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Meze By Lemon Tree

#58 of 12,279 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in Taste the Difference.
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Mesrutiyet cad No:83 | Asmalı Mescit mah. Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
0212 252 83 02
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 1:00 am
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the very best places in Istanbul for high quality original Turkish food. Every dish is simply delicious. They take very traditional dishes and make them better. From the cold mezes to the warm ones to the entrees --- everything is tasty and amazingly good. We had the shaslik -- the very best I have ever eaten. You can't... More 

Thank Naxelrod
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Location is wonderful, right by Soho House - the cold mezze and seafood were great, but the real star was the banana dessert, trust me - incredible and one of a kind. The owners and the staff are great too.

Thank nfarra
london, uk
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This restaurant was specially recommended, and so popular we couldn't get a table on a wet October Saturday evening. Food was tasty and extremely good value at the set menu price. 5 meze chosen from the buffet, and choice of warm starter and main course plus dessert and coffee. Everything was good, apart from the calamari, which was blubbery thick... More 

Thank billeharding
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything we tasted is extraordinary delicious. Recommend everyone who visits İstanbul. All the mezes very tasty. Octopus and lamb was very good.

Thank Gulgun A
Stuttgart, Germany
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to have dinner at this restaurant on a recommendation from "Der Feinschmecker" and it was wonderful. Great service, turkish dishes and wine. Highly recommendable when in Istanbul. Tables need to be reserved in advance.

Thank Chris M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant clearly breaks with the tradition of kofte and doner So much more sophisticated an f refined. Go for the tasting it's outstanding value even if a little rich.

Thank Alexander M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not been sure where to go for dinner and wanted to head away from the immediate local area so came across this place online. Based in the Karakoy area it was about a 15min drive from Sultanahmet. The restaurant was pretty quiet, but the large windows were opened out onto the street which allowed for a cool setting.... More 

Thank SabinaB1979
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Overrated place! The dishes are of ab average level and not for everyone's taste. The place is very little, neighbouring tables are right up to stand. The Dinner of two from pair meze, warm starters and one main dishes, plus two glass local vine - 70 $.

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant. The food is good and the waiters patently explain the dishes available. Very reasonable too.

Thank Elizajane2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

The place is very small, about 10-12 little tables with view to the road in front. The service is excellent, polite and very fast. There are a nice variety of cold starters ( called meze I think) to choose from(they serve them in very small plates-just for 2 persons to tast) , about 4-5 hot starters and only 4 main... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
6:30 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mesrutiyet cad No:83 | Asmalı Mescit mah. Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: 0212 252 83 02

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • 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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