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Galata Kpr, Istanbul, Turkey
09:00 - 01:00
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56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

Worse ! I'm completely cheated, bad food, and they doubled the bill with taxes, etc.. The food was cold and below quality. 0/10

Thank Opbrakel01
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Visited this restaurant on our first night in Istanbul. The staff are attentive but the wine is expensive and the food horrendously overpriced. The menu on offer at the door is extremely misleading and does not represent what, when sat you will be offered nor what you will pay. STAY CLEAR!

Thank LondonTallGal
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Don't bother with this place. Bad service and bad food. Overpriced muck They offered us a free desert or coffee when we entered. We requested the free coffee after leaving most of our uneatable food. The response was "if you leave a tip you get a free coffee".............please...........is this the way tourists get treated in Istanbul ?? Nice view, shame... More 

Thank nobinomates
Prague, Nebraska
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

We were looking for a fish restaurant near galata bridge and sadly chose this one. The restaurant manager had very brutish manners, was harshly ordering his staff around when taking an order from the customers at other table. He was literally pushing us to buy the most expensive fish and was haggling for a price. We bought it and basically... More 

1 Thank Barbara123445782
Community of Madrid, Spain
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232 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015

We went there because we wanted to eat in the galata bridge with a view to the bosphorus but we made the wrong decision. They lured us in and they took them like twenty minutes to take our orders, with just two tables full in the whole place. The food was average and the service poor. I don't recommend it.

1 Thank jonruizz
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88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

I was convinced to get into this restaurant in one of the Catholic Easter days when the city was full of Europeans tourists . Sales man convinced us that we give 25% discount plus coffee and baklava. I got an elegant price lists covered in leather, with excessive prices. For example, a serving of fish go from 160 TL and... More 

Thank Concediu
Kharkiv, Ukraine
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Yes, as all others noticed, this one was really expensive. Still, we were totally satisfied with service. We ordered some obviously expensive items like alive lobster and "fish under salt" both were like 1.5+ kilos. Waiter weighed our selections and gave us an information regarding the costs *before* actual cooking, so I knew what to expect in the bill :)... More 

1 Thank Dmitry_UA
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2015

The waiter was rude, pushy and disrespectful. I was under the impression that it's just me but am surprised to see almost everyone had a poor experience. What a waste...the only bad experience in our entire trip!

Thank cs98036
Bucharest, Romania
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

+ great view over Golden Horn ---------------------- - overpriced - average food - rude waiter - bad services - overpriced again

2 Thank Mihai T
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2015

We stopped at this restaurant during one of our long days at Istanbul. We wanted to have a nice seafood for lunch. But soon we came to know that we have arrived at a very 3rd class place. The man standing outside to introduce the menu wasn't polite enough, however, we ignored him and decided to sit in there. The... More 

4 Thank Humayun K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Seafood, Turkish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Galata Kpr, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sirkeci
  • Neighbourhood: Sirkeci
  • Phone Number: 5278333

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?