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“Fine for an afternoon tea”

The House Cafe Tunel
Ranked #975 of 13,397 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
South Pole
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156 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Fine for an afternoon tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

This chain is mega-popular and doesn't need any boosting, as we found out later. But we just walked in on a lark, for a coffee and a tea. Everything was perfect and made for a delightful afternoon break from walking. The location at the corner of a popular open-air restaurant lane, with people passing to and fro, offers an interesting window view.

  • Visited October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“So Good, We Went Twice for Dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

We'd been looking for a place near Taksim with a solid vegetarian menu and reasonable prices for almost an hour when we found The House Cafe. This is probably the main reason why we didn't care so much about the menu prices (though many reviews cite the prices as drawbacks to eating here.) We were treated so kindly by the waiters, and seated very quickly in spite of the wait. The outdoor seating was full, so we agreed to sit inside. Five minutes later, the waiters rushed over to usher us to our preferred outdoor seating option. It was a really nice gesture!

Our group shared the lentil falafel, the quinoa salad, the pear pizza, the risotto, and the goat cheese salad (these were on two separate trips, don't worry.) Of all of these--TRY THE QUINOA SALAD. It was amazing, and filling. We absolutely loved the service and food at House Cafe and returned for dinner the next day. Call us boring, but it was the best decision we made before leaving Istanbul.

  • Visited July 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very nice ambiance but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

The ambiance of the restaurant is lovely (nicely decorated) but the food was nothing special and very expensive compared to other, better restaurants in Istanbul. Service was poor. Drinks are also far more expensive than elsewhere.

Visited March 2013
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THC_Management, Manager at The House Cafe Tunel, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from The House Cafe Tünel,
Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor about your visit.

First of all, we would like to thank you for your complements on the design and our joyful atmosphere. Our whole staff members are trained on a regular basis and checked properly. We regret our service and our drinks are not satisfactory enough for you. We take your comments into consideration and we would be glad if you could contact us with further details about the employee and drinks or any other point you would like to share with us. Our prices are set according to the guidelines prepared by our general commission after a long market search.
We would appreciate if you could give us another chance to welcome you back.

Kind Regards,
THC Customer Relations Management
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

The food is average, the service is fine, the prices are above average but the ambience is good: it's a very average place to have average food, but is pleasant enough. You won't be be bothered or hassled whilst you are eating your meal, and it's a nice enough place to sit and reflect or people watch. For some reason, though, the coffee always tends to be on the cold side.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Kay H
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THC_Management, Manager at The House Cafe Tunel, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from The House Cafe Tünel,
Thank you for the review on TripAdvisor about your visit.

First of all, we would like to thank you for your complements on the design and our joyful atmosphere. We regret our service and taste are not satisfactory for you. Our team members are trained to perform our customer's needs in the best way. Our food is prepared daily and selected carefully. Our prices are set according to guideline that is prepared by our general commission after a long market search.

We would appreciate it very much if you could give us another chance to welcome you back.

Kind Regards,
THC Customer Relations Management
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Moscow, Russia
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Nice and hip cafe”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

nice place to have dinner next to tunel. Nice decor and people around. Tasty soup'n'pie with chicken, slowly and not really friendly staff

Visited March 2012
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Thank PurplLife
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THC_Management, Manager at The House Cafe Tunel, responded to this review, 11 September 2013
Dear Guest,

Greetings from The House Cafe Tünel,
Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor.

First of all, we would like to thank you for your complements on the design and our joyful atmosphere. Our whole staff members are trained on a regular basis and checked properly. We are sorry to hear that your experience about service did not meet your expectations. We took note of your comments and we would like you to contact us with further details about your visit or any other point you would like to share with us.

We hope to see you again and welcome you back to The House Café.

Kind Regards,
THC Customer Relations Management
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