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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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
Food is absolutely amazing. Generous serves and excellent service.
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!
Had a fantastic dinner with a group of 6...had the amazing value set menu and everything was delicious
Great food; great wine; excellent, knowledgeable staff
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)
Food was absolutely divine and we highly recommend the service ,food and wine.
Absolutely phenomenal. Great place will definitely visit again.
Best Turkish food in Sydney. Mezz is great. We didn’t need to order more.
So good, highly recommend. The lamb ribs, just get them. Nice wine selection, best montepulciano I've had.
Absolutely outstanding, as always! Favourite restaurant in Sydney 😇
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..
Amazing all round! Loved the food, great service and fantastic value!
great lively venue, excellent food - generous and tasty
Delicious food, amazing and helpful service - will definitely come again with more people so we can order more!
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.
We had an awesome night. Great food and brilliant service.
Outstanding food quality & service highly recommended
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.
Highly highly recommend, food was fantastic, service was perfect and we had a fabulous experience.
Delicious food, excellent service, great atmosphere - and all under Covid-safe conditions. A lovely evening!
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!
Amazing food. Attentive and lovely service. Great atmosphere.
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
Great food, great service. Had a lovely time, looking forward to another visit in the future!
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.
Delicious, great food and ambience. Would recommend
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!
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.
Friendly as always. Respecting of social distancing requirements.
Amazing staff, delicious food, well priced - will be back soon!
Food was AMAZING! Such a lovely dinner and great opportunity to catch up with friends. They were well set up for socially distant dining
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.
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
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.
The food was fantastic. Service was excellent. A great night out.
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!!
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.
So wonderful to be able to eat at Stanbuli again. Really delicious and interesting food, great atmosphere (and cocktails!), and amazing service.
Good food, great service, will go again
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! :)
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.