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Rumeli Cafe & Restaurant

#267 of 11,829 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Divanyolu Ave. Ticarethane St. No:8, Istanbul, Turkey
09:00 - 01:00
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Toronto, Canada
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130 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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. The food was underwhelming as well - I had a soup pf the day and... More 

Thank Constantine-TA
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Katerini, Greece
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81 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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. The tables were decorated and the service was quick and very good even though i... More 

Thank elefpo
Malmo, Sweden
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank PeKl29
2 reviews
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 of Istanbul. P.S. They have heating system outside, which is perfect for chilly evenings :)... More 

Thank Azra H
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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
Cape Town
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
Manama, Bahrain
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5 reviews
Reviewed 10 July 2016

nothing was faulty. the location is fantastic and the service is good. outdoors sitting is a little bit noisy as the small street is always busy.

Thank isamgway
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

A very pleasant surprise...beautifully cooked food..a good selection of western alternatives cooked correctly....fairly priced and excellent service

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I just happened upon this cafe while walking around looking for a place to have dinner. I had the tangine and it was wonderful! Staff were very friendly and helpful. Lovely to sit outside on the street and people watch. Highly recommend it.

Thank Julenichka

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 28
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, European, Turkish
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, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
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: 902125120008
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.

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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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