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Zencefil

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing place for vegetarians

Food - Amazing (good options for veegtarians), Ambience - nice & Soft, Service - Average. Must visit for all...especially vegetarians. Would be even better if the staff learns to smile :)

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
GSA777
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Singapore, Singapore
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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Singapore, Singapore
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Food - Amazing (good options for veegtarians), Ambience - nice & Soft, Service - Average. Must visit for all...especially vegetarians. Would be even better if the staff learns to smile :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Really nice place, hidden of the bitten track so it offers some quietness. I recommend especially the back room with glass roof. Food was very good, I was very positively surprised by variety and compositions (spicy chickpeas rocks!) I would say excellent but it came bit cold. I definitely recommend to visit.

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New York City, New York
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10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

One of my friends friend didn’t eat meat so he took us to this vegetarian and vegan restaurant and we were quite surprised by the variety they had to offer. You could choose between small or big meal sizes. All meals were 100% homemade- and you basically tasted the freshness. Really charismatic, bright place to remember!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The best hot wine you'll ever get to drink in Turkey. The food is a bit pricey for Istanbul standards, but this is the summit of vegetarian cuisine for us Istanbulites. Do go visit, sample their delicious home baked corn breads and always go for the hot wine. I mean it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a great time at Zencefil. The dishes, even if there wasn't a very large choice, were tasteful and fresh. We had a quick discussion with the waiter (in French) and he was very nice to us. The patio is charming, and the quality-price ratio was more than acceptable. Go !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I am not vegetarian but we visited this restaurant because a collegue of us didn't eat meat!! The first impression was positive!! The waiter was a shy but very friendly girl who tried to explain to us in English the dishes of the day..I admit we were very indecisive but she was very patient! All the dishe were delicious, freshly... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Zencefil. Living in Turkey or even visiting it as a vegetarian can be tough at times but this little place took much of the suffering away! Other reviews tend to give the food a luke-warm review but I really do think that as far as vegetarian, home cooked and traditional dishes go, this place... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Having no other Istanbul vegetarian restaurants to use for comparison, this nicely laid out and popular eatery was okay. The food was not exciting but it was very tasty and meat free. We ate inside since smokers filled the courtyard.

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Chicago
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20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The service was ok, but food (eggplants) was not really what I expected; bread with olives and a very tasty green sauce was good, but they brought it without being asked for (and they charged me!). I didn't order anything else, also because they didn't have that much on the menu. I don't think I'll go there again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I'm writing this review as we didn't actually EAT here, we just sat down, looked at menu and left.... The atmosphere is not really right for dinner, I think as a kinda of uni hangout place with a laptop at lunchtime its perfect, but not for a nice dinner (kind of like eating dinner at starbucks) We were still kind... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children

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