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Mesale Cafe

Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 518 95 62
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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Open Now
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. Hours
Cafe, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
$$ - $$$
Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at this restaurant three times during our week in Istanbul. Its right next to the Hippodrome and a small bazaar so super convenient and tons of stuff to do around there. The food was very yummy and the presentation was fantastic (who doesn't...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank csblinky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed this place. A great location and very good ambiance. There is musical entertainment. The service was prompt and good choice on the menu. I enjoyed the low tables too.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Peter F
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We visited this restaurant a few times during our stay. The food is excellent and the evening entertainment is great. There is a really good local trio playing a mixture of Turkish music in the evenings and also a display of Whirling Dervish dance which...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Travelholic72
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for an evening meal after we walked past the night before and saw the dervish. Great selection on the menu, which is also written in English but some of the translations will make you chuckle! Great quality food at a really great price....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank anniecrodge
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We stayed in Istanbul for 1 week and in that time visited Mesale cafe 3 times. It has a great atmosphere at both daytime and evenings. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the live music was stunning

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank anisa09
Reviewed October 9, 2018

We decided to stop by after shopping at Arasta Bazaar , there was a whirling dervish show , which we quite enjoyed. Food was average . This place is open till very late in the night and was buzzing with a great energy

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank explorerspirit
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

A nice café behind the Blue Mosque. Live music every evening during tourist season. Quality of food and prices are reasonable. Service seems a bit confused at times. Overal a good spot to spend an evening at Sultanahmet area. Also serves good breakfast till at...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank murat01054
Reviewed August 29, 2018

The food here is very reasonably priced and quality of food tasted good. They have vibrant evenings with live entertainment.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Nidal T
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Delicious kebabs, etc. Not exactly friendly service when a rather surly fellow nearly throws you a menu after seemingly ignoring you for the first few minutes after arrival. Odd, especially after good experiences thus far.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Teresa C
Reviewed August 21, 2018

I absolutely loved the restaurant's food (especially the mushroom kebab), and they have good live music and derviş show. The service is also good.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Helen 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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Questions & Answers
Mazen A
November 16, 2017|
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Response from 119sanilk | Reviewed this property |
yes I believe, we saw it around 7pm then they stopped for prayer.. after that only songs... it depends on how busy they r I doubt ;) anyhow u can see it from street...
Arun P
November 7, 2017|
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Response from Renaud A | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is. I was staying close by and walk pass it every day going and back. I did not remember the show time, but there is always a live music and dance every time i was headed back to my hotel in the evening.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arasta Carsisi No:45 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 518 95 62
It is an open air restaurant in the middle of Arasta Bazar.
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