Their food is unbelievably good.
I had meze, raki and then kebabs.
All the customers were Turkish when we were there.
As a bonus you'll get a wonderful view over the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.
Favorite Dish Everything!!!
Reviews claimed it to be an upscale restaurant, it is not. Medium scale. Service was exceptionally rude, tried to discourage us from eating there's do provide us with rushed, almost offense, service. The food wasn't that great to warrant their rankings.
Hamdi is one of the well known kebab restaurants in Istanbul. The menu provides a variety of specialties. If you can find a place in the terrace (reservation suggested) which overlooks Galata Bridge, you will enjoy the delicious kebabs while you fall in love with the Istanbul silhoutte. Leave some room for the desserts too.
Favorite Dish Fistikli Kebap (Kebab with pistacchio) is my favorite dish. If you like eggplant, they have many nice kebabs with it. Domatesli Kebap (Kebab with tomatoes) is another favorite of mine.
My first acquaintance with Hamdi was in a book of Murat Belge, Istanbul Gezi Rehberi. He wrote that it was a small kebap restaurant for the shop owners around Egyptian Bazaar, Tahtakale… Let me explain something here. We call these special restaurants which serve only for shop owners as “esnaf lokantasi” and it is a rule that these restaurants have really good meal, because they have to satisfy the same customers everyday. This rule can be applied anywhere in Turkey. I use it in my Turkey trips and never experienced an exception.
In this book I mentioned, writer told that this restaurant was quite small but serving delicious kebabs. It had reputation and grew bigger. Success changed this modest kebap vendor into a luxurious restaurant.
Now it is a huge building with 3 floors in Eminonu Square. This success story could be impressive but people know both faces of Hamdi can prefer the old and small one. I cannot tell you the difference between the old and new Hamdi’s. But I can recommend you its dishes. I had a Beyti kebab, lahmacun, and tried a piece of Adana (this name is registered, so you can’t see Adana Kebap in the menu. It was Birecik Kebab or something like this.) of my friend. As an experienced red meat and kebab eater, I must admit that their kebabs are one of the best kebabs I ever ate.
So, go to this prize-winner restaurant. Let the people in front of the building lead you. There is an awesome terrace over the building. Try to make a reservation (you can make it online) or go there out of lunch or dinner hours to have a good table with view. (View is Galata Bridge, Galata Tower, Golden Horn, Yeni Cami, Karakoy…) Then, have some appetizers, but not much. You’ll need to save some empty space in your stomach for kebab. Order the kebab you picked. Wait till you are free from other tastes; prepare yourself for the first bite. Put a piece of kebab into your mouth. Squeeze it. Smell it. Enjoy it and learn how a kebab should taste like actually.
Located near the new mosque and the spice market. This restaurant has great food and good and speedy service but the price are thru the roof......we had lamb kehbab at $15 Lira.....which is fine when we got the plate, it had 4 small chunks of lamb, for $15 lira....way over priced. It would take 3 or 4 plates to have a full meal.....recommend it for the food, but be aware of the prices
Hamdi used to be a very very nice kebab restaurant. But to be honest and as a local from Istanbul it is not one of the places I prefer anymore.
1. and most importantly got sick from the food there twice. On the second occasion, my father who has a great stomach got sick also.
2. The service is not good at all anymore.
My preferred kebab restaurants are the following:
I am not realy a meart person but when its abbut kebab I can not say no.
Hamdi restaurant is a traditional kebap restaurant where you can eat lots of varios kebab
very good quality. You must do a reservation for sure because its always crowded.
Ask for window table to not miss also the beautifull view of old Istanbul!
Favorite Dish Alinazik , beyti kebab and meat with yoghourt
A good variety of turkish dishes in a tourisitc illustrated version.
Food is good. View is breathtaking. All clients are tourists.
Do come here on your first night in Istanbul. It can be the ideal welcome.
Next nights try to discover the genuine eateries for turkish food.
Favorite Dish It is called Kunefe, it is actually a dessert, with goatcheese covered by this special pastrylike nuddles, poured with syrup and all this in the oven. It is served warm and it is splendid!
For the best Kebabs in Istanbul, I guess one needs to head here. Sit on the top floor on the terrace or near the glass wall and enjoy a great view of the Galata Tower as u feast on the kebabs. Every kebab is worth a go.
Favorite Dish The Pistachio Kebab is something I had for the first time and really fell in love with it.
Hamdi, just west of the Egyptian (Spice) Market, is among Istanbul's most highly-regarded restaurants for meat dishes. They serve chicken, a bit of fish, and you can always get a few vegetarian dishes, but meats, mostly grilled, are the specialty.
This is another good local resaturant We was taken here by Gokce for a superb mix of varied dishes. The views are excellent here overlooking the bosphorus and the bright lights of the asian side. was sooo busy talking that i am not sure what i was eating but it sure tasted good :-))) well honesty is the best policy right !!! :-))
If you can get to the terrace of this restaurant you won't be disappointed, in my opinion the best views across Istanbul by far. Kebabs are gorgeous and don't miss the baklava
Favorite Dish Mixed Kebab and Baklava