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“A hookah-smooking, baklava-eating gem”

Serbethane Cafe&Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 13,399 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
San Diego, California, United States
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“A hookah-smooking, baklava-eating gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

On our last night of a 7-day stay in the heart of Old Istanbul, we meandered into this little spot tucked down a charming side alley near the Blue Mosque. The restaurant/cafe/hookahtarium (probably not a word, but go with it) is comprised of three sections really: an inside area, a gorgeous back garden and front seating in the alley. We chose the latter and treated ourselves to a jellybean (think mixed fruit) hookah and some apple and traditional tea. We ended with a plate of baklava, probably the best we had during our stay (and trust me, we indulged frequently).

The reason we chose this spot? Aside from the charm, the place was buzzing with locals in their 20s and 30s, a sure-fire sign of a fair-priced, good-food-having and fun spot. Murat served us and was funny and hospitable, and went out of his way to make sure we had a great time. I got a glimpse of some of the scrumptious-looking food on the way out, and wish I had another day to sample their menu. Alas, there's always next time.

One word of warning: there is no alcohol served here, so go on one of your dry nights or to sober up after that one-too-many bottle of wine!

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A nice place to relax and have a waterpipe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

They have a great choice of waterpipe flavours and the best Baklava we eatet in Istanbul during 7 days. The staff is very fiendly and the coal is changed frequently.

  • Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tranquil setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We discovered this place almost by accident as it is tucked away behind the Blue Mosque. Kaptan Murat, our waiter, took us on a tour of the restaurant, showing us the three main parts before we chose where to sit.

Although it was a bit cold, we sat outside in the garden at the back after seeing the amazing view of the Mosque. He immediately bought us blankets and described off menu dishes to us.

We went back again on our last day as we were looking for somewhere quiet to relax, away from the crowds, which is what this place is ideal for.

The second time we went back we got another waiter who wasn't as attentive, probably because we chose the most hidden awat table. But when Kaptan Murat saw us on our way out he insisted we had tea on the house!

I would recommend this place for couples as it has a quiet, romantic setting with a good view, We only sampled a little of the food, but what we did have-durum and baklava-was tasty.

Visited November 2012
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“Elegant restaurant set in ancient ruins with a garnish of Turkish hospitality.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant is set in ruins beneath the Blue mosque. The courtyard is romantic and has a view of the mosque. The food and prices are great. I went there with my wife and new baby. It was chilly but we wanted to sit outside so the waiter Kaptan Murat brought blankets for us. Afterward he insisted on one last tea on him. I highly recommend this place for its ambiance and charm.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good food, great view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

After sitting down for a sherbit (?) and turkish pizza I sat in backyard patio/historic ruins for an awe inspiring view of the blue mosque. Aydin served us and treated us to some amusing conversation, entertainment, and service. A great cafe, highly recommended.

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