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Sur Balik Sarayburnu
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Ranked #133 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: With a capacity of 250 pax indoor and 300 pax with garden side, Sur Balık Restaurant is offering the Mediterranean seafood cuisine with specialities of Turkish dishes is destinated to be a trendsetting address in metropolis of Istanbul. e inviting restaurant is an ideal place for a relaxing dinner aer work or a social gathering venue.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fabulous location with fresh seafood but....”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

The concierge at our hotel (Kalyon Hotel) directed us to Sur Balik since we were tired and did not want to venture out too far to grab a bite to eat. It was 50 meters from our hotel. A fairly low key dining place with pretty decent service. The fish was fresh and grilled to perfection but inspite of asking repeatedly to include some good vegetables with the fish, it was served with a schmear, yes a schmear of mashed potato and no veggies. That was disappointing for our very first meal in Istanbul. I did enjoy eating the fish and the wine (Turkish) was ok but a few veggies would have meant that the waiter was paying attention to us!! The salad was decent though. It is just across the street from the Sea of Marmara and the back wall of the restaurant was part of the city wall constructed by Constantine (he of Constantinople fame). The ambiance was terrific and the fish was great but everything else was disappointing.

  • Visited September 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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225 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We went there with our friends, the fish was fresh and very nice but the staff are friendly, Reservation made at the front desk, but we gave our table to someone else sat at the back!! but there were two men in suits?? there was giving orders to the employees themselves, not doing anything...I gave them orders to employees working there, but like a boss looking at our table waiter, waiter got angry I think morale is broken... place was nice Everything was very nice, but there is 2 mans suits they was so rude..!

  • Visited September 2013
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Colinsburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2013

My wife and I were lucky to choose to eat at Sur Balik.
We wanted to eat lightly and had a delightful dinner of John Dory.
The service could not have been better, despite the fact that we did not have a full meal. The location, with only the road separating us from the Bosphorus, added to the pleasant ambience. We finished with shared Baklava, to which the Restaurant added complimentary Turkish tea and a shared Quince pastry. We highly recommend Sur Balik.

  • Visited September 2013
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Middle Village, New York, United States
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We had one night in Istanbul. We came upon this restaurant while walking along the Bosphorus. It offers outdoor seating with a magnificent view, excellent service, and a very nice selection of seafood, as well as local delicacies. I would recommend trying it.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Delicious meal and gracious staff”
Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

After spending a day touring Ephesus with an early flight the next morning, my husband and I wanted a light but good meal at a location convenient to our hotel in Sultanhamet. Sur Balik on Kennedy Cad fit the bill perfectly. To add to the convenience factor, the restaurant provided complementary transportation. Despite reviews about unhelpful or surly staff, we couldn't have had a better experience. The restaurant was full of locals, which is always a good sign (in fact, we may have been the only Americans), with a vibrant and lively atmosphere. Despite being busy, the maitre d' gave us a table on the water side and our food was served timely. Our waiter was extremely professional and added to the evening's enjoyment. We ordered a couple of tasty mezze and then had the most delicious sea bass prepared in salt. As described by others, the presentation was fun but the real treat was the fish itself. It was moist, flavorful and perfectly cooked, plus it was deboned to perfection. As an added bonus, we tried a poached quince dessert that was delicious. Definitely a great meal!

Visited September 2013
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