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“Friendly helpful staff, delicious food”

Spectra Cafe Restaurant
Ranked #311 of 13,814 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: US$10 - US$30
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Good for: View
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Reviewed 8 May 2014

The restaurant was quite full and we hadn't booked, but a waiter soon found us a table at the back (which was next to the hotel reception desk, and at times a man carried huge bales of laundry right over my partner's head - but that just added to the local colour). Fresh focaccia-type bread and black olive tapenade arrived very quickly and set the tone for a delicious, high-quality meal. We were staying in the Hotel Ada nearby, and had asked the proprietor to recommend a restaurant where we could get good Turkish vegetarian food and wine; he sent us here, and it was a great recommendation. The muhammara (roasted red pepper dip) was particularly delicious, and everything else we tried was very good too. We chose Yakut red wine and that was excellent. The staff were very friendly and very helpful; a plate of hummus arrived that we hadn't ordered, and the waiter was perfectly happy to take it away again. He also very kindly told us the ingredients in the muhammara - we are planning to try making that at home! The price was very reasonable too. If we'd had more time in the city, we would definitely have eaten here again.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

What else can one ask for? Friendly staff?-check, good food? double check (some ottoman cuisine dishes were absolutely delicious, (hurrem something with dried fruit was one of the best things i experienced in this city) and the kunefe was also a nice surprise. Too bad it was on my last day in the city and could not repeat it but I will be back.

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1  Thank Consuela_28
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Ideally situated on Southwest coner of Sultan Mohamet Square, with 4th floor room overlooking Blue Mosque. Superb food at reasonable prices. The miixed meat Kebab had a weeks meat ration in it. The Revan kebab was superb, also their version of Moussaka. Very friendly efficient service.Well worth a visit

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1  Thank Brin R
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We were staying at a nearby hotel and found Spectra, we ate there three nights in a row. Friendly staff and service brilliant, also a good selection of food at good prices. The location is superb.

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1  Thank oldtarts
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Great traditional Turkish food at its best. This little restaurant is well-located at the edge of the Hippodrome with views of the Blue Mosque and Obelisk. While close enough to the best of Sultanhamet, it is also on the edge of the hotel district to be convenient All 4 meals that I ate here (it was so good that I kept coming back) were delicious. Service is friendly and attentive. Highly recommended for the food, the view and the service.

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