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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caferiye Sokak No: 6/1 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Best meal in Istanbul. Ottoman food is very good and very special. This restaurant is so beautiful. Top service. I still think about the restaurant many times. It is not cheap, but it is surely worth it. If you just want to eat some pizza,...More

Thank Renato B
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I was really looking forward to visiting this place and trying some ottoman palace cook book recipes, we ordered all the appetizers from the menu and 2 main dishes, however I stayed abbot disappointed. Good things: - Great location to go after the central sightseeings...More

Thank Anna_She
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

The food is extremely delicious! Great customer service as the staff is really friendly. I highly recommend this place.

Thank Alma I
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Booked for a Sunday meal during Ramadan. As this was an exceptionally busy time for the restaurant the meal was a set menu. However the standard and presentation of the meal was superb. The staff were very friendly and attentive. A fantastic and pleasant meal.

1  Thank Tony J
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Visiting the kitchens of Topkapi got us hungry for royal food, and Matbah perfeclty fit that purpose. We went in for a lunch, and felt royaly welcomed. The waiter was discreet, professional and helpful. We tried the sailor's roll (absolutely delicious), stuffed cabbage leaves, the...More

1  Thank Corentin L
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We had lunch there looking for otoman cuisine, light lunch. The experience was amazing. The service first class. We went for the 16th century stuffed melon. I would recommend it to anyone. When visiting Sultanamet go there.

1  Thank AdictedTraveler
Reviewed 19 May 2017

this is one of those places you have to visite.everything,from the decor ,ambient, staff and the food was amazing

1  Thank angil2211
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Very good restaurant in Istambul; highly recomendable. Not very expensive if you know how to order the food. The meats balls are super. But you don't need 2 portions. With one is enough for 2. The main courses are good for 2 people, with normal...More

2  Thank pesadilla a
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Orhan Pamuk was right, of course: Istanbul is a city imbued with hüzün – that strange melancholy that subsumes old imperial cities like the sediment of time. Located in the shadow of the Topkapi and round the corner from the Hagia Sophia, Matbah is a...More

1  Thank L T S K
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We enjoyed a beautiful dinner here. The staff were very attentive and only more than willing to help in anyway. The food was delicious and the surroundings were lovely. The chef even sent out a few local little extra starters and deserts for us to...More

Thank Axell33
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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Hi. I would go through the hotel. More reliable. Enjoy!
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Restaurant Details

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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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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