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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.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $14
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
CUISINES
Turkish, Healthy, Middle Eastern
FEATURES
Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed April 4, 2020

This place has cool, modern “Ottoman” dishes. It is quite good and right next to the Chora Church. Good service.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2020

We had lunch here after visiting the Chora and the whole experience was simply outstanding. We found out about this restaurant from Anthony Bourdain’s épisode on Istanbul and his interview with the chef. Love the idea of reviving ancient recipes and ways of preparing food....More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed November 21, 2019 via mobile

I would say yes. Interesting to try it once. Touristic? Absolutely yes. Nevertheless worth giving it a try.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

We wnjowed very much this beautiful dinner with friends. The food was exceptional and dont be afraid to try the sweet main courses, they have authentic flavor. Paşa our host did a great job in making us comfortable and happy. We would definitely come back...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

Visited as a solo traveller. The three course meal was tasty, authentic ottoman dishes and amazing decor.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2019

Absolute gem. It’s off the beaten track, and next to the only (small) tourist attraction of the area (the mosaics of Chora church), but it’s worth it all the way. The menu consists of old real Ottoman recipes, each with a description and the year...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 29, 2019 via mobile

Very good experience at Asitane. The level of service was superb, very attentive staff and were humorous and welcoming. Could not find any faults at all! The food was very interesting too. I had a melon with minced meat and that is a combination I...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 27, 2019 via mobile

Every dish from the mezza to the main to the desert was a visual and taste sensation. The entire concept of recomposing ancient dishes served to the sultans is intriguing, and then top that off with extraordinary service, you will feel like royalty yourself. Pasa,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 22, 2019 via mobile

i am going to thing about that appetizer that we had for a very long time because it was so good. Great advice for the wine too. I wish I d live in Istanbul to go back there and taste every dish! If you are...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 21, 2019

Old Ottoman recipes recreated. Interesting concept. Perfect service including making sure the taxis knew where to take us after dinner. Sea bass good/excellent, grilled lamb good, baked melon great, lamb stew not good, liver appetizer not to the liking of some, grape leaf appetizer fair/good,...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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August 21, 2019|
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casual
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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.
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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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