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“Don't listen to the bad reviews - great food & lovely service!”

Han Ciragan Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 87 Restaurants in Urgup
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish, International
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Han Ciragan Restaurant and Cafe in Urgup, Cappadocia, is set in a caravansery built around 250 years ago making it the oldest restaurant in Urgup. The shady terrace is an ideal setting for a romantic meal. Only the freshest ingredients are used in our traditional Turkish dishes. Tourists and locals alike favour this spot where you can come and visit the kitchen at any time.
Sydney, Australia
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“Don't listen to the bad reviews - great food & lovely service!”
Reviewed 4 October 2013 via mobile

We had a long debate about whether to go here given the divided reviews but in the end, gave it a go because it looked so nice. It did not disappoint one bit.

The service was absolutely lovely, which left me really puzzled about some of the other reviews - it was friendly & attentive, without being intrusive. The food was also great - better than usual standard mezze and a good range of mains and desserts. And the wine list was very good, as you'd expect from a place with a wine list attached.

The ambience also deserves a mention - a nice indoor/outdoor feel, with a range of different nooks.

To put this in context, we ate at Ziggy's and Muti while in town and found them all of a similar, high standard (though Ziggy's probably offers less choice than Han Ciragan).

Can't imagine where the bad reviews of Han Ciragan came from - maybe people had extremely high expectations due to the Michelin review, or maybe they are just from tourists who were looking for something more British or something...but my recommendation would be to eat there - I would go back!

Visited October 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Leicester, England
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115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Went there for a meal based on the menu outside which listed a number of fish dishes, when we ordered two of the dishes weren't available so we had only a limited choice. We ordered two mezes and two fish dishes. The mezes while quite large were lacking in flavour and needed spicing up. The same could be said for our two fish dishes, both very bland and containing vegetables that weren't properly cooked.
Service was not particularly good and overall a disappointing experience

  • Visited September 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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184 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
“Definitely a find in Urgup”
Reviewed 11 September 2013

I was hesitant to try this restaurant despite some bad and so so review. Turned out for the best for me.
The food: Was good. We took the meal for two that is cooked in a jar and then they break the jar with a big knife in front of you to serve the food. Our dinners meals at Sira, in Uçisar (see review) were better but this was still a good meal
Wine: Best wine we tried in Turkey. Especially if you're after a wine by the glass. They have a wine store just annexed to the restaurant (Kocbag brand). I tasted their Cabernet and it was fabulous! (I even had a glass with my meal even though it wasn't on the Menu, for a reasonable 15TL). Upon leaving I bought a bottle of that Cab as well as a bottle of a local Turkish grape (Öküzgözü), which is nice, somewhat between a Pinot (light body) and a full Body.
Service was proffesional, views are nice. Ambiance is more upscale than some other places but also very casual. Nice views of the town.
Would definitly recommend if in Ürgüp.

  • Visited September 2013
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Saint Donat, Canada
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Over-rated by Michelin”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Found this restaurant in the Michelin 2013 Turkey Green Guide. Very disappointed! Tasteless food.Overcooked meats to the point I could not decide if my dish was lamb or beef. Service was nice however. Nice setting.

  • Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good restaurant in the centre of Urgup”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

This is a spacious restaurant, with open upstairs terrace, with a view and live music. The food is of reasonable quality and price, but the service could be improved (i.e. faster and more efficient)!

  • Visited July 2013
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