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“Sofa of relaxation”

Sofa Cafe & Restaurant
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Ranked #127 of 13,399 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $12
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Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
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“Sofa of relaxation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

On the main hotel and restaurant street of old Istanbul, just off Akbiyik Caddesi, at Mimar Mehmet Aga Caddesi 16 there is a narrow spot with no touts outside, Sofa Cafe. And no surprise, inside I found an excellent restaurant with casual and relaxed waiters serving Italian and Turkish dishes. The place oozes of laid-back young people atmosphere. This is an oasis in an otherwise most touristy street of the city. I was lucky to stay in an excellent hotel almost next door. Would have visited more often if I had found this gem a little earlier on my week in Istanbul. A top spot.

Visited October 2013
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant in Good Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Sofa Cafe & Restaurant is a real find. The food and ambience are excellent and is in good contrast with many of the more touristy places nearby. I also applaud the high quality service and pleasant music that was chosen. It is very good value for your money and I highly recommend it if you are in the Sultanahmet neighborhood

Visited December 2013
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“Well worth fındıng”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

I hesıtate to use the phrase seasoned travellers but shall we say weve been a few places ın our tıme. We decıded on a few days sıghtseeıng ın Istanbul off season (december) and after a full day walkıng around the Topkapı Palace we decıded on seekıng somethıng to eat around the Palace area. Most of the Hotel restaurants are eıther not open at thıs tıme of the year or are chargıng top dollar.Whılst walkıng around we stumbled on the Sofa Restaurant purely by accıdent and we are pleased we dıd. just to echo what others have saıd no pushy touts,the food ıs very good,very reasonable ın prıce and the atmosphere ıs very relaxıng,but some people may want to know more than thıs.The restaurant wıll cater for about 20 persons ınsıde and about 6 to 8 persons outsıde the front of the premıses, ın the small off street seatıng/table area. It ıs sıtuated ın the streets on the hıll sıde below the blue mosque. Whılst I'm no 'offıcaıdo' thıs restaurant has the feel and appeal of a small Parısıan affaır, the ınterıor ıs comfortable wıth a long upholstered back seat and small ıntımate tables seatıng 2/4/6 persons. The servıce ıs dıscrete and attententıve. All restaurants have musac, ın thıs case, ıts low volume,pleasant 20th century Chıll, so conversatıon flows very easıly Because we enjoyed our fırst vısıt we called a second tıme,not always the wısest move,agaın we were very pleased wıth everythıng. Thıs restaurant ıs well worth the tıme spent seekıng ıt out.

  • Visited December 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Superb Italian Food.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We felt like something non Turkish and this place had some good reviews, the decor and ambiance is really nice, again no pushy touts or aggression, really laid back but elegantly presented place.

We both ordered pasta and really it was excellent, decent portions, unpretentious, properly cooked pasta with simple but delicious ingredients. Can't fault it really would definitely return.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank KERF_Worldwide
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The best Italian food in Istanbul!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

If you really want to go for a nice Italian lunch, Sofa Cafe is the most recommended place for you! Pasta and salad were truly delicious, the plates were massive, the service and interior were great. Truly amazing food, you cant argue with that.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Oxana K
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