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“Unique atmosphere”

Bab-i Hayat Restaurant
Ranked #6,543 of 13,538 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Bratislava, Slovakia
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121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Unique atmosphere”
Reviewed January 4, 2011

Located at the corner of the Spice Bazaar, this restaurant offers traditional Turkish cuisine. The interior is beautifully decorated in traditional Ottoman style which makes this place hard to forget. The food was delicious and service very helpful (althought initially we had a slight problem because they mixed up our meals). Tea was complimentary which is a great plus and free wi-fi is available upon demand. When trying to find this beautiful restaurant, don't get confused - the entrance is through a fast food buffet.

  • Visited January 2011
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Calgary, Canada
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357 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
“Back to the Ottoman Empire”
Reviewed April 30, 2010

Walking up the stairs takes you back in time as you see the blue tiles, paintings, and old pieces of brass. The food is traditional Turkish and was excellent. However the service was slow but then you are there to relax, look up at the painted and tiled ceilings, and have some quiet time before going back out into the chaos of the spice market and the streets around. The Turkish bread, eggplant salad, eggplant with yogurt, shwarma/wrap/giro are all must haves.

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eurydike00
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“Bab-i Hayat is incredibly beautiful”
Reviewed March 23, 2010

architecture and food with a very special restaurant. Stop by this restaurant certainly falls your way to Turkey.

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Rome
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not so nice”
Reviewed January 6, 2010

I wanted to eat the tipical kebab with the sandwich (pita). They said they have and we were givev two cold sandwiches with a cold meat and just salad inside. The one i eat in Rome is better!

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Hadlow, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
“Best Value in Istanbul”
Reviewed July 15, 2008

This restaurant is a cracker and far nicer than Pandeli, its more famous neighbour. Bab-I-Hayat is located above the eastern entrance to the Egyptian bazaar, and is a wonderful place to eat, with high domed ceilings painted in traditional colours. We ate there twice and both times found the food and service to be excellent. The first time we went there was an open buffet full of Turkish specialities which enabled us - and our son - to try out a few different dishes. The second time we went back for the buffet with friends, only to find that it is not offered on Sundays. So we ordered a la carte and still enjoyed an excellent meal. The buffet, for three people was less than 40 Euros in total which, for Istanbul, is exceptionally good value. I don't recall if they serve wine but they do offer beer and soft drinks.

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