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“We found this to be the Best Restaurant in Istanbul! Hands Down!”

Albura Kathisma Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #47 of 14,400 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $56
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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.
Reviewed August 6, 2011

Istanbul has a large number of Restaurants, pretty much every street and corner will have one. Unfortunately majority of them will disappoint you, they'd offer you low quality food, or very small portions, even the famous Doner/Shawarma joints barely stuff your bread with meat (you are left to taste bread and salad) and many restaurants are simply overpriced beyond logic. You will be left wondering "Where's that great Turkish food i keep hearing about!? "

Albura Kathisma will give you exactly that, "Great Ottoman Turkish Food". We were glad we found this Gem within SultanAhmet, especially after constant disappointments with other eateries, it was located near our Hotel so it was very convenient to go there every night for dinner.

The first thing that will strike you in this restaurant is the friendliness of the staff, personally "Friendly staff" something i found rare in Istanbul. Albura's staff always smiled, made sure we are 100% comfortable, engaged in small talk and joked around a little without interfering with your dining experience. They never pressure you in ordering "extra" and they never expect tips from you. I really would like to thank Albura's management and overall staff in making sure we had a great time at every dinner.

Food is amazing, the selection is large and "authentic" , we tried alot of the dishes and all were great. My only disappointment was with the "mix-grill" dish, which was overcooked and bland, but i'm willing to forgive given that all the other dishes we had were great!

Ambience is excellent with outdoor, indoor and a "terrace" , you can choose whichever your prefer. We always sat outdoor right by the street which was a pleasant experience.

Another big PLUS about this diner is the Price and Value for money. The menu is reasonably priced, no rip offs, no overpricing, no greedy overcharging like the countless other restaurants, the price is "just right" and the portion sizes are good and fulfilling.

If you are in Istanbul, lost for choice, look for Albura if you are staying or passing by SultanAhmet, you won't regret it !

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Reviewed August 5, 2011

This is a charming restaurant along a very touristy strip in Sultanahmet. But makes it special (apart from good food, white tableclothes and the visiting cats) are the caves at the back. If you ask very nicely, one of the staff will take you adventuring into the ancient underworld of Istanbul.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Thank danid0ll
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