While travelling to Istanbul and Northern Cyprus Ibrahim dreamed of reinterpreting the cuisine of his own cultural heritage. Years later the dream of his own restaurant took on the form of a style of eatery known as a Meyhane.
Intrinsic to a Meyhane is a sense of nostalgia and romance. Underpinning the Meyhane tradition is a convivial atmosphere characterised by a fun, social style of eating and drinking. Food is always shared – a central tenet of Turkish custom and an underlying feature in hosting guests.
Meze – abundant / colourful and creative / seemingly endless little dishes – invites the diner to commence their evening with cold dishes serving up an array of vegetables, yoghurts, cheeses, fish and offal.
Friendly as always. Respecting of social distancing requirements.
Amazing staff, delicious food, well priced - will be back soon!
Food was AMAZING! Such a lovely dinner and great opportunity to catch up with friends. They were well set up for socially distant dining
Every single dish was exceptional, truly beautiful food that was only enhanced by the staff who were fun to engage with and knowledgeable about what they were serving. Stand-out dishes include the gozleme, the dumplings, Grandma's rice and the tarama dip. My friends and I are still talking about how good it was.
Great range of items - vegetarian, seafood and grilled meats - great selection of wines by the glass - amazing staff and some of the best food you will eat in Sydney
Exceptional service. Always love coming to Stanbuli. Food was delicious and great bar style bites for Mezes. Extra attention was placed to safeguard during Covid.
The food was fantastic. Service was excellent. A great night out.
Do yourself a favour and order the eggplant! What a wonderful dining experience. The staff are so helpful and warm, it’s like a homely yet fine dining experience all in one. Couldn’t recommend more highly and will definitely be back soon!!
So great to have chosen this restaurant for our first outing post isolation! We absolutely loved the experience but feel for the restaurant trying to run a business with so few patrons allowed at a time. We would have been happy if there were more people in the restaurant with us and will be rebooking very soon.
Every dish we had was fantastic - simple but incredible flavours and loved choosing from desserts that were available to see from the bar. Desserts were too cheap! Great desserts that seemed very cheap, especially the kataif which was $3 for a big slice.
So wonderful to be able to eat at Stanbuli again. Really delicious and interesting food, great atmosphere (and cocktails!), and amazing service.
Good food, great service, will go again
Been meaning to go for a long time and glad we got there. Fantastic food and vibe - very local to us so hope to be back soon! :)
Always wanted to enter this iconic shopfront and Stanbuli delivered the very best excuse to do so! Such friendly professional staff - overheard that one of us had a birthday and voila, presented him with a lovely card and a package of fabulous Turkish delight! Food super fresh and filled with flavour. Great range of dishes - excellent vegetarian and superbly cooked meat dishes (chicken skewers were sooo succulent and tasty!) Highly recommend.
Absolutely delicious! And service was excellent.
The food was so tasty and the vibe was faultless. All the staff were super attentive and friendly. Such a great menu and well priced!
The food is beautiful, with a terrific variety in dishes. The staff are fantastic.
Delicious food and amazing service - what more could you want!
Stanbulli is excellent. Delicious food,
generous serves and outstanding service. Highly recommend a visit and the set menu.
Terrific menu choices,excellent service and great music tracks.
Incredible food and service, can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.
Interesting food and a warm welcome
Service dropped away when a group of young women arrived and took the attention of the 3 male waiters
Fabulous ! Great food ! Nice and quick ! Got us to our show at the Enmore on time
we've been wanting to try Stanbuli for a long time and it lived up to its reputation .. great food great service and very reasonable prices
Food was great and staff were lovely. A full room upstairs was noisy which made conversations a tad difficult. Staff made up for this by being very friendly and attentive. Will definitely go back to try the rest of the menu.
We took a good friend to have a great meal and a great meal and excellent service were had. The drinks and wine were excellent and complemented the food, thanks to the staff for their recommendations.
That said the upstairs where we sat is very echo-y and we suggest that you ask for a downstairs table when you book your reservation.
Absolutely beautiful set menu and recommendations. The restaurant air con was on the chilly side though.
Such an amazing meal with interesting flavours. Extremely enjoyable.
Amazing service and delicious food. We’ll definitely be going back.
Very good experience. Food was delicious and friendly staff and environment
We have had the dinner a few times with friends. Food is amazing however, service is always absolute failure. Knowing it would take a some to to make Knafeh we attempted to let waiters know earlier. Unfortunately we couldn't get the waiters attention, let alone service was none existent, not checking up on us. The waiters who served for us were very rude and pushy, it was unpleasant experience.
Don't go for the tester menu. It wasn't very filling and wasn't very tasty. We were quite let down. Had been looking forward to it, but the selection of meze wasn't great....and on top of that was quite expensive. I wouldn't go back.
Everything was amazing but the feed me menu has too much food
Amazing quality and very generous portions.
Loved the ambience of the upstairs room.
Staff were ever so helpful, congenial and professional. A real gem in Sydney.
When we read that it's kind of "meyhane", our expectations were different than we had there. In Turkish dining culture, when a place serves "mezes" with "raki", we should be sitting on proper chairs, not stools. We had to keep our coats on our laps. We should be eating our meals without any rush in a "meyhane". The waiters were very nice and helpful but they served the food one after the other so quickly as they're instructed. When we said that we might continue eating while drinking, the waiter recommended us to finish it in a short time so we could have time to eat our dessert too, because the table was reserved for next customers. When we pay that much money for that amount of food (fixed menu), there should be one piece of lamb chop per person but there were 4 pieces for 5 people. The prices were high, especially $44 for chicken was extremely high. Tuna meal didn't fit other meal types in the fixed menu. The mezes were delicious.
I was visiting Sydney for work and had few people recommend this place. Stanbuli did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded my expectations. One of the best meals I have ever had. Staff was very friendly. They recommended ordering tasting menu and accommodated it for 1 person. I am definitely going back if/when I visit Sydney again.
Everything about Stanbuli is good. Highly recommended.
They seem to change menu quite often.
I should go back there soon!!!
The music style and volume was way too loud. Very poor acoustic treatment upstairs. The noise ruined our meal.
Absolutely loved Stanbuli, we only live across the street and had never managed to make it before now. Food was excellent. They were incredibly accommodating to allergy requirements and gave us an amazing night out.
Can not fault this place. Serving sizes, flavors and service A+ dining.
Stanbuli is rated 4.6 stars by 507 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.