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#2,123 of 9,709 Restaurants in Istanbul


Bar, Cafe, Turkish, Italian, European, Pub
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Seating, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed September 24, 2020 via mobile

The great view with bad cocktails. Want to see and drink cocktail, the bar menu is poor and the cocktail Margarita is the worst! It was a pity.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 4, 2019

The views were similar to what we could see from our accommodation so it was lovely to feel like we were at home and having a meal. The food was good (I tried the creamy chicken and mushroom spaghetti) and hit the spot. As it's...on a rooftop terrace, people do go up there to smoke so can get a bit smoky and overpowering but the breeze can help with that. I smoked a grape and mint shisha which was good but as i'm not a fan of al-fakher flavours, I can't rate it higher than that. We visited again for our last dinner meal before we left for home and were really pleased with the service we received from one of the female staff who's name I asked for but cannot remmeber what it was (Sorry!). Think it begins with a H. She was great.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

Good selection of beers out of Turkey. Reasonable pricing. If you are waterpipe person, they have it. Nice to sit and relax and watch people walking up and down the street.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

The food here won’t get a five star but the spectacular view of the cafe erases it. Plays good music for me because I am trapped in nineties. And we spend good time here with friends.

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

The terrace has really nice views. The staff is nice. We had a salad and a chicken mix. Both were delicious. I had a margarita but it was nothing special although it had lots of alcohol

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place while seeking a casual luncheon. Very pleasant outdoor terrace with view. The pizza and chicken kebabs were quite good. Inexpensive.

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed October 24, 2016

The views from this restaurant over towards the Golden Horn and Sultanahmet are truly spectacular and it's worth visiting just to see them We ate dinner and the views by night of the Topkapi and Ayasofya are so wonderful. The service was incredibly attentive and...the food was tasty and reasonably priced.More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed August 4, 2016

The food does not have to be great here (although it was very satisfactory) to make a fantastic evening in this roof top café and restaurant. The view did it all! Come here for a drink or for food. We came here 3 times in...1 week to eat, having enjoyed it so much the first night. The view over the Golden Horn, towards the Galata Tower and Hagia Sofia, with the Bosporus behind, was memorable. We enjoyed the fish very much (sea bream or sea bass), with generous portions, and nicely cooked. Do not go here for top cuisine alone, but come for the view with friendly staff and an exceptional view.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed June 16, 2016

We stayed at Symbol Hotel which was at perfect location if you want to be close to istaklal street.Also the staff esp Hakan, there was extremely helpful in making us feel comfortable. The beds were comfortable with good location and bathrooms were clean too with...hot water.More

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

It is a hidden perfect spot. You enter and you take the elevator and suddenly you have a view of the bosporos of sultanahmet. Beautiful beautiful. What a view. You can enjoy a nice turkish coffee and if you want they will tell you the...future)) it is a must be.More

Date of visit: April 2016
Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

I liked this place a lot ever since I've discovered it. it was the rightest place to drop by any moment of the day. I've had plenty of breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners here. I loved both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage choices. I found so...cute and lovely all those fortune tellers whom I've met from time to time just to have a pleasant conversation and some joy-time. I can frankly say that the servants (I'm talking about those at the Taksim branch) are all the perfect-fit for the atmosphere of that beautiful place. Surprisingly, the music taste was always -always- a breath of fresh air, always pleasing. Now that I see the change in the concept, with regard to the music, to the decoration, to the service preferences, to the menu etc. did not catch me at all. Besides the fact that I had been frequenting this cafe alone and with my dearest ones, I had invited plenty of my friends here and all of them loved this place as I did. I was able to work, study, read, write, chat, just sit and relax here. The concept was totally convenient for any of such activities. Now I have doubts. Hope thr management considers such customer assessments before any further changes.More

Date of visit: March 2016
Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

A perfect spot with perfect customer service. I loved it. It is amazing how you can see all Istanbul from this rooftop. Food is good and big variety of international and Turkish food

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

The view in this restaurant is beautiful. The food was bad, burned, dry and tasteless. Too bad for such a location. So nice place for a drink.

Date of visit: November 2015
Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Tonight there was a spectacular lightening storm & we were lucky enough to be seated upstairs on the terrace level looking out over Istanbul. We stumbled upon this restaurant in a side alley near our hotel. The person out the front told us they had...great views of Istanbul & he wasn't kidding. The meals were lovely, the staff friendly & very accommodating. They even gave us some free Turkish tea at the end of our meal. If you are in this neighbourhood then this is one not to miss. An amazing experience. We will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2015
Reviewed September 23, 2015

My daughter took me to this restaurant and I think it was the best choice she made, we went to the top floor and enjoyed the views while the sun was going down with some dinner and nice staff.

Date of visit: August 2015
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5