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“If you are looking to eat on the Bosphorus”

Marina Balik Restaurant
Ranked #906 of 13,815 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Bosphorus
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This a typical Turkish fist restaurant in a wooden house over looking the Bosphorus. The service very old fashioned but good. The food is very fresh daily cooked. You must start as usual with different kind of mezes if you like drinking uzo with it. Followed by the fish of the season. At present it is Palamut and Istanbul black see is known for this fish. It is very meaty and tastey (mackerel) not like ones we get in London. This part of town is very trendy area with locals.

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Thank Margeritta
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

This fish restaurant is a little more formal than the ussual fish restaurant in Istanbul. It serves good food, but is rather expensive. Of course part of the price is in the location, but still. We were there on a Friday night and the restaurant was only one third filled with guests. It is popular for business people to take their foreign clients. The staff is friendly and well trained. The fish is charcoal grilled, which I prefer above gas grilled.

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Thank LinAnna
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

This is a fancy, expensive fish restaurant, right on the Bosphorous shore in trendy Kurucesme. The location and the views are ideal, but the establishment has a tourist-trap air to it. The food is not bad, but not memorable either. In a city with almost unlimited options for fish and seafood, one can do better.

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Reviewed March 31, 2012

We are so impressed with the quality of food and the service !! The view is amazing. You have a beautiful Bosphorus bridge view.

The staff is fantastic. I had a small stain during the meal. They tried everything to clean my coat.

Treat yourself in this restaurant if you are in Istanbul.

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Thank Ta19
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

we were looking for a place along the bosphorus with a nice night view, and some good seafood. after taking a bus up along the coast, we looked around and settled on the marina balik. opting to go with only mezes, we selected a few dishes. all of them had very rich flavors, and for someone who is not an eggplant fan, i actually loved the eggplant that they served us. all of the food was really great. the light breeze from the water was nice, and the views were spectacular.

however, the one thing that got us was the bill.
we had ordered mezes partially b/c we could see the prices but when we got the bill for 3 of us, it was like 240TL. consider we didn't have drinks either. just water. the waiter said that b/c we were 3 people, all of the mezes were priced at 1 order for 2 people, so they up-charged us 1.5 for each dish. but the real digger was that we ordered off the hot starters menu something they called angler casserole, which the waiter said was monkfish priced at 30TL, we thought we were asking for one order of it. they brought out 3 fish, and charged us a total of 75TL, saying that since there were 3 people they charged us 3X, with a discount of 5TL each. so original price 30TL, discount 5TL = 75TL. totally confusing b/c everything else, they said one order is for 2 people, and charged us 1.5, but for the most expensive dish, they priced us 3X.

ultimately, they reduced our final bill by 14TL. language could have been a problem. or maybe we just got "touristed". i've never been priced that way for mezes in the US. and when asking people who have lived here a while, they said it sounded unusual.

in any case, the food was really great. but probably will only recommend it if you settle on the price for everything as you're ordering it to avoid getting into this situation. otherwise, maybe go somewhere else. i would have given it higher ratings, but the thing with the bill brought it down a notch.

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