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“Shadows not to be missed”

Shadow Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #21 of 13,393 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $19
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: We are located right in the heart of old Istanbul, Sultanahmet. We are just 2 streets away from the Blue Mosque and walking distance to all major attractions in Istanbul. We offer high quality food from our qualified chef. And always give outstanding service. You will enjoy our Ottoman Turkish cuisine.
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“Shadows not to be missed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Shadows is the place to go to for sundowners, great Turkish food selections and excellent service, especially from Gino. We went back a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. A great place to watch the passing traffic.

Visited June 2013
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing Shadow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

While staying in Amazing Istanbul we stumbled across Amazing Shadow Restaurant and"fun pub". The service is warm and friendly and the food to die for. We were warmly welcomed in true Turkish Hospitality, as we lounged outside on benches, watching the world go by.
Dannie is fabulous, service and recommendations superb.

Thank you to all at Shadow for a great afternoon and we will return soon for Gino's famous bread.

Take care
Les and Wern

Visited June 2013
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Gino and his staff run a superb friendly restaurant. He chatted to us as we walked past and we decided to give it a try. We had the Testi Kebab flamed in a clay pot and I can highly recommend
this dish. Atmosphere was good and all in all we could not fault it.

  • Visited May 2013
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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“Incredible food and service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

I ate there two nights in a row. The food was authentic, fresh and with very generous portions. The staff were warm, friendly prompt and quite entertaining.

Visited May 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Best service, best Tasti Kebab for 2, Incredible atmosphere and diverse menu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

After living 4 days in the new district we switched hotels in the old town. As we walked down Akbiyik we randomly stopped here after speaking with Gino the restaurant manager. He offered us some free nargile so we sat and had a drink. Little did we know that we had just walked into one of the friendliest restaurants but also with an incredible menu. The garlic bread is great. We ate mezes the first visit drank and smoke nargile but after seeing the presentation of the Tasti kebab in the clay pot we knew we had to return. The food is amazing and the Tasti kebab for 2 was phenomenal. I traveled in Istanbul with 2 friends for 9 days, four of my meals were at shadow because it was so great and Gino always took care of us.

I felt welcomed always and it was nice to have a place to sit relax and enjoy the atmosphere after long days sight seeing.

The menu here is not only excellent in terms of its authentic Turkish cuisine but after being in Istanbul for Multiple days it was nice to have a place to go that offered something different but equally as good.

You cannot beat the staff at this place! After eating at so many different cafes and restaurants this place has the best staff hands down, I cannot stress that enough.

Ask for Gino! But he will probably already be the first person you meet with a friendly smile and inviting charisma.

  • Visited May 2013
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