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“Now we know why the restaurant is always busy”
Review of Albura Kathisma

Albura Kathisma
Ranked #36 of 14,235 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $56
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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 October 16, 2013

Great service and food. Portions are large, beautifully presented and very good. The seasonal salad is fresh and large enough for two to share.

Ask to see the "palace" that is at the back and side of the restaurant.

Thank fudgbug
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Service for a Salad was a bit too long, salad was OK but nothing fabulous.
Was supposed to have cheese in it but if there were 8 or 9 little cubes that was all in a big salad.
House wine OK and came promptly.
All in all For late afternoon I would have expected faster service, only 2 other tales had customers.
Don't think I would return for a full meal.

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Thank chrissy50
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stuck in tourist-land in Istanbul? Or staying in Sultanahmet and feeling too tired or too lazy to find a great meal? Albura Kathisma is a nice option for a reasonable dinner. It's not the best. It's not outstanding. But it's good, which is a lot better than many restaurants in the area.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I ate at this restaurant for a couple of times in the past and it never dissapointed me. This time I was a little bit concearned as I had a reservation for 28 persons, I was travelling with my job colleagues. Would everything be fine? Would they manage to not let us wait for the food? Would the drinks be cold? Would everybody enjoy the food? Absolutely yes! Great job again! I will be back for sure!

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Thank Anca P
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Albura Kathisima is a fine relaxed restaurant in Sultanahmet. The food is first class, the service friendly and good. The food is good value for money. It was a special treat to be invited to enter the fine excavations of Byzantine Constantinople beneath the restaurant.

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Thank Chris V
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