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Zencefil

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Kurabiye Sok. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
212-244-4082
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 31
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  • 56
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 19
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Microwave dinner

Really liked the setting and zencefil's homebrew ginger beer. Unfortunately the service and food did not live up to the venue's appearance. Our dinners had clearly been heated up in the microwave as they were soggy. The eggplant borek I ordered was also very bland. The whole dining experience was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Really liked the setting and zencefil's homebrew ginger beer. Unfortunately the service and food did not live up to the venue's appearance. Our dinners had clearly been heated up in the microwave as they were soggy. The eggplant borek I ordered was also very bland. The whole dining experience was over in about 20 minutes so it felt like they... More 

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A nice quaint restaurant few steps from Taksim Square on Istiklal Street. ZENCEFIL is Turkish for Ginger. This is vegetarian restaurant and serves some amazing dishes. Not a huge menu, but most of the dishes are very well prepared. The hosts are very nice and helpful. I will highly recommend this restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

A lifetime experience TOP FOOD TOP STAFF AMASING VIEW ON ALL ALANYA , fantastic building ...best restaurant in alanya i cant wait to go back <3

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Scottsdale
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It is located off of the busy Istiklal street near Taksim square. When we visited for lunch the place was hardly busy. We ordered spaghetti with vegetables and we were surprised to find just a few stray pieces of zucchini and carrot. One would have expected a lot more from a restaurant that builds itself as a vegetarian restaurant. Most... More 

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Quebec
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Been there for lunch. Just seconds away from the main street, but soooo great place to relax in the shade. Very good menu, with really fresh food and very good vegeterian options. The homemade ginger ale was awesome!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Whenever I meet with a friend in Taksim square and I am hungry, this is where I go even though I am not a vegeterian I love their food and the calm atmosphere to relax in there.

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Istanbul
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Zencefil is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants very close to Taksim Square and Gezi Park. The food is delicious based on traditional Turkish Kitchen. We paid $25 for two vegi dishes, one small salad and two homemade lemonade. It's not cheap but the ambiance and the food is good.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening in this charming quaint eatery. Pleasant Greenhouse effect courtyard. Plenty of open brickwork. Stylishly decorated. Service with a smile throughout our meal. Loved the genuine homemade ginger beer at only 137 TL. Plenty of vegetarian options.

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hengelo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Although this place is highly recommended on lonely planet, I was a bit disappointed. I had spinach pie, but it tasted like it was made some time before and warmed up, so not that fresh. I have had better food for a better price in istanbul. The setting is nice, in a lovely inner garden.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is a cosy and comfortable vegetarian restaurant with great tasting food. Preces are reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kurabiye Sok. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: 212-244-4082

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighborhood Profile
Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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