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“Best Turkish Food, Friendly Staff, and Relaxing Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Albura Kathisma

Albura Kathisma
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Ranked #49 of 13,399 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $52
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Welcome to Albura Kathisma, a unique and beautiful Cafe & Restaurant located in the heart of historic Istanbul. In easy walking-distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace, our garden enters the mysterious Byzantine Palace that once stood here. Opened in 2005 in an old Ottoman family house where we are now, we offer cozy indoor and spacious outdoor seating, friendly and courteous service and, of course, delicious food, served all year round. Thanks to our success, Albura Kathisma has grown in recent years, but our passion stays the same: to provide our customers with the perfect experience of eating out in Istanbul. With a menu covering Turkish and International cuisine, we cater for a range of diets and tastes. Specialties include seafood and salads, traditional Turkish, delicious desserts, and vegetarian dishes. Our well-educated chefs and waiting personnel are happy to offer advice on your menu choices and personal amendments to dishes if requested. In 2012 we extended and updated our kitchen, also adding traditional elements: a large stone oven where we bake our own delicious fresh bread daily, and a charcoal grill to cook our selection of Turkish kebabs from different regions of the country -- a "gastronomic tour" for the kebab connoisseur! Open daily all-year round, including New Year, we are always happy to cater for groups, families with children, couples, individuals and celebration parties. We are honoured with all of the tripadvisor reviews you have written or are going to write. We read them all and are grateful to receive your comments, ratings and suggestions.
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“Best Turkish Food, Friendly Staff, and Relaxing Atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

We really enjoyed the relaxing and friendly atmosphere, and GREAT Turkish food! I was recommended this restaurant by a friend as "the best Turkish Restaurant in town." And I must say, I fully agree!!!! We had Mix Meze Plate, Hellim Salad, Seafood Wok, and closed our evening with traditional Turkish tea & Turkish Rice Pudding-Baked (Fırın Sütlaç).
Staff were both very friendly and courteous. And like any cosmopolitan restaurant they had a touch-screen tab system. The restaurant is both very international (relaxed and accommodating) and Turkish. Take a moment to look at the lanterns made from "bottle gourd". This restaurant has a special extra sightseeing point. There are cave rooms from the Byzantine Era (iv - xi century) in the back of the restaurant.

  • Visited July 2011
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“Great restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

We had a fabulous meal there! The service was great! We had a great evening and ask Mehmet to show you the cave underneath their restaurant! Pretty cool!

  • Visited July 2011
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“Excellent restaurant! Great food, great service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

Went today for dinner with my family. We were 4 adults and one child, and everybody loved the restaurant. The food was really good, the service very nice, and the atmosphere is great. In this street there are many other restaurants that stay late night, as this one, so there is a lot of movement in the street, music, beatiful people... Nice place to go for dinner.
We ordered 2 appetizers (the mushrooms with garlic and cheese were very good). I ordered the lamb with aubergine puree, that I loved. Everybody else in the table liked the dishes. We drank only water, but the restaurant has beer (a little overpriced), wine, etc, and ordered 1 dessert. The bill was 165 LT (about US$ 100), good price for the quality of the food.
We highly recommend this restaurant.
Our waiter, Haman, was very nice and attencious.
At the end, they inveted us to see the cave they have inside the restaurant that was recently discovered. It was a palace in the 3rd century, very interesting to see.

  • Visited August 2011
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“Exceptional meal and experience with great veggie options”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

We started our 7 night Istanbul stay here and gladly chose this beautiful place for the final meal of our 6 month stay. Perfect food, perfect location and perfect service. Thanks Veysel and team!

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“go go go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

With all the restaurants in Istanbul it is difficult to choose. I found many restaurants disapointing in food, service and atmosphere. We came across Albura during our last evening in Istanbul and it was a very nice way to end our trip. The food is good, but the atmospere and service make this restaurant stand out! The tour through the cave was amazing, thanks for that!! I will definately go back during my next visit in this amazing city;)
Kim

  • Visited July 2011
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