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lokanta helvetia

#161 of 11,151 Restaurants in Istanbul
#180 of 11,607 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, Reservations

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  • 63
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  • 34
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  • 6
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  • 2
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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
Just what the doctor ordered

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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  • French first
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  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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Rome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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Carbondale, Colorado
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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Additional Information about lokanta helvetia

Address: General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 0090212 245 8780
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
Average Prices: USD 15
Cuisine: Turkish

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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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