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“A Hidden Gem, Great Service”

Hippodrome Restaurant
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Ranked #270 of 13,484 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$15
Cuisines: Turkish, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Orangevale, California
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem, Great Service”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Ok…you all may have experienced that moment in which you're walking around in a daze trying to decide where you wish to eat with all the touristic restaurants trying to persuade you to try their restaurant. Look no further, we found the perfect small restaurant/wine bar directly across the street from the beautiful Eresin Crown Hotel that will check off all of your boxes.

Just a 5 min walk from the back of the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome restaurant/wine bar will make you say Ahhhhhh. It’s simple, stylish and has a warm atmosphere. They serve traditional and beautifully prepared Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine.

The moment we approached the restaurant we were drawn in by the nice jazz/nouvelle music being played, and other patrons lovely dishes. We were warmly greeted by Antonio who provided exemplary personalized service all evening. He provided perfect recommendations based them on what was fresh and our desires. The restaurant has street side seating as well a hip indoor dining room. The mezes (appetizers) that Antonio suggested, were the best we experienced in Istanbul. Our favorites were the mixed Turkish mezes platter, the succulent sizzling shrimp and mushroom sauté in a clay vessel, the grilled fish, Iskender Kebab and their fresh salads. Ingredients were extremely fresh and their wine and cocktail selection was extraordinary. We loved the Campari vodka martini and fresh Mojito on the warm evenings.

We so enjoyed our experience that upon our return to Istanbul after traveling throughout Turkey, we returned to the Hippadrome Restaurant and enjoyed another fantastic meal and outstanding service.

We sincerely recommend this restaurant and would return without hesitation. In my opinion, don’t waste your time and money on subpar meals and service at the touristy restaurants down from the Blue Mosque Park. Thanks again to Antonio and chef for making our dining experience in Istanbul so memorable.

  • Visited May 2014
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murat y, Sahibi at Hippodrome Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear guest, thank you for your nice comment. reviewed our guests has always been important for us. and we hope to see you again. Regards.
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Cambridge, UK
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Friendly”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Doesn't look much, but the food was reasonably priced, wine was less expensive than in other places, we had a very nice evening here

Visited May 2014
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murat y, Yönetici at Hippodrome Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear guest, thank you for your nice comment. reviewed our guests has always been important for us. and we hope to see you again. Regards.
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“What would you like?”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Not taken by the menu (which is very good)? Just ask Murat and the chef and they will try thier best to provide it for you. My wife was invited into the kitchen to show them how to make a traditional prawn cocktail!!

Visited May 2014
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murat y, Genel Müdür at Hippodrome Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear guest, thank you for your nice comment. reviewed our guests has always been important for us. and we hope to see you again. Regards.
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Bucharest, Romania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Food was delicious and the service excellent. Hippodrome restaurant is a nice place to spend a great evening with your friends.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sabina M
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murat y, Genel Müdür at Hippodrome Restaurant, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear guest, thank you for your comment. reviewed our guests has always been important for us. and we hope to see you again. Regards.
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Berlin, Germany
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“After everything else...”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

This is a friendly little bar (I wouldn't call it a restaurant, although we once had a mixed-grill plate late at night there) that was good for a nice glass of wine after a meal at a restaurant or other event. Antonio and company were very forthcoming and not intrusive. the decor left something to be desired but was not objectionable. We went there 4 times in the week we were in Istanbul. Outside are seats--a good place to watch the sun go down.

  • Visited March 2014
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