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Istanbul Culinary Institute

$$ - $$$
Fener & Balat
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Kadir Has Avenue | Cibali, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
+90 212 251 2214
Mon - Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2015

The food at the Culinary Institute is quite good (I really loved the corn bread), and it is a really cool spot that is not far from Istiklal, but is far enough away to encourage you to wonder away from the tourist trap restaurants along the main strip. I would encourage you to spend some time exploring these back streets... More 

Thank Griffin B
Hamilton, Canada
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

On a recent trip to Turkey, I booked a special cooking class at the Institute,. The Institute is a Chef School so the kitchens and work areas are excellent. There were 8 of us in all and we learned a great deal about Turkish cuisine while having a wonderful time. Chef Karaalp and Ibrahim, the Chef de Parti were knowledgable,... More 

Thank kalitaxidi
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87 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2014

Slow service, little food, rude waiter and a terrible experience. If you have time and money to spend for no reason, it might be good alternative

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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2014

Missed the place. Pity that some places that are wonderful to go to just disappear so fast. Liked the concept, liked the food, liked the place. Some goes for the Ada Cafe on Istiklal, a great place, now replaced by a boring thing you will forget immediately.

Thank Arletinka
Istanbul, Turkey
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

I like this place, one of the restaurants i prefer in Taksim area, first of all it's a chef school, they have always something new, exiciting variations in the menu, waiters are pupils of the school, they are not professional waiters, so don't expect excellent service... but they are generally kind and smiling. I'd like to ask their opinion and... More 

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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We had a very nice dinner at the Culinary Institute our first night in Istanbul. It was close to the hotel, and I had seen some good reviews, so we ambled over and had a very enjoyable meal. Very interesting hummus, and some excellent fresh fish. Service was energetic, friendly and helpful.

1 Thank Paul S
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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299 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

If you're in the neighbourhood, hungry and thirsty, pop into this cafe/restaurant and fill up. The food is good, nicely presented, tasty and reasonable prices. The place is run by catering students and I am all for supporting them, being one of them from 40 years ago. You want swanky wines, art on a plate, sky high prices and staff... More 

Thank Nemesis13
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106 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

This is a very nice place to have dinner in Beyoglu. you can have "meza" like starters or main dishes: meat, fish and vegetables. We had humus (very good), octopus (wonderful) and meat with 2 glasses of wine for 77 lira. A great value for delicious plates. The Service is fast and friendly. There are young people working there in... More 

Thank Dada410
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014

The restaurant location near Marmara Hotel was perfect. The staff was gentle and prepared and gave us good advices to Istanbul nightlife. The food was very good. Try Zucchini Fritters and salad with balck rice and organic chicken. The building and the interior design (industrial style) were realy perfect. Check Ladies toilette for the great matchboxes collection.

Thank Rokiroots76
Lowell, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Istanbul Culinary Istitute Café - Located very near our Hotel - Marmara Pera. We ate breakfast at the Cafe several mornings during our visit to Istanbul. Food, service, and location were very good. Slightly lost for a scheduled cooking class - they graciously helped us hook up with our group. The Café has a tiny sales area where we bought... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Turkish, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kadir Has Avenue | Cibali, Istanbul 34437, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighbourhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: +90 212 251 2214

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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