Prices have gone up and it is quite difficult to eat under TL12 now (May 2013), especially in the area around Sultanahmet Square. Restaurants and Kebab places in Sultanahmet are mainly destined to tourists with prices much higher than in places such as [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] for instance. A kebab can cost from TL1. 50 to TL5 , TL8, TL10 and higher. For budget meals as well, it is advisable to avoid the restaurants along the tram line in the same area, although there are some really nice places there where a lunch can cost TL20 and they offer water-pipes and boardgames.
When having a look for a restaurant, there will be a lot of restaurants, where the personel is trying to make one come inside. There is really a kind of competition between the restaurants to make one come inside. However, the best restaurants are not always the expensive tourist restaurants, but those small Lokantas where even the turkish people go for having dinner.