Stanbuli

4.6
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462 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.

Private Dining

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

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Special Offers

Stanbuli Early Bird Special - $50 per person

Book at 6pm on Tuesday to Thursday and for $50 per person select any dish from our Mangal/Charcoal & Wood-fire grill to share between 2. Accompanied by a selection of our traditional Turkish Meze. Or dine from our Sofra Menu for the full menu experience from $69. We are more than happy to cater to any dietary requirements so please let us know at the time you make your booking.

Terms and Conditions: Offer only available Tuesday to Thursday and bookings must be before 6.30pm.

Valid For: 2 - 7 people

Starts: 28 May 2019

Ends: 11 March 2020

Availability: Tue-Thu 18:00-18:15

What 462 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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h
1 review
Dined on 10 January 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!

OT
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 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.

MC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

FL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a fantastic evening. Amazing food shared with Friends

JP
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JA
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and drinks and a great atmosphere! Enough said!

AJ
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal food with top class service and a brilliant atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone. The charcoaled chicken honestly some of the best I've ever had. 10/10

J
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Turkish food & fantastic service from an Enmore legend

AM
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff are friendly and helpful. We dinned at the bar and had great wine and beautiful food.

SS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience2

Service was amazing, food was ok and the place was cramped and noisy
We were looking forward to this occasion and were disappointed. It was expensive and not a pleaser experience

L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food: am still reeling from the incredible flavours. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, giving good advice about quantities of dishes we would need. I don’t like the high tables and stools: it’s painful for someone with scoliosis. The bread is incredible, too. I just loved everything and look forward to going back soon.

RO
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and wine was amazing. Will definitely be back.

TC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice food and nice restaurant, service was also good.

AS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were outstandingly good. We had a great night.

JH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food, friendly service; the broad variety of Turkish cuisine is cleverly explored and interpreted at this buzzy restaurant. Always fun, never disappoints.

LG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Stanbuli for our anniversary. We were presented on our table a Congratulations card with some kind words along with a box of Turkish delight...such a nice touch. Then we were shouted some champagne to celebrate, so lovely! The wait staff were very attentive and so welcoming. They were knowledgeable and friendly. We didnt have to wait very long for our food either which was so delicious. We ordered a number of entrees to share which didn't disappoint - very flavoursome and exotic. The portions are a little small but if you order a few you get to try more of them. We also ordered the wood fired chicken which was moist and full of wood fired flavour, perhaps a little small in size for the price of the main.
Overall a very enjoyable experience was had and we will definitely be back and recommend to all our friends!

DP
Thailand
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food - like a Turkish version of Porteno.

Thought the value was a little off. We left full but were out of the door inside of an hour having spent $180 with no alcohol.

Skirt steak and Adana we’re both phenomenal. All the meze were fantastic too.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place

BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful food, kind engaged staff, deserts were an unexpected delight. I’ll be back for more meze and pudding. Oh and the drinks were great - staff recommendation for wine was spot on.

JW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The best Kofte in town. The kitchen are always so generous with the food that it it really feels like you are part of the Stanbuli family.

SR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved the food and the service was on point, friendly, attentive, interested in food and they appeared to be happy to work there. My only down point was, sitting on stools, high stools aren't good for people with back issues and short legs - I'd recommend anyone with back issues to request a table with chairs, we will definitely go back but will request a table upstairs.
Thanks for a lovely night.

H
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

By far the BEST meyhane in sydney. REAL turkish food. Such a diverse menu, vegan friendly but not shy to please the carnivores.

LH
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Beautiful and delicious food with a clear influence of home and grandma-style cooking, yet with a high-degree of elegance. The tasting menu offers incredible value, the food just kept coming! The ambience is pleasant and the building has been renovated nicely. However, the lighting was too dim to properly see the food and I felt my eyes straining after I left the restaurant. It is also quite loud and I had trouble hearing the waiters when they were placing food on the table. Apart from those minor atmospheric issues, the food and service were excellent. I had a Turkish wine paired with the wood-fired lamb. The acidity was quite unique; sharp enough to balance the decadently fatty lamb kofte, but never reaching a point of abrasiveness when sipped on its own. Well done! Overall we had a delightful experience, thank you to all the team!

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere and food were brilliant. The service excellent, but friendly. The Sofra menu was a fantastic option as we got to taste so much, if anything, there was too much food!! Would highly recommend.

AC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Yet another fab experience eating delicious food and drinking beautiful wine

CM
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great food, excellent service. Never been there before, will definetely go again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were fab.

IT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Turkish food served by friendly efficient staff in a relaxed and stylish environment. Top marks in my opinion and very worthy of repeat visits.

RC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved everything we had, especially stuffed muscles and fried cauliflower with tahini sauce were amazing! We will be back for sure

TV
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the atmosphere, service and food at Stanbuli. I will keep recommending this place to anyone who will listen.

A
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was really exceptional and we had a great night. Music was great and set a nice vibe but maybe just a touch too loud. Would also be good to have a more modest priced wine as there are none under $65. Other than that I can't fault this place and look forward to going back.

SN
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, highly recommend. Have been here a couple of times and have enjoyed it each time.

MB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was very friendly, and the food was brilliant. The Sofra menu is great value. It's not as 'fine dining' atmosphere as we thought but this turned out to be nice.

MJ
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

We were really looking forward to going here. I frequently go to a lot of their restaurants and love them but this was a real let down. My friend and I felt so incredibly rushed, as soon as we sat down we were pounced on and then every few minutes after that. My friend and I had a lot to catch up on and were excited to see each other so enjoying chatting at first but we just felt quite uncomfortable with the pressure. The waiter pushed the chefs menu so we went with that as seemed easy, especially as it didn’t feel like they would wait much longer for us to review the menu properly. The food arrived really quickly and the menu was just far to much for 2 people. Half way through they told us we only had 30 mins left before we had to leave as there was another booking. We had to cancel the dessert part of the chefs menu as there was no way we could have got through it all. We were obviously really disappointed as there was so much food and no time to enjoy it all so they just told us they could box it up for us. Needless to say the waiters were getting annoyed as we were still there when they wanted us gone. We were going as fast as we could! We literally had to take home half of our meal and frustratingly they didn’t put lids on the takeaway boxes, just wrapped them in foil so the food leaked everywhere, through the paper bag and all over the poor bar seats we went to nearby. We were mortified as had no idea! Anyway the waiters were pretty unpleasant and we were practically pushed out the door with empty tables all around us, including our own as it didn’t seem like another reservation was coming. When we walked out we heard the front of house telling walk-ins they could get a table in 5 -10mins! So disappointing. We would have loved to have stayed and spent more money (already having dropped $190 in under 2 hours as we had no choice) so went to Queen Chow for a drink and had fantastic service there. It was so refreshing after what we’d just experienced.

CB
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely incredible. Of course I ordered way too much and couldn't finish so will be back to have another go soon.

HW
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best high-end food in Newtown (probably), served by fantastic staff in chic surroundings.

CA
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Food, Service & Ambiance. Wine List is great but entry point is expensive, which to me makes it a special occasion place. If it had a decent "House Red / White" at the $30-$40 range, making overall meal more affordable, would eat their regularly..... so if you don't need wine, it's a great place!!

FT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service but it is still quite noisy. There are noise dampening attempts which is great to see.

JG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A special experience - such knowledge and sophistication from the staff but without pomposity .. just respect... and so much sensational food for a good price (we did the banquet at $69 pp)... We left with a giant doggy bag because we couldn't bear to waste a morsel. I'll be back for sure. These guys are so good at what they do.
Jo

ME
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food!
Favourites were the muhallebi with mandarin granita, kunenfe and adana kebab.