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Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
+90 212 635 7997
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Four visits and counting. This is where we take visiting guests in Istanbul for an excellent dining experience after enjoying the Chora Church next door. The menu of Ottoman era recipes from the Sultan's Palace is fascinating and the quality has always been excellent. Service is very friendly.

Thank Ian W
Singapore, Singapore
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50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Located just next to the Chora Church museum. It offers authentic & fine Ottoman cuisine. The service was excellent & the food was very tasty. The staffs were friendly & nice. We were very delighted & touched when the restaurant presented us with a bottle of homemade fruit jam!

Thank prisoncrow
Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

I am in love with this wonderful restaurant. you will taste wonderful foods. real turkish cuisine. you will love I am sure

Thank 7668sevdak
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

At the beginning they gave us both choice of soups Almond and the other I don't remember the name, both tastes bad The rice was without salt and taste like plastic!! The best thing we ate is the salat !! The restaurant dose not worth what you will pay الاكل شين وماصخ ، الشوربه طعمها غريب وغير طيب ابداً اللحم... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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849 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 852 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2017

While not the everyday choice, the Asitane offer top quality Ottoman food - a fine alternative to kebap and friends. The range of meals is limited, the drinks are far too overpriced, but the food quality is very good. They claim that the recipies are derived from Ottoman times - whether this is true or not, I can not comment.... More 

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Sandwich, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

On a dismal, cold, wet December day visiting the Kariye Camii, this restaurant really warmed us up. It's smart, clean (with a cloakroom, good toilets, etc) and the staff are courteous and friendly. The menu has a seasonal small range of unusual Ottoman and more mainstream dishes, all perfectly prepared and presented. The portions are not huge, but they are... More 

Thank Thomas M
Paris, France
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362 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2016

Great atmosphere -though the terrace in summer is even better- very good food, professional service. A restaurant I always return to when in Istanbul.

Thank FrenchTraveler001
1 review
Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Delicious and authentic Ottoman cuisine. Great service and reasonable prices. Do not miss the chance of enjoying real ottoman food

Thank Bilsev M
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 8, 2016

Next door to the Kariye Museum, Asitane specializes in traditional Ottoman fare. Many restaurants claim to do this nowadays, but Asitane gets it right, using recipe books from the Topkapi Palace, presented only after much experimentation.

Thank batur2016
Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2016

To be honest I didn't like the taste of the food. But, I did like the experience. This restaurant specializes in reconstructed Ottoman recipes. Worth a trip if you want to challenge all your preconceptions about food. I had an almond soup with pomegrante seeds which tasted weird savory as it seems to me that it should just be a... More 


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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$6 - $20
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: +90 212 635 7997

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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Staying in Fener & Balat

Neighborhood Profile
Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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