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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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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 29
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superb, simply prepared fish and an unforgettable view.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Donald M
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  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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252 reviews 252 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Wonderful fresh fish cheap for your money! Not not a dramatic setting, but fresh grilled fish all prepared great. We ate at lunch, and I wanted to go see how they grilled my shrimp. Fresh-to-grill.

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paris
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went there during the unrest in 2013 so there were few tourists and the restaurant was literally empty. The chef immediately came to speak to us and led us to the kitchen where he showed us the different things he could make for us. We ended up asking him to serve whatever took his fancy and ended up having... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The best thing about this restaurant is the view. We, in fact, happened to catch it during a summer storm and it was really impressive. However, when we arrived admitting to have no reservations, they gave us one of the side tables when in fact during the whole evening they only had another 3 tables occupied, and it would have... More 

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La Grange Park, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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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117 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 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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  • 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

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