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Old Ottoman Cafe & Restaurant

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US$1 - US$8
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish, Healthy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Attentive and frienly staff? Check ✔ Delicious food and amazing flavors? Check✔ Dessert on the house? Check✔ Conveniet location? Check✔ Lovely atmosphere in restaurant? Check✔ Overall amazing place✔✔

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very tasty meal here, the clay pot was nice! The service was very friendly and attentive. Not the cheapest meal, but worth it. The 'halwa' dessert is amazing, a must try!!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great find - just around the corner from Cağaloğlu Hamam. You'd need to look to find it but it's really central. Great friendly staff and excellent food. Good value - seems very popular - would certainly return! Thank you!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2022

We went here twice during our short stay as the food was amazing! The manager in particular deserves a callout as he was so attentive and knew every ingredient of every meal to help our vegan daughter navigate the menu and even allowed her to...make tweaks to avoid things like cheese. Great prioces as well compared tro other places nearby.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place by accident and were immediately charmed by the decor, the genuinely friendly attitude of the staff and alluring smells and appearance of dishes being brought out to the tables. Excellent personable service, amazing flavors, attentive staff - truly one of...a kind place in the heart of old town. Highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 2, 2022 via mobile

Nice clay pot beef, at least the best I’ve had here in Istanbul. Desert is good as well. It’ll be a bit hot when it’s sunny to sit outside. Inside the restaurant, there’s no air con as well.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 13, 2022 via mobile

Came here after lunch somehwere else with two friends just to enjoy tea and turkish dessert. We had Kunafe, Katmer and Semolina with Ice Cream. They were really yummy especially the Katmer is the winner. The best desserts by far in Turkey. By the way,...the staff gave us complimentary Semolina with Ice cream and teas. That's very nice of you. Thanks. We'll come back for sure. Higly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

Food was average. Decor and ambience was subpar for the ratings. The place is literally in an ally. Staff super friendly. This place is frequented mostly by tourists, especially from Asia—the flavors seem to be toned-down to suit their palette. If you have choices, suggest...you consider some other place.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 5, 2022 via mobile

We dined here on two occasions during our 5 day trip to Istanbul. We found the food to be of a very high quality and the service was excellent. The highlight of our meal was the lamb cooked in a clay pot. It was truly...deliciousMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022 via mobile

Super good food and super super good service by our server Ali . Food is very good and fresh . We had vegetarian options . All were very good . The service is outstanding …. We had to get to the airport …. And taxis...were not available …. Ali went of the way to get us a taxi thru Uber …. Thanks to him we caught our flight . Ali is a true example of great customer service !!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2022

I never leave any comments but this restaurant is amazing! This is my favorite restaurant in Istanbul! In short here are the positive points: - The staff is very welcoming and qualified (they can actually speak in english and explain the menu!). -The menu is...quite big and they have VEGETARIAN options (real vegetarian options and not only salades or pizzas). I have tried the sultan vegetarian favorite and it was so delicious. The best dish that I had in Istanbul :) -All of these for a reasonable price! I have compared a lot of place during my holidays and Old Ottoman has a great ratio quality/price. Thank you very much for this experience.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 17, 2022

Had read the reviews and chose to go here for dinner. It exceeded my expectations. The food was great, the service and hospitality was delightful. They surely know how to treat their customers. The owner is a gentleman and the staff even clears any doubts...you might have about the food. We loved it so much that we went the next day there for lunch too!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 5, 2022 via mobile

We visited Old Ottoman cafe and restaurant for dinner and it was simply amazing. The food was authentic and delicious. The service was great and attentive. We had Ali serving us and he was very helpful and informative. They even surprised us at the end...of our meal with a lovely semolina dessert I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for authentic food at a very reasonable price.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022

This lovely traditional restaurant gets 5 gold stars from us due to its unsurpassed quality of fresh organic food prepared by master chefs, attention to detail, and off-the-charts sweet and attentive customer experience. Located in a picturesque quarter of Istanbul, next to ancient historical sites...and the Bosphorus Strait, you will be treated to a high class yet very affordable meal each time. The staff are fluent in English and will help navigate your menu item selection based on your tastes and preferences. I loved the thick minty yoghurt, the veggie clay pot, the beef and chicken kebabs, the different eggplant recipes, the bottomless hot tea, Turkish coffee, and ice-cream-in-a-cookie dessert. Hurry up and get here hungry! Bring a big appetite!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 14, 2022 via mobile

The best restaurant in Turkey! The food is amazing and the prices are good aswell. The service is also excelent, we were very well attended, especially by the waiters Shymus and Sezer.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Amra I
February 24, 2019|
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Response from R Z | Reviewed this property |
I took the Guvech, vegetable dish prepared in the oven. It was the best I ever had. Has no glutens in it.
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Response from Duran_60 | Property representative |
Hi. If you walk 15-20 min. By taxi 5-7 min.
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January 17, 2019|
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Hi. So sorry for that. We do not have parking area. There is one carpark but it is always full. Best regards..
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Old Ottoman Cafe & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5