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Dervis Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #579 of 13,980 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Open air garden restaurant located across the busy street (where the tour buses drop off and pick up tourists) from Sultanahmet mosque, and on the edge of the public garden that joins the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

After a long day walking around the Blue Mosque it's easily to say that you will be tired . Istanbul is a wonderful ,cultural place but can be very tiresome on the feet and legs if your over the age of 20. . Saying that we decided one late afternoon after a lot of sightseeing to just sit and relax at the closest cafe we could find . We tried the Dervish cafe opposite the Blue Mosque ,next time I think I will walk up to the McDonald's . This is a prime location but the food lacks something oh I know what it is Flavour and heat . Everything that seems to come out of the kitchen or bar areas was cold and tasteless . My son ordered Bolognaise , hmmm this plate came up and it was not what we expected ,it looked like a ton of tomatoes was dropped over the pasta spaghetti not much meat and cold . Luckily I ordered chicken on skewers ,very dry and also cold but manageable . Like most people I can get with my turkish but the slight problem you have is the waiters drop the meal and walk off so you can't complain to anyone . The biggest problem
We had was the waiter serving us took our order dropped off the food and left to go somewhere, when it came to ordering drinks interestingly our bill had for missing we were honest tourists and recited our whole menu and drinks order back to them so we could pay and leave the place . I agree with other tourists who have reviewed this place ,there is little choice on the menu there are other places to eat which have amazing authentic food not to far from this tourist trap The cost was not bad a bit overpriced for the basic food they gave you . One thing I found to be a big trick was they boast at this cafe they have the whirling dervish on certain nights ,we were there until 9.30pm and no sign of the whirling dervish and any other night we passed by . Personally if I go back to Istanbul which I'm sure I will as the place is breathtaking not only in the sights but also for the shopping I'm not so sure I would visit this place again ,not the cheapest place to eat also but certainly not the most exciting in taste . Very bland and cold . The best things on the menu were the puddings it even then there is a shop not more than 50 metres away on the Main Street that did rows of puddings any sane person would want to try and cheaper .
Overall this place needs a little more work , ok if your on a flavour starved diet .

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Thank ajkeechy
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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

The mixed grill was excellent but I was disappointed with the lack of traditional Turkish dishes.

Service was also very good

Thank Muthir K
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

You get what you see here. It is undoubtably aimed at tourists but also frequented by locals enjoying a water pipe and a game of backgammon. It was a very pleasant spot to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The spinach flatbread "pancakes" are fantastic and the hummus with flatbread is lovely. In the evening it gets busy and you need to be firm with the staff to get a good spot. Don't be afraid to ask to move if you are too cold or are getting roasted under one of the ferocious heaters. The service is slow when they are busy but that's part of the charm of the place. The Dervish dancer is enthralling and worth the visit although clearly aimed at the tourist market. But where else can you just sit and watch for the price of a tea? Definitely worth a visit for the atmosphere and the simple food but probably not for a fine dining experience!

Thank John N
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Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

The location is very good as is the ice cream (sold from a counter at the side) but the quality of the food on the menu is average and we were always waiting for service even though it was less than half full. We did not return

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Thank MattR2005
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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This was one of the best and most delicious food in Istanbul. We loved the braised meat and the juicy tawook. Their meat is so tender: chicken n lamb n beef. Its one of the best

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Thank zohatrip
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