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“Nice place to relax and have a coffee”

Serbethane Cafe&Restaurant
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Ranked #39 of 13,822 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: European, Italian, Turkish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We had a coffee and dessert at this place after a non stop morning. It is a quiet place to relax. Very close to the most touristic areas but quiet enough to unwind. We would come back.

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Thank AnaAnton
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Great place, great food! Try the kebab cooked in a jar, a very tradicional technique (the mixed one with meat was more than enough for 3 hungry people). Pick a table outside and enjoy a wonderful view to the Blue Mosque. The owner is a lovely turkish guy who was a guide in Istanbul and knows everything about the city. He also speaks portuguese and will be broadcasting World Cup's matches.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Ideally located at the end of Arasta Bazaar, a great little spot to relax and have some nargile/ sheesha.

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Thank Umair A
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Serbathane cafe is situated in a small lane just behind the Blue Mosque in the back lane of Arasta Bazaar... When you visit this you visit a part of the history. It has a sitting area outside, inside as well as in the back of the cafe (which they fondly call the garden area). The building dates back to the same time the blue mosque was built and is that part of the bazaar that was destroyed with time but it is spectacular. People can smoke one of the worlds best water pipes also known as Nargile, the food is very good (especially the Testi kebab which includes a special ritual of baking the food along with the terracotta pot). I went here three evenings in a row and had wonderful orange juice along with good Nargile and the spectacular view of the blue mosque looking over you while you have a lazy evening... I have just one word for this cafe... Out of this world!!!
P.S. The staff is nice, friendly and helpful. (Nadir and Aden were the two I communicated with on the days we visited)

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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

When we arrived to this café about 1900 hours most people were smoking water pipes, not eating. The menu was simple, most of the dishes were suited to a snack bar or pizza restaurant. The service was not top level, but it was very average. Actually it doesn't make much sense to talk about this because the staff was certainly not at the level reported by other (fake?) reviewers. They were not very interested or patient with the clients, but displayed a rather superficial friendliness.
The portions were quite small and the quality again was equivalent to that of an average pizza restaurant. The price for the quality and quantity that we received was definitely too high.

About TripAdvisor reviews in Istanbul: for several of the restaurants that we visited the reviews had clearly being inflated. This seems to be quite widespread in Istanbul. We saw TripAdvisor logos all over the city in cafés and restaurants, and probably this popularity has led to a high frequency of fake reviews and possibly a common scheme to generate them. Take care!

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