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“What a surprise!”
Review of Esmer Cafe

Esmer Cafe
Ranked #235 of 14,408 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed October 14, 2013

What a surprise this was. We had limited time before we had to be somewhere for a booked event. Esmer Cafe looked quite generic and we passed it by. But on finding nothing else we could get quickly we headed back for a pasta and pizza. What a surprise! The pasta was amazing. Each dish is cooked individually and has a nice hand cooked flavour to it. The pizza was mediocre (it could have used some of the amazing flavours of the pasta). From the reviews read when we got back, it is not surprising people are raving about the pasta. You can get two pastas for as little as 10 Lira each so it is quite an inexpensive place to eat as well. We went back a second time when we wanted something easy and quick. You also get some bread and tea thrown in.

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is our second visit to this establishment. Visited last year on our last trip to Istanbul. It was so good we remembered it a year later. The same quality and friendliness greeted us this time. The food is of outstanding quality... and particularly when it comes to pasta. Each order is custom prepared in clear view. Prices are very reasonable. And the setting on Istiklal is hard to beat. Definitely a good spot to try.

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1  Thank MojaveMax
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Location is fine, in the middle of istiklal street.
Friendly service, big portions and fresh food since they cook your pasta fresh in the window facing the street.
Only soda s , no beers available, but that is no big deal .

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1  Thank sue-kai-ron
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Food was edible but definitely doesn't justify the prices. Service was atrocious: our food didn't arrive together, drinks forgotten, took forever to get the bill -- it wasn't even that busy. The decor is nice.

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1  Thank Fritzel3
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