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“Tourist trap and scam (different menus for locals and foreigner/tourists)”
Review of Mira Balik

Mira Balik
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Ranked #959 of 16,629 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: $15 - $120
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Besiktas
Description: Situated in the heart of the Bosphorous, the well-established and always reliable Mira Fish Restaurant has become a favourite of Istanbul's fine-dining crowd. The spectacular view of the Bosphorous Bridge from Arnavutkoy and the beaming lights from the coastlines is an experience one must see. Celebrated for our fish & seafood, join us for a memorable dining experience in the exquisite surrounds of the spacious, smart but unfussy dining area and garden dominated in white, which exudes an easy, informal ambience, while service strikes precisely the right balance: attentive and personal. Specialising in the freshest fish and meze's, Mira Fish Restaurant is one of Istanbul's most respected seafood restaurants. All dishes are cooked to authentic traditional receipies. Fixed price menus and an extensive a la carte menu ensures a full and diverse selection of dishes that is changed seasonally to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. A carefully selected wine list features the perfect accompaniments for fish. Owned and run by three single minded siblings with a passion for fish and seafood who take part in the cooking process to the administration of the restaurant. You will be sure to see them for yourself on your visits.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place operate an elaborate scam, they have 2 separate menus with different prices for locals and for tourist/foreigners. For example the price for Efes 330 ml. beer in the normal menu is 25 TRL, the same beer in "tourist" menu is 78TRL (14$), shrimps in butter is 108 TRL instead of 68 TRL, single espresso is 25 instead of 15 and so on. On top of that you also get a 25% service charge. Many people in their reviews say the place is overpriced, actually it is overpriced only for tourists/foreigners, locals and regulars pay normal prices.
If you book through your hotel or concierge the scam is guaranteed.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Globetrotter380
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

The view is very fancy and the restaurant is cozy. Most of the foods are good especially hot and cold starters. If you would like the enjoy the night and eat good fish go there. Price are relatively cheaper than other bosphorous fish restaurants.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank mbarbarosozkok
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Reviewed April 29, 2019

I had big expectation for this restaurant because it was recommended to me by a friend who make the reservation

Food is Average at best, I was there with my wife, and we ordered one Main course with a salad, and an appetizer that cost us $130

They included more than 30% for service??!!! and it was a great service especially that they have a large tourists group to serve

It is a rip off for sure. In my trip I visited two countries and 5 cities. I had more than 20 meals in different restaurants, this restaurant was the most expensive one and the worst by far

Date of visit: April 2019
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Thank Satrawi8
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge, and it was simply a rip-off. Advertised as a family owned place, the appetisers were okay, nothing great. The calamari was horrible, the fish and shrimps weren't special at all. The view isn't great either.. We were 5 people and we paid around $230 for a casual restaurant.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

Incredible view, outstanding appetizers, decent sea food and fish along with reasonable prices. If I were to live in Istanbul, I could be a regular...

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank sarp b
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