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Stanbuli

4.6
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535 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 535 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is absolutely amazing. Generous serves and excellent service.

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GraemeD
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just one of those evenings where everything comes together... this, of course, is no accident.. the staff, the atmosphere, and the food were all marvelous! Thankyou!

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AussieFoodLover
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic dinner with a group of 6...had the amazing value set menu and everything was delicious

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vipdetritus
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great wine; excellent, knowledgeable staff

LM
LynneM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and wine and the ambience was good. Staff were very helpful in tyring to help me track down a lost wallet later. (Sadly I didn't find it)

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JennyC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely divine and we highly recommend the service ,food and wine.
Thank you

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CherieMu
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal. Great place will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Turkish food in Sydney. Mezz is great. We didn’t need to order more.

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AlfE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, highly recommend. The lamb ribs, just get them. Nice wine selection, best montepulciano I've had.

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NatDab
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding, as always! Favourite restaurant in Sydney 😇

AB
AdamB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I've been wanting to come for ages and finally made it.. It was definitely worth the wait, the food was amazing! My only gripe was that I asked for food to come out slowly, and was told "that's not how we do things here", and then all the food came at once, very quickly - it made us feel unnecessary rushed.. somethign to keep in mind if you're hoping for a slow paced and relaxing meal..

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Madison
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all round! Loved the food, great service and fantastic value!

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TTrick
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great lively venue, excellent food - generous and tasty

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GraceD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, amazing and helpful service - will definitely come again with more people so we can order more!

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Tatzen
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a spectacularly good night out. Food is super tasty, staff friendly and knowledgeable and the venue classy without going over the top. Great vibe, will keep coming back.

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AnnaR
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome night. Great food and brilliant service.

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sueh
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality & service highly recommended

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Egeci
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our entrees and mains arrived at the same time, our reservation time was 8 pm. Obviously we were not welcomed at that time.Portions were bigger than we thought and server didn’t inform us eventually we ordered too much food. Food was amazing but we won’t come back except take away.

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Caitlin
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly highly recommend, food was fantastic, service was perfect and we had a fabulous experience.

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KerryS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, great atmosphere - and all under Covid-safe conditions. A lovely evening!

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DrunkanSriLankan
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stanbuli is adept in providing a blend of dining comfort and culinary excellence - take pleasure in knowing that regardless of the reason you book or walk-in, you will always leave knowing that you will return.

The food they serve is on par with the excellence of their Front-of-House staff who manage to guide you through their menu like an old-friend taking you through their hometown.

There is an atmosphere of excitement that simply cannot be transplanted elsewhere - and it is due to the establishments' ability to consistently dine you in a way that makes you want to tell and share your experience with others.

I look forward to finding reasons to take my loved ones and acquaintances their - quite selfishly, I'm going for the company of the food and vibe!

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AnnieB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Attentive and lovely service. Great atmosphere.

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KateK
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried many dishes and loved many . Dips , lamb pizza bread , green salad with hazelnuts yummy , gozleme , lamb skewers .
Not a lover of the burger due to too much sauce but others liked it .
All was very yummy . Onion salad , tomato salad great.
Even took some home of left overs as we ordered way too much . Will return for sure . Staff super friendly too

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covidsux
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Had a lovely time, looking forward to another visit in the future!

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JacT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Made a return visit because the food was out of this world amazing last time, but not so this time. The menu was completely changed and food was average. Pretty sure the wine list was much better last time too.
Really good service and lovely venue so it’s a shame. Won’t be returning.

LM
LibbyM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great food and ambience. Would recommend

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stanbuli exceeded all expectations, even though they were high from all the raving reviews I’d heard. Each dish was as delicious as the last, the warm and friendly service was a breath of fresh air and buffet was so affordable. I’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

I wish I could provide a better rating however my experience was just not the same as last time I visited. I was so impressed last time that I recommended the restaurant to everyone. However, the menu has since changed quite a bit and it was pretty average and lacked the unique flavour I previously enjoyed so much.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly as always. Respecting of social distancing requirements.

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BellaB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, delicious food, well priced - will be back soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was AMAZING! Such a lovely dinner and great opportunity to catch up with friends. They were well set up for socially distant dining

JR
JaneR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish was exceptional, truly beautiful food that was only enhanced by the staff who were fun to engage with and knowledgeable about what they were serving. Stand-out dishes include the gozleme, the dumplings, Grandma's rice and the tarama dip. My friends and I are still talking about how good it was.

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AlexM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great range of items - vegetarian, seafood and grilled meats - great selection of wines by the glass - amazing staff and some of the best food you will eat in Sydney

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AngelaA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. Always love coming to Stanbuli. Food was delicious and great bar style bites for Mezes. Extra attention was placed to safeguard during Covid.

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JulZ
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. Service was excellent. A great night out.

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Oliviad
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do yourself a favour and order the eggplant! What a wonderful dining experience. The staff are so helpful and warm, it’s like a homely yet fine dining experience all in one. Couldn’t recommend more highly and will definitely be back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So great to have chosen this restaurant for our first outing post isolation! We absolutely loved the experience but feel for the restaurant trying to run a business with so few patrons allowed at a time. We would have been happy if there were more people in the restaurant with us and will be rebooking very soon.
Every dish we had was fantastic - simple but incredible flavours and loved choosing from desserts that were available to see from the bar. Desserts were too cheap! Great desserts that seemed very cheap, especially the kataif which was $3 for a big slice.

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AlBee
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
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
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, will go again

SM
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! :)

FAQs

Stanbuli is rated 4.6 stars by 535 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.