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Asitane Restaurant

#83 of 12,348 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
Fener & Balat
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Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
+90 212 635 7997
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11:45 - 23:45
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Sun - Sat 11:45 - 23:45
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Next door to the Kariye Museum, Asitane specializes in traditional Ottoman fare. Many restaurants claim to do this nowadays, but Asitane gets it right, using recipe books from the Topkapi Palace, presented only after much experimentation.

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Shanghai, China
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

To be honest I didn't like the taste of the food. But, I did like the experience. This restaurant specializes in reconstructed Ottoman recipes. Worth a trip if you want to challenge all your preconceptions about food. I had an almond soup with pomegrante seeds which tasted weird savory as it seems to me that it should just be a... More 

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Minsk Region, Belarus
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74 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at this restaurant while being on a business trip with a big group of people. The interior is quite nice but same time there was nothing special in it as well. Appetizers were numerous and could meet any taste. The main course was stuffed melon which I don't recommend. At least 90% of out group of 50... More 

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Thank Olga G
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Very nice Ottoman/Turkish food, nice ambiance and great service! Make sure to visit while you are in Istanbul / Balat...

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Crown Point, Indiana
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360 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

It was a bit of a walk to get to Asitane Restaurant, but too many people had recommended this place as one of the few spots were you could sample authentic Ottoman cuisine dating back to the 1500’s. Set in a secluded and leafy courtyard this restaurant offers a beautiful location and excellent service. We tried the Vine Leaves stuffed... More 

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alkhobar
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

We went there because my daughter is interested in ottoman history and she had seen this restaurant presented on a cooking travel show. The waiters and ambience was nice we were given complimentary sherbet, and bread with a walnut paste. The food was okay and small portions , it was a good experience.

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Thank annyksa
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Great ottoman cuisine. Always felt at home. You wont regret, a must go restaurant indeed. Dont forget to visit museum of Chora.

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Thank Bilgen Y
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The food was wonderful and the restaurant provided history of the recipes. Service was very courteous and before leaving, they gave us each a gift of orange jam. Very thoughtful.

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Alaska
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We had lunch at asitane after visiting the Chora museum next door (recommend that too) and discovered a very "different" combination of foods and spices. Clearly "Ottoman" food is different from the Turkish/Balkan that we know and love. I hope to be able to go back before we go home as, even swapping food, we were not able to sample... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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442 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at this lovely restaurant, next door to the majestic Chora Church museum. We tasted the authentic Ottoman cuisine, recipes from the 15th to 18th centuries. The dishes were delicious and flavoursome. Had a lovely evening.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Cuisine
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:45 - 23:45
Monday
11:45 - 23:45
Tuesday
11:45 - 23:45
Wednesday
11:45 - 23:45
Thursday
11:45 - 23:45
Friday
11:45 - 23:45
Saturday
11:45 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kariye Camii Sokak, No: 6 | Edirnekapi, Istanbul 34240, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighbourhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: +90 212 635 7997

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Staying in Fener & Balat

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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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