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“Perfect” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hayat Cihangir

Hayat Cihangir
Kilic Ali Pasa Mah. Akarsu Cad. No. 25 D 1, Istanbul, Turkey
293 5374
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Ranked #460 of 11,076 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Seafood, Turkish
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Istanbul, Turkey
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

Good food and good serve İt was really perfect experience for us we enjoyed all the menu stuff was good it has perfect tables on the balcony i can succest everyone who visit old part of istanbul

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HayatCihangir, Manager at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Dear Huseyin,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We very much enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you soon again.

All the best
Sebnem
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149 reviews 149 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Not quite what we expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Restaurant Hayat is located in a residential, young and hip neighbourhood. 
The staff is welcoming and very helpful although they are not very fluent in English. 
The food is ok! I think the mezes are the best thing on the menu. 
I had the meatstew which was ok but not the best. My husband had the seabream which was brought on the plate in full. After cleaning the cooked fish there was about 100 grams of fish left. Which I found very little considering the price. During our dinner we were the only customers and frankly when we passed the restaurant just 2 days later they had no customers at all, while the other businesses in the same area are quite full. I would not really recommend this restaurant. 

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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, Manager at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review, July 8, 2012
Dear dd220786,

We are surprised to hear that you weren’t satisfied by our food. As you can read our reviews our guest were very happy with our food.

Let me explain you the local behavior; during the summer months, people want to sit outside. Because of the municipality we weren’t allowed to put tables outside till last week. In our neighborhood we are the only restaurants. All the others are more or less Bistro’s and aren’t offering you the service you get in our restaurant nor the same food. We don’t think that crowd is a sign for our food., we much more believe in the quality of our food.

We are a restaurant with the specialty on fish, the meat courses in our menu are for guests who don’t eat meat, we are not assertive with our meat course, but we definitely are with our fish courses.

A sea bream has a average weight of 350 gr. and we serve it as a large fish. The price is normal for Turkish conditions.

Expectations need to align with the local demands and behaviors.

We wish you all the best.

Sebnem
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic new years eve”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We ate at this place twice during our stay during the news year period. This definitely has to be a place on its way to a Michelin star. the food is authentic, and the tastes exquisite with care and detail being taken around the over 40 different meze that they serve. Our second visit was on New Years eve where by midnight we were the only guests left. The owner, his wife and staff were gracious enough to share their champagne with us. This was truly a unique experience to meet some modern cultivated turks with Excellent!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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, Manager at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Dear pelfad,

Thank you for your gorgeous review on our restaurant. We really hope that we gain a international reputation :-)

It is really great to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. We hope to welcome you again soon.

All the best

Sebnem
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“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

One of the best places in Beyoglu - Cihangir where you'll definitely experience fine food and friendly service. You can't go wrong with any of the cold appetizers. Seafood is strongly recommended.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HayatCihangir, Manager at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review, June 19, 2012
Dear SukruB,

Thank you for your review. It is amazing to hear that you enjoyed your dinner.

We hope to welcome you again soon.

All the best

Sebnem
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“Turkey's best restaurant is Hayat cihangir because...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

I tried all the fish and traditional food restaurants in Istanbul. Best is Hayat Cihangir. If value for money is important do not even think! Ask everything about foods they explain all the things about traditional foods. You can even learn many things like where to visit what to do cause they really like to talk about Turkey. Just do it:)

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HayatCihangir, Manager at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Dear Enginozer,

Thank you for your gorgeous review. We are happy that you are enjoying your dinners and hope to welcome you again soon.

All the best,

Sebnem
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