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“Great views, lovely warm host, good food”

Defne Bar and Restaurant
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Ranked #262 of 14,408 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a good choice in old town Istanbul for a great view, good food and lovely atmosphere.

Being so highly rated on tripadvisor does open a bit of a pandoara's box though - they have obviously got busier than they can handle, and here's where it all fell apart at Defne. The service was always friendly, but it was like being at Fawlty Towers - comical. No point going into all the detail here, as apart from being repeatedly apologetic, our host was just so genuine and warm, his establishment is still worth 4 stars for the experience as a whole.

A great night.

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Thank TheEscapeGoat
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

With so many restaurants in Sultanahmet area and too many persuasive waiters ;-) we couldn't manage to try them all but we decided to check out a variety of restaurants anyway. Acknowledging on our last vacation day that we should have eaten many more dinners at Defne Restaurant.
The restaurant itself is cosy and nicely decorated in an International style.
The quality of the food is at a much higher standard than on the other restaurants we tried and also it is being presented in a delicate and professional way.
The service is really good and you feel welcome and pampered. If you are into wines and want to try good Turkish wines then this is also the place to go.
Finally the restaurant is placed in an old interesting building and do not miss the view from the roof terrace.
The place looks expensive but the difference in prices is minimal so if you want to have value for your money this is the place to go! Also the employees at Defne have ambitions so check it out :-)

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I have been to Defne several times after my first time..I really enjoyed the excellent food, the service was fantastic and the area is nice, the staff are very friendly and welcoming, its a very nice atmosphere and they stay open till late, Its my number one place indeed.

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Thank Firyal N
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

After walking around Sultanahmet area on our first night in the city, we were looking for a decent, not too expensive restaurant. We were really lucky to find the Defne. Victor and Aziz provided really good service as well as an element of theatre with the live cooking of the testi kebabs. Total cost for 2 lovely main courses (a beyti kebab and the guvek which arrived sizzling on a skillet) and a litre of red was 135 turkish lira.

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Thank BenandLinda
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Though lots of competition on this road, Defne stands out- the lamb was tender, and the hummus& yogurt appetizers w/ bread- delicious!

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Thank amtrakjane
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