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Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Caferiye Sokak No: 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
+90 212 514 61 51
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm Hours
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Caferiye Sokak No: 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
1. Original Receipts from Ottoman
"many items on the menu are based on recipes hundreds of years ago"
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2. The Best Location and Service
"The location is excellent, right next to the Hagia Sofia. Recommended."
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3. Certificated Chef by National
"to the chef, what can I say , everything we tried was nicely prepared"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was wonderful and a great introduction to Ottoman food! I highly recommend Matbah for dinner in Istanbul.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lynn6763
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 30 August 2018

The dinner we had at Matbah was without doubt the best dinner we had in Istanbul. The location is great: very central in Sultanahmet and yet not affected by traffic or other sounds. Our table had a great view on the nearby medresse's old dome....More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Giacomo B
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Service and food above average for being in a hotel. Highly recommend trying their special course or dessert with wine. It did lack atmosphere, however, being at the heart of the historic peninsula gives you the Ottoman taste.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank OzgeBozkurt
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

We ate in several times during our stay at the Hotel. Service and food above average for being in a hotel. Salads were good. Staff was pretty attentive. Pretty nice ambiance. Open late.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank garyrichard
Reviewed 16 October 2018

We ate here one evening, and the food was very good, and quite unique. It did lack atmosphere however, and guests staying in one part of the hotel have to walk right through the middle of the restaurant!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank foresthouse
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I expected the food to be better although the appetizer was good. The portions are small and the place is cold.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ghada K
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch, the restaurant manager Moharam was very helpful and spoke to our driver to give him directions and then suggested all our food for us, menu isn’t very big but everything we ordered had amazing taste. We had the zucchini and a cheese...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank B5276EJlinam
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

You should definitely visit Matbah and taste the "balli borek". OMG! After a long tiring day I took a breath there. They have a great atmosphere! The staff, the design of the restaurant, foods...Thanks for everything, thanks for your hospitality. See you next time!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank annajohn4546
Reviewed 24 September 2018

We came here a it was recommended as a nice restaurant that served traditional Turkish food. The good: The location was great, near the Hagia Sophia. The view was good but not great. We ate outside on the terrace. It has a partial view of...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Aaron_Adkins
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

It's the perfect choice for an exquisite dinner in Istanbul. The food is very tasty, delightful, you must try the Sailor's Choise! The service is great and it has a beautiful terrace.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cristina O
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
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20 February 2015|
Response from Mark-Rainsforth |
Hi. I would go through the hotel. More reliable. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 75
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Caferiye Sokak No: 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 514 61 51
  • E-mail
Matbah – Ottoman Palace CuisineThe Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.
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