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“Nice venue, poor restaurant” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Mavi Balik

Mavi Balik
Kurucesme Mah. Muallim Naci Cad. No:64 D:2 Arnavutkoy, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey
2655480
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Ranked #278 of 11,070 Restaurants in Istanbul
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Nice venue, poor restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Although the food wasn't bad, it cerntainly wasn't good. I would say poor to medium. Atmosphere on the balcony is good, inside is just too big and totally unpleasant. Personnel doesn't speak english. So, go there for a quick dinner with a very nice view but don't expect a great night out. DON'T go if they can't offer you a place outside.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Kuwait
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91 reviews 91 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Amazing food and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

we have been invited for a lunch at Mavi Balik on May 2014. It was a menu set with variation of appetizers, including sea weeds, eggplant, calamari. The most important was the main dish which is the Salt encrusted fish. the fish is fresh and tasty. View is astonishing where one can see the Bosphorus bridge, ships and the other side of Istanbul. It an incredible experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warwickshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good food but not relaxing. Rushed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The food was good here and the views excellent at night when all is lit up. Unfortunately the night we went the staff were rushing us and we asked them to slow down. Do not appreciate being treated as merely tourists by supercilious waiters! A long way out of Sultanahmet for an uncomfortable table evening. We were glad to leave and would not return.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Moscow, Russia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This place I would like to recommend especially during evening time. The great view on a bridge, ships, lights, moon. But some days its better to reserve a table, ask the place close to window.
Yeah almost forgot - fish dishes are delicious!

Visited April 2013
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San Francisco, California
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190 reviews 190 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Superb View, and Very Good Service...but far from town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We came here from Sultanahmet and it was a long drive in bad traffic, which is standard Istanbul but wasn't the best start to the evening especially as we were late for our reservation. However, the restaurant was nice enough to hold our restaurant and put us outside on the balcony (which is a must for dining here as the view is one of the selling points).

The food was excellent and the seafood was very fresh. We really enjoyed everything here including a very special salt enrcusted and baked fish.

The service throughout the night was very attentive and helpful with ordering food and wine. The wine list itself was excellent as well.

Overall a very nice restaurant for a special occasion or a splurge. It was pricey compared to other places in Istanbul but the quality of the experience was worth it.

  • 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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