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Maiden's Tower

$$$$
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Uskudar
French, Bar, Cafe, Barbecue, Pub, Bistro
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Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkiye, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 342 4747
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Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 112
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    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 16
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Unique venue, don't bother with a window seat

Getting there: Make sure you phone the restaurant to find out how to get to the complimentary boat which takes you to the restaurant. From the Europe side you need to get to Kabatas tram station, cross the road to the Bosphorus side, and look for the petrol station. Pass this and ask any of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
ImAlwaysOnHoliday
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London
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Excellent dinning experience with private cruise take you to the boundary of the Eurasian. Good view of Istanbul for both sides of Europe and Asia. Outstanding service but the food is just the average. It was considered to be a tour instead of a fine dinning.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Getting there: Make sure you phone the restaurant to find out how to get to the complimentary boat which takes you to the restaurant. From the Europe side you need to get to Kabatas tram station, cross the road to the Bosphorus side, and look for the petrol station. Pass this and ask any of the people working on the... More 

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Khartoum, Sudan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The Maiden's Tower is gorgeous! Such a beautiful castle with the most romantic restaurant in the middle of the Bosphorus! The food, service, atmosphere, everything was just magical!!

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Ankara, Turkey
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

If you are a foreign visitor, you must visit this small castle. History of this structure is interesting. You can use boats hourly departing from Kabatas. View of the tower is nice. If you are lucky, you can see dolphins. We were. But I don't have any idea about the restaurant.

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you are in Istanbul, it is well worth the time to visit this island in the middle of the Bosphorus to enjoy the fantastic views and good food. It is a bit expensive but, in my opinion, worth it as the views are fantastic. You can take a free shuttle boat from either side of Istanbul. The restaurant, itself,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I missed the memo that this is a romantic restaurant and focused on eating dinner between Asia and Europe. I went with two of my friends and we were the ones in the restaurant that were not couples. Overall, the experience was wonderful and unique. The food was average (except for the smoked salmon tower) and VERY overpriced. However, to... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Our concierge booked this for us and arranged for the taxi to take us to the right spot. The private boat was located among other boats but there were plenty of people to ask that got us to the right one. The island has a lot of history and folklore surrounding and is for couples. We saw a marriage proposal... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

You must travel by boat to reach this island restaurant! A Charming venue, that actually serves fine Turkish wine.

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Following a recommendation from a friend we booked dinner here for our last night stay in Istanbul and it was a delightful treat! The setting made it kind of magical. We were picked up by private boat and were immediately made aware by those on board that this was a venue mainly for couples having a romantic evening together. The... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This restaurant has a really unique location, namely in the intersection of the Bosphorus where the two continents of Asia and Europe meet. We went there for a late breakfast and enjoyed the magical views over the river, but they have good meals at all times of the day.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkiye, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Uskudar
  • Neighborhood: Uskudar
  • Phone Number: +90 216 342 4747

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 70 - 100
  • Cuisine: French, Bar, Cafe, Barbecue, Pub, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Uskudar

Neighborhood Profile
Uskudar
Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.
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