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“Unbelievable food”
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Giritli Istanbul
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Ranked #174 of 13,391 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unbelievable food”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We located the restaurant before the evening of our booking, and the location is a little off-putting but do not let that stop you visiting this restaurant as the food is amazing.
It is a set menu with limited choice. First up 20 mezze plates (between 2 of us!) with some amazing flavours. Sea bass cerviche was my favourite. Having polished this lot off, it was then a stuffed bread, accompanied by octopus in olive oil and salt & pepper squid. Fresh and lovely flavours, I would go back for this alone. Main course was a choice of sea bass, fish kebab or silver fish (very large whitebait). The sea bass was amazing, but the silver fish also looked good. Desert was thankfully small - baklava and what I think was a chestnut based puree. Apple tea to finish. This plus unlimited wine/beer/raki for £38! Why wouldnt you go.

Visited April 2014
Thank TheTeamJB
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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

The idea behind this restaurant is that you leave filled to the brim. The menu is set as are the drinks. Cost for all drinks and food comes to 135tl. However this is much more than all you can eat. The meal starts with 22 meze. These are Cretan in style, with some excellent fish dishes. These are followed by small hot appetisers and a fish main. Service is great, unobtrusive and attentive - our wine glasses were only empty for a couple of minutes. The dinning area is pleasant - as it was the start of the season we missed the courtyard. Book in advance as even out of season it does get busy. Great food, great service, great price.

3 Thank Blankface36
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good surprise”
Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

A really good surprise! Fixed menu, delicious and a very good price! And all drinks included.
The very best part is the starters, amazing. And after we have a delicious octopus with fried calamares and a prawn pide roll that were fantastic. And later we had a fish. We loved!

Thank Karina L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not worth the price”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

Not meeting my expectations after having read other traveller's comments. Tarama's quality way below in comparison to what you get in greece. In general food quality not that good. Not bad, but nothing special. Too much food, also. Would not go back.

  • Visited April 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Not very good”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We visited this restaurant for Dinner with some friends . It is tucked away and quite an experience to find. It is an eatery rather than a restaurant , it has a good atmosphere.
The service whilst swift is undertaken by waiters that we felt did not really want to help us , they did not even smile !
The menu is fixed with a fixed charge of 45 euros
There was a lot of meze some 20 plus dishes but only about 6 of these suited our palates . The Meze was followed by hot appetisers , the one piece of calamari was good as was the octopus, but frankly there was not enough . There was a choice of three fish dishes , we went for the sea bass and red snapper . The sea bas was ok but we needed a magnifying glass to see the snapper ! Dessert was two dishes shared between four of us and was poor .
It was said that we could have limitless drinks with the meal ( included in the price ) , this amounted to one bottle of wine and four raki ( I guess we could have asked for more , but it was not offered )
So in all very disappointing , we will not be returning.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank John M
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