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lokanta helvetia

#128 of 11,337 Restaurants in Istanbul
#140 of 11,806 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Beyoglu
European, Turkish
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General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
0090212 245 8780
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  • 72
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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
Helvetia, great taste!

It is one of the best daily prepared home-made food i have ever eaten in Istanbul. It is so casual that, you can sit anywhere empty and even have a little bit of a chat with the person next to you. It is a pretty small restaurant so the tables are full most of the time. You can make combinations... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Oguzhan A
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It is one of the best daily prepared home-made food i have ever eaten in Istanbul. It is so casual that, you can sit anywhere empty and even have a little bit of a chat with the person next to you. It is a pretty small restaurant so the tables are full most of the time. You can make combinations... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great traditional Black Sea kitchen. Daily fresh food made by professional local cooks with original old recipe . All fine fresh ingredients. Lots of choice for vegetarians as well. Food is presented openly and you may combine little piece of many dishes on one plate. Nice public , friendly service , correct price. Quiet busy during lunch time. Be patient.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Helvetia is like sitting in a Turkish Grandma's Kitchen. The tables are communal and the food is basic yet delicious. It consists of yogurt dishes, vegetables, usually some sort of pasta or meat dish. Everything is super fresh and in-season. It's also easy on the wallet! Istanbul can get expensive, however this place is hearty, healthy yet affordable.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Service was simple, staff where friendly and the food was delicious! Plenty of variety, very affordable and yummy - we will definitely return!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Best food. So fresh and healthy. In a little back sweet hidden away from all the rush of taxsm. Felt so relaxed that I could have stayed here all day. Next time I come back over from Australia I will definitely pop in here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

After roaming Taksim for days and getting dull food for lots of liras we took a friend's for a simple place where he usually goes for lunch from work and were very surprised to find what was for us the best food in town at an unbeatable price. It's in a back street around the corner from Tunel and has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We had a hard time finding due to lack of clear sign but it was worth the trouble. We had a huge feast for a very reasonable price and considered going back the next day for lunch. The soup was not on display and we only figured out to order once we saw someone else with it. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Had a very nice lunch at helvetia, you can pick any 5 dishes from the selection behind the bar and they bring it out to your table. Food was very fresh, healthy and delicious. Very cheap too! Around 30tl for 2 of us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My son and I stumbled upon Helvetia on our first day in Istanbul. Thankfully the waitress spoke some English and could help us understand that we could choose five dishes for a set-price meal. Among my selections were a stuffed pepper, eggplant, peas and potatoes, big fat white beans in tomato sauce, and black-eyed peas. All delicious and all vegetarian.... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: European, Turkish

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Staying in Beyoglu

Neighborhood Profile
Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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