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“Nice restaurant - big portions - authentic cuisine”

Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #233 of 13,538 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $28
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Nestled in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, Rumeli Cafe is an ideal location for dining while people watching the nations of the world from the restaurant’s streetside terrace. Summertime sees the opening of the rooftop dining area, where guests can gaze at the stars and glimpse at the minarets of the Blue Mosque. When the weather chills in winter, the allure of the restaurant moves inside—where the gentle crackling of open fireplaces invite guests to stay a while to appreciate a glass of mulled wine paired with a rich Ottoman dish. Set in a former Ottoman print house, the restaurant has become one of Sultanahmet’s most loved restaurants since the building’s renovation in 1994. Now it’s famous for its friendly service and intimate dining areas with dark wood floors, wrought iron fixtures, and exposed red brick walls—an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in a foregone Byzantine palace. Personal favorites on the menu are the grilled marinated calamari, the Ottoman style Marmara A’la Rosto (roast beef with rice and vegetables), and the seafood linguini. Also on the menu are international favorites; regional specialities such as Ali Nazik (minced lamb and beef on a bed of pureed eggplant, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes); Byzantine dishes like Papaz Yahisi (stewed lamb and vegetable served with cumin and garlic in a terracotta pot); and fresh seafood including seabass, sea bream, and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian options are also available.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant - big portions - authentic cuisine”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Small restaurant - good selection of options - I had the roast beef - nice atmosphere and large portions so did not get as far as desserts

Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Poor service”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Bearign in mind that this restaurant is not mega-cheap, I was honestly hoping for a better service.

My husband and I were dining upstairs and the oncly conatc we had with the staff was when we ordered and when my husband asked for the bill.

Dished kept piling up on our table, but nobody was in sight...when we asked why nobody was looking after the costumers, we have been told that that's "thier style" - they leave people to enjoy their meal with no interferences from the staff (such as pouring wine, taking away dirty dishes, asking if we needed/wanted anything).

The portions are huge - not sure why? No human being could have finished the stew I have ordered after I had a meze. Bit if a waste.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank bootybettina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant, great atmosphere”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is definitely a place to go out for dinner. The restaurant is not very big but has a great warm atmosphere. Very nice turkish food. Nice staff very friendly and efficient.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Foyolle
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Nevsehir, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fresh salad”
Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Great location,a bit slow service but a very good chicken salad.and keep that in mind it is not cheap.give a try

Thank zeynep_parlak
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Excellent spot for Lunch or Dinner in Istanbul”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We wandered upon The Rumeli Cafe by chance. It is a beautiful little place on a side street in the heart of Sultanamet. We were seated in a small room with a beautiful fireplace and had a wonderful meal. The staff could not have been kinder! It is a must go to place in Istanbul!

  • Visited April 2012
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