Stanbuli

4.5
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426 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 426 People Are Saying
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CA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

SR
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food Exceeded! All our expectations!
Not one bite was regrettable and we deliberately left room for dessert and we’re not disappointed!!!
Customer Service, Brilliant, Friendly, Knowledgable and just attentive enough :)

So worth a try!

LP
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous staff. Food was amazing and so much. We actually couldn’t choose a favourite dish as they were equally good.

DT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went to Stanbuli with a group - food and service was fantastic. The mezze plates were particularly outstanding. The chef also served up two vegetarian mains (shared) off the menu, very accommodating staff.

MR
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning and very different!

In the world where everyone sells the same thing, this place so stands out!

Welcome, food, ambience and the overall experience is pure 10!

Cannot wait to go back, thanks guys
Marina

L
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Slightly more sophisticated take on traditional turkish cuisine. Delicious, but not as fancy as it tries to be.

JT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food and many vegetarian options.
Nice ambience and helpful and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended

SD
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We would definitely do it again.

Great food, great service

JB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, a very enjoyable meal, efficient friendly staff. We were served in a timely manner. The food was excellent, we chose the chefs recommendations and were very happy. Will certainly go back.

E
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Ridiculously average food, well presented.
Service varies from exemplary to overtly familiar and inappropriate, depending on who you get.
The flavour of the Emperor's New Clothes.

SB
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at Stanbuli was absolutely fantastic. The servings were a good size and the waiting staff were friendly and helpful. I’ll definitely be back soon.

JS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great. The food was amazing, but I did not like the snapper.

DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

For the service yes.. service was impeccable but I go to eat The food was good however the lamb was so overpriced. And you can get just As good a couple of doors up for 1/3 the price.

The salads were beautiful but were swimming in dressing!

SR
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Cypriot Turkish restaurant in Sydney! Absolutely amazing food, service and atmosphere! Cannot fault this restaurant

D
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My 3rd time at Stanbuli, but 1st time opting for Chef's Menu ($69 without dessert, $75 with dessert). Wish I'd have done this the previous times. Incredible! And great value for money compared to dining a la carte.

M
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and vibe great for a Saturday night. Attentive service and great wine list made it a birthday to remember!

JR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Recommended to us by friends, we enjoyed an excellent meal, the service was friendly and efficient, couldn't fault it really. We had the chefs choice which was outstanding. My only recommendation is to go with an empty stomach as there is a lot of food. We could have had half of the Meze plates that were served as we ended up taking the rest home which again was no trouble.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

such a pleasant place, relaxed, delicious things to eat -

CA
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Unfortunately we sat downstairs at a table that was in a high traffic area. The seats were bar stools that weren't comfortable for the age of some of my party. There was no option given for another table. The food and service were excellent.

JC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was outstanding from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. The food was absolutely delicious, and the place has a great and cosy atmosphere. We came to celebrate our anniversary and definitely will be back

JW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were sat at the end of the bar - which was perfect! The wine selection was great and the bartender did a great job with recommendations and keeping us topped up. Food was delicious but we were encouraged to get one more dish that we had trouble fitting it!
Over all 5/5!

PL
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was absolutely top notch! The servers know everything about the food and wine, and made some fantastic recommendations! Friendly, comfortable ambiance and really nice staff. We’ll be back!

S
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always consistently amazing. Staff very knowledgeable and provide excellent recommendations

CV
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! Lovely space. Will come back for sure!

RD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. You can taste the freshness in every bite! I love coming here!!

NS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

i have been to many turkish places but this one defiantly beats them all

JS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great service & delicious food!

GW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant food and excellent service. Can’t wait to go back.

EM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The only annoying thing is the time 8.45 and the table before is where late so by the time we ordered was 9.20! I was starving and also despite telling them I had allergies to capsicum two entrees both had capsicum and I couldn’t eat them. Lots of capsicum on your menu!

AM
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive service in a bustling eatery. Lovely fresh food. Recommend.

S
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a wonderful experience. The food was outrageously good. Every dish we ordered, left us in awe. Perhaps a little pricey, but it’s impossible to feel anything other than 100% satisfied when the food is THAT good. The staff were so lovely and made the experience most enjoyable. Would one hundred percent go again!

MS
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome vibe, great service and delicious food. Will be back again!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was absolutely wonderful. The food is delicious and the staff were so fun and friendly. We will most definitely be going back.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Although it comes out too quick not a lot of time given between course. Felt really rushed. Had to Chefs choice for 75.00 per person

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was great, food very good. Very enjoyable experience.

AS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service, great food & flavours. Will be back.

RB
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
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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