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Safak

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Kucuk Ayasofya Caddesi No:36 Sultanahmet | Sunrise Hotel, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
5177858
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

We had a evening flight in so we got to the hotel late (around 10pm) we walked down the street and chose this place. Service was ok, waiter spoke English...he was also the cook. Family were sat on the computer at a table which was a bit annoying as a man was playing poker on His laptop. Ordered the spaghetti... More 

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Thank Ellis W
Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Someone on the street suggested this place, telling us was absolutely the best with the freshest seafood in the area.. The fish wasn't fresh, and the vegetable on the side yesterday previously frozen. The prices was ok but the food wasn't

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Thank OzzyOP
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2015

Small roof top restaurant with a great view of the Marmara Sea. Nice, relaxed atmosphere with good service and good food.

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Thank DougQuil2
Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2014 via mobile

Looks nice outside, but the food was extremely disappointing. Only two of the starters, humus and carrot yoghurt, met about expectations, while the lentil soup reminded very much of the instant stuff you buy in supermarkets. The kebabs finally were extremely poor. You get better and cheaper in most of the street shops in Istanbul. Safak's value for money is...... More 

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Thank Andreas T
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Looked nice from walking down the street. Couldn't get a waiter to serve us even though 3/4 were walking up and down but had more eyes for friends on the street and each other. Ordered a coke and red wine. Coke was warm and after complaints the waiter went down the street to pick up some ice. The red wine... More 

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Thank Vincent S
Austin, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 May 2014

So friendly. I wanted ice cream, but they didn't have any. They walked me down the street to another restaurant that had ice cream.

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Thank eurotodaygonetomorro
Piscataway, New Jersey
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144 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2013

We went here for dinner and regretted it afterwards. 126 Turkish lira was one of the most expensive meals we ate while in Istanbul. **and the food was sub-par. chicken casserole was an extremely small portion for price paid cheese pasta was McDonalds quality chicken kabob was actually good! hummus appetizer was good also! oven-baked rice pudding was average baklava... More 

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Thank monikaesu28
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229 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

For us this was the best place near tour hotel in Sultanahmet. Ate there four times. Meze like humus, stuffed wine leafs, ezme salad (very spicy!), green beans, yoghurts etc. superb. Cooked meat and vegetable oven dishes alse very good as well as the grilled stuff we had (chicken wings). Serves alcohol (beer, quite good white and red house wines,... More 

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Thank Manfred G
Belfast, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

My wife and myself had dinner here on 18 April 2013. We ordered our meals and asked if we could have a bottle of local wine. The waitress brought 2 bottles for us to choose. I asked her the prices and she said 16 and 18 Turkish Lira. I asked her to confirm that she had said 18, and not... More 

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Frederikssund
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Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

Nice and relaxed atmosphere. Service really friendly. Simple but tasty food and the prices affordable (although we didn't have wine)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Turkish
Meals
Dinner
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Caddesi No:36 Sultanahmet | Sunrise Hotel, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: 5177858

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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