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“Excellent again and again”

Albura Kathisma Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #49 of 14,475 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: US$ 9 - US$ 54
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Welcome to Albura Kathisma, a unique and beautiful Cafe & Restaurant located in the heart of historic Istanbul. In easy walking-distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace, our garden enters the mysterious Byzantine Palace that once stood here. Opened in 2005 in an old Ottoman family house where we are now, we offer cozy indoor and spacious outdoor seating, friendly and courteous service and, of course, delicious food, served all year round. Thanks to our success, Albura Kathisma has grown in recent years, but our passion stays the same: to provide our customers with the perfect experience of eating out in Istanbul. With a menu covering Turkish and International cuisine, we cater for a range of diets and tastes. Specialties include seafood and salads, traditional Turkish, delicious desserts, and vegetarian dishes. Our well-educated chefs and waiting personnel are happy to offer advice on your menu choices and personal amendments to dishes if requested. In 2012 we extended and updated our kitchen, also adding traditional elements: a large stone oven where we bake our own delicious fresh bread daily, and a charcoal grill to cook our selection of Turkish kebabs from different regions of the country -- a "gastronomic tour" for the kebab connoisseur! Open daily all-year round, including New Year, we are always happy to cater for groups, families with children, couples, individuals and celebration parties. We are honoured with all of the tripadvisor reviews you have written or are going to write. We read them all and are grateful to receive your comments, ratings and suggestions.
Reviewed 26 April 2012

After visiting this restaurant for several years I had the pleasure to eat there threee times in April, and I can only say that the extremely high standard has benn maintained. You are taken good care of, not only the food but from the friendly staff who will give you expert help if needed. Most of them has been at AK for years btw, which should be a guarantee for the standard of the place in more than one way.

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We just stopped there for a drink. When we saw the menu we (3 girls) also ordered dessert. The rice pudding was perfect, the ice cream the best we ever had. Everything else we saw on the other tables looked great! Great service staff which was really friendly and entertaining. Thank you! Even if the prices are a little bit above average, it is worth every cent.

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

This was by far the best restaurant I visited in Istanbul. The food was delicious and the service was great. The menu has ample vegetarian choices. The soups and salads are amazing. The waiters are very friendly and efficient, the restaurant is clean, and the best thing is that you can visit an historic site that was part of the Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace at the back of the restaurant. Make sure to ask to be taken there. I will definitely go back when I visit Istanbul again.

Thank Paulina G
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We had a late evening dinner here, which is open till late, with a tasty aubergine tahini and vegetable casserole (great for vegans!), but perhaps the nicest thing were the friendly waiters! Idris was very nice and took us to see the newly discovered underground palace under the restaurant. Other staff also came along and chatted with us. Nice atmosphere!

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Reviewed 18 April 2012

This fabulous restaurant has everything you will need for a perfect dinner out. Great service, friendly staff, fantastic food and a good selection of drinks. Even very nice red and white wines, with a knowledgeble waiter to advise you. The terrace is great, the staff is not in any way pushy to get you inside and they have a nice surprise at the end of the evening for 'special guests'. Our waiter Drej was the nicest one we met on our trip, cheerfull, great sense of humor, perfect English, and just a really nice guy. A must go to!

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Thank Marieke K
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