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Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant

Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 512 0008
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good41%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, European, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
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1 - 10 of 439 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were a family of 5 and all got a wide range of food to share. The food arrived fairly promptly and was all very enjoyable. At the end of the meal we received complementary tea which was very kind of them. Brilliant service and...More

Thank Asad M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good quality and price. I ate a chicken wrap and my mom took a beef wrap. It was all delicious and the staff is super friendly. We had lunch 2 people for around 17euros. I will come back again. Dont hesitate to try it!

Thank Sofia H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what an amazing dish! Cooked and served in a clay pot - brimming with spices, the strongest being cinnamon and ginger - beef was tender and broad beans and dried plums succulent. Loved it!

Thank OldBoatingGirl
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I was really looking forward to eating at the Rumeli restaurant, given all the positive reviews and an interesting menu. Unfortunately, I did not have a very positive experience. Service was mediocre, I was kind of left on my own for long periods of time....More

Thank Constantine-TA
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Very poor service and expensive. Waiter was very rude and forgot some of our order. More expensive than similar places which are very close. Purely has business because of the adjacent palace. Not worth a visit

Thank Liam S
Reviewed 2 February 2017

just off the main road where the tram way is i stumbled into one the little streets and came upon rumeli cafe and restaurant. It was warm with heating even outside it was clean and on each chair was a small blanket to keep warm....More

Thank elefpo
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Looking for good food near the blue mosque, go here. They do not jump at you if you walk by, unlike all others in the nearby streets. Service is great, polite and friendly with a relaxed approach. Food is delicious and prices very reasonable. I...More

Thank PeKl29
Reviewed 30 September 2016

I don't know where to start. These guys were absolutely amazing! Everything, from food to service was flawless! The meal was extremely delicious, and the staff was really professional, kind, and polite. You should definitely visit to Rumeli if you want lovely dinner and taste...More

Thank Azra H
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Love the delicious meal, friendly service & romantic ambience at night. The background music set the mood right. Tips: order a Testi Kebab (pottery kebap) for a sumptuous meal with extra performance.

Thank Inaku
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Friendly and lively atmosphere to complement the good food and prompt service. Great variety on the menu drawn from various regions of Turkey. Our favourite dish was the lamb with plums. We looked forward to a return visit and made sure we got one!

Thank Pacro
Nearby
Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere
stroll of each other – and all set around the site of
an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an
overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a
prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly
epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this
relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to
...More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6 - US$28
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 01:00
Monday
09:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 01:00
Thursday
09:00 - 01:00
Friday
09:00 - 01:00
Saturday
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 512 0008
  • E-mail
Description
Nestled in the tourism precinct of Sultanahmet, Rumeli Cafe is an ideal location for dining while people watching the nations of the world from the restaurant’s streetside terrace. Summertime sees the opening of the rooftop dining area, where guests can gaze at the stars and glimpse at the minarets of the Blue Mosque. When the weather chills in winter, the allure of the restaurant moves inside—where the gentle crackling of open fireplaces invite guests to stay a while to appreciate a glass of mulled wine paired with a rich Ottoman dish.

Set in a former Ottoman print house, the restaurant has become one of Sultanahmet’s most loved restaurants since the building’s renovation in 1994. Now it’s famous for its friendly service and intimate dining areas with dark wood floors, wrought iron fixtures, and exposed red brick walls—an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in a foregone Byzantine palace.

Personal favorites on the menu are the grilled marinated calamari, the Ottoman style Marmara A’la Rosto (roast beef with rice and vegetables), and the seafood linguini. Also on the menu are international favorites; regional specialities such as Ali Nazik (minced lamb and beef on a bed of pureed eggplant, yogurt, garlic and tomatoes); Byzantine dishes like Papaz Yahisi (stewed lamb and vegetable served with cumin and garlic in a terracotta pot); and fresh seafood including seabass, sea bream, and jumbo shrimp. Vegetarian options are also available.