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“A great night out in Mardin” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Antik Sur Restaurant

Antik Sur Restaurant
Ranked #32 of 49 Restaurants in Mardin
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Moscow, Russia
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175 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“A great night out in Mardin”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

After asking numerous locals on the street for a good place for dinner - the popular vote went to Antik Sur restaurant and we headed there. It was a weekend night and the restaurant was busy... in fact very busy. The manager looked at us in dispair and said they were full. I was very sorry to leave as it seemed like a great place (beautiful open air courtyard in a historical building) and they were about to put on a music show. I appreciated it very much that the manager seeing my distress arranged for one more table to be put in the corner of the courtyard, so we could join their dinner and party that night.
After that all rolled smoothly! The service was quick and friendly; the food was nice; we had many starters (the usual Turkish mezers) and I had a great aubergine kebap. We ordered some Syrian wine and it was also very good. The music played traditional Anatolian songs, the orchestra that night was from Diyarbakir, so many songs from that area. The restaurant was full with Turkish tourists (some companies seemed to have a corporate event in Mardin that weekend); so after initial warm up sessions of raki, the guests stood up and started traditional dancing! There was a drummer performance and a boy was making ci kofte in the middle of the room, which was then distributed to all guests. The songs and dances went late into the night. We left after midnight and the party was still going strong.
It was a very tasty, warm and fun night out in Mardin; I would definitely like to come back to this restaurant one day.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Istanbul, Turkey
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173 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Local dinning and entertainment experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

Antik Sur rest. is located in a recently renovated, 17th century Kervansaray ( old time inn for travelers) on the main road in old city . The place was said to be famous for breakfast but we had dinner there, which also serves lunch. The restaurant serves on the open courtyard under stars, uses the second floor balcony when it gets crowded.

We were there for the open buffet and the service was reasonable since the place got very crowded. The local Assyrian red wine was excellent, soft, fruity with body . Some of the local dishes served in open buffet was extremely delicious yet some of them were ordinary. They also have very rich desert and fruit bar.

The place gets noisy after 9 pm when the local band starts to play. It was not disturbing for me because I loved the songs and it is a very good oportunity to watch how locals entertain. As soon as the band starts playing, as the part of ritual, the chef comes out with his tray of raw meat to make cig kofte ' raw meatball' . This is a process, usually performed by men due to requirement for muscle and elbow grease which takes about 1-1,5 hour of kneading of raw meat with, cracked wheat ( bulgur), spices and red pepper paste. Cig Kofte, is one of the nationwide famous delicacy of the region . The meatball got ready before you leave and it was extremely delicious,it should be consumed immediately, could be very hot if one is not used to spicy food of south.

The place is perfect for experiencing how locals entertaing, those who cannot resist the music, join the crowd on the floor from time to time to dance with local rytms, very civilized. Before we leave the waiter who served our table put an empty glass on his head and danced to the band to collect his tips, a memorable show.

In short the place serving both to tourists and locals offers a good chnace to get the taste of local food and entertainment , we left the place with good feelings and peace.

  • Visited September 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loud but delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Despite the fact that we also found the music very loud, the place (and the music) grew in on us. The food was great and so was the service. I have to add, though, that we were here on a weekday and it was relatively calm.

    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank grungium
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Istanbul, Turkey
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481 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 841 helpful votes
“Too Loud Music, Too Unsavery Meals”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2011

During our Mardin trip, as a tourist group of 32, we had dinner at this place. The night we went, the place was full, mainly with locals. Waiters were so disorganized that when some in our group were having desert, our main dishes were not even yet served. The meals were unsavery, tasteless (plus cold) unlike our expectations as this region of Turkey is famous for its delicious local specialities. The local music they played was so loud that we could not even talk to the person next to us and we had to shout all the time. But other people in the restaurant who were not tourists like us seemed to have great time as they were dancing and singing all together. If you are curious to know how local folks are having fun, this place can be an option but make sure you don't go there hungry as you can barely eat some decent meals there.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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