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“Best service, best atmosphere, best food in Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant

Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #226 of 13,374 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$28
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Nestled in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, Rumeli Cafe is an ideal location for dining while people watching the nations of the world from the restaurant’s streetside terrace. Summertime sees the opening of the rooftop dining area, where guests can gaze at the stars and glimpse at the minarets of the Blue Mosque. When the weather chills in winter, the allure of the restaurant moves inside—where the gentle crackling of open fireplaces invite guests to stay a while to appreciate a glass of mulled wine paired with a rich Ottoman dish. Set in a former Ottoman print house, the restaurant has become one of Sultanahmet’s most loved restaurants since the building’s renovation in 1994. Now it’s famous for its friendly service and intimate dining areas with dark wood floors, wrought iron fixtures, and exposed red brick walls—an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in a foregone Byzantine palace. Personal favorites on the menu are the grilled marinated calamari, the Ottoman style Marmara A’la Rosto (roast beef with rice and vegetables), and the seafood linguini. Also on the menu are international favorites; regional specialities such as Ali Nazik (minced lamb and beef on a bed of pureed eggplant, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes); Byzantine dishes like Papaz Yahisi (stewed lamb and vegetable served with cumin and garlic in a terracotta pot); and fresh seafood including seabass, sea bream, and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian options are also available.
Istanbul, Turkey
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85 reviews
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“Best service, best atmosphere, best food in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

I live in Istanbul and whilst there are plenty of restaurants to choose from I always come back to Rumelis because I know the food and service will be always be excellent. In summer you can sit on the open air terrace or street side and watch daily Istanbul life pass you by. In winter, sit indoors with a glass of red wine by the open fire place. I;ve tried many places in Sultanahmet, but no other restaurant offers the atmosphere or quality and variety of great food! The staff are very helpful too.

  • Visited July 2011
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Bergen, Norway
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“Top restaurant experience in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2011

We visited the Rumeli cafe during our holiday trip in June. The cafe is centrally located quite near the great sights. Altough in a popular tourist area it is quiet and intimate with a relaxed and "ottoman" athmosphere. The calls for prayer from the minarets nearby adds to this. One may choose between street, indoor or roof seating.
Tables and surroundings are neat and clean.
The restaurant has a good choice of food and drink, with a nice selection of turkish dishes. The food is delicately served and of good taste and quality.
The waiters were attentive and humourous. Prices are modest. We had good value for our money and really no complaints.
We were so delighted by our first day dinner that we returned the second day.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank Norwayola
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Esher, England
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164 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Good choice in Sultanahmet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

A cut above the usual tourist joints in this area. Nice location, good food and service.

  • Visited July 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Love it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

Rumeli Cafe was the first restaurant we tried in Istanbul, and we ended up going back a second time. The food is wonderful, the staff is kind and attentive (and had a great sense of humor), and the setting is relaxed and romantic. We highly recommend it!

  • Visited July 2011
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Moscow, Russia
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“nice plaace!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

we have tried this restaurant during staying 4 days.Every day we ate on the terrace.
Fresh food,very tasty meal and dessets are so good.highly recemended.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank kidyatulin
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