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Yaka Balik Restaurant

#530 of 11,819 Restaurants in Istanbul
#578 of 12,126 Places to Eat in Istanbul
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Grand Bazaar
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Yeni Galata Koprusu No:6 | Eminönü, Istanbul 34500, Turkey
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Wonderful Seafood Dinner

Thanks to our guide, Sebahattin of Turkish Tours, my friends and I experienced a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. The calamari was some of the best I have ever had and my entre of sea bass was excellent. Enjoying our meal at this waterfront restaurant certainly added to its appeal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen M
Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Business meetings
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks to our guide, Sebahattin of Turkish Tours, my friends and I experienced a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. The calamari was some of the best I have ever had and my entre of sea bass was excellent. Enjoying our meal at this waterfront restaurant certainly added to its appeal.

Thank Karen M
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Visited on 1 Oct at the recommendation of the hotel we were staying in. Apart from the seafood the attraction was a free lift especially it was the night time. The scenario was fantastic- the crowd,the lighting and the backdrop.. The chef was most enthusiastic and effusive.The food was very nice and the staff most courteous. Most certainly worth a... More 

Thank Bal J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

There are many restaurants under the Galata Bridge and they are very aggressive about persuading you to dine with them. I'm glad we chose this particular restaurant. The fish was fresh and served in its pristine form. Fried lightly in egg batter or grilled, without any additional seasonings. The pure taste of the fish shines through. All you need is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Went there in a party of five and the restaurant is based under a bridge with its of other restaurants and cafes. A very popular place with the tourists and all the restaurants are trying to get your custom by asking you to read their menu as well as offering a 20% discount. As most of them were offering 20%... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

You should go there and try Unbelievable wives Fresh all fish Vegetables is also good and testy I think Yaka Balik Restaurant never forget xxx

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A nice location with great views, good food and very friendly staff who made my dinner become an unforgettable birthday experience. Wish I have had more time in the city to visit again. Would love to go back. geli_rr@hotmail.com

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

In my opinion and after trying several sea food restaurants under Galata Bridge, Yaka Balik is the best i have ever tried so far, more expensive than others but the food quality and service justify all.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We had been advised not to eat at any of the restaurants under the bridge however we were tired and hungry and were cajoled into sitting down. Meal ok but not up to the standard of the other restaurants we had eaten in. Waiters compete to get tourists into all of these restaurants and it seems quite a sport. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Food is amazing here..they have excellent service and the view is even great.. only problem is the food prices are slightly too high otherwise A++ recommended for food lovers Istanbul

Thank Suhail P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Lovely staff, food and view - fresh seafood are showcased on a trolley for you to choose, the waiters are friendly and the view is the best! White table cloths, clean, navy blue and white theme, professional

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Yeni Galata Koprusu No:6 | Eminönü, Istanbul 34500, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Grand Bazaar
  • Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
  • Phone Number: 2125273889

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view


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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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