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Stanbuli, Enmore, AU-NSW

Stanbuli

4.8
4.8
676 Reviews
$40 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Turkish

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (02) 8624 3132

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ibrahim Kasif

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Stanbuli can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (02) 8624 3132

  • Neighborhood

    Enmore

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Newtown Station - 5 minute walk

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

Menu

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What 676 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. E

    Emilym

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A brilliant night saying goodbye to one of my favourite restaurants and the incredible people behind it. Ibs’ food has always been made with so much love, Phoebe and the FOH team always delivering service that made us feel so welcome. Congratulations on an incredible venue and thank you for every experience. Lots of love xxx

  2. LM

    LiamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food but most of all the service was outstanding.

  3. KQ

    KQ22

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Authentic Turkish food, rich flavors that melt in your mouth. You keep eating as you don’t want to leave any!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience. Unfortunate the restaurant would be closing soon. Wish I had visited more often. Thank you.

  5. s

    sebe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Probably the best restaurant in Sydney. Perhaps the Nation.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fab meal and sad to hear they are closing their doors.

  7. MS

    MikiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it. Will miss it. Outstanding food and great service.

  8. MR

    MajaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. I really enjoyed this meal.

  9. LO

    LindsayO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of the great Newtown restaurants, the service is second to none and the food and drink wonderful, great location opposite the enmore theatre , we had the Softa menu started with a cocktail or 2 then a beautiful feast of flavours wonderful breads and dips and some excellent meat dishes from the char grill , I love the charred olives and honey , the mushrooms and the stuffed mussels but most of all I love the staff , don’t miss out I hear they’re closing soon

  10. o

    olivia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Absolutely amazing food! The octopus is some of the best I've ever eaten. The waitress was lovely and the overall vibe is great. Would highly recommend it!

  11. PC

    PetaC

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really loved it. Cute place with interesting food that was delicious

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and lovely service!

  13. HM

    HaleM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food, service and atmosphere is just amazing! Highly recommend!

  14. GC

    GiacomoC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food,simple but tasty Service was fast and professional. We will come back again for sure.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We had an absolutely delightful time here. Food was amazing! My partner is Turkish and it’s hard to impress him with any Turkish food that’s not his mums! Even he was in heaven! We wished that the music was better for ambience, there was lovely jazz on and then a random rap song came on and ruined the vibe for 4 minutes. Apart from that everything was seamless!

  16. R

    Rosie

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific food and wine. The staff are helpful and very friendly.

  17. SC

    SevdaC

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you're after honest authentic Turkish food that packs a punch with each morsel, then this is the place to go. Best Turkish food in Sydney!! Chef and team have got it down pat; from flavours, to correct pronunciations of the dishes. Mezes are exceptional, wine from Cappadocia bright, and the lamb chop with pilav was super delish! Best Cacik! Friendly, yummy, generous and great value for money! Can't speak highly of it enough. Even the lemon cologne was a pleasant addition to the experience....(the little things!) Thanks Stanbuli

  18. BT

    BrettT

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Another absolutely wonderful meal & experience. The only gripe was that the food came way too quick despite us being part of the first sitting.

  19. PB

    PaulieB

    Sydney

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We chose the Chef's menu. Plenty of variety and food. No favourite as it was all delicious.

  20. JX

    JudyX

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always outstanding!! Service on point! Food on point 👌

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and service. Generous sized servings. Friendly attentive staff. Great atmosphere. The house made pide is excellent as are all of the mezze dishes we tried. Definitely try the stuffed mussels. Can’t wait to go back and sample more delicious Turkish dishes !

  22. JB

    JaceyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have not been this impressed with a restaurant in a long time. Incredible food and service. 10/10.

  23. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service. Delicious and lovely ambience for dinner

  24. A

    Aaaaaa

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic place, amazing staff, terrific food and so much of it!

  25. C

    Cris

    Canberra

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great value for quantity and quality of food on set menu

  26. LS

    LouiseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, generous portions and lovely environment

  27. C

    Caitlyn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, tasty food with fantastic service. We were on a set menu for 5 people and it was such good value!

  28. SM

    SelmaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food. Great service. Would recommend Stanbuli.

  29. MP

    MartinP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    The good and service is spectacular. The upstairs room with tables is violently noisy ….they need carpet or rugs to deaden the noise

  30. HS

    HollyS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Authentic Turkish food, fantastic service and wonderful homely vibe but it's also super cool. We had the set menu which we wholeheartedly recommend!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Turkish restaurants are a dime a dozen in Newtown, but Stanbuli is a cut above. Highly recommend, banquet menu is the way to go.

  32. PD

    PaulD

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Menu is broad with lots of choice to suit everyone’s requirements. All of our dishes were delicious, service excellent and overall a great experience. Highly recommended

  33. BM

    BrianM

    Sydney

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Where do I even begin? Let’s start with the fantastic and attentive service from the moment we got through the door, and now the food: absolutely high quality, cooked to perfection. Tastes and seasonings were sublime. Highly recommended. I will definitely be returning.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never ever disappointed here always brilliant food and cracking service

  35. CL

    CamillaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was incredible, the interiors and atmosphere was lovely and the staff were super helpful and friendly

  36. M

    Markf

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    This is a mezze / tappas bar that forces you down a fixed menu if you have 5 or more people @59 per cover with 10% forced service charge. We went there with our 3 kids. It ende up being small portions of food for the cost. The meals that were force on us were not the "good one", in fact the last dish consisted of probably the toughest lamb chops we ever had. Was not a good place for us, not returning.

    StanbuliResponded on January 17, 2022

    In our experience groups of 5 and 6, struggle ordering the right amount of food. They order a $15 dish and complain it wasn't enough for 6 ppl to share or they have to double to triple up. We want our guests to have the best experience, so we curate the dinner for the them. Let's not go past how rude you were, how called us a cafeteria and said you won't be coming back before the food came out. fair to say you were the rudest, most miserable guests this restaurant has ever had.

  37. DD

    DeeDee

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really great food, personal service. The staff were run off their feet but did a fantastic job. Really good drink menu and atmosphere

  38. FT

    FionaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Never disappoints. Staff are efficient and friendly

  39. SR

    ShayneR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Nice food and great service. Price was reasonable, but a good variety of foods. Probably could expand some parts of the menu (desert and drinks) but the place was clean and welcoming, noise level was reasonably well contained considering the acoustics. Would be happy dine there again.

  40. SM

    SimonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful service, bountiful , delicious food. Great value and welcoming atmosphere.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Stanbuli is rated 4.8 stars by 676 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Enmore

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Newtown Station - 5 minute walk

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ibrahim Kasif

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (02) 8624 3132

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Stanbuli can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (02) 8624 3132

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