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“Fantatic restaurant!”
Review of Develi Restaurant

Develi Restaurant
Ranked #279 of 13,609 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
North Reading, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantatic restaurant!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

We ate here our first night in Istanbul & it was the best meal we had on our trip. They sent a cab to our hotel for pickup/drop off free of charge! The food was incredible and they brought out an entire selection of "mezes' (appetizers) for you to view & you could pick as many as you wanted. The staff runs around like crazy but it's a controlled chaos & very entertaining to watch. The bread is made fresh right there, don't skip it! Still dreaming of it. It was Mother's Day & they gave every woman a plant! Truly a delightful experience.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Kim W
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Ville D'Avray, France
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Staff will rip you off - unpleasant experience”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

I agree with the other reviews - food here is good enough. However, the service is possibly the worst I've experienced. From trying to rush us through our meal to forgetting plates and bringing the wrong plates, I was completely shocked. Our hotel recommended this place and provided us a free cab to get there. I learned later that hotels get a kickback for this and that the staff will upcharge you more as a result. So, when the bill comes and you see an 8 lira charge for water and bread, this is why. There is no arguing with them. So, I'll never go back and recommend that you don't waste your precious vacation meals here.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Kalisa12
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our restaurant owner recommended this restaurant for dinner on a Saturday night and it was a fabulous. The food was great and the place was packed. We shared mixed meze to start and had kebabs for mains (the pistachio kebab was great!) all of which was very tasty. The staff were busy and the waiter took a long time to bring the bill however we were even provided with a shuttle back to our hotel so we didn't need to pay for a taxi! Brilliant!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank gabi79
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Food was great, but the staff was pushy and lied about the prices.”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

When we sat down to order, menus were shoved in our faces by the waiter. We asked him to recomend somethng and he pointed to one of the more expensive dishes, he said that it would be 40 lyras for both of us, but had lied and the price for a single kebab to share was 80 lyras. When we got the food the waiter asked us where we were from and we told him the USA, he than placed a US flag on our table and said "look it is americans" than he neglected us for the rest of the night and we asked for our bill several times and upon talking to his manager he finally brought us the bill. He had cheated us, because there were no prices on the menu and when we asked about the prices he would just shrug. He had added a charge for bread, water, and pickles that were already on the table when we had sat down and didn't know about the charge. overall our experience was terrible and i wouldn't go there again. Although the food was mediocre.

  • Visited March 2014
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A little distant from the centre but well worth it”
Reviewed January 31, 2014

Easily the best for us in Istanbul
This restaurant is located a little way out from the Sultanamet area which might be a problem except a shuttle service was given when we were there. This turned out to be excellent, arriving on time and materialising in a couple of minutes when we left the restaurant. It is worth this little extra bother – your concierge will arrange things – because the all-round experience is very good. The cuisine is Turkish but this is straightforward if you are still adjusting and your waiter will arrange for a mixed mezze if you are not certain what to order – when you are shown the various plates ask for a mixed plate selecting the ones you want included. The mains are kebabs including some we had not previously encountered but we went for lamb and the meat was very high quality. We were steered to an excellent Turkish cabernet sauvignon. Just a great situation, a big open area, excellent food and efficient on-the-ball waiters.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Chris580421
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