Stanbuli

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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.

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Enjoy a delicious Turkish dinner at Stanbuli, and then settle into the marble-top bar for the rest of the night.

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RB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been wanting to visit Stanbuli for such a long time and am so glad I finally did. The flavours and textures of the food were amazing. The passion came through the food and the service was attentive but not over the top. The serves were incredibly generous and the ambience of the restaurant was perfect for a date. Keep up the amazing work!

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K
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We arrived at 8.45 as per our booking and service was not commensurate with the menu. I was surprised because I have come to expect great food and service from bodega restaurants. Our drinks order was taken ten minutes after we sat. It was delivered 25 minutes after we sat - frankly if I’m paying $14 a glass I expect better service. We ordered a set menu - it wasn’t well curated - too many sour vinegar based food that stripped our mouths. The meats were perfect though. Beyond perfect the lamb was Devine. Sorry we had this experience because bodega restaurants are great usually. K.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is perfect for group dining with their Chefs Menu - ample food and great quality - I wish they accepted Amex.

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing, very attentive and sweet! Forgot his name, but he is from turkey x

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and service. The set menu will make sure you leave suitably full and satisfied. Most definitely worth a visit.

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F
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such delicious flavours in all the dishes coupled with excellent service and comprehensive wine list.

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PC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great with some fantastic combinations
Service was good very professional and understood the menu items and wine list very well , answered all of our questions
For me the only two issues I thought the whole bream that we ordered was slightly overcooked which made it a little dry and the gap between the mezze plates and the main course plates was too long which meant that we were a little rushed at the end as the next group of dinners were ready to arrive

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GE
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Highly anticipated dinner as had to book 6 weeks out and take second seating at 8.45pm.
Did not disappoint! Food was very good apart from fish a little dry. We chose the chefs choice at $95 pp, great value!, but too much food for our table of 4 to do justice. Will definitely go back but order a la carte & eat at earlier seating. Turkish wine v good and reasonably priced. Service excellent.

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NS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and authentic food, interesting cocktails, a nice vibe and excellent service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food is impeccable and we love dining at Stanbuli.

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AH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

delicious food, friendly staff. we really enjoyed it.

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NH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meals I've had in Sydney in the last 30 years.

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice food !! A new menu each day, easy to choose selections, friendly and helpful staff.

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KH
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern twist on Turkish. Great flavours. Loved the snapper & cauliflower dishes. Chicken skewers were a bit fatty. Not much 4 kids. Upstairs has chairs with backs. Overall fantastic.

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Atmosphere, food outstanding. Waitresses were absolutely fantastic, young but knew how to hold conversation and knew a lot about the menu ( including the different glass of bubbles I was asking after). My 13 year old tried new foods too. A great night. Just a tip maybe not sit upstairs if you go as a couple or large group , the noise was crazy from different tables. We didn’t mind as we had a show at the Enmore to go to but if you were catching up with friends. Very very hard to hear, I was nearly yelling at the end to hold convo with my family, but again it definitely didn’t ruin the night ( as my son said it’s better than it being dead quiet). We will definitely be back!

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RN
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the feel of this place, excellent food in a relaxed environment. The service is always excellent as is the food, the lamps chops are a must and all of the mezze, the Turkish donuts are delicious. Highly recommend

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M
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not reasonable price and small portions. Otherwise staff is professional and has a warm character.

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EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have eaten in a long time. Highly recommend!!!

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food.
Awesome Service.
Great value.
Great local restaurant.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Probably wouldn't recommend Stanbuli to friends. Decent food, but for the price and quality there's better in the area for the same cuisine...Attentive staff, but ambience and layout of restaurant wasn't brilliant. A nice night out, but won't return.

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HI
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food. Nice staff. Good vibes. Good times!

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LF
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at this fantastic restaurant- and it continued to impress me. The $69 set banquet was superb, particularly the snapper! Definitely a favourite for me to visit when I’m in the area.

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FG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. We were seated at the bar and the waiter/barman was super helpful and attentive. We let them know we did not have long as we were heading to a show and the food appeared very quickly. It was delicious, wonderful flavours, put together perfectly. Would highly recommend this place

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d
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We had not been to Stanbuli for a while and the last occasions when we ate there we were very pleased with the advant gard twists to fine turkish dishes. We were very disappointed to find that now it has adopted a very ordinary meyhane menu and not a very good one at that. We are a Turkish family despite my name and know what to expect. We won't be coming back

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M
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything!!! Service and food simply outstanding

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb neck is incredible, atmosphere is lovely and staff attentive.

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LY
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We did the chef pick and although a lot of food and tasty not value for money . Would be best to choose own food. Felt rushed near the end. Also 8.45 being second sitting was a little too late.

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n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and an interesting menu. Staff passionate about the food and wine

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MR
Sydney / NSW
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food especially the octopus and potatoes - outstanding. Delicious salads and vegetables. Bread was delicious. Can’t fault the food. The ambience is not quite there in the upstairs room - very noisy and a bit bland. Service was patchy - we waited around 15 minutes for a drink order to be taken and half an hour for our order to be taken despite having to be out of the restaurant within a less than two hour time slot. Value - perhaps a little on the expensive side given a lot of the dishes we had were vegetable based. But give it a try if you haven’t been.

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N
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional service from the moment we arrived. Nothing was too much trouble. Excellent food. Our table of 4 decided to go with the banquet, which was excellent. Our only complaint - too much food! We were 4 hungry people but simply couldn’t eat it all.

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AW
Sydney / NSW
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant as always.

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M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try something different (not Asian, Italian or Australian food) and was a great surprise. The place was really nice and fancy (the only thing that we missed were the chairs with backrest). The waiter was charming and helped us a lot to choose the food because we barely know Turkish food. The dishes were really tasty, and we enjoyed our dinner. If I have to say something bad, maybe the wine was a bit expensive.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere at Stanbuli is so vibrant. Thoroughly enjoyed everything from the moment we were seated. The waiters were wonderful and the food was amazing. Will definitely be recommending Stanbuli to all my friends & family.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. The food was fabulous and the vibe terrific. It was noisy though, which made conversation hard.

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the banquet which was good value and delicious! Our waitress was just delightful. The food at Stanbuli is always a hit and so many great options for vegetarian diners.

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N
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly delicious, tantalising and vibrant food. Lovely interior (with special attention to preserving the heritage storefront) and amiable ambience, it was the perfect location to celebrate my Man’s 45th birthday with an intimate and indulgent meal. Special thanks to the barman who suggested the delightful sherry accompaniments to our desserts. Bloody yum!

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Gorgeous food but banquet option not the best value for money. Impeccable service and beautiful restaurant.

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G
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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.

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TB
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

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!

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RE
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Very friendly staff who are constantly making sure you are ok and everything is ok. Will visit again.

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