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Tarihi Karakoy BalIkcIsI Grifin

Tersane Cad. Kardesim Sk. 30 Kardesim Sokak No. 45 | Kardeşim Sokak No:45, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
243 4080
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Ranked #2,957 of 10,932 restaurants in Istanbul
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
La Grange Park, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Hard to find place, on an "alley", on the fifth floor; great views, near Galata Tower. White table cloths, nice service. We were escorted to the kitchen area to "see" the menu: a beautiful array of fresh fish to choose from, and a tray showint the mezes to start. Wonderful wine (the only time we could say that)

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Istanbul, Turkey
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129 reviews 129 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I never try loudy advertisements, but this time after so many years I tried this palace. First they asked reservation, after our confirmation they put us at the worst Place in restaurant , I asked and they said everywhere is full, but till our leaving time restaurant was half full. Then all starters were worst of their kinds also their... More

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Sun Valley, Idaho
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I am shocked by the negative reviews of this wonderful place! I agree that it is hard to find and I took a car. I also met Turkish friends there, and this is not a tourist place - at many restaurants in Istanbul, no one speaks English. I am used to paying well for good food, and the fish was... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

When the food isn't extrordinary, when the service is terrible and the prices are too high: then the great view doesn't matter! The awkard funeral music doesn't make it any better. I've never felt as uncomfortable as I did at Grifin.

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Dhahran
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We went to the Karakoy Balikcisi on our first night in Istanbul. Expectations were high, not at last by the difficulty finding it - like a good old treasure hunt. The Karakoy Balikcisi claims very high credentials so I should point out that my review compares it to the top range of restaurants I have been to. The restaurant is... More

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Herts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Agree with others who comment on the lack of menu, prices and uncertainty of choice. However we still loved the experience and of course the magnificent views. The staff were friendly and helpful and the fish really was superb. Not easy to locate the restaurant but it was well worth the effort to find this gem. Also appreciated the fact... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I must start by saying I am surprised by the low ratings this taverna got. We were taken there by our Turkish colleague and had amazing lunch!! Lots of fish, absolutely delicious, and the mezes were to die for!!! Loved it.

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Amstelveen, The Netherlands
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

If the guy in hotel reception hadn't recommended it, we would never have found this place. They came by car to pick us up from hotel. There is no menu, you just point to dishes and fishes in the display cabinet. All delicious. But the bill may come as a bit of a shock afterwards!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

This restaurant only has a good view of the Golden horn and nothing else. We were a big group with booking. Our service which was supposed to start at 8.00pm started after 9.00pm without any explanation. People were sick and tired of waiting. The food was well below standard both in quality and quantity. Ignorant and inefficient waiters made our... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Just visit the place as you are looking for a table, shoot the best pictures of Golden Horn and the historic district and leave. But if you stay be prepared to pay 60 E for some meze (nothing special) and flat taste fish dish with some drinks.

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