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Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
02125338088
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very nice traditional South Eastern food

This restaurant is a favourite in my household. We go here often for traditional food from the South East of Turkey. It's set in a lovely square, full of life. You can buy dishes which aren't available all over Istanbul, such as perde pilav or the speciality, buryan kebab, which is lamb cooked in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came across this place by coincidence, and we were very surprised. The food was very tasty and the service was more than helpful. They have large portions for fair prices. Just ask the staff for some guidance, and they are happy to help you

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tasty traditional food. The meat tastes original and the service is very good. Good prices as well. Variety of dishes. And the area is full of Turkish traditional goodies

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1 Thank SamiaTips
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

I was at sultanahmet area and I decided to walk to this restaurant to try it based on one of the TV shows about Istanbul I saw. It is really traditional restaurant you will taste one of the best food in istanbul. They have really nice turkish food. They made it with special way using tanor. It is perfect if... More 

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Istanbul
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This restaurant is a favourite in my household. We go here often for traditional food from the South East of Turkey. It's set in a lovely square, full of life. You can buy dishes which aren't available all over Istanbul, such as perde pilav or the speciality, buryan kebab, which is lamb cooked in a pit. It's really tasty and... More 

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1 Thank kachika
Keighley, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I had been here last time i came to Istanbul, and really enjoyed this restaurant, and this time did not disappoint. It was very busy, full of locals, and we had the sac tava, and the mixed grill for 1. It was tasty, and we had a beautiful dessert of ice cream wrapped in a hot sort of halwa; it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

real good place, especially the lamb. a tasty surprise was the chicken and rice baked into a baseball-sized pastry shell. be aware, there is no beer or wine--this is a traditional restaurant in a conservative part of Istanbul. no alcohol.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Stopped here after a long walk, hungry and ready for some kabobs, and we got more than we were prepared for. Both my friend and I ordered the lamb kabob and we should have probably split one. First, plates of onions & cabbage and cucumber & tomato arrived with two massive flat breads. Then we got a rice stuffed eggplant.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This restaurant without a doubt has the best Lamajun In istanbul! so delicious! I haven't had too many other things on the Menu but the lamajun is definitely makes this restaurant worth a visit!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Just a personal opinion i won't visit it again like ever 😨😰😷 so long story short i asked the taxi for the best place for qawerma or shawerma or doner what ever its called , 1st problem the place is very busy but not clean at all , 2nd i ordered 5 the cashier punched 6 Last i ordered sandwiches... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Nice people, great food. Hard to communicate for English speaking but nonetheless amazing. Get the beyti sarma or the buryan, either kind

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: 02125338088

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children

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Neighborhood Profile
Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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