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“Lovely food, and an underground palace.”
4 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: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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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“Lovely food, and an underground palace.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Agree with quite a few of the reviews of this place. Firstly there was no over exuberant selling outside! Secondly the service was friendly, even if it took a bit to warm up. Thirdly the atmosphere inside was a bit stark, in the winter at least. Fourthly the cocktails are super strong! The food was really nice; we had halloumi with a tasty salad and mushrooms followed by a mix of really nice chicken and lamb dishes. The bill was higher than other places we ate at but 80TL on four cocktails probably did for that! All in all we had a lovely night, topped off by seeing the impressive ruins of the palace at the end. The food was good enough but this was extra special.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lovely dinner and experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We avoided meals on this street for most of our week-long stay, as it seemed that the restaurants were best suited for tourists. Albura Kathisma was an exception, and Azad was gracious and welcoming. Menu was varied and tasty, a great last meal in Istanbul!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Moderate at best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Food is not very good. I don't understand how this restaurant received such a high rating. Definitely focused on tourists with small portions.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank S K
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“Great place and Valve of Money ;)))”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

I have been a few time this restaurant.Very friendly staffs, nice and cozy atmosphere. Dishes are absolutely stunning tasty. We would recommend come back next time.... This is the restaurant that make me love Istanbul. Thanks all nice staffs.

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“Roger H (England)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed in the nearby Saba Sultan Hotel,we were recommanded this restaurant by a member of staff there. I have to say we were not disappointed,the food was superb and the staff were so friendly and that came across quite clearly. Out of all the restaurants in this local area this one came out on top for us. We were a group of eight and each one of us were more than happy with service we received. I would like to thank you and your staff on behalf of our group for making our stay in your city most a enjoyable one, as for the end of evening surprise we could not believe our eyes,it was truely fantastic.
Yours Roger from Salibury (England)

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