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Balikci Sabahattin

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Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sok. No: 1 | Cankurtaran, Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 458 18 24
07:00 - 00:00
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Brussels, Belgium
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

The owner was not there ( I just wanted to meet :) ) Everything was absolutely fresh, and prepared flawlessly. we ordered differetn type of meze fish , chesse , aubergine etcand every peace was very testy. I tested first time EFE raki which was all so nice experience. Easy to drink , has a sweet flavor. Nevertheless we enjoyed... More 

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319 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We went as a family for lunch and everything we ate was delicious. The appetizers are very good so try them and share the main dish.

Thank Ozlem S
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The restaurant has been serving client since 1927. It receives its fish directly from the fishermen that catch it in the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. It is absolutely fresh, and prepared flawlessly. On our visit we enjoyed kalkan - a type of turbo - that was scrumptious. The service is excellent, and the quality of the wine list... More 

Thank Haruspex17
Yerevan, Armenia
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The grilled fish here is superb. We ordered lightly battered goatfish and another grilled local fish - both were incredible. We also tried their rice with mussels after reading TA reviews on that, and it wasn't that impressive. I'd skip that and try more of the grilled fish.

Thank Anahit G
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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545 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Ask any Istanbul local for a fish restaurant recommendation, and he or she is likely to name Sabahattin. The restaurant more than earns its reputation, specializing in freshly caught local delicacies, lightly grilled and simply finished, along with a host of savory Turkish appetizers. The garden-style environment makes for a particularly festive environment for group dinners. Our party of two... More 

Thank Kirk E
Moscow, Russia
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42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

One telling sign: in a buzy Sunday evening we were the only couple of tourists in the place. The locals seem to genuinely appreciate it, which is not usually the case with Sultanahmet restaurants. There is only fish on the menu (mind this, really no alternative), and it is very nicely cooked. The Chef's salad is also worth tasting. Additionally,... More 

Thank wowmor
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Good service, food is avarage. except it s reputation there is nothing else cost that much.. Even my guests who were toruists and travel the world found the prices expensive. But overall you won t be dissapointed by the service..

Thank Ozgur C
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

People recommend me this place as it was a pretty good place... my expectations were high, I saw the fish at the door and the prices... so I assume I would get an amazing experience; however, i was extremely disappointed. The service was kind of rude... I have been in other places in Turkey and people are more friendly than... More 

Thank Rotsen Q
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Dropped by without reservation, which was a mistake, on a Friday night. Place was full, and patrons were of the kind that would make a show on its own. We ordered four mese, all were super. That is what makes super restaurant super: every single piece was good, and not just good, but would have made a centerpiece on its... More 

Thank Gandibober
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Restaurant was suggested by a friend but not like I expected, Poor service and overcharged, when i compare with other places i have been, i wouldn't recommend to anyone

Thank adamhamill76

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 100
Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sok. No: 1 | Cankurtaran, Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 458 18 24

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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