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Shadow Restaurant & Cafe

#22 of 12,055 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Akbiyik Cad. No: 26, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
+90 542 621 8470
11:00 - 23:50
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is excellent and there is a lot of different meal. The staff is very nice! A good place with good turkish dishes!

Thank elrouting
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very comfortable and cosy place, close to our hotel offering traditional Turkish Cuisines. The staff is very professional and responsive, while Jaco added a cherry on top by offering us complimentary dessert and tea in the end. Definitely a recommended place to dine in and experience the traditional Turkish ambiance and tastes. Testi Kebap with the firey presentation is... More 

Thank Arsalan A
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Referring to the bad review I read from a young lady, I have to say: I dont know wehre these people have been, but seems like they've been to another Shadow bar. Perfekt atmosphere, very good food and brillant service. Jacko and the other guys are great hosts and very entertaining. We had a great time in the bar and... More 

Thank Nicky S
Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

I visited this place in November 2016, and we had a terrible experience - i'm going to explain WHY. First of all, one of the waiters was very rude. His name starts on the letter D and ends with N.His friend was very nice and professional though. We ordered a shisha, and it was placed on the table (amateurs?). Of... More 

Thank kanaeva001
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

My friends and I randomly stumbled upon this restaurant one night in Istanbul. Like many other restaurants, the staff members were calling out to passerbys trying to convince them to dine at their restaurant. We continued on down the street, took a look at all our dining options, and then returned to the Shadow Restaurant to give it a go... More 

Thank Sharry D
Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We want recommend everyone this place Because we love it. So you guys just go shadow and try best dish of this place All dish is testy and good. For sure And good! This is the place chill and we have dans party whatever you want Shadow shadow we love it

Thank yaserrrrr
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I went out to visit Sultan Ahmet with my friends we found this place. I ordered çökertme, my friends had lamb casrolle. It was so yummy we did like it. The staffs were so friendly With their special dances.If you want to have a good night and chill this the place that you can go. I'll definitely go back again.

Thank Azat O
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Our second time there was a nightmare. The two guys working was very rude and arrogant. They treat women with disrespect thinking they have right to them just because they are men. During an conversation with them and when they are changing the coal the shisa falls on us. My friends jacket was destroyed and out clothes ruined. Then they... More 

2 Thank Xdruvansombajsa
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

I falling love with this restaurant Also the menu price is middle and its not so expensive Really friendly guys I recommend it if you come tu istanbul,sultan ahmet you have to try this perfect restaurant I hope you will enjoyed 👌🏽✋🏼

1 Thank Maral S
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

By far the best meals in Istanbul in a local neighborhood restaurant. In particular, try the eggplant and peppers with yoghurt. In an are that is full of tourist traps, this stands out for quality and price. Everything i had was good and it was full of locals all the time

1 Thank Nghia T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Turkish, Middle Eastern, International
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
11:00 - 23:50
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akbiyik Cad. No: 26, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 542 621 8470
We are located right in the heart of old Istanbul, Sultanahmet. We are just 2 streets away from the Blue Mosque and walking distance to all major attractions in Istanbul. We offer high quality food from our qualified chef. And always give outstanding service. You will enjoy our Ottoman Turkish cuisine.

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Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighbourhood Profile
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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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