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“Great view, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Safran Restaurant

Safran Restaurant
Ranked #384 of 13,394 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: Only the internationally recognised and “Academie Internationale de la Gastronomie” awarded Safran offers the finest in Turkish and Ottoman cuisine and spectecular views of the Bosphorus. Live classical ‘Fasıl’ music adds the finishing touch to an authentic atmosphere at the recently renovated Safran Restaurant and the covered terrace provides the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views all year round in this elegant and sophisticated setting.
Newcastle, Australia
Level Contributor
48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great view, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

An up market restaurant (great ambience) in the Intercontinental Hotel, Istanbul (Taksim Sq area). When we were there, 2 young women played folk instruments and sang - very pleasant. The restaurant is at the top of the building and has panoramic views of Istanbul, including a bridge that has changing color lights on it at night. It advertises Turkish food but plenty of other choices also. Wine a bit expensive.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Helen F
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ABalci, Guest Relations Manager at Safran Restaurant, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Dear Guest,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and comments in relation to this review.
We are delighted to hear that you were happy with our services.
We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming and serving you again at our Safran Restaurant.

Kind Regards,
Victoria Yildirim
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  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Brookfield, Connecticut
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Local Cuisine, Spectacular View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

On the top floor of the Ceylan Intercontinental Hotel in the Taksim district, Safran delivers a terrific blend of local offerings and traditional "western" foods. Indoor or glass enclosed outdoor patio, the views are spectacular of both Sultanahmet and the Bosphorus. Service was absolutely terrific, not rushed. Attention to detail without being stuffy at all. Have a drink in the bar area first and take in the scenes around Istanbul.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank drmark77
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ABalci, Guest Relations Manager at Safran Restaurant, responded to this review, September 28, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

Many thanks for your comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed our Safran Restaurant.

We look forward to welcoming you again at the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul.

Yours faithfully,
Victoria Yildirim
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Los Angeles
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76 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very nice with amazing view of Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

I really enjoy dinner at Safran. The view was breathtaking, really amazing view of the city. The mezes were all very nice, and 2 out of the 3 entrees were excellent (the lamb shank was ok). The services were very polished and although I was with Turkish speakers, the waiters had no problems with communicating in English. I do not remember the prices as I did not pay, but I do not think it's more than $60 per head with raki.

Visited June 2012
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Thank so_traveller
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ABalci, Guest Relations Manager at Safran Restaurant, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

Many thanks for your comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and rest assured that your comments will be shared among our whole team here and read with pride.

We look forward to welcoming you again at the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul.

Yours faithfully,
Victoria Yildirim
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Geismar, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

Had a great gastronomic experience. I am unable to wait till I get to do this again to enjoy the best atmospheres in dining around Taksim Square. My wife and I was celebrating over ten years of marriage. We dressed elegantly in shorts and shirts because of the warm summer weather at or below sea level. The restaurant was on the 59th floor and at that elevation the wind was very strong at that time. My wife was cold and our waiter saw her shivering and he went inside and brought out a gorgious shawl and wrapped her to warmth. The staff was really good.

They had Schepps Indian Tonic which you are unable to purchase in the U. S. It is a tad bit sweeter than what I can buy in the U. S. It goes great with Bombay Saphire or Beef Eater Gin with a coulple slices of lime.

Sorry to say that this trip took place in July 2010 and I am just now getting a chance to write this review. All I can tell you is that I more than likely had seafood or lamb. Did not matter what you ordered because everything on the menu was outstanding.

I think the hostess was a bit taken back by the fact we did not have reservations but we were early and we were seated because business was a little slow at the moment. Like anywhere in the world, once you show american green backs they warm up quick and life is what it should be.

I wouldn't hesitate in a pico second to go here again and reccomend to anyone that visits Taksim Square.

Until I come again.

Gary

  • Visited March 2011
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1 Thank gautreauxg
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ABalci, Guest Relations Manager at Safran Restaurant, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Dear Guest,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and comments in relation to this review.
We are delighted to hear that you were happy with our services.
We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming and serving you again at our Safran Restaurant.

Warm Regards,
Victoria Yildirim
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istanbul
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“extremely disappokinted”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

been to many top restaurants, however this Safran is one of the worst. views are nice, but staff does not speak english, cheap food with too high prices.
dont go as it is a trap !

  • Visited November 2011
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2 Thank ahmetq s
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ABalci, Guest Relations Manager at Safran Restaurant, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for letting us know your inconveniences regarding your visit of our Safran restaurant and we appreciated the time you have taken to bring them to our attention.

Hope you will give us another chance to welcoming you again at the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul.

Yours faithfully,
Victoria Yildirim
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