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Tarihi Karakoy BalIkcIsI Grifin

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Tersane Cad. Kardesim Sk. 30 Kardesim Sokak No. 45 | Kardeşim Sokak No:45, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
243 4080
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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Maybe overrated...

My friends and I went to visit this restaurant by following a local guide's recommendation. However, I thought it is totally overrated. The staff treated us not as warm as other guests. And they hardly do not speak English. They didn't give us any menu in the beginning until their Manager leaded... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My friends and I went to visit this restaurant by following a local guide's recommendation. However, I thought it is totally overrated. The staff treated us not as warm as other guests. And they hardly do not speak English. They didn't give us any menu in the beginning until their Manager leaded us to the fridge do some introduction. During... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

overrated for that amount of money. wish i havent gone. food ok but we left hungry. 50 euros for 2 small fish. litteraly 6 bites. menu too poor. appetizers also small. they also charged 10euros for water and bread we didn't order. interior decoration nothing special.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This restaurant is off the beaten path and you wouldnt go if you wouldnt know it. It's quite fancy and food is good. We paid 750TRL for 7 people, eating moderately. It has a super terrace bar, ideal to go when the weather is good!

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istanbul
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132 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This fish restaurant situated in the heart of Karakoy. I had lunch at this simple restaurant on one of the narrow back streets. I continously visit this place for about 40 years. This is the place to have fish lunch at the very best. It is a small restaurant with a couple of table downstairs and some more tables upstairs.... More 

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New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Best views and fish you can hope for. (dont forget to drink Raki with fish fish will be realy sad in your stomach :))

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I've looked over the reviews of this restaurant, and I'm occasionally infuriated by some of the negative comments, and other times willing to imagine that there might be some inconsistencies encountered. But seriously, so many of the negative reviews contain an edge--either of fear about maybe getting ripped off (no foreign language menu, or any menu--come look at the cases!;... More 

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Hamburg, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We had the most wonderful fish dinner here and highly recommend this spot. You enter through a somewhat rundown alley, take a small and unlikely looking elevator to the top, and emerge onto what looks like a Hollywood movie set. Everywhere you look are beautifully lit mosques, the Gallata Bridge, and boats on the Golden Horn and the Bosphorous. And... More 

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New York City, New York
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175 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Be prepared, the restaurant looks like nothing - very simple and cramped on a dirty street and not easy to find. But the fish is worth going there. Get the fish soup which is very good and don't forget to squeeze on some lemon. We then ordered the Seabass skewers which were amazing: super fresh fish perfectly grilled. Cheap: 84... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The restaurant only serves seafood It is a must to be there if your a fish eater The owner and the personnel served us an excellent meal the restaurant is surrounded by water it's a delight to have been there

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Stockholm, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A friend and I chose a dinner at Tarihi Karaköy Balikcisi on our first visit to the city, following an Istanbul guide from The Guardian called "The 10 best fish restaurants in Istanbul." Positively surprised using a similar guide called "The 10 best kebab restaurants", as well as a Guardian guide on an Edinburgh trip earlier this year, we would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Tersane Cad. Kardesim Sk. 30 Kardesim Sokak No. 45 | Kardeşim Sokak No:45, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: 243 4080

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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