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“Wished we'd seen the show”
Review of Orient House

Orient House
Ranked #16 of 96 Concerts & Shows in Istanbul
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Orient House offers a dinner and show experience in Istanbul. Very touristy! It is immediately adjacent to the President Hotel, which we stayed in, so we gave it a try. Most of the clientele are bussed in from various hotels and tour groups so seating is reserved accordingly. As we were only a party of two, we were seated behind a giant mirrored pillar which virtually obstructed the entire show. Be aware, if they try to seat you side stage behind the pillar, demand a new table or just leave as the meal alone is not worth the price. In fact the meal is not good. If you want a dining experience, try elsewhere. The musicians are a somber lot who could not/would not smile or enjoy their performance in any way. The belly dancers are the stars of the show and are very talented. Each table is outfitted with a flag from your country of origin which was kind of interesting as the host greeted each country. All in all a very disappointing experience.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We had taken our friends from Italy, Spain and Greece to this show and we loved it. Meal is okay not so special but our aim was to be there is the show and it was awesome. All of us loved it.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you're easily amused and like kitschy shows, by all means go ahead.

The dancing was the only part people actually enjoyed. The various dancers are talented and entertaining. Their interactions with individuals in the crowd provided many amusing moments. The music is mostly loud, blaring beats or Lebanese/Arabic pop music.

The food was incredibly simple and seriously overpriced! Any other restaurant in Istanbul would be embarrassed. I cannot recommend eating at this place, it looks like it was prepared by a lunch lady in a serious hurry.

The crowds of Eastern Europeans and various Arab or Turkic nationals will scream and shout with glee throughout the spectacle. Each table is provided with the flag of the various nations represented to promote this. The host is a particular brand of annoying that tries to engage with his audience by singing to cheesy music. If you're a Western tourist I would seriously try to find another show the features belly dancing.

2  Thank 956AndH
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

My husband and I spend a wonderful night at Orient house. We would definitely recommend it if you are visiting Istanbul and would like to see a show. There were excellent belly dancers, traditional dances as well as songs from every country that had a representative in the restaurant. The food is good, but you don't go there to eat, you go there to enjoy!
We had so much fun!!!

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

As for an international tourist, I am lucky having a wonderful night in Oriental House with good food and a series of amazing dance performance in 2006, summer time. They offer a variety of "cultural dance" there, including national dance, local folk dance, religious ceremonious dance, sufi swirling, and of course, belly dance show. Besides, there is also interesting variety show, by which audience/ guests who come from different countries can have good interaction with each other. It's fun ! and It's not too over noisy.

They also offer shuttle bus picking guess up to hotel. I remembered it cost 60 EURO each person.

雖然是經由商業推薦(飯店以及廣告傳單)才去Oriental House 用餐以及看秀。但整理而言,它提供了我與我的朋友一個愉快的夜晚。餐點食物挺不錯的,每人一瓶小紅酒。整個夜總會來自不同國家的客人,每桌都放上客人國家的國旗,主持人每種語言都能講一點,挺有趣的。

最吸引我的部份還是舞蹈秀。這裡的舞蹈秀沒有太多當代流行的舞蹈,多半為當地特色的傳統舞蹈,民俗舞蹈,宗教舞蹈,蘇菲舞蹈等等,最後當然是受歡迎的肚皮舞。大體上而言,雖然在夜總會的表演不是純藝術型的表演,但我個人認為,這裡的表演是有內涵且可以初步滿足外國遊客學習當地文化的部份。有趣,但不會過份譁眾取寵,個人覺得還ok

有派接駁車來回飯店,我記得一個人的花費在當時是六十歐元。

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