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“Excellent sea food and mezes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Eftelya Restaurant

Eftelya Restaurant
Arnavutkoy Mah 1. Cad. No:32 Arnavutkoy, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
0212-2872520
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Ranked #2,670 of 11,041 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $250 - $500
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Romantic
Dining options: Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Bonn
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61 restaurant reviews
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
“Excellent sea food and mezes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2010

I visited Eftalya last week with friends who were in Istanbul for the first time. Some Turkish friends recommended Eftalya for excellent sea food and that is what we got. The mezes were delicious - grilled baby calamar, aubergine salad, delicious tomato and onion salad, dolmas, super prawns, small sardines - a wonderful variety. Then we had fish kebabs with fantastically fresh fish, lemons, peppers, onions etc. To finish we had platters of dried fruits - apricots, figs, quince - with kaymak (clotted cream) and then Turkish coffee.
The restaurant was full. The service was nevertheless very attentive. Of course, it must be said that our Turkish friends were with us and they are well known in the restaurant, but I had the feeling that all guests were being served pleasantly and helpfully.
The restaurant is in Arnavutköy - just across the road from the Bosphorous, so there is a view from the windows and if the weather is good, they open up the front of the restaurant to make a terrace.
We really enjoyed our excellent sea food evening and the trip to Arnavutköy is also very enjoyable along the coast road.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Mezes !!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2009

Love their cold and hot mezes!!! We ordered tuna, grilled octopus, and an extremely tasty salmon. Their bluefish is really fresh and sweet. They also have this tomato salad which is so good ..... we have to order a second serving. A must go restaurant in Turkey.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Turkey
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“really tasty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

250-500$ - not true. As in any fish restaurant in istanbul, there is a kind of fixed price for complete set of starters and main course. Wihtout alcohol it amounts to 100-120$ per person.

Taste is really good. I never tried such delicious "balik kofte" (grinded fish).

Right time to eat fish in Istanbul - September-April, May.

Eftalya is really great, though expensive.

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