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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great atmosphere, good food

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
linpa_melbourne
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Families with children
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Japanese first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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112 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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82 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 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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35 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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5 helpful votes 5 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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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?