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Kurabiye Sok. 3, Istanbul, Turkey
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
Nice place, reheated food

I liked the lovely courtyard but the food is average - microwaved vegetarian meals. The spinach lasagna and carrot ginger soup were good I suppose. They could do more with the menu. Great for drinks.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
Singapore, Singapore
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  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was given yoghurt which wasn't vegan with my vegan dish even though I had asked if it was vegan, the staff aren't particularly helpful. The food came within 5 mins. I had stuffed submerging, it didn't taste particularly fresh. This place didn't feel cosy

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I liked the lovely courtyard but the food is average - microwaved vegetarian meals. The spinach lasagna and carrot ginger soup were good I suppose. They could do more with the menu. Great for drinks.

Thank remarkable_travels
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Our family was on our first night in Istanbul looking for a special place to celebrate my husband's birthday. We are all vegetarian so we found zencefil. A gorgeous oasis in a big city. We approached the staff with an enormous candle and a lighter with the request of a birthday cake and they immediately sorted it out without fuss.... More 

1 Thank regulartraveller29
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

1 Thank Signor Fibonacc... V
New Delhi, India
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114 reviews
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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.

1 Thank Arvind_Meera
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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

1 Thank juju94lefrancais
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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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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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!

1 Thank Martin L
Istanbul, Turkey
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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.

1 Thank GulsenDemiroz
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15 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic


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Neighborhood Profile
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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