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Meze By Lemon Tree

Mesrutiyet cad No:83 | Asmalı Mescit mah. Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 252 83 02
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Ranked #52 of 10,941 restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is truly one of the best gourmet experiences I ever had. The place is tiny and you need to book a table at least 2 days in advance. Just opposite the Pera Palace. Food is superb. I went with friends and tried a lot of things. Don't miss.

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Harare
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A very friendly and cosy small restaurant located close to the busy and vibrant Istiklal Street. We ordered a choice of their extensive meze on offer, a small disappointment the one of lamb dish's was unavailable. The chilli sauce on the dessert was a surprise and a bit hot, but our overall impression was very good. Wine list a bit... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went to this place because of all the great reviews of it. The food was great, the atmosphere too, our only mistake was not understanding the menu and ordering too much food. we got a bottle of (the cheapest) wine, 5 meze plates and then a main each (2 people). way too much food. would recommend only getting the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Such a small little place, no wonder you have to book. Modern Turkish food. We couldn't find fault with it. Probably our best meal in Istanbul.

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Washington D.C.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

In anticipation of our trip to Istanbul, we were quite excited about Meze by Lemon Tree, given the reviews we had read on Yelp, Tripadvisor, and various travel books. This was our first dinner in Istanbul. Although the food at Meze by Lemon Tree was good, it was not great. The restaurant itself is lovely. A small, modern-looking restaurant across... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It's a tiny little restaurant so contact them in advance to get a reservation! You'll be happy you did, because the food and service are spectacular. It was full of tourists, but I don't think that detracts from the experience. We did the set menu which was too much food, wish we had just done the meze and dessert, as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had a great DinnerDate last night .. Beautiful food great service good price for the quality of the food amazing wine ❤️👍

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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This place was always full when we walked by, so reservation definitely needed. Fantastic mezes to choose from and the service was attentive without being over the top. The best meal we ate in Istanbul.

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San Francisco, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

A New York Times article brought me to this restaurant as one of the dining hot spots of Instanbul currently. I believe reservations are essential here. The place was full when I came in and they asked me whether I had a reservation right away. The service was impeccable - super friendly and accommodating - not stuck up at all.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us and we could only secure a table at 6pm at short notice but we took it. The food was absolutely delicious. Three of us dined and all ordered different dishes. Everything we ordered was great. Particularly of note were the ceviche, squid and hot hummus with pastrami and lamb chops. Very good and reasonable.... More

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