Stanbuli

4.5
401 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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Enjoy a delicious Turkish dinner at Stanbuli, and then settle into the marble-top bar for the rest of the night.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always consistently amazing. Staff very knowledgeable and provide excellent recommendations

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CV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Lovely space. Will come back for sure!

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RD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. You can taste the freshness in every bite! I love coming here!!

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NS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i have been to many turkish places but this one defiantly beats them all

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great service & delicious food!

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GW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food and excellent service. Can’t wait to go back.

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EM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The only annoying thing is the time 8.45 and the table before is where late so by the time we ordered was 9.20! I was starving and also despite telling them I had allergies to capsicum two entrees both had capsicum and I couldn’t eat them. Lots of capsicum on your menu!

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attentive service in a bustling eatery. Lovely fresh food. Recommend.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. The food was outrageously good. Every dish we ordered, left us in awe. Perhaps a little pricey, but it’s impossible to feel anything other than 100% satisfied when the food is THAT good. The staff were so lovely and made the experience most enjoyable. Would one hundred percent go again!

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MS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome vibe, great service and delicious food. Will be back again!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was absolutely wonderful. The food is delicious and the staff were so fun and friendly. We will most definitely be going back.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Although it comes out too quick not a lot of time given between course. Felt really rushed. Had to Chefs choice for 75.00 per person

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food very good. Very enjoyable experience.

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AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food & flavours. Will be back.

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to visit Stanbuli for such a long time and am so glad I finally did. The flavours and textures of the food were amazing. The passion came through the food and the service was attentive but not over the top. The serves were incredibly generous and the ambience of the restaurant was perfect for a date. Keep up the amazing work!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is perfect for group dining with their Chefs Menu - ample food and great quality - I wish they accepted Amex.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We arrived at 8.45 as per our booking and service was not commensurate with the menu. I was surprised because I have come to expect great food and service from bodega restaurants. Our drinks order was taken ten minutes after we sat. It was delivered 25 minutes after we sat - frankly if I’m paying $14 a glass I expect better service. We ordered a set menu - it wasn’t well curated - too many sour vinegar based food that stripped our mouths. The meats were perfect though. Beyond perfect the lamb was Devine. Sorry we had this experience because bodega restaurants are great usually. K.

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing, very attentive and sweet! Forgot his name, but he is from turkey x

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and service. The set menu will make sure you leave suitably full and satisfied. Most definitely worth a visit.

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F
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such delicious flavours in all the dishes coupled with excellent service and comprehensive wine list.

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PC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great with some fantastic combinations
Service was good very professional and understood the menu items and wine list very well , answered all of our questions
For me the only two issues I thought the whole bream that we ordered was slightly overcooked which made it a little dry and the gap between the mezze plates and the main course plates was too long which meant that we were a little rushed at the end as the next group of dinners were ready to arrive

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GE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Highly anticipated dinner as had to book 6 weeks out and take second seating at 8.45pm.
Did not disappoint! Food was very good apart from fish a little dry. We chose the chefs choice at $95 pp, great value!, but too much food for our table of 4 to do justice. Will definitely go back but order a la carte & eat at earlier seating. Turkish wine v good and reasonably priced. Service excellent.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and authentic food, interesting cocktails, a nice vibe and excellent service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is impeccable and we love dining at Stanbuli.

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AH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious food, friendly staff. we really enjoyed it.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in Sydney in the last 30 years.

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice food !! A new menu each day, easy to choose selections, friendly and helpful staff.

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern twist on Turkish. Great flavours. Loved the snapper & cauliflower dishes. Chicken skewers were a bit fatty. Not much 4 kids. Upstairs has chairs with backs. Overall fantastic.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere, food outstanding. Waitresses were absolutely fantastic, young but knew how to hold conversation and knew a lot about the menu ( including the different glass of bubbles I was asking after). My 13 year old tried new foods too. A great night. Just a tip maybe not sit upstairs if you go as a couple or large group , the noise was crazy from different tables. We didn’t mind as we had a show at the Enmore to go to but if you were catching up with friends. Very very hard to hear, I was nearly yelling at the end to hold convo with my family, but again it definitely didn’t ruin the night ( as my son said it’s better than it being dead quiet). We will definitely be back!

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RN
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the feel of this place, excellent food in a relaxed environment. The service is always excellent as is the food, the lamps chops are a must and all of the mezze, the Turkish donuts are delicious. Highly recommend

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M
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not reasonable price and small portions. Otherwise staff is professional and has a warm character.

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EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have eaten in a long time. Highly recommend!!!

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food.
Awesome Service.
Great value.
Great local restaurant.

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K
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Probably wouldn't recommend Stanbuli to friends. Decent food, but for the price and quality there's better in the area for the same cuisine...Attentive staff, but ambience and layout of restaurant wasn't brilliant. A nice night out, but won't return.

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HI
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Nice staff. Good vibes. Good times!

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LF
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at this fantastic restaurant- and it continued to impress me. The $69 set banquet was superb, particularly the snapper! Definitely a favourite for me to visit when I’m in the area.

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FG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. We were seated at the bar and the waiter/barman was super helpful and attentive. We let them know we did not have long as we were heading to a show and the food appeared very quickly. It was delicious, wonderful flavours, put together perfectly. Would highly recommend this place

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d
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We had not been to Stanbuli for a while and the last occasions when we ate there we were very pleased with the advant gard twists to fine turkish dishes. We were very disappointed to find that now it has adopted a very ordinary meyhane menu and not a very good one at that. We are a Turkish family despite my name and know what to expect. We won't be coming back

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M
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything!!! Service and food simply outstanding

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb neck is incredible, atmosphere is lovely and staff attentive.

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