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“just for view and ambiance”
Review of Chilai

Ranked #430 of 13,594 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Besiktas
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“just for view and ambiance”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

ambiance really good, and the Bosphorus view impressive but that's all you'll pay for which expensive.
we tried steak and seafood salad, steak was dry and salad so so. might better to go after dinner time to have couple of drink

  • Visited April 2013
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4 Thank Riguerra
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150 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Sleek, minimalistic and luxurious place to eat (upstairs); great view of river!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

I went to dinner here with colleagues and I was very impressed by the professional service of staff. The waiters were all dressed in black with earbuds in ears to ensure customers needs are noticed and catered for. We sat upstairs (downstairs seems to be a bar later at night) at a table overlooking the river. In summer they are able to open the entire front so it feels like al fresco dining directly on the Bosphorous. The food is very good: minimalistic, but pricey.
I find it a perfect place to sit and eat and soak up the ambience of the river.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Engl_Rose
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“You pay for the view”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

If you only want to profit from the beautiful view of the Bosphorus, go there! I came on a Sunday to have a late breakfast, ordered one alaturka omelette and fresh orange juice. Everything came so quickly as if they were prepared before. The juice was nor 100% pure, the eggplant was not sautéed, instead they stuffed the omelette withe an eggplant salad mezze! The side salad was prepared like hours ago, tomatoes were dried, cucumbers were not crunchy. I should have eaten somewhere else before and should have drank a coffee here! Disappointed!

2 Thank Azra Y
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Izmir, Turkey
Level 6 Contributor
448 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Turned out to be a very nice club at night!”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Chilai is actually a nice restaurant but their food is not so good. The location is great, it is right by the sea. Very good view during day and night. We went there on a saturday night. It was still on restaurant mode and it looked very boring. After half hour it turned into a club and the music was really great! I'd recommend to go there after 11pm on a saturday night. Other than that, it is just about the view.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank qio_s
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Munich, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Avoid if you don't want to get harassed”
Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

I usually don't review restaurants but this time wanted to share my comments about this one because it was exceptionally bad.
I gave this place at least 3 chances and every time it was the same problem. I kept returning because the food was actually quite good. Especially their sushi and its not too easy to get reasonably good sushi in Istanbul.
The problem was the service. The waiters are more than rude. They don't look you in the face, look annoyed when you order, the way they serve is terrible not to mention the usual smell of sweat. Every single time a chair was taken from our table by them before they even asked for permission.
I decided to complain to the manager, he knew immediately it was about the service but his response was " we didn't get a complaint about them since a long time".
Nevertheless try a different place especially if you are just visiting. This place is more for pretentious locals.

1 Thank Phenompilot
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