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“A masterclass from Meze”
Review of Meze By Lemon Tree

Meze By Lemon Tree
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Ranked #96 of 14,832 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Have been wanting to visit Meze for quite some time. Well located in Pera opposite the Pera Palace Hotel, with Soho House very nearby, this is a boutique restaurant which simply offers great food.

Mezes come two a penny in Istanbul, but when you put the name on the door, expectations are raised. And they are fully justified. The mezes offered are great tasting and do offer something very different from most other restaurants. The main courses, equally, are beautifully cooked - notably the octopus, the lamb chops and the sea bass baked in paper - with sizeable portions.

The wine list is good, if a little limited with the choice of wineries. The dessert choices are also rather too limited and definitely too rich in taste. The two dishes offered are really not enough choice.

But these are relatively small criticisms. It is a very popular restaurant and for all the right reasons. Tables are close, but space is limited. Service was excellent. Booking essential - especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

It is not often one chooses to visit a restaurant three times over 5 days. We were introduced to this restaurant as guests of Pera Hotel across the road, and part of a visiting group of 30. We returned with part of the group-8 people and our final meal was our final night in Istanbul as a couple. Each visit was excellent. Food, service, location.

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Thank Judy M
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Reviewed 5 July 2018

Food is the best it is expensive but worth every penny you get what you pay for staff are excellent as well

1  Thank Bonbons34
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

By far one of the best restaurants in Istanbul. I have been eating here for years and it has never failed.

Excellent Turkish food with a modern twist. I recommend getting the fixed menu for 250 TL which includes five mezes of your choice, a main dish and desert. The mezes are delicious. The meat dishes are superb. Very well cooked

Good wine selection. Excellent service! The place is quite small and has a European feel to it. Best to make a reservation ahead of time to ensure you have a table. Check it out, you will love it!

1  Thank Hristijan G
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Great spot close to our hotel (Marmara Pera). Excellent food and service. My colleague and I opted for the meze for 2 and went on the "tour" with the food server telling us what our options were and how they were made as we peered through the glass window at the delectable items. We tasted the sea bass ceviche, shrimp, eggplant and mushrooms and had the hazelnut pudding for dessert. We went back a few nights later with her sister and she ordered the lamb chops while I shared the meze again with a few different options. Absolutely delicious and I will go back again when I go to Istanbul!

1  Thank TomiATL
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