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Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
+90 212 635 79 97
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Asitane
1. Eat like a Sultan!
"Wonderful service and delightful, unusual, very special dishes."
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2. Very delicious tasty food.
"Immaculate food. Varied delicious menu. Charming attentive staff"
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3. Fabulous food!
"Many restaurants claim to do this nowadays, but Asitane gets it right"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

food was delicious and the staff extremely caring, with a genuine desire to make you feel good and enjoy the ottoman food experience. Ambience is elegant yet not “heavy on the eye” or boring... we were so cuorious about many dishes that we ordered too...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Spino S
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

After having read all the excellent reviews about this restaurant, we decided to go there too and to check that out. We did right! All the excellent reviews r simply true. First of all, before I get to the dishes and the service, u have...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Aylar B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a tour of Kariye next door, we went to Asitane for a late lunch. Having eaten there several years ago, I hoped the food would be as good as it was in the past. Once again the food was excellent. The menu selection offers...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Karen A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is impossible to know if Asitane dishes taste how they were meant to in Ottoman days, but I would be surprised. The recipies come from a collection of manuscripts which, if I understand well, were unspecific, except in broad terms. Hence one could say...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Nevine D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were well received and the waiter assigned to us was pleased to discover that we knew the part of East London he had lived in. He was very helpful, explaining the different dishes to us patiently (we have no Turkish) and even joking with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mark C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Service is outstanding, ambience is outstanding. We enjoyed our unique food experience. The olive and bread served before appetizer is so good.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank xinyuanx2018
Reviewed November 6, 2018

If you want to eat Sultan's food this is a must go place. Asitane has unique recipes of Ottoman Palace Cuisine.They recreated long-forgotten Imperial dishes .Historic area, next to Chora Church/Museum. I loved the food very much but if you have a conservative palette you...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Pembe C
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

We were recommended this place and booked a table for a late lunch. The restaurant was nice and the waiters were okay, but not great. We were not impressed by the food it was a so so experiance. The Church next to restaurant was great!...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 835larsb
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Lunched here twice escaping the tourist strips in old city. Food was beautifully prepared according to recipes dating back 500 years. Highlights were almond soup, stuffed vine leaves, whole roast sea bass and chicken stew with saffron rice pilaf. Service was excellent. Lovely setting adjacent...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank amm1055
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Awsome restaurant nestled in the back streets of Istanbul. The food is based on traditional old cooking techniques and the waiter will explain the history behind each dish. The staff is very pleasant and obliging. It will be an experience you will treasure.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gplanojevic
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
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March 27, 2016|
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Response from nikolinr | Reviewed this property |
I have not use reservation, but in any case is better to make it.
December 26, 2014|
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Response from rzberger | Reviewed this property |
the numbers (1535) in the menu is the YEAR of the recipe from the Sultan's palace! For 25-35 euros you will eat and drink well. i'd suggest trying to see the CHora CHurch (Kariyr Museum) right next door (might close at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $19
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 11:45 PM
12:00 PM - 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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Asitane has been the pioneer in carefully researching and recreating long forgotten dishes of the Ottoman Empire since 1991. The restaurant introduces new menu items for each season of the year, all dishes are delicately selected and cooked with seasonal ingredients and local produce. Located right next door to the Chora Museum where you can see the world famous Byzantine mosaics, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner everyday between 12:00 - 23:30 except Wednesdays. While having your meal, you can also enjoy live Turkish music on evenings between Thursday and Saturday.
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