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Mer Balik

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Haydar Aliyev Caddesi 33, Kirecburnu, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 223 5287
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent each time!

I must have been to Mer Balık 3-4 times, and the reason I keep going back is the sheer excellence of their food each time. The choice of mezzes is large and they're delicious, each one of them. I especially recommend the fish in olive oil...yum. The fish in the main course is ample and flavorful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Sarah N
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

I must have been to Mer Balık 3-4 times, and the reason I keep going back is the sheer excellence of their food each time. The choice of mezzes is large and they're delicious, each one of them. I especially recommend the fish in olive oil...yum. The fish in the main course is ample and flavorful. The prawns are not... More 

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Thank Sarah N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

if you are looking for somewhere to have amazingly delicious seafood with a partner or family, this is an amazing place to go. they always serve fresh stuff from Bosphorus and even Europe. headwaiters and waiters show kindness and politeness while serving. you'll enjoy the awesome scene and dishes a lot!

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Thank Melike D
Pristina, Kosovo
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

i was staying nearby at Fuat Pasa Yalisi historic hotel - and choose Mer Balik based on reviews. Appetizer and salad was OK, Fish (Levrek) was great, but the sweets were marvelous (try pumpkin) . Local Wine was light and so-so.

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Thank trcko67
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

This is an Istanbul classic. You can say that the quality of a "meyhane" comes from the quality of the staff. The food is great and the staff is experienced and friendly. Never over crowded; still one of the most favorite places for locals. Highly recommended.

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Thank Evren11
Istanbul, Turkey
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

if you are looking for very local seafood restaurant here it is. Low music, good staff, delicious seafood. Well if you have limited nights to stay in istanbul try other places but if you are free enjoy the night

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Thank Melis E
Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Came here for lunch as a party of 19 on a tour in Turkey. Wonderful view across to the Black Sea only spoilt by the road directly outside. Very good food and good service. Fish was freshly cooked and delicious for a coach party meal.

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Thank Hogget-Lover
Flic En Flac
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103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I have been to many fish restaurants in neighborhood which I like a lot. MER BALIK stands out as a good price/performance ratio, is highly recommended by our Turkish friend who lives not far from. Great service and food. The only thing I did not like is that they brought quietly 2nd bottle of wine (we took regular no SELECTION... More 

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Thank DariOlio
Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

I live in tarabya and this place my favourite. Best meze and sea food in Istanbul .great view. Fantastic. You have to try. At least for once than u ll be addicted.

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Thank didemeh
Istanbul, Turkey
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Good food for good money - always fresh, nice view, good service. I think this is one of the most reasonable fish restaurants bythe Boshphorous.

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Thank YALIN19
Tirana, Albania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

The food was nice, the service as well. the prices was very reasonable. the only thing we disliked was that the door was open often and it make us take cold.

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Thank Besa V

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Haydar Aliyev Caddesi 33, Kirecburnu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: 0212 223 5287

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 50 - 100
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, European, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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