BirBen Restaurant

BirBen Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Mon
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $2.00
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
meals, features
Is this restaurant good for brunch?
About
We are pleased to see you in our restaurant where you can eat healthy and delicious meals with a 100% customer satisfaction in Eminönü, the most central location of the Historic Peninsula.
PRICE RANGE
$0.00 – $2.00
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Barbecue, Turkish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles189 reviews
Excellent
146
Very good
17
Average
6
Poor
6
Terrible
14
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

shadylau
Girona1201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
Local restaurant very close from the Spice Market. It called my attention because both the meat grill and the oven where they make the bread are open. They offer Turkish food at very reasonable prices, and portions are good for main dishes. I had the best chicken skewer I’ve eaten, it was so good that I even repeated. Baba ganoush is tasty but very little
Written January 2, 2020
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_cristina2515
Santiago46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 family
My sister, brother in law and myself stopped for lunch at this place. Very friendly staff, owner always checking to see that customers were satisfied I did not care for meat in my wrap, so he immediately had a vegetarian version prepared for me at no extra cost. My sister and bro-in-law were very pleased with their choices. Prices were very reasonable.
Written September 30, 2021
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Inspire45266234380
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
My husband and I ate here twice. The first time we had the waiter bring us some local specialties which were very tasty. The second time we chose a platter with six different appetizers. The food was excellent, fresh and there is something for everyone. The staff was very friendly.
Written May 24, 2024
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KingStepper
London2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 none
We visited this restaurant 4 years ago in 2018 when, I believe, the restaurant had recently opened. Was very pleased with the experience then (wrote a good review at the time) and thought we'd visit again but wished we hadn't, has gone downhill since:- Waiter tried to bump up the order with most expensive items. Our waiter in particular was most annoying - falsely friendly and spent the whole time shouting and loudly joking with his numerous colleagues. Here's the worst part though - wife was given the wrong order which was swapped for the correct one. When the bill arrived we were charged for both. Complained and a new bill was produced which now contained an added service charge. TBH should have not paid it, just a scamming tourist trap producing mediocre food and best avoided at all cost.
Written October 4, 2022
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Agata K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 family
Cute little place, popular with locals. They serve really good lahmacun and pride at very good price. The staff is friendly and super quick to respond. The food is delish, freshly made from scratch. Highly recommended
Written November 22, 2022
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ludor
Iasi2974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
Nice Turkish restaurant located in a great area of Istanbul. Excellent service. The food was very good. The only questionable thing is the 10% service tax they put on the bill by default - they definitely deserve it but I think it shouldn't be automatically, it is the customer that should decide. However, even with this tax, the value for the money is very good.
Written May 20, 2022
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Duhaa K
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 none
In the middle of all the chaos of Eminönü there's a little gem at the back called Binben. Not only the staff is kind, courteous and helpful but they make you feel very welcome! The food is outstanding with excellent presentation. The environment is family friendly and location is perfect. They have a lift for the upper floor for convenience and an open space outside for smokers. So the next time you visit the spice Market do visit this restaurant as its worth a try.
Written April 1, 2023
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Mustapha A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
We ordered adana kebal, pide pilav, a coke and a ice tea. After 10 minutes the waiter gives us Bulgur instead of Pilav. We thought this was a complimentary of the restaurant. After over 45 minutes the waiter gives us ada kebal correctly but then a burger. We said to the waiter that we ordered pide and pilav. The waiter tells us that what on the table is pilav is. We said this is bulgur and he tells us bulgur and pilav are the same. Well no at all! At that moment we decides to leave te resuarant, because of the waiting. I paid for the drinks, but the restaurant also wanted us to pay for the bulgur! How rude. Don't go here!!!
Written August 10, 2021
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Diana A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
Very good food. Tasty. Authentic. Staff nice and welcoming. Pides are their specialties and lamb kebab was really good.
Written May 23, 2024
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Agnes
Budapest1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Amazing food and friendly service, the eggplant kebab was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant. The portions are generous.
Written March 25, 2024
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SHKahangi
Tehran1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 business
I recently visited BirBen in Istanbul, attracted by its high ratings on Google Maps and Tripadvisor. Unfortunately, my experience was deeply disappointing and markedly different from what the ratings suggested. Firstly, upon finishing our meal, we were pressured to pay an additional 10% service charge, a practice that is quite uncommon in Turkey and was not mentioned upfront. This felt more like a forced tip rather than a voluntary appreciation of good service. Regarding the food, both the meat and bread served were far below expectations. The quality was poor, with the meat tasting old and the bread having a stale, hard texture, reminiscent of stone. The most unsettling part of the experience, however, came at the end. A staff member approached us with a Google Translator, explicitly asking us to leave a positive review on Google Maps and Tripadvisor. This incident made me realize that their high rating might be the result of such coerced, positive reviews rather than genuine customer satisfaction. I am writing this review to caution other tourists and visitors. The high ratings of this restaurant do not reflect the actual quality of food and service. Please consider this experience before choosing BirBen for your meal in Istanbul.
Written December 19, 2023
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Anna G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 friends
Everything was delicious, very friendly waiters and fresh food. Good place so sit and the eggplant was fantastic. We come back!
Written December 14, 2023
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soulagesourien
London2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
We just wanted somewhere quick and local with real Turkish food near the spice market and we found Bir Ben. Perfect !!! Cheap and quick and the service was great. ismail is super charming and friendly !!! You can’t go wrong
Written November 18, 2023
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haji
Iraq1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
The waiters were watching at us in a strange way and they raised the prices in 24 hours up to 30% ! Without changing the service!
Written August 29, 2023
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Jade J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Great location! The staff is super friendly and welcoming- even gave us some free tea! The food is great, the portions are perfect and the price is relatively low :)
Written July 19, 2023
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Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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