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lokanta helvetia

#149 of 11,112 Restaurants in Istanbul
#164 of 11,558 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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New City / Taksim
Turkish
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General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
0090212 245 8780
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cheap amazing mezzes

We wandered by chance into this tiny restaurant around Galata and were not disappointed. For less than 15 liras, you get to choose 5 delicious and tasty mezzes. Everything tastes fresh and great.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
swissfoodie555
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Madrid, Spain
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101 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Madrid, Spain
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We wandered by chance into this tiny restaurant around Galata and were not disappointed. For less than 15 liras, you get to choose 5 delicious and tasty mezzes. Everything tastes fresh and great.

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Recommended by a turkish friend, this was a wonderful place to eat. After days of kebabs, my stomach couldnt wait for something more gentle. We had a mix plate. Mmmm. try to come before 7, it sells out fast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The dinner was filling and delicious. Although it's a little hard to find, it was worth looking for. You can choose up to 5 different foods to add to your plate for about 14TL.

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Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We found this cafe quite by accident, on a ramble from the Pera Museum to Galeta tower and it was the best meal we had during our stay. The cafe is small and really charming, in a simple old building with white walls and vintage furniture. We noticed how packed it was, with what looked like a combination of locals... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Eating lunch at Helvetia was the perfect culinary experience. The restaurant is very cosy and sometimes a bit crowded, but once you taste their food there is no excuse for not coming back! Helvetia has dishes for all kinds of taste (cold, warm, vegetarian etc). Rice, bulgur, cabbage, spinach, lentils and chickpeas, as well as chicken, meatballs and so much... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The concept of this restarant is unique. They serve wonderful food which you choose from the counter. Fresh and local flavours. For only 12 TL per plate. The ambiance is simlple and non-assuming. Not suited for long romantic or elaborate dining. perfect value for money!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

You can never leave here hungry or unsatisfied. There a large number of traditional food with great taste. You can order 5 different meals in a plate for 12 TL, and it's quite enough to fully fill your stomach. Both meat and vegeterian are included to price. It can be difficult to find a place to sit at lunch time... More 

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Turin, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Helvetia Lokanta is a nice place to eat something fast, but without renouncing to quality. It offers a good range of different foods you can compose your plate with, and usually some soups too. I was really surprised by how cheap it was. Absolutely recommended!

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

his is a great place for vegetarians/vegans. Located a street away from the Istiklal Street, Helvetia can be initially tough to find as the restaurant has no signboard outside. It is located right opposite The House Cafe in Asmalımescit. Before taking a seat you need to visit the counter and select your 5 dishes from a selection of perhaps 15.... More 

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Malatya Province, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Mostly home style ,vegeterian, cheap, fresh cooked food, you can choose 5 dishes for a big plate, friendly and attentive service, nothing negative, highly recommended

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
  • Neighborhood: New City / Taksim
  • Phone Number: 0090212 245 8780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Turkish

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