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“Sultanahmet Surprise!”
Review of Erol Restaurant

Erol Restaurant
Ranked #414 of 13,534 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Turkish, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: On a quiet street in the heart of Old City Istanbul, Erol Restaurant offers Traditional Homemade Ottoman Turkish Cuisine with friendly prices for more than 40 years. Two brothers, Hamdi and Serafettin, are the chefs in the kitchen of Erol Restaurant since 1972. Most known Turkish dishes like musakka, karniyarik, dolma, meat casserole, spinach, pilav, helva and rice pudding are cooked freshly every early morning. This family run restaurant is looking forward to welcoming the guests to taste genuine Turkish food.
Burlington, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Sultanahmet Surprise!”
Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

An unpretentious place in Sultanahmet that is authentic great tasting and great value. It's recommended by Istanbul Eats and worth a visit for quick very tasty homemade food, what you would expect at a family dinner. Skip the tourist traps and enjoy

  • Visited May 2014
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3 Thank Candooit83
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TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Thank you very much for taking time to leave us a comment. We would love to welcome you again to enjoy our genuine tastes.
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“An oasis of authenticity!”
Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Went there every night and loved the food and the staff :) Will definitely go there if/when I go back to Istanbul

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Thank Petter B
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TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We look forward to welcoming you again when you come back to Istanbul.
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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Working man's cafe”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

I happened to see this unadorned, cafeteria style cafe in the midst of the glitzy tourist trail in Sultanahmet, so I went in to check it out. It was a Saturday and the place was nearly empty, except for a few tables with men, some in business suits, and some were obviously blue collar types. The food was great, the service was fast and efficient and very pleasant. The price was half of what the surrounding restaurants were charging, and the dish that I selected was excellent. It was a Saturday, and the server told me that during the week, the selection is better, as the main clientele are locals, who are working in the region, but they are slow on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. Will definitely go back. Love this sort of basic, local, but well prepared and simple cuisine.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank mesentericmuse
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TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review, March 12, 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We would be very happy to welcome and serve you our genuine food once again.
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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
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“Authentic and excellent!”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Our guide Ali took us to Erol Restaurant when we expressed a wish to try authentic Turkish cuisine. The food was superb, and service attentive and quick. We would have gone back if we had more time in Istanbul, and we certainly will eat at Erol again the next time we're there! Teşekkür ederim!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Meenakshi P
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TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you very much for your appreciation. We would love to see you here again and enjoy our unique dishes.
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“Excellent, delicious, unusual!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

We knew about that place from our friends. And never felt sorrow about choosing that restaurant. It is situated in the heart of istanbul, sultanahmet. Exceptionable menu, for vegetarians, for muslim people. Real turkish national cousine, very tasty, delicious!! The kitchener was so kind, so inviting! Thanks for your place, food and kind smiles!

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Катерина Ф
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TARIK_TEMELKOK, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Erol Restaurant, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you very much for your appreciation. You are welcomed to enjoy our food anytime.
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