Stanbuli

4.6
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498 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.
What 498 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlBee
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So wonderful to be able to eat at Stanbuli again. Really delicious and interesting food, great atmosphere (and cocktails!), and amazing service.

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vipdetritus
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, will go again

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SarahM
London
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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! :)

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EloiseN
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Olivia
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! And service was excellent.

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ZacM
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Rowan
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is beautiful, with a terrific variety in dishes. The staff are fantastic.

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Madeleine
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and amazing service - what more could you want!

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JaneU
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stanbulli is excellent. Delicious food,
generous serves and outstanding service. Highly recommend a visit and the set menu.

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Peter
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific menu choices,excellent service and great music tracks.

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HollyM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food and service, can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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GordonB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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AmandaM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ! Great food ! Nice and quick ! Got us to our show at the Enmore on time

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FionaB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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CoreyZ
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience2

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.

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GemmaP
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely beautiful set menu and recommendations. The restaurant air con was on the chilly side though.

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LizN
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing meal with interesting flavours. Extremely enjoyable.

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HayleyC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. We’ll definitely be going back.

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keithk
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good experience. Food was delicious and friendly staff and environment

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Walt
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

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.

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DanAus
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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JamesG
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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GULERE
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.

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AnkurM
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.

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

Everything about Stanbuli is good. Highly recommended.

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SachiyoJ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Michael
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.

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Splegs
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.

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

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

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

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

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MaryO
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’

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DavidJ
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.

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Angela
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.

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hyc03
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

What a fantastic evening. Amazing food shared with Friends

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JoanneP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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