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Meze By Lemon Tree

#67 of 11,372 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Mesrutiyet cad No:83 | Asmalı Mescit mah. Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 252 83 02
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6:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing food and staff.

Food was as amazing as advertised. Mezes were amazing and the food did not disappoint. Wine list has some good choises as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Arne K
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

overall left a little disappointed given the reviews. We had the degustation menu; the 5 mezes were largely good and tasty especially the fish ones (stuffed peppers with salmon were a let down). Hot starter of prawns was in a lovely sauce although not convinced the prawns were that fresh or well cooked. Mains was fish; the fish was well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Food was as amazing as advertised. Mezes were amazing and the food did not disappoint. Wine list has some good choises as well.

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Tucson, Arizona
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61 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This will be my fourth week-long visit to Istanbul over the last year and Meze by Lemon Tree has been the best culinary experience I've had in this city. The facility is small, limiting the number of patrons they can serve, so reservations are essential. Seating is pretty intimate, but not to the point of discomfort as others have complained... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We've heard and read about Mezze by Lemon Tree, made reservation in advance (and would recommend you to) and were quite intrigued about contemporary and funky turn on Turkish food. The restaurant is very small, opposite of Jumeirah Pera Palace hotel, very cozy and almost makes you feel like you are at someone's house for dinner. There won't be much... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were in Istanbul for 6 days and tried everything. Meze by Lemon Tree was one of the top restaurants that is not in a hotel. Every magazine and list recommended us to go so we thought we'd go treat ourselves. You really can't spoil yourself in Istanbul because everything is just so cheap. We wanted to order the degustation... More 

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Monza e Brianza
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Meze is a small cosy restaurant where we have tasted some of the best dishes in Istanbul: great choice of meze's which tasted amazing, a great seabass fillet with apricots and almond, definitely suggest it. Maybe tables can be very close one to another but you'll be too interested in your food to care about you neighbors :)

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Alassio, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Being a group of 10, the waiter insisted for serving us a fixed price menu and that was probably a mistake. The assortment of starters was a bit hit and miss, generally too elaborate fine mixed where ingredients became unintelligible. Main courses were better, as generally more freshly made. Did not like the waiters' habit of opening new wine bottles... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Restaurant: Small and very intimate as we found out, our evening was spoilt by a very self important young woman who spent the night demeaning the poor young man she was with. Staff: Professional if slightly officious. Food: Amazing, the meze starters are just delicious, we had a selection of four between the two of us, which I have to... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

really good stuff which is definitely different from good stuff in the rest of town. Service ist extremely attentive, too. So there is no other place to go, really. Thanks alot, Meze team!

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West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I loved that the meze were creative, but made with classic ingredients. Lovely, small room in a nice part of town near Galata Tower. Here's what I ate: Sea bass stewed w onion, carrot, chickpeas... (served cold) Yogurt w roast pepper, smoked eggplant, garlic, chili... Fava and celery root puree with chestnuts Mild green pepper stuffed w cheese, avocado and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mesrutiyet cad No:83 | Asmalı Mescit mah. Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: 0212 252 83 02

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
6:30 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?