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“Great food, great view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Gaja Restaurant

Gaja Restaurant
Bayildim Cad. Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul No. 2 K 14 D 16 Macka, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
326 1100
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Ranked #306 of 10,924 restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $50 - $200
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Great food, great view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Gaja. Service was what you would expect from such a quality restaurant, and the view over Bosphorus is simply breathtaking. Try and book a table on the outdoor deck just before sunset for the best view.

Food menu wasn't hugely extensive (compared with the cocktail list which was phenomenal) but again good quality as expected. It is definitely at the pricier end of Istanbul (300-350 TL for two with drinks) but perfect for a special occasion.

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  • German first
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  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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UK
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice views, great service, food a let slight let down.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I liked:
1. Great service
2. The athmosphere
3. The cocktails

I was disappointed by:
1. Main course
2. No Turkish options

Location: the restaurant is at the swissotel at the top of the west tower. The views are nice and its great to have your dinner outside. The views here are not as good as in the restaurants by the Bosporus but still we enjoyed.

Service: as its part of swissotel the service was very good. A practical example we wanted our gin & tonics with a specific Gin they did not stock int his bar. however we got no "sorry sirs" but the staff got the gin from other part of the swissotel. That is service in my opinion. The menus are on iPad, which. I think it's great as it allows for more information being given for each dish as well as wine recommendations and extras.

Food: the cousins is not Turkish so if you are after Turkish food you might want to consider another restaurant. The starters we ordered (scallops and smoked salmon), were delicious. Our steaks were ok although slightly disappointing as we would have expected a bit more from restaurant of this class.

We finished the evening in the bar area with some cocktails. I would recommend these.

Visited September 2013
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belfast
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68 reviews 68 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Expensive but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

We were staying in the hotel and went here a couple of times for an evening drink. Drinks aren't cheap but the view makes it worth it. Good music and they give you blankets when it gets chilly. Also, you get nibbles and fresh fruit with your drink.
Would like to try the food there next time!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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132 reviews 132 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food and Wonderful Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

This is a great location for dinner. You can have a drink in the rooftop bar first and then move down the steps to the restaurant area. The views over Istanbul are superb. The menu is presented on an iPad which is a nice touch. The food and wine choice is excellent - I had fish for starter and main and both were superb and beautifully presented. The service was excellent too - all in all a wonderful experience even if it was expensive!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Caracas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Romantic and satisfying”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Food was more than superior. My wife finished three plates for the first time in 15 years. She is VERY picky...120 lbs. Views are unbelievable and on a balcony as well. Service is excellent. Choices are many. You'll enjoy yourselves.
It is a bit pricey but worth every penny.

Visited August 2013
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