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“15 years and still class conscious”

Dalyan Restaurant Cevat'in Yeri
Ranked #46 of 418 Restaurants in Cesme
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Rome, Georgia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“15 years and still class conscious”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have patronized this restaurant for the past 15 years. It is known for its small plates and for its nicely grilled fish. Especially good for boreks and for pickled and smoked fish. Also, its peasant salads and bean dishes are very good.

And yet, it has a service problem. Waiters, here, tend to treat only insiders as its customers. I am an American, and have yet to be recognized as the individual who will be paying for the full meal. This sounds like a very petty problem, and yet, it is something that over the years I have come to see as a genuine issue for Turkish waiters at Cevat's place.

In this instance, I went to restaurant with my wife's mother whose driver (also her care-giver) was with us. He was treated as the "head" of the group. He received most attention from the waiters, and was served most often. His opinion was consulted, as to the quality of the food; and his plate was prepared first.

As the lone American in the group, I was hardly looked at.

I would like to say this was a "one time" issue, but that is not the case. Waiters here tend to prefer Turkish customers, especially those with money, than foreign tourists who make reservations.

I would only eat here if you happen to have a fairly well-to-do Turkish family or friend known to the owner or to the waiters. Unless, of course, you like be treated like the "help".

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Paul T
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Turkish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Stunningly good seafood”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

I went to this restaurant twice in a 3-day period, and brought a massive 40 person group with me the second time. The staff performed faultlessly on both occasions. The delicious meals consisted of midye (rice-stuffed mussels), cacik (cucumber/yogurt/mint dip), seaweed and a tomato/aubergine mix for starters followed by fresh fish cooked to perfection as a main course. Although it takes some time, the oven-cooked tahini helva is an interesting Turkish dessert to taste - it is quite heavy, though, so I would recommend sharing.

Some reviewers claim it is expensive, but for the caliber of food and service at Cevatin Yeri, the price is very reasonable in my opinion.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Jeremy D
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful food and setting!”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Probably the best food we had during our trip to Turkey. All the locals knew and recommended this place. Choose your fish from the display, so fresh that it is still jumping, sit down, relax and enjoy outdoor dining by the harbor, superb service, great local food. We had a couple of Mezes (cold appetizers), then each had a grilled squid, so tender it melted. We shared wild Sea Bass, milky soft fresh fish, an absolutely wonderful experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Matt M
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Fairfax, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great fish restaurant on the water”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Beautiful setting as well as great food, very fresh fish. We had calamari, great first courses and sole on skewer....all delicious

Visited April 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good fish restaurant”
Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

If you stay in Çeşme, one of good fish restaurants in Dalyan. You can order for starter green salad, calamari and shrimp. Ask for grilled fish. I preferred seasonal fish. Don't forget order grilled octopus.
Final must be sakız muhallebi..
Enjoy your meal.

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1 Thank Orhan A
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