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“Beautiful Presentation and Great Service!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sur Balik Sarayburnu

Sur Balik Sarayburnu
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Ranked #139 of 13,378 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: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Presentation and Great Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

My mom and I went here as a suggestion from our hotel and were definitely impressed! From the minute we walked in the service was impeccable. We ordered the sea bass and had it baked in salt. Before serving they brought it out and set it on fire! From there they filleted it and served it right too us. And aside from the beautiful presentation, it tasted so delicious! We were in no way disappointed with our experience. Would definitely suggest to anyone visiting Istanbul!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newport Beach, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent meal, but service & price had an effect”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014

Our family of four chose Sur Balik on the recommendation of our hotel concierge and were enticed by the offer of free transfer to and from the restaurant, which is indeed an added value. We found a good mixture of local and international patrons and had a nice table by the window with a view of the Bosphorus straight. The menu offered an excellent range of fresh fish and variety of local appetizers. We had the fried shrimp in ginger sauce and the grilled octopus to start followed by a delicious grilled sea bass which was more than enough for the whole family. The meal was fresh, very high quality and well-presented. We know that Turkey may not be the most advanced when it comes to customer service, but we felt that staff made little or no effort to engage us, offer any suggestion or even crack a smile. Our head waiter, clearly experienced, was dour and disinterested in us the entire evening which, sorry to say, had an impact on our experience. We were told when booking the restaurant that it was "mid range" in terms of price, but for us, $230 for good meal for a family of four will always be high, if not over-priced. We lived in Rome for a year and I don't think we ever paid that much for a meal and we had some amazing food experiences there...even if Rome/Italy have their share of challenges in the service department. For this, we can only rate Sur Balik average and it's unlikely we would return on our next visit to Istanbul.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Allerød
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

An absolutely fantastic restaurant with superb service. Fish from local seas cooked so that they must soon receive a Michelin Star.

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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Enjoyed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

We just arrived and our hotel- sultanahmet palace recommended this place
With free shuttle at our convenience
The atmosphere is great, the people are great and the fishes were cooked to our liking
We found the place friendly
It was quite a busy place


Overall enjoyed the food and the view and the people

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsfield, Maine
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Every time in Istanbul!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

Amazing service, food and atmosphere! 6 stars!!! I make a point to visit this place every time and it never disappoints... The wait staff is very knowledgable and can make great suggestions for first timers and repeat customers. Oh and the wine selection... AMAZING!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Cmcgary1
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