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Defne Bar and Restaurant

) #862 of 11,607 Restaurants in Istanbul ££ - £££ Turkish, Steakhouse, Seafood
Akbiyik Cad No. 54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34500, Turkey
+90 212 458 9161
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
6 Jul 2015
“Very good food with Very good views of the city”
6 Apr 2015
“Worst dining experience in Istanbul bar none.”
Restaurant Hours
Turkish, Steakhouse, Seafood, International
££ - £££
Akbiyik Cad No. 54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34500, Turkey
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

We went here as group of six. Only thing I did not like is the person on the road who will approach you and try to sell you bring in into his hotel. They are too much trouble to deal with at every step you...More

Thank iGoer
Reviewed 6 April 2015

My wife and I stumbled across this restaurant and so wished we had walked on by. We were sucked in by a very smooth (and we later found dishonest) tout at the front who promised the world - best food in Istanbul, if you do...More

1  Thank Chris E
Reviewed 9 October 2014

This cafe was recommended at our hotel and we ended up eating there for two dinners. Reasonably priced with good food. Ate on the rooftop overlooking the Sea.

Thank Nanni1949
Reviewed 5 October 2014

Another one of these tourist places in Istanbul. The service was so, so and the food was average. It is just not enough to have a good location and speak English. The owner is all over the place but he is certainly not in control....More

Thank Travelbua
Reviewed 16 September 2014

Ate at this restaurant while in Istanbul. The food is great and so is the service. The food was reasonably priced. Would recommend.

Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

These guys talk the talk in a street full of competition for your business. But the walk it just as well with quality food, efficient service and strong focus on helping you enjoy the night. Definitely returning. Well done lads!

Thank gustell
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We were charmed into Defne (soon to be Cistern Bistro) by the very affable, clever staff. We had a terrific meal, one dish was Turkish the other more French, both perfectly done. The service was attentive but the highlight of the night was watching the...More

Thank Marcy B
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited Istanbul in 2013 and got hijacked into eating at the Defne (or at least that's what it felt like at the time). However, we were so impressed with it that we ate there on several occasions. We tried the Turkish food, loved the...More

Thank Alison R
Reviewed 9 April 2014

perfect holiday dinner restaurant. The food is local, but superbb and just a little different to others. The shrimp casserole is an absolute delight!! You also have to sit and watch the skills of the owner encouraging people into the restaurant - an event worth...More

Thank Nick R
Reviewed 1 April 2014

We spent a week in Istanbul and this was by far our most expensive meal. We were cajoled and practically dragged inside, but that was ok. What wasn't ok was being ripped off. We ordered two glasses of white wine and one red and the...More

Thank taffyt3
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Akbiyik Cad No. 54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34500, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 458 9161
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