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Ara Cafe

#125 of 12,367 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Beyoglu
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Tomtom Mah. Yeni Carsi Cad. Tosbaga Sok. No:2 Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
2454105
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07:30 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 00:00
Fri 07:30 - 01:00
Sat 10:30 - 01:00
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Moscow, Russia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very calm and cozy place with the wonderful photos of Ara Güller. Little bit overpriced but the atmosphere is worth it. Herbal tea is great. The right place to stretch your legs after long walk.

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Thank Asya-Sargsyan
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy location and not easy to find seats during lunch time. The foods are great but a little costly in Turkish standards.

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Thank Recep O
Tehran Province, Iran
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food and the view was good. Inside was more cultural and the atmosphere was artistic, But maybe by this price you can eat food in better restaurants.

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Thank farzaneh m
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice cafe owned by famous photograph ARA GÜREL, Very nice foods and drinks .I had delicious breakfast with a very good espresso.Eggs fantastic.Very nice servers,always friendly,very nice decoration.

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Thank Cem K
Thessaloniki, Greece
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

A nice place to take a break. Smart and relaxed place with good flavors with a strong turkish touch. Good for breakfast also. With nice and cool young people. The place is better during the winter months with a nice atmosphere. The only quite bothering is the non smiled slow staff. But this is quite common now days in Turkey.... More 

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Thank Yiorgos B
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The previous reviews gave high hopes but both the meatballs and fried chicken were not very good. In both cases they had been cooked a long time ago and had dried out, the chicken was very chewy. The salad had roast vegetables with the same problem. If the food had been cooked freshly then it would have deserved a better... More 

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Thank IamnotLordLucan
Halifax, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here in November of 2014 with my Turkish/Canadian partner, his family and one of his old University friends who lives in Istanbul. This café is tucked away in a tiny little nook off of the main Istiklal thoroughfare, definitely something that can be missed if you don't know it's there. We arrived later in the evening, closer to... More 

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Thank OhPumpkin
Singapore, Singapore
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Great restaurant in a tiny and quiet street. I highly recommend the faro salad and the Balkan style meatballs. It was simple and good.Good value fot money, I recommend the place.

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Thank Tempura2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Great food at a good price! 2 salads were very good and unlike your usual salad it was extremely filling... Meat portion was very generous... (the main part of the meal!)

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Thank richard alexand... m
Rossendale, Lancashire
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We searched out this cafe as my husband is a Leica camera fanatic and he wanted to find it as a well know Leica photographer called Ara Guler lives above it and has some of his work displayed in the cafe. As a bonus the cafe is lovely and the food delicious. The photographs on display are stunning and apparently... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Cafe, Turkish, International, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:30 - 00:00
Thursday
07:30 - 00:00
Friday
07:30 - 01:00
Saturday
10:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tomtom Mah. Yeni Carsi Cad. Tosbaga Sok. No:2 Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: 2454105

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

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighbourhood Profile
Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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