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Asitane

#89 of 12,055 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
+90 212 635 79 97
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11:45 am - 11:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:45 am - 11:45 pm
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Minsk Region, Belarus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant while being on a business trip with a big group of people. The interior is quite nice but same time there was nothing special in it as well. Appetizers were numerous and could meet any taste. The main course was stuffed melon which I don't recommend. At least 90% of out group of 50... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Very nice Ottoman/Turkish food, nice ambiance and great service! Make sure to visit while you are in Istanbul / Balat...

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Crown Point, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

It was a bit of a walk to get to Asitane Restaurant, but too many people had recommended this place as one of the few spots were you could sample authentic Ottoman cuisine dating back to the 1500’s. Set in a secluded and leafy courtyard this restaurant offers a beautiful location and excellent service. We tried the Vine Leaves stuffed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $19
Cuisine
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Monday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Tuesday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Wednesday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Thursday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Friday
11:45 am - 11:45 pm
Saturday
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 79 97

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fener & Balat

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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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