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Albura Kathisma

Cankurtaran Mah. Yeni Akbiyik Cad. No: 36-38 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 517 90 31
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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International, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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Cankurtaran Mah. Yeni Akbiyik Cad. No: 36-38 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed a couple of really good meals in this restaurant, which was pretty busy with local and had a great atmosphere. Decent wine and beer! The staff were friendly and helpful. They happily prepared mild dishes for our daughter and had a small but...More

Thank HelenZSurrey
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a slightly odd one. We chose icli kofte for starters- they didn't have any. We then went for the Chef's Special for main course and it was absolutely NOT to our taste. As in inedible. But the staff were fantastic. They offered us...More

Thank Graeme H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Whilst staying in Sultanahmet on a brief backpacker’s stay, I was coaxed by the hostel owner to have at least one meal at Albura Kathisma. It turned out not only to be a superb meal, but a highlight of my Istanbul trip. To start, I...More

1  Thank Patriccus
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our favourite go to restaurant in Istanbul and did not disappoint after visits 4 years ago. Took archaeologist son and he could not get over the excavation of ancient walls within the building. Food, service and value certainly continues and recommend a visit....More

Thank RL1973
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is by far the best restaurant in the area. Drej and the other staff members are really very good, they are friendly, and accommodating to special requests. If you stay at the Senatus Hotel next door (which is really a very good hotel)...More

Thank asif i
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food specially cooked as you required. Will miss their food.Must try clay pot dish called “ testy “ .I had to go back again and again to eat it and finely their cook decided to teach me ( I am really thank full to...More

Thank Noveen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed a week in the area and ate at several of the restaurants along this strip. Once we found Albura Kathisma, we went back three times. The food is excellent and good value for money. Waiter Drej's attention to detail was particularly note-worthy (he...More

Thank Ian T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply the best: Service (thank you Drej and Abi) Food (try the testi) Setting (people watching and enjoying) When a restaurant in the heart of the tourist district offers such a friendly atmosphere and great food at a great price point, you cannot be disappointed!...More

Thank Allan N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, excellent service, Drej is the best waiter! Wonderful atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

Thank Naseemah I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to this quaint place .The food is always good and Drej 🙂✅ Always obliging . We were 4 adults dining in total. The restaurant portions are large and we opted for starters of hummus , yoghurt and aubergune. For the...More

Thank Chasing-history
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
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Average prices
US$10 - US$57
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:30
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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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