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“Nice place with good kebaps”
Review of Sembol Meat House

Sembol Meat House
Ranked #1,013 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Istanbul, Turkey
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6 reviews
“Nice place with good kebaps”
Reviewed 1 August 2013

We had only one meal here and we enjoyed ourselves which was kind of surprising because most restaurants in the oldtown are expensive and not that great. Thanks Sembol for a good meal.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Tampa, Florida
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“best kabobs and pide in old city”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

Fantastic service owner greets you and remembers you from day to day food is fresh tastes great and prices are fantastic the locals eat here

Visited May 2013
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Charlotte,North Carolina
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112 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Best local food-don't miss!”
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Our guide took us to this casual restaurant for an authenic Turkish lunch. Fresh and wonderful appetizers and kebobs. Great service and great location with locals also as regular clients. You can pick from pages of menu choices all very reasonably priced and easy to order.
We highly recommend this spot only blocks away from the main tourist area but heads above the tourist trap spots. I hope to return in the future!

  • Visited May 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Restaurant! Yummy Food!”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

The Sembol Meat house is definately the best restaurant to eat in Sultanahmet!
We loved the food so much, that we ate here thrice in a row. The Iskender kebab is yummy! and is a must have! also try the Apple tea and Raki!
The price and portions are good!
Mr Omer Ekmen is a fantastic host, with an old world charm, which is missing in most of the other restaurants in Istanbul! Although its very close to Sultanahmet Square, its nicely tucked away.
WE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO EAT HERE FOREVER!!!!

  • Visited December 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Quality food and excellent service!”
Reviewed 22 July 2012

If you are staying in Sultanahmet and looking for a great meal, go straight to the Sembol Meat House. Most of the other restaurants in the area are all the same; totally geared towards tourists and definitely over-priced. At Sembol, you won't find anyone standing outside hounding you to come inside. The staff are kind and attentive, the menu options are diverse, the food is fantastic and the wi-fi is free! We started with the Ali Nazik as a mezze...wonderfully flavourful (hope you like garlic!). For mains, I had the spicy adana kebap (best kebap I ate while in Turkey), and my wife really enjoyed her chicken pide. The free apple tea at the end of the meal was a very nice touch, too. Don't miss out on this place!

  • Visited July 2012
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