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.
What Insiders Are Saying
Enjoy a delicious Turkish dinner at Stanbuli, and then settle into the marble-top bar for the rest of the night.
Turkish is one of our favourite food but this place might be the first time and last time for us. Food was great and service was good but we prefer to enjoy a food setting on a normal chair, not with uncomfortable wooden bar chair, and looking at the white wall. We would be happy to pay the kinda bill if they have a better ambience, interior, and music.
Have heard great things about this place, so took my mum there on sat night! It was sooo loud we almost left right away, but after working all day, just wanted to eat & enjoy some wine. It took a while to get a food menu, I actually had to ask for one. Service was good, however having not been there before we asked our waiter how many dishes we should order, in which case we were advised 4 Meze starters & 2 mains. By the time the mains came out we had to box them up to take away having around a mouthful of each main. So so disappointing. We had a whole octupus & 4 huge lamb steaks for 2 people just in the mains. Wine was $16-$18 a glass and delicious. I’ve worked in hospitality for 20 odd years & felt there was no need to upsell this amount of food for 2 people, 1 being elderly! Anyway I will not be returning or recommending this restaurant. When I asked to speak to the Manager, it turned out that he was actually our waiter, so he really should have known better. When I complained to him about his recommendation he did say he should have not done that & took a couple of things off, so we paid $190 & he took about $25-$30 off, personally I would have taken off the mains $80 worth. He was a nice guy, but super Stuffed up!
Great service! Very friendly staff who are constantly making sure you are ok and everything is ok. Will visit again.
Amazing food, great service and a great price.
Can’t wait to go back.
Food is amazing! You will not go home hungry! Staff is amazing. Went here for my birthday and staff certainly made me feel special.
Food at Stanbuli is truly amazing, as is the ambience of the restaurant. Unfortunately we felt the waitress upsold quite a lot so we ended up with way too much food and a bill to match.
My dining experience @ Stanbuli was of excellent standard.
I took my Friend to Stanbuli for her Birthday.
It was her first time attending this Restaurant.
We both enjoyed all the food items that were served to us both.
The Entree items were all very tasty and wholesome.
Our main course items were all very tasty also.
All these foods come from the Turkish Culture.
I recommend to all people to book in a Reservation and enjoy a dinner evening / night @ Stanbuli.
The Restaurant is very classy & unique.
I will always recommend this Restaurant to Family & Friends.
Fabulous everything except for the noise level. Food and staff 5 star
Due to technical problems and misunderstandings , I have had a payment issue at the restaurant last night. I have been embarrassed, belittled, put into a very low position and being yelled at and asked to leave the restaurant while I was trying to pay. My endless request of asking him to calm down did not work and he didn’t let me speak to any other manager or the owner. It will be the one and only restaurant in Sydney that I will not be walking in the door ever again. Horrible experience and I am still upset by it.
Fantastic service and food, but severely letdown by the ambience factor: it was as noisey as a nightclub upstairs and the music selection belonged in a suburban RSL, not a Modern Turkish restaurant. Overall however I cannot fault Stanbuli, and the service was 100%!
The food was fine, however the service and attitude of the wait staff was probably the worst I have ever experienced. Also they served us beer that was out of date and tried to pass it off as being ok. Also there is no signage - we walked up and down the street trying to find the restaurant. Wouldn’t return.. based purely on the terrible service.. it’s Newtown not Paris guys..
Great food with very attentive service. We were probably encouraged to order too much.
Super tasty! Great food was amazing (best octopus I ever had) and the staff great. Thank you
We ordered the tasting menu and asked the chef to select the dishes. Everything was fresh and delicious. We also made a special request to try the Beef Rib as part of the tasting menu and the friendly staff were so kind to make this happen. We felt very lucky and very special. The beef rib was INCREDIBLE!
OMG. I didn’t eat the entire next day - I was so full. The food was sensation and the service was outstanding. So much food with the banquet- I would probably al la carte next time as we had so much food leftover but it was anazing. And the baclava sooooooooo delicious abs I’m not a desert person. It’s not to sweet and big delicious chunks of pistachio. So impressed - loved it ❤️
First time there but would go again. Food is excellent and service good. Ambience is buzzing. We were downstairs. Considering having a party upstairs.
Fantastic food and fabulous service highly recommend
Was absolutely fabulous. The food was a high end version of Turkish food. Staff really attentive and helpful.
Amazing place to dine in , their Turkish cuisine is quite yummy and tasty. Great staff and awesome service.
It was a delicious but uneven experience.It has a wonderful ambience and the small mezi plates and the whole whiting were absolutely delicious.However the lamb was tough and uninviting and coloured my view of the meal.Interestingly there was a bordeaux blend from the gallipoli peninsular which was a curiosity but perhaps overrated for the price.A very enjoyable experience which next time will be sculptured to the strengths of the restaurant.
The food was tasty but I feel it was very overpriced
Food yumm, service fantastic... loved it.
Stanbuli is our favourite restaurant in Sydney, and we always dine here when up from Melbourne. We loved the new menu and the stand-our dish was most definitely the grilled calamari, beans and celery dish. The most amazing combination of flavours! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to order dips with our pita bread, which we thought was rather silly. Everyone around us was eating it as part of the banquet menu, but we weren’t able to order it as it wasn’t on the menu as a separate item. And it is not an item that would normally sell out. This was disappointing, as the pita was very bland without it. We also thought the previous spiced bread was so much better - please bring it back! The service was not up to it’s usual standard. The waitress forgot one of our kingfish dishes and was not apologetic, so we were left hungrier than normal.
Restaurant was too noisy. A table of four and we callus not hear each other. Food and service excellent. Please get some sound attenuation installations.
It was great - unusual food - and we were helped with the choices. I did think we could have been explained that the cauliflower dish (which was delicious) was very large - certainly way too big for two women. The ambiance and we loved the atmosphere. Probably would have liked a choice to have had a table rather than sit at the bar - still it was great anyway.
We had the banquet with dessert. The Gavurdagi Salata (green olive salad) and Zeytin (warm black olives with holey oil) were the stars of the starters. Delicious Kofte and perfectly cooked Ton Balik (grilled tuna) were also stand-outs on the menu. We also tasted the Raki, served traditionally, which was a great divider between main and dessert. Overall, the food was amazing, but the noise level was making it a little difficult to converse with the whole table of four. Would definitely visit again.
As is often the case, the entrees are outstanding and the mains are kinda boring nice, but not amazing. Great service but this place is very expensive. Worth a try though. Won’t rush back.
Upstairs is unbearably noisy. We couldn’t hear people at our own table.
Wayyyy toooo noisy. I don't like to dine out and raise my voice to be heard.
The chicken and tuna amazing, however the vegetables and proportion of olives to same unbalanced & overpowering.
I don't dine out at noisy restaurants more than once.
Gotta say the staff were outstanding though, very cheerful and welcoming. Five stars for the staff.
Loved it! Food was amazing. Service was great but ordered a bottle of wine and waitress neglected to top up glasses so ended up drinking half a bottle before needing to leave, would have preferred it to have been staggered.
But overall amazing!
Gorgeous food and really excellent service. We had the chefs banquet which was absolutely divine, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Second visit and just as amazing as the first. Took family members for the first time and they loved the place and want to definitely come back as we will too. Beautiful food.
The absolute best service. Cannot praise the waitstaff enough - efficient, friendly, attentive, professional. They knew what we needed before we even did!!
Can't wait to come back!
Amazing food, friendly and professional service, great menu, also devine drinks
Always great food!
Food was amazing. So tasty. Service friendly, helpful in navigating menu, attentive to detail and observant as to what was happening on the table. Couldn’t recommend high enough.
We visited to celebrate my birthday. Being a group we decided to go for a banquet. The food was absolutely delicious and the quantity of food was nothing short of biblical. In regards to wine, we stuck with the Turkish selections and were not disappointed. Great food, interesting and delicious wine. Most definitely coming back!
A really disappointing experience.
It is written when you book that bookings for 2 may be seated at the bar but I thought it wouldn't actually happen for a booking and was just written there as a backup, just in case, due to the word "may" being used in place of "will be seated at the bar". This is a really unpleasant way to have an expensive meal, especially when this neighborhood has great food for a fraction of the price.
The chicken skewer was tough, we could only eat about half of it. The food was fine but definitely wouldn't recommend dining here on a date or ever with two people.
An absolutely delicious meal. I’d been here three times before so I knew the feast that awaited. But I took a couple of friends who’ve never tried stanbuli. They were suitably impressed. We had the cauliflower and the pumpkin, the spectacular salad, the koftas and the octopus, as well as olives and their ridiculously good bread. It’s not cheap. But i consider the high quality and innovation of the menu well worth the price. The only downside is the noise. Positively deafening if you’re seated next to some large parties as we were. We could barely hear ourselves think.
Food was absolutely amazing. We shared a lamb shoulder which was on the specials menu, which was beautifully tender. The pumpkin main was also really tasty and definitely worth ordering. Staff were attentive. Would recommend!