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lokanta helvetia

#186 of 12,206 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
0090212 245 8780
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is good variety of homemade mostly vegetarian dishes. You can chose up to 5 for one plate (for between 12 and 15 TLY). Bread and water are served free of charge. Staff is nice but not all of them speak English. You can pay with card as well.

Thank Daria K
Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

A lovely place where you can choose from different dishes, all very tasteful. Staff nice, relaxed atmosphere, really cheap.

Thank Petra_Zuidwijk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

We had our last dinner before leaving Istanbul and we couldn't have better ! Fresh and delicious food, kind service and nice place. Prices are very low but qualitiy is on rendez-vous :) You should definetly go once at least if you are in Istanbul.

Thank Aly S
Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

I was amazed when I first saw how many dishes of vegetables they have for such a small price. The quality of the food is excellent, as well as the service. This is an excellent place for vegeterians and vegans to eat tasty and not expensive food.

Thank Ksenija B
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This small place has excelent veggie food at a really good price. We went there and had lunch several times when we were in Istanbul. For a simple plate with 5 different things and some water me AND my son only spent 27 TKL !!!

Thank MariaT-DK
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

The formula is very simple. You go to the bar and make your choice (or point out) 5 dishes you want. You take a seat and after a couple of minutes you get your plate with small portions of these foods. Still a nice plate. No small bits. During the day the foods available vary. Take a drink with it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Have lived in the neighbourhood for many years now and keep coming back to Helvetia. A week rarely goes by without having at least one meal there (sometimes many more). The food is as good as anything you will find in Istanbul, and the prices haven't changed significantly for years. It's a small family-run operation with friendly staff, an oasis... More 

Thank Reuben d
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Little cute cafe with a bustling atmosphere at lunch time. Local people eat here in their lunch break, so it's busy at that time. We had some mixed vegetarian dishes and all of them were delicious. You can feel everything is homemade and made with good quality fresh ingredients. Inexpensive.

Thank Laura M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

It is one of the best daily prepared home-made food i have ever eaten in Istanbul. It is so casual that, you can sit anywhere empty and even have a little bit of a chat with the person next to you. It is a pretty small restaurant so the tables are full most of the time. You can make combinations... More 

Thank Oguzhan A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Great traditional Black Sea kitchen. Daily fresh food made by professional local cooks with original old recipe . All fine fresh ingredients. Lots of choice for vegetarians as well. Food is presented openly and you may combine little piece of many dishes on one plate. Nice public , friendly service , correct price. Quiet busy during lunch time. Be patient.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: General Yazgan Sokak, No: 8, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: 0090212 245 8780

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighborhood Profile
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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