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Albura Kathisma Cafe & Restaurant

Cankurtaran Mah. Yeni Akbiyik Cad. No: 36-38 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 517 90 31
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb” (89 reviews)
“hummus” (36 reviews)
“kebab” (65 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
International, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Cankurtaran Mah. Yeni Akbiyik Cad. No: 36-38 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were there 3 times during our visit,and we were impressed by the taste of the food and the friendliness of the waiters. Drej was our waiter 2 times and we were very happy with his serving. The music was nice, the prices are ok...More

Thank myhaella0112
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very friendly staff, good food, nice and pleasant atmosphere. I ate here two times in a row and every time the food was good and the staff was very polite and friendly. I recommended.

Thank Luiza G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice and friendly service I strongly recommend it,the best place in the area ,the food was traditional Turkish food

Thank Kifah A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So sorry I hate to say this, but we had a terrible experience here tonight. Despite the restaurant being completely empty we went in for dinner because of the great reviews. Ugh! Service was great but the food was :/ at best. Boring salad, yogurt...More

Thank marcyontheroad
Alp_Kathisma, Sahibi at Albura Kathisma Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are sorry you did not enjoy your time with us and that you undortunately ordered a different meal to what you expected. We work hard to ensure our menus are clear, and our service staff know them well to avoid any confusion. And all...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Istanbul is a full of great cuisine and most can cater in some way for vegans as very often it’s fresh and meze has a good mix of vegan options. However, this place stands out from the crowd with some worthy dishes and one of...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had great treatment there along with my family. However the travel from bomonti area was long and hard due to traffic on crossing the bridge and skills of taxi driver. But it paid well with great dinner and drinks. We tried traditional local cuisine...More

Thank Ильдар Ю
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were tempted to try this restaurant when we were stopped and offered complimentary apple tea. We saw the food being brought out and decided to try it the following evening. We were not disappointed the food and service was excellent.

Thank _janefp75
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is by far the best restaurant in the street! My wife and I were on our way back home to South Africa, and decided to spend 4 nights in Istanbul. What a gem we found, luckily for us the restaurant was right below our...More

Thank Alarick J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at the hotel next door and had my daily apperitivo there because the staff was so kind and the food was delicious!! Try the mixed kebab plate (for big appetite!) and the yogurt is also a must! Again the staff is so lovely...More

Thank Car0linedh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good restaurant (we went more than once in a week long trip)--the waiters are very friendly and courteous, espeically Drej! Food is delicious, each time we went, we tried different meals, and they were all extremely tasty! After your meal, be sure to ask...More

Thank 870maryams
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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Response from Lee A | Reviewed this property |
i am in isparta
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Good Turkish wine, good prices. Good Irish coffee.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$52
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cankurtaran Mah. Yeni Akbiyik Cad. No: 36-38 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 517 90 31
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Welcome to Albura Kathisma, a unique and beautiful Cafe & Restaurant located in the heart of historic Istanbul. In easy walking-distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace, our garden enters the mysterious Byzantine Palace that once stood here. Opened in 2005 in an old Ottoman family house where we are now, we offer cozy indoor and spacious outdoor seating, friendly and courteous service and, of course, delicious food, served all year round. Thanks to our success, Albura Kathisma has grown in recent years, but our passion stays the same: to provide our customers with the perfect experience of eating out in Istanbul. With a menu covering Turkish and International cuisine, we cater for a range of diets and tastes. Specialties include seafood and salads, traditional Turkish, delicious desserts, and vegetarian dishes. Our well-educated chefs and waiting personnel are happy to offer advice on your menu choices and personal amendments to dishes if requested. In 2012 we extended and updated our kitchen, also adding traditional elements: a large stone oven where we bake our own delicious fresh bread daily, and a charcoal grill to cook our selection of Turkish kebabs from different regions of the country -- a "gastronomic tour" for the kebab connoisseur! Open daily all-year round, including New Year, we are always happy to cater for groups, families with children, couples, individuals and celebration parties. We are honoured with all of the tripadvisor reviews you have written or are going to write. We read them all and are grateful to receive your comments, ratings and suggestions.
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