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“Fine dining experience, great service.”

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
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Ranked #51 of 13,399 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $75
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.
London, United Kingdom
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“Fine dining experience, great service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

After a disappointing dinner on our first night in Istanbul at another restaurant, we found our gourmet heaven where we have been treated as valued guests. The food is very special as it is based on ancient Ottoman recipes, delicious! There is traditional Turkish live music at the weekends, easy listening and not the tourist trap style. The service is very attentive and humorous, we really enjoyed every minute and would definitely return.

  • Visited September 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Very nice Otoman restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very nice the atmosphere. The staff very polite and cordial. The food very well made. Everything perfect.

  • Visited October 2012
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We were able to enjoy a delicious lunch here during our stay in Istanbul. It was a great introduction to Ottoman cuisine. The stuffed grape leaves and hummus were wonderful, as was the baklava for dessert. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited October 2012
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san antonio
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“OUTSTANDING Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Read about this restaurant in Travel and Liesure and had to try it during a trip to Instanbul. We were not disappointed! Extremely succulent course after course wtih flawless service. Appetizer, salad, entree and desert for my wife and I came to around $80. What a bargain for extremely tasty food and wonderful atmosphere. Lamb Shank and Lamb Stew as entrees were the best meal we had during our two week travels. Do not miss this culinary treat!

  • Visited November 2012
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Florence, Italy
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“Ottoman way: i like it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

The only one time that we said: we eat very well and the price was no so huge.
Situated in a luxury hotel, this nice restaurant gives not so many choices but what we taste was very good and the anatolian wine too. Super the chicken with amlonds and honey. The staff is polite and preparated. The location is great: behind AyaSofia. Drinking wine we pay 35 euro/person.
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  • Visited November 2012
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