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Gulistan Cad. No:20 Buyukada | Princes' Island, Turkey
+90 (216) 3823733
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 29
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Not bad/ Exteremly Overpriced! WHY?

I really loved this island.... eventually, at the end of the day, someone has to spoil it for you ! This is the problem in Turkey ( everyone wants as much money as they can from your wallet) !!!! Why????!!! The restaurant is not bad. View is Naturally (I.E Naturally ) amazing nearby the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Ahmad_Kahlout
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I've been to Istanbul a couple of times these past 3 years and I've always heard amazing things about the beautiful island of Princess Island. This time round when I visited Istanbul I made sure to set a date for princess island. On the way to the island on the boat the owner of the Ali baba restaurant came to... More 

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3 Thank Amal O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

To sum it all up, take a look at the other bad reviews here and it's exactly what you can expect. What I disliked the most is the fact that they sweet talk you into the restaurant and then immediately force you to choose some mezze without showing the menu or prices. We already had a feeling where this was... More 

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Thank D R
Istanbul Province, Turkey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This restaurant totally ruined our experience on Buyukada after what was an otherwise lovely day. We asked for a fish to split between four people. They brought out a plate and we picked one. It was good, but not great. When the bill came, the fish was 400 LIRA. We nearly fell out of our seats. Thinking it was a... More 

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1 Thank Sophia J
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

When we said we would like a fish to share among four people, they brought out a plate. When the bill came, the fish was 400TL ! At no point did they mention that the fish they were serving us was so unbelievably over priced. I've had fish in Buyukada several times, and was never charged more than 50TL. Our... More 

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Thank Matt F
Copenhagen, Denmark
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We asked for the price for the sole, since it was not written on the menu - the waiter said 35TL; but when we got the bill it was 45TL and the waiter became really unfreindly when we mentioned it. The food was nothing special and indeed not woth the price.

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Thank MariaT-DK
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

We were very disappointed after trying this restaurant. The fish were not fresh, the shrimps were not cleaned properly. Also, the arabic salad and the fries were bad. In top of that, it was really expensive and not worth a single penny! Avoid this place in your next trip to Princes' Island.

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1 Thank Jamale S
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I really loved this island.... eventually, at the end of the day, someone has to spoil it for you ! This is the problem in Turkey ( everyone wants as much money as they can from your wallet) !!!! Why????!!! The restaurant is not bad. View is Naturally (I.E Naturally ) amazing nearby the sea. Decoration is not appealing. Food... More 

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Thank Ahmad_Kahlout
Beirut, Lebanon
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We went there because one of the owners kept on chasing us to visit. We were not disappointed. I liked their grilled fish and the bread. Other mezze dishes can not compete with Lebanese mezze but they are ok.

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Thank Gracia Z
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

This ppl have a smallest meal and the most expensive price You have to check the prices in the menu and they will not give you the menu the will asking you to take the order from you before you see the prices

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Thank Maytham A
Istanbul, Turkey
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

This is typical fish restaurant. They have meze's to start. They are quite good. And the seafood including calamari, shrimps. Of course, their specialty is fish. They have quite large variety and they cook it very good i.e. without drying. Their wine cellar is a bit weak. I prefer to have raki. I should mention Kasim with his smiling face... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Gulistan Cad. No:20 Buyukada | Princes' Island, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Princes' Islands  >  Buyukada
  • Phone Number: +90 (216) 3823733

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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