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“Blown away!”
Review of Imbat Restaurant

Imbat Restaurant
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Ranked #43 of 13,493 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
Denver
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“Blown away!”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Believe the hype, Imbat completely lived up to and exceeded expectantions. The food and view are top notch but the service blew ys away. They are the only restaurant who acknowledged the note we sent in our reservation and they planned a surprise birthday cake and gift for my wife. Not a piede of cake, a whole cake that was delicious! #1 restaurant in Istanbul for good reason.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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1,524 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
“Tip-top, almost”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Taxi struggled to find the hotel/restaurant but we were glad we did.

Dined at 21.00 to fit the early or late table formula. Were seated initially close to picture window but got moved after clear a no-show was not coming.

Staff, and particularly manager, were very welcoming and attentive. Wait staff looked after us well throughout and showed their own and kitchen flexibility in making adjustments to choices to suit us.

Wide-enough set of menu choices but somewhat coy about desserts - see below

Unfortunately, all the dishes we tried as appetizers and mains were too oily - and this is surely not necessary as if one wanted more olive oil it was readily available. And this was after expressly mentioning this before the mains. This was the only real downside to an otherwise excellent meal - but dieters beware.

The white-tablecloth approach and excellent service complemented the quality kitchen efforts (apart from oil issue above)ç

We requested to see the dessert menu about 3 times - maybe there isn't one? Instead we were brought a tasting dish to share - this was good but why not be clearer about what is or is not happening.

Also, Imbat passed our mint tea test by knowing what we wanted and producing it - well done

We would recommend Imbat to others

  • Visited February 2013
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UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“VIEW”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

I booked a reservation for me and my boyfriend and the first thing we noticed when we arrived was the view.. it was amazing.. all the historical sights and the bridge lit up. We loved loved loved our starters and desert, however we were undecided with our mains, however the service most definatley made the night. The staff were lovely and very attentive. I enjoyed the local rose wine and the whole night was perfect.. I would return again :) Prices were very reasonable.. Just make sure you book :)

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Renfrew, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“View better”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

A brilliant window table to enjoy the evening view, delicious food, excellent wine, attentive service - what's not to like?? Deserves the top Trip Advisor rating that it holds, just remember to book!

Visited February 2013
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verona
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“Unforgettable”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

The best place to eat in Istanbul, with a great view and an excellent service; Traditional turkish food served with care, excellent local white wine. if you want to celebrate something, this is the right place at the right cost. Remember to make the reservation, without it's impossible to find a table. We will come back.

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