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lokanta helvetia

General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
0090212 245 8780
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Ranked #166 of 11,078 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
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Malatya Province, Turkey
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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Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Delicious vegeterian Turkish food with reasonable prices. Mostly crowded, you're lucky if you find a seat anyhow worth to queue up

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Bologna, Italy
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

They have a selection of food (mainly vegetables): one can pick up to 5 choices to compose a plate. We tried many things and they were all delicious! We shared the table with other people - a good opportunity to meet locals and chat with them - Last but not least, it was very cheap -only 11 TL each for... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Looking for a decent restaurant for luncharound Taksim in Istanbul? Helvetia is the place to enjoy a delicious lunch all with fresh cooked food and attentive service with reasonable price... Highly recommended for all...

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Kelowna, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We ate here several times during our stay in Istanbul. Enjoyed every meal. Food is great and the atmosphere friendly. Very young Turkish crowd. Only seating for about 25 people and crowded every time we were there. probably because the food is so good and the price excellent (10 to 15 TL per person for a full meal)

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Turin, Italy
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

As a citizen of Istanbul, in particular the neighborhood of Taksim, I highly reccomend this restaurant to the visitors of Istanbul. Helvetia offers typical Byzantine food, perfect for vegetarians/vegans, located in Asmalimescit (at the end of Istiklal Street). So sad that they can't put their tables outside anymore. While you're eating you may find a cat walking between your legs,... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Helvetia is a small restaurant with seating for maybe 20 people. You walk in and there is a counter with 10-15 different cooked dishes. You tell the waiter your choice of up to 5 of the dishes. A couple minutes later a heaping plate shows up, filled with the choices you made. Yes, the food is not really hot. Its... More 

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Vienna, Austria
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Helvetia is a great location, in fact on our vacation we went there twice because we liked it so much! You can choose from a variety of delicious dishes, even though it is really cheap and just a simple and laid back restaurant !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Great healthy food and very affordable, 12TL each including mineral water. You can choose up to 5 from 15 or more different dishes. Lots of vegetarian options.

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Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Stopped in here for a quick lunch and we were glad were did. It's a very simple place with communal tables that hold free bread and water. You go up to the counter, select from the pre-made dishes on offer that day (there were around 15 or so options) and they make you up a plate and bring it over... More 

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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>  > Beyoğlu
Average Prices: USD 0 - 15

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