House Café

Price guide: Mid-range

Salhane Sokak No. 1, Ortaköy, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

House Café Ortaköy

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#13 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, Trendiness

Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of House Café

Waterfront favourite for fresh food and specialty cocktails.

A trendsetter in Istanbul’s eating scene, the House Café dynasty offers fresh, almost California-style food in each of its well-designed locations. This one stands out for its Bosphorus view.

Food and drink: 

International fare with a Turkish twist. The seasonal menu always includes a variety of competently prepared fish and meat dishes, but the perfectly crisp thin-crust pizzas – including unusual topping combinations such as smoked turkey and cherries – burgers, and hearty salads (I like the lentil and goats' cheese one) are justifiably popular. There is a full bar, including a good (if pricey) list of specialty cocktails.

Ambience: 

The airy interior, with its big wooden tables and exposed brick walls, is hip without being overly pretentious, though the same can’t always be said of the clientele.

Service: 

Service is fine, if not particularly rave-worthy.

Location: 

The House Café has a stellar waterfront spot in the charming village of Ortaköy, looking out at the Bosphorus.

Price advice: 

Main dishes range from 16.50 lira for the cheapest pasta dish to 39.50 lira for the steak fillet; pizzas range from 17.50 to 27.50 lira.

Tables to book: 

If the weather allows, one of the two waterfront terraces is the place to be.

Other useful branches: 

The House Café’s 10 different branches include outlets in trendy Bebek and Nişantaşı and two in Beyoğlu – one in Tünel and one on İstiklal Caddesi.

More information on House Café:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
International
Address:
Salhane Sokak No. 1, Ortaköy, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 227 26 99
Website:
http://www.thehousecafe.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu 9am-1am (kitchen closes 11pm), Fri-Sat 9am-2am (kitchen closes 11.30pm), Sun 9am-midnight (kitchen closes 10.30pm).
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to House Café? Would you recommended it?