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Fil Yokusu Sok | Ataturk Blvd, Unkapani, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #522 of 11,069 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Description: This fancy pricey restaurant is located right next to Pantocrator Church (Zeyrek Mosque). It has a wonderful view to the East and the Suleymaniye Mosque, and is probably very popular with some tourists. However the service is truly awful. No matter how well you are dressed, if you have small backpack you are not treated with respect. Let's warn our readers about this bad restaurant. A much better choice is the very authentic, welcoming, and very reasonably priced restaurant one block further down the street called Zeyrek Cafe. What a contrast, and what a wonderful find. Its location in the historic Zeyrek District makes it a great place to enjoy a very tasty meal served by friendly staff. I highly recommend Zeyrek Cafe instead of Zeyrekhane Restaurant.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This old monastery was converted to an first Ottoman school in Istanbul and now a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The views of Istanbul are fantastic from its elevated position along the golden horn. It is difficult to find, even for the local taxi drivers but worth the effort. We had Saturday morning brunch on the outdoor patio. Definitely... More 

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Amman, Jordan
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Literally u need a map to get there, however when u r in it can only be described as Amazing. The view of the Suleimany Mosque and the Bosporus is stunning. The food is also unique and delicious. Mehmet was our waiter, a great guy with a smiley face. The prices are reasonable for such food and service.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Pricey yes... but it is an oasis after a long and dusty walk in the old quarter. Managed by Divan group it is a good place to take a breather.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Zeyhane is a great place for your breakfast and cofee while looking to the perfect historic view of Istanbul . Definitily a visit point and scenIc area.

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I visited the restaurant for the second time. This time, in spring. I can say that it is certainly more joyous to seat outside. The view is perfect "Corne D'or" You seat within the history and have a quite good food. The plates are not very big but they serve some traditional Turkish tastes.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It is a secret heaven of my city; go and enjoy amazing view, old style food and beautiful old scholar school building. Service guys can be a bit better though...

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is a restaurant worth visiting for its wonderful ambiance and breathtaking views. It is a great escape from the crowds in the touristic districts, offering calmness in its high quality interior and exterior spaces. The service was friendly and the food was nice but pricey. The place is really special, so I can understand the high prices but the... More 

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343 reviews 343 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
548 helpful votes 548 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Zeyrek is a district lesser known than the other historical areas of Istanbul and thanks to that, it preserves to a greater extent its authentic social and architectural aspects. This restaurant/café is adjacent to Zeyrek Mosque (converted from a church and currently under renovation) and has one the most fabulous views of Golden Horn and Bosphorus. It's calm, serene and... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

If you are looking for a nice, silent but quality restaurant with traditional food, than this the place. The restaurant, that belongs to one of the largest holding companies in Turkey,was previously part of a Byzantine church complex in this area, which is now a UNESCO Heritage Site. The outdoor garden with the comfortable couches is great place to recline... More 

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İstanbul, Türkiye
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114 reviews 114 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Zeyrek means "wisdom" and Zeyrekhane means the "wisdom house" This is an unordinary restaurant situated in a restored wisdom house .It is also situated just in front of a Pantocrator Monastery and when you seat in the garden you can see all old istanbul around in a unforgettable ambience.Its like eating in a garden of open air museum All the... More 

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Address: Fil Yokusu Sok | Ataturk Blvd, Unkapani, Istanbul, Turkey
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
Cuisine: Turkish

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