

We had lunch at Erol mostly because of all the other positive TripAdvisor reviews. It was a good decision. Erol is just a few blocks from Sultanahmet Square. Although it's easily walkable, it isn't on the main thoroughfare, so you'll probably have to go looking for it. When we walked up, the host greeted us (in English) and showed us... More 

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1 Thank Silas A
TARIK_TEMELKOK, Guest Relations Manager at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review. What we aim is maintaining our authenticity and taste for decades. We invite all visitors to experience this. Price comes second :) More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $6
Cuisine
Turkish, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Catalcesme Sok No:3 | Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 511 0322
Description
On a quiet street in the heart of Old City Istanbul, Erol Restaurant offers Traditional Homemade Ottoman Turkish Cuisine with friendly prices for more than 40 years. Two brothers, Hamdi and Serafettin, are the chefs in the kitchen of Erol Restaurant since 1972. Most known Turkish dishes like musakka, karniyarik, dolma, meat casserole, spinach, pilav, helva and rice pudding are cooked freshly every early morning. This family run restaurant is looking forward to welcoming the guests to taste genuine Turkish food.

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Sultanahmet
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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