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“Rather a Disappointment” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Pandeli Restaurant

Pandeli Restaurant
Misir Carsisi No. 1 Eminou, Saray, Turkey
527 3909
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Saray
Price range: $22 - $29
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Rather a Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The Pandeli Restaurant is covered in pictures of all the dignitaries that have eaten there. Unfortunately, if you are not a dignitary, the service is less than stellar. The food, although good, was not wonderful nor different. The decor, with tiled walls, was appealing. However, you would think that a restaurant buried in the spice market would be cheap - think again.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Woodmere
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great restaurant and a great view of spice marker”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

My wife and I were just in Istanbul for several days after a cruise through the Greek Isles. After shopping in the spice market. Our guide suggested eating at the Pandeli restaurant which is just upstairs in the market. The food was OUTSTANDING. My lunch was one of the best meals I had had in Istanbul.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Food was great and reasonably priced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Had the okra, lamb, egg plant, mixed vegetables, fish. Family style. We wanted to have the shrimp too but we were told that it was not fresh that day.

Visited July 2012
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Annapolis, MD
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“Pandelli was the worst restaurant I ate at in a 12 day tour through Greece and Turkey!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Also a rip off!!! Deserves a zero star. We ordered a salad that came swimming in water for 10 liras. The bread was stale (2 liras worth). I asked for lemon and olive oil. They brought in 2 dried up pieces of lemon and a dirty olive oil glass decanter with a sediment in it that was difficult to identify. The eggplant salad for 10 liras was ok but have had better ones. I also ordered what was listed as an eggplant and doner borek. What arrived was a piece of potato souffle. The Kofta kebap was ok but at 22 liras way overpriced. Service was terrible when the restaurant was empty. We had to ask for service since the waiters did not show up to check on us. The final check was for 89 liras after they added a 10% service charge- not worth it at all. The 2 beers we ordered at 10 liras each were probably the best part of the meal but also overpriced.
In summary, Pandelli is an overpriced tourist trap that most definitely should be avoided while in Istanbul.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Ioannina, Greece
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Nice view - delicious flavours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Delicious flavours but a bit small variety of dishes, fast service, nice views of spice market and Eminonu

Visited July 2012
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