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Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant

Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 512 00 08
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“meze plate” (5 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, European, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here is amazing! There is so much choice if you want authentic Turkish cooking. I had a marinated lamb dish recommended by Murat and I don't think I've ever eaten anything so tasty in my life. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. Murat...More

Thank RuaB
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were 3 people, Me, my wife and our son, when ordered just 1 kebab they got upset and took order with scowl. They seen customers as money . Taste of lamb kebab was ok. And location is perfect.

Thank Saeed D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really recomend this place It was a pleasure to eat there , great location. Great food and lovley staff ❤

Thank S M
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

I recommend this place.. great location great food and great people. Is in front of the square in a little and cute street. Staff is really friendly

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Excellent food, from typical Turkish dishes from all around Turkey to international cuisine, all beautifuly presentend and flawlessly executed. Menu comes in a variety of languages, which is a nice plus. Attention was warm and kind, one of the owners noticed my wife and I...More

Thank Hector M
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was our go to place for the week we were in Istanbul. We initially stopped for afternoon drinks (no need to hide our beer in a paper cup here!) and just kept dropping in. Although we tried other restaurants, the friendly staff, good food...More

Thank ImpulsivePerth
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Passed by the restaurant almost everyday as it is on the way to our hotel. Been invited to come in for a drink or try their food. Nice cosy outdoor sitting. On our last night in Istanbul, we decided to sit for a drink but...More

Thank Ainy T
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Just had very good meal, meze starter, steak, baclava. Excellent service, price not too bad. Would return

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Visited for an Iftar meal... the service was great and so was the atmosphere. The food was outstanding Would definitely recommend.

Thank Naz_Reviews
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

I have been there three times in a four day visit!! Great range of dishes including variety of Turkish foods , friendly atmosphere with polite caring staffs with good english skill to communicate properly ,highly recommend to visit the restaurant .

Thank Mehdi S
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 512 00 08
Nestled in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, Rumeli Cafe is an ideal location for dining while people watching the nations of the world from the restaurant’s streetside terrace. Summertime sees the opening of the rooftop dining area, where guests can gaze at the stars and glimpse at the minarets of the Blue Mosque. When the weather chills in winter, the allure of the restaurant moves inside—where the gentle crackling of open fireplaces invite guests to stay a while to appreciate a glass of mulled wine paired with a rich Ottoman dish. Set in a former Ottoman print house, the restaurant has become one of Sultanahmet’s most loved restaurants since the building’s renovation in 1994. Now it’s famous for its friendly service and intimate dining areas with dark wood floors, wrought iron fixtures, and exposed red brick walls—an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in a foregone Byzantine palace. Personal favorites on the menu are the grilled marinated calamari, the Ottoman style Marmara A’la Rosto (roast beef with rice and vegetables), and the seafood linguini. Also on the menu are international favorites; regional specialities such as Ali Nazik (minced lamb and beef on a bed of pureed eggplant, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes); Byzantine dishes like Papaz Yahisi (stewed lamb and vegetable served with cumin and garlic in a terracotta pot); and fresh seafood including seabass, sea bream, and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian options are also available.
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