Stanbuli

4.6
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476 Reviews
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$40 and under
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Turkish
The name Stanbuli is taken from the local lingo of Istanbul’s streets. Stanbuli is an affectionate term for an Istanbul local and is an exciting Turkish Restaurant from Chef and Owner Ibrahim Kasif.

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.
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DA
London
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was amazing but the feed me menu has too much food

JG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

GU
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

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.

AM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

B
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Stanbuli is good. Highly recommended.

SJ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They seem to change menu quite often.
I should go back there soon!!!

M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The music style and volume was way too loud. Very poor acoustic treatment upstairs. The noise ruined our meal.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

P
Brisbane / QLD
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not fault this place. Serving sizes, flavors and service A+ dining.

VK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!! Wonderful friendly staff with good recommendations. Love dining here!

MO
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have always loved Stanbuli. Disappointed this time round. A decline in quality and quantity of mezzes and mains a bit too paleo. Expensive in comparison with better food/ vibes at Bahzari or Pazar. Service slicker but less relaxed. Also hint .... please stop referring to small groups of women of a certain style as ‘Laydeez’

DJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

2nd time here and again delivered the high quality of food and service to match my first visit. My guests were similarly impressed with the beautiful flavours and healthy food and it was the ideal start before venturing across the road to a concert at the Enmore theatre.

A
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, and always delightful! The degustation option is particularly good, and gives a small party the option to try many more flavours. I highly recommend this option.

h
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered from Stanbuli were delicious, accompanied by great service from the team.
Will definitely come back to try your Chef's menu!

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Too loud.
Too salty.
Too expensive for what it was.
Waiter forgot to put my dessert order, kept us waiting for 30 mins for dessert and we finally left without dessert.

Never coming back again.

MC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, very attentive and friendly staff and great little venue. Would definitely recommend.

FL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening. Amazing food shared with Friends

JP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. Highly recommend it. Will be back.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks and a great atmosphere! Enough said!

AJ
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food with top class service and a brilliant atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone. The charcoaled chicken honestly some of the best I've ever had. 10/10

J
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Turkish food & fantastic service from an Enmore legend

AM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are friendly and helpful. We dinned at the bar and had great wine and beautiful food.

SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was amazing, food was ok and the place was cramped and noisy
We were looking forward to this occasion and were disappointed. It was expensive and not a pleaser experience

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food: am still reeling from the incredible flavours. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, giving good advice about quantities of dishes we would need. I don’t like the high tables and stools: it’s painful for someone with scoliosis. The bread is incredible, too. I just loved everything and look forward to going back soon.

RO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine was amazing. Will definitely be back.

TC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food and nice restaurant, service was also good.

AS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were outstandingly good. We had a great night.

JH
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, friendly service; the broad variety of Turkish cuisine is cleverly explored and interpreted at this buzzy restaurant. Always fun, never disappoints.

LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Stanbuli for our anniversary. We were presented on our table a Congratulations card with some kind words along with a box of Turkish delight...such a nice touch. Then we were shouted some champagne to celebrate, so lovely! The wait staff were very attentive and so welcoming. They were knowledgeable and friendly. We didnt have to wait very long for our food either which was so delicious. We ordered a number of entrees to share which didn't disappoint - very flavoursome and exotic. The portions are a little small but if you order a few you get to try more of them. We also ordered the wood fired chicken which was moist and full of wood fired flavour, perhaps a little small in size for the price of the main.
Overall a very enjoyable experience was had and we will definitely be back and recommend to all our friends!

DP
Thailand
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - like a Turkish version of Porteno.

Thought the value was a little off. We left full but were out of the door inside of an hour having spent $180 with no alcohol.

Skirt steak and Adana we’re both phenomenal. All the meze were fantastic too.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, kind engaged staff, deserts were an unexpected delight. I’ll be back for more meze and pudding. Oh and the drinks were great - staff recommendation for wine was spot on.

JW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best Kofte in town. The kitchen are always so generous with the food that it it really feels like you are part of the Stanbuli family.

SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the food and the service was on point, friendly, attentive, interested in food and they appeared to be happy to work there. My only down point was, sitting on stools, high stools aren't good for people with back issues and short legs - I'd recommend anyone with back issues to request a table with chairs, we will definitely go back but will request a table upstairs.
Thanks for a lovely night.

H
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the BEST meyhane in sydney. REAL turkish food. Such a diverse menu, vegan friendly but not shy to please the carnivores.

LH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Beautiful and delicious food with a clear influence of home and grandma-style cooking, yet with a high-degree of elegance. The tasting menu offers incredible value, the food just kept coming! The ambience is pleasant and the building has been renovated nicely. However, the lighting was too dim to properly see the food and I felt my eyes straining after I left the restaurant. It is also quite loud and I had trouble hearing the waiters when they were placing food on the table. Apart from those minor atmospheric issues, the food and service were excellent. I had a Turkish wine paired with the wood-fired lamb. The acidity was quite unique; sharp enough to balance the decadently fatty lamb kofte, but never reaching a point of abrasiveness when sipped on its own. Well done! Overall we had a delightful experience, thank you to all the team!

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere and food were brilliant. The service excellent, but friendly. The Sofra menu was a fantastic option as we got to taste so much, if anything, there was too much food!! Would highly recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Yet another fab experience eating delicious food and drinking beautiful wine

CM
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, excellent service. Never been there before, will definetely go again.