House Café

Address: Salhane Sokak No. 1, Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 227 26 99

- Mid-range

4.5

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
4.4
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Service
4
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.5
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Location
4.6
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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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nightlife
  • Trendiness
  • Chilling out

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