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Cistern Bistro Bar

) #1,245 of 11,612 Restaurants in Istanbul ££ - £££ Turkish, Mediterranean, European
Cankurtaran Mh Akbiyik Cd. No:54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 458 9161
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  • Very good37%
  • Average0%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
8 Oct 2016
“Unusual opportunity to visit ancient cistern”
28 Dec 2015
“Warm hospitality and delicious food ”
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Turkish, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern
££ - £££
Cankurtaran Mh Akbiyik Cd. No:54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was serendipity that we wound up in this little restaurant by our hotel (in June 2015). After an enjoyable dinner served by friendly staff, we asked about the cistern and were taken through a door in the back into an amazing part of the...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2015 via mobile

During our brief day and a half trip to Istanbul, we spent our two evenings here. Mehmet and the rest of the staff were attentive, friendly, and created a fun and relaxed atmosphere. They made our stay here that much better. And for the food,...More

Thank shellfar81
Reviewed 12 July 2015

There are so many restaurants in Sultanahmet, all aimed at us tourists! It can be a daunting gauntlet run to walk the streets in search of a place to dine! The Cistern Bistro was a fun, quality food location. Service was very good and an...More

Thank Louise S
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Located just around the corner from our hotel it was perfect for our first try at Turkish cuisine. We had the traditional kebab meal baked in pottery and then cracked open. We had the lamb and it was delicious. This meal however is all about...More

Thank Gigglebelly
Reviewed 13 October 2014

When you're in Istanbul get ready to be bombarded by restaurant staff who will try an array of persuasive techniques to have you dine with them. Cistern Bistro Bar is along a "foodie" street filled with waves of tourists. In the insistent banter of many...More

Thank FatimaFa84
Reviewed 25 September 2014

On this street this restaurant is one of the quietest - not loud music etc., great if you want eat in nice and elegant atmosphere. Comfortable seats and tables. Staff was very friendly and professional. We ate traditional turkish meal served in the hot pot...More

Thank lady_arabic
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

We were only in Istanbul for a week and went here on our first night as it was near our hotel. It was so good we went back twice in the next 5 days! The staff are incredible and treat you like friends (especially Antonio...More

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 30 August 2014 via mobile

We came here looking for a quieter spot on a rowdy popular street- this fit the bill! The cistern-style background was simply gorgeous. We just wanted tea and dessert and the usual type of guy standing outside asking people to come in said it would...More

Thank SheikhaNadia
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Had dinner here on our first evening in Istanbul. We were shown to a table on the roof terrace, very pleasant. Service was good as was food, Would recommend.

Thank Rowanlea
Reviewed 7 August 2014

The cheapest "Guinness" in the city, I think! :-) Unfortunately, didn't have time to eat there - so can't say something about the cuisine

Thank Old C
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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  • Address: Cankurtaran Mh Akbiyik Cd. No:54 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 458 9161
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