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Mostra BalIk

Mediterranean, Seafood, European, Turkish, Wine Bar, Soups
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Kucuk Ayasofya Mah | Mustafa Pasa Sok no:45, Istanbul, Turkey
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10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Sea view, tasty fish

For Istanbul, this restaurant is relatively expensive. But the food is of a very high standard. I devoured the complementary creamy Salmon Roe starter with bread. I had a very delicious spicy fish "stew" (is the best way I can describe it) which came with both rice and a melt in the mouth cheesy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 29, 2015
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mt pleasant, wi
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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love seafood and thought that I would be able to eat some good seafood. With such an extensive menu, it was disappointing that my first two selections were not available. They tried to accommodate a gluten free dinner. For the price and the limited selection, this restaurant was a little disappointing.

Thank wisconsinite2013
Oslo, Norway
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With its view of the harbor this small restaurant is nothing but a pearl in the city. Highly recommend the grilled eggplant as an appetizer.

Thank jobaaroy
Covington, Kentucky
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We stayed at Aren Suites, just a block or two away and our host recommended Mostra for dinner our first night in Istanbul. I love seafood, my husband does not, but we had no trouble finding delicious meal choices on the menu. Don't shy away from this restaurant because of the exterior, which looks a little ho-hum, the restaurant boasts... More 

Thank sideponytail
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114 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

For Istanbul, this restaurant is relatively expensive. But the food is of a very high standard. I devoured the complementary creamy Salmon Roe starter with bread. I had a very delicious spicy fish "stew" (is the best way I can describe it) which came with both rice and a melt in the mouth cheesy, buttery jacket potato. This restaurant is... More 

1 Thank thegeorgiegirl1
Vienna Region, Austria
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Quiet, spacious, nice location with sea views. Excellent fresh fish and seafood (grilled octopus is delicious), reasonably priced. Good selection of local wines. Friendly staff. We found it by chance and went to dine there two nights in a row. Great choice for a pleasant evening.

Thank 444marina
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Our first priority after a long day travelling was to find a quiet comfortable restaurant, with an easy to read menu, good choice of food and unobtrusive service- Mostra balik provided all of that, with the bonus of good food and reasonable prices. We were the only customers, so it lacked atmosphere. We'd go back on a first night or... More 

1 Thank JohnGP
Hampden, Maine
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My husband and I ate here twice during our stay in Istanbul. The fish was as fresh as can be (brought to our table for us to select), the service was very polished, the ambience both on the rooftop terrace and the upstairs dining room was lovely, and the wine selection was very good. It was a cut above the... More 

1 Thank palmerdesign
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

At the end of our Turkey tour, my wife and I visited Mostra at the recommendation of the bartender in our hotel. At my suggestion, we ordered salt-covered sea bass. The presentation of the flaming, salt-covered fish attracted the attention of all the other diners. The fish was delicious and skillfully filleted at the table. While it was raining on... More 

1 Thank Deiso
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We had outstanding fish dinners at this pleasant restaurant. The service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. We couldn't have asked for a better evening.

Thank bartwig
Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This Fish restaurant was 100 yards from our Amira hotel where they told us if you want Fish don't go to a Kebab restaurant, and they were right. Excellent tasting fresh fish - we had Sea Bass encased in salt that had to be broken away with a hammer right at the table - may not sound inviting but Google... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kucuk Ayasofya Mah | Mustafa Pasa Sok no:45, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +902126385801

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 90
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, European, Turkish, Wine Bar, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Sultanahmet

Neighborhood Profile
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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