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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 28
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  • 26
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  • 19
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  • 8
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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
Tasty original vegeterian food in a calm atmosphere

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
GulsenDemiroz
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Istanbul, Turkey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We went on the recommendation of a friend who was not vegetarian. The lentil patties were excellent, but some of the other dishes missed the mark. The setting is beautiful -- you are outside but really sitting inside.

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I liked the athmo and decoration of the place, but the food was quite mediocre. Their own ginger beer is nice, worth trying.

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I had dinner here with my wife, one day after having tested the competition in the same street (see below). Zencefil has spacious, atmospheric seating, a well worked out menu and they serve wines with the food. Pricing is ok, not really cheap but certainly not expensive either. Unfortunately, they should take better care of the food: I understand it... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Address: Kurabiye Sok. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 212-244-4082
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
Cuisine: Japanese, Vegetarian

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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: Japanese, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children

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