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“A little disappointing”

Babylonia Garden Terrace
Ranked #42 of 13,594 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Turkish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Babylonia Garden & Terrace Restaurant has delighted both tourists’ and locals in the heart of historical Sultanahmet since 2003. Run by a family that has worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years. Babylonia Garden & Terrace Restaurant offers traditional Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, as well as international favorites and a selection of fresh daily seafood dishes. During the summer, visitors
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A little disappointing”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went to this restaurant due to the good reviews. However I would say the restaurant is pretty average, especially as we were informed the roof top was not open this year. Sitting on the street was good for people watching, but not exactly what we were expecting.

Service was nice and the waiters were friendly, they even brought me a nice throw when it got cold. However the food itself was not impressive. The Mezze was ok, and the lamb in the clay pot to share (recommended by the waiter and trip advisor) was sadly very bland! The meat was tender (as it should be being slow cooked) but we honestly felt they had forgotten to add any seasoning or spices. I'm sure there are much better restaurants around if you want Turkish food.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good.”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant restaurant. Really good food for the money. Excellent service. Especially from Oktay. Chicken shish and Adana kebab was very good. Really good location.

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Istanbul, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“More than restaurant”
Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

If you go to Akbıyık Street you should visit this restaurant.It was very tasty dishes.It was very different ambiance.Staff are very experienced.Thanks for everything

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Lincoln
2 reviews
“Good recommendation ”
Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

We visited this restaurant based purely on Trip Advisor comments and we were not disappointed. Excellent, friendly service with food to match the tariff.

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Beirut, Lebanon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful services and very good food.”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

I learned about this restaurant through Tripadvisor actually, and then asked the hotel receptionist about it who confirmed it's very good. Dinner there met my expectations fully as far as the food, and exceeded them as far as service. The person who took care of us was likely the head waiter or manager. He also seemed to be the one taking care of all tables first-hand though, guiding other staff while he took orders, made sure he was there when they were delivered, and followed up to check if all is alright and if we need anything else -- all with warmth and in perfect English. Two of us shared three appetizers and a main course. All was very good, culminating an excellent first day in Istanbul. The Anatolian Special wine was also great. The bill extremely reasonable. I add my voice to all those recommending this place here.

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