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“Still the best chain”

The House Cafe Tunel
Ranked #900 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Bursa, Turkey
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98 reviews
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“Still the best chain”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

The House cafe was the best chain cafe/bistro in Istanbul to have this house style. Followed up by many other chains, The House for me is still the best. Non of the other chains have this much selected food and drinks menu. Everything here is specially designed and nothing is simply served. All the plates are treated as art. You ask for an espresso. They bring you a small fruit plate, cookies and a cup of water with apples. 7 TL is not too much for this service, considering that you pay more or less the same for a simple cup.
Yes, the chain grew very fast and yes they had problems to standardise the waitresses. But today they are the best chain cafe/bistro in Turkey.
They also accord themselves to the location they are. The branch in Asmalimescit reflects all the spirit of Tunel Area.

  • Visited February 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Nice surprise Came out for dinner”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We were walking around at Tunel area after a long long touristic day and after reading the menu we found The House Cafe appropiate for a slow diner. Good food, nice service, relaxing music, adequate Distance between tables and good selection of drinks, including cocktails. The only thing we didn't like was The price of wine by the glass.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Fernando P
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Rome, Italy
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“Food isn't excellent. Interior design, service, and staff are.”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

I stayed in Istanbul for a year due to work, and The House Cafe was the place I visited the most. From breakfast to dinner, you can have every meal here. Food isn't the best but it's definitely not bad. (Perhaps I was spoiled by how amazing the food is in Istanbul in general. If I didn't have more delicious meals at other restaurants, I'd say The House Cafe's food was great, but when I compare now, I can only use the word 'good'.) So why did I pick this place? It has a very home-like interior design as its name hints at. The presentation of drinks and food are both lovely. And especially The House Cafe in Ortakoy had a wonderful view. Staff is very friendly.

Visited September 2012
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28 reviews
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“Elegance restaurant”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Elegance restaurant and cafe chain in the main attractions. For exampe there are two house cafe's on Taksim district. one of them is in Tunnel, the other is on İstiklal caddesi after Galatasaray Lisesi on the left side.Ortakoy's view is fantastic.There is also one in Teşvikiye.But i am recommending one of them in Taksim district and ortaköy.

Visited November 2012
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“Good Taste”
Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

The food taste good, a bit pricey. Nice for breakfast or lunch. Sometimes busy, so help your self with seating and grab the english menu!

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