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“Fantastic View, A Cude Bar, Average Restaurant”

5. Kat Restaurant & Cafe Bar
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Ranked #167 of 13,986 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $65
Cuisines: Cambodian, Mediterranean, Thai, Turkish
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: The head spinning adventure of “5. Kat Restaurant” filled with art, taste and style began in 1993, in Beyoglu’s historic Cihangir neighborhood. Istanbul’s oldest civilian cultural center which has played host to many cultural events, concerts, talks and art workshops. Thus, its setting became probably the city’s most breathtaking one, reaching from Sarayburnu to the Bosporus. It took its name from the 5th floor of the building it’s in, Bilsak (science art institute ); Actress/Director Yasemin Alkaya is the founder and her passion for art is reflected on everything from the extraordinary fabric of the place to its yummylicious food and of course to its celebrity guest list.The first week of April, 2017, Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings) and his close friend Lord Michael Cashman dined at 5. Kat together with world famous director Volker Schlondorff. Oliver Laxe, Jo Sol, Gabe Klinger also enjoyed a beautiful night as well.5th Floor also made a name for itself with its unique parties.
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Me and my wife had a dinner in this restauarant in November 2012.
There is a restaurant at 4 th floor with a very limited view and there is bar,cafe,restaurant at 5 th floow with a fantastic 180 degree view. Make sure that yo make your reservation for the 5th floor. But be a aware that in the winter in a rainy day the view is also limited at 5th floor. See my picture attached. the variety of foods are not many comparison to the other such kind of good restaurants in istanbul.Price range : As an example in average : a glass of bear is 13 TL,1 main dish from 30 to 50 TL, a glass of wine is about 15 TL.Please note prices are increasing every year by inlation in Turkey. Only 1 third of the terrace is used a a covered area in the winter. The chairs and the tables are ordinary wooden but somehow I found the bar very cude. See my picture attached. I would advice to have only drinks and maybe few starters not a dinner.In overall it is worth to come to have drinks.

As I am from istanbul I would like to make a temporary caution : A big consruction of the roads has been started in November 2012 which caused a very heavy trafffic in the area and intented to be comleted at the midle old 2013 ( usually they complete constructions earlier than published deadlines ) therefore do not go to this restaurant by taxi from Taksim square. Take the undergroung to come to taksim and From Taksim square, you walk in to sıraselviler caddesi (street ) after 400 meters you are going to see Alman Hastahanesi ( German Hospital ) at the left side, pass the hospital, and pass the first left which is only for pedestrians, and than turn left the restaurant is 50 meters away at the right side

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1  Thank happytrIstanbul
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The view is stunning, the restaurant is very nicely decorated, but it would have been nice if they paid more attention to the food.

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4  Thank mdg81
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

This place has stunning views of Istanbul. A cosy and relaxed atmosphere. We arrived on a Friday evening without a reservation. Do not do that as they have reservations for the whole night. We were offered seats in the bar where we could also have eaten but luckily a table became available after 10 or so minutes.
With regards to the food, it was ok. There are so many restaurants that offer better food and at more reasonable prices. The dishes were quite steep so in future I would stick to drinks there in and eat elsewhere.
The views are truly beautiful of the Bhosphorus and the bridge and the Istanbul landscape. Definitely worth a visit but then any roof top terrace on the same street would have a similar if not same view.
The crowd is a good mix of foreigners and locals.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had dinner on thei amazing terrace with view on Bosphorus, with the bridge changing colour every few minutes. It was really emotional, a must in Istanbul. (It is better to book so that you don't wait for a table)
Maybe it costs a bit more than the usual in Istanbul, but it is an unforgettable place.
Also food was really good and the staff very pleasant.
If I never go back to Istanbul, I'll go again to 5 Kat!!!

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1  Thank 11_marty
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

A wonderful and romantic place on the top of a 6 story building. A authentic style restaurant with the best lambshank there is. Good wines, perfect staff and above all...a perfect view!

Thank Dennis-Mulder
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