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“Avoid this restaurant - it is a rip off”

Galata Olympos Restaurant
Ranked #7,301 of 13,822 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $5 - $60
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Karakoy
Description: Galata Olympos Restaurant ; Get ready for unforgettable moments with our fresh sea foods and large range of wines in elite ambient with your family and friends with the excellent view of Topkapi Place and the Bosphorus.
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Ate there last night - 1st Sept 2012 - wish I had read reviews first - echo all the previous negative comments

We arrived late in Istanbul & it was recommended by our hotel (I will be taking it up with them)

High pressure sell - massively overpriced - food really disappointing - we ended up paying > £100 for a shared starter & a sea bream main + couple of local beers

We contested the bill - but in the end just paid to get away & move on with our holiday

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Thank Freddie888
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We were there on 22-Aug-2012 at 3:30 pm..we ordered one fish that weighs maximum 2 kg..4 medium prawns , 3 side mezzo dishes and a bottle of water..no alcoholic drink..price was a shock of TL 414..could not figure it out..I knew It was a scam and I was the victim this time..2nd fish cannot be priced at TL 190..even in 5 star restaurants..I quite eat a lot outside and quite familiar with restaurants and prices..but this one was a new just a big scam..avoid it by all means

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Thank ASDL777
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

One of the members of our party seemed very keen to get a recommendation from our somewhat hapless concierge and he recommended this! The wine was defiitely not a sauvignon blanc as it claimed to be and 3 of the 5 of us ordered prawns- which they managed to over-cook! Totally echo all the comments about over-priced and rip-of. We also got a "free" taxi, the manager tried to kick us out before we were home in a middle lane with on-coming traffic. "Finish, Get out". He had asked if I would recommend to my friends and I had replied truthfully :) It beggars belief that a alleged 5* hotel like the Palazzo Donzetti would recommend this to guests

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Thank Lesley A
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

We went to this restaurant expecting a nice dinner, but it turned out to be a horrible night. Let me list all of the problems we had:
1. The waiters gave us a special "tourist menu" that was priced higher than the regular Turkish menus - we figured it out when we saw non-tourists eating things not on our menu.
2. My child ordered a chicken fillet. When the food came, they "accidentally" brought him a steak that cost us 20 Lires more than the chicken.
3. We ordered a large fish platter. The waiter suggested it to us, and told us that "1 serving feeds 3 people." However when he brought the dish, it was enough food to feed 9 people! We asked the server about it, and he told us "that we ordered 3 servings," which would cost mean we would be paying triple as much for already overpriced food we weren't going to eat. We realized they had scammed us, so we started arguing with them over it, which lasted about half an hour. We refused to pay the full 300 Lires that they expected us to. After the manager had shed his kind, friendly appearance and started yelling at us, we promptly payed only for what we truly ordered, and not for the extra things they added on, and left.

I am warning you now. Avoid this restaurant AT ALL COSTS or you will be sorry. What a horrible experience. And to top it all off the food was not even good.


Fuimos a este restaurante esperando una buena cena, pero resultó ser una noche horrible. Permítanme enumerar todos los problemas que hemos tenido:
1. Los camareros nos dio un "menú turístico" que estaba a un precio superior al de los menús regulares turcas - que lo imaginó cuando vimos que no son turistas de comer las cosas no está en nuestro menú.
2. Mi hijo pidió un filete de pollo. Cuando llegó la comida, que "accidentalmente" le trajo un bistec que nos costó 20 Lires más que el pollo.
3. Pedimos un plato de peces de gran tamaño. El camarero nos sugirió, y nos dijo que "una porción alimenta 3 personas." Sin embargo, cuando trajo el plato, que era la comida suficiente para alimentar a 9 personas! Le pedimos al camarero acerca de él, y él nos dijo "que pedimos 3 porciones", que costaría decir que tendría que pagar triple de lo más caro para la comida ya que no íbamos a comer. Nos dimos cuenta que nos habían estafado, así que empezamos a discutir con ellos sobre el mismo, que duró alrededor de media hora. Nos negamos a pagar el costo total de 300 Lires que esperaban a nosotros. Después de que el gerente había derramado su tipo, el aspecto amable y empezó a gritar a nosotros, nosotros pagamos puntualmente sólo para lo que realmente ordenado, y no por las cosas adicionales que añadido, y se fue.

Te lo advierto ahora. Evita este restaurante a toda costa o te vas a arrepentir. Lo que una experiencia horrible. Y para rematar la comida no era ni siquiera bueno.

Turkiye:Biz güzel bir akşam yemeği bekliyor bu restorana gittim, ama korkunç bir gece olduğu ortaya çıktı. Bana geçirdiğimiz bütün sorunları sıralayalım:
1.Garsonlar bize Türk düzenli menüleri daha yüksek fiyatlı bir özel "turist menüsü" verdi - Biz olmayan turistlerin bizim menüsünde şeyler yemek görünce bunu anladım.
2. Çocuğum bir tavuk fileto emretti.Yemek gelince, onlar, "kazara" onu bize tavuk 20'den Lires daha pahalı bir biftek getirdi.
3. Biz büyük bir balık tabağı emretti.Garson bize önerilen ve bize söyledi "1 porsiyon 3 kişi besler." Ancak o yemek getirdi, o 9 kişi beslemeye yetecek kadar yiyecek oldu! Biz bu konuda sunucu sordu, o da yediğimiz vermeyecekti zaten fahiş gıda için üçlü kadar ödeme tutulacağı anlamına mal olacağını "biz 3 porsiyon, emrettiğini" söyledi. Bizi kandırdı anladı, bu yüzden yaklaşık yarım saat süren bitti onlarla tartışmaya başladılar. Biz onlar bize beklenen tam 300 Lires ödemeyi reddetti.Müdürün tür dostu görünüm döken ve bize bağırmaya başladıktan sonra, derhal biz gerçekten ne emretti sadece ödenir değil, ekstra şeyler için onlar da eklendi ve oradan ayrıldı.

Şimdi sizi uyarıyorum. Bu restoranın kaçının veya üzgün olacak. Ne korkunç bir deneyim. Ve gıda dışı tüm Başa bile iyi değildi.

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Thank RichMarrem
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

expensive for its offers,despite that their driver came and get us from the hotel and get us back.

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