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Tarihi Karakoy BalIkcIsI Grifin

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Tersane Cad. Kardesim Sk. 30 Kardesim Sokak No. 45 | Kardeşim Sokak No:45, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
243 4080
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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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562 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

This may be my 100+ visit at this authentic Karakoy fish restaurant aver 40+ years. If you want real fish with a stable taste over the years, you should visit them. I usually get a half fish soup and a salad afterwards. As a mid plate I take the prawn on skewers which is magnificent.Then I take the grilled sea... More 

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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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562 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

This restaurant is situated on the entrance level of a historical building in the heart of 'Persembepazari' which is in the Istanbul hardware market. It is a simple restaurant with wooden tables with no tableclothes. I have been visiting it for at least 40 years. The menu hasnot changed since then.The staff is the same for many years and they... More 

Thank nkohen
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

He history and culture found in this Fish restaurant is one of the oldest in Istanbul. Left over from generation to generation, the taste we had were truly one if the best iv had in istanbul, and im local. WARNING!! Dont ask for Salgam or turkish tea, they dont belong in traditional fish restaurants so you wont find them here!!

Thank yaztek
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

This authentic restaurant seems to have stagnated. Perhaps lack of wild caught fish locally has declined. Their menu has been same for years, only prices went up. They have to reinvent themselves before I revisit.

Thank MuratErtug
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429 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Located in old part of the city nearby hardware stores. Great view of old city, Topkapi Palace and Golden Horn. Specialties: Seabass cooked in paper, lakerda (raw fish) and fish on skewer. Best fish in town. Really!

Thank FiddlingTravelNotes
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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

We had the fish soup which was really great! The octopus starter was delicious. For mains my wife had grilled senorita and I had the seabass. Both dishes were very good. We had 3 glasses of wine which were 30 TL each! That was way too pricey for 3 glasses of wine! Total was 276 TL.

Thank 813andil
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

This restaurant is located at the east of Karakoy side, Galata bridge, Istanbul. I visited this in the evening, and, when I tried to find it, I'm so curious because all the shops near the restaurant were closed and the streets near the restaurant were so dark. And, there's no big sign board outside or street. 1st floor of the... More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

We visited this place as part of a week long trip to Istanbul. This place is difficult to find. Someone in a stationary shop next door took our reservation as restaurant closed. When we arrived nobody had heard of our reservation. Service was very prompt and fish was very good although perhaps not spectacular. View is pretty spectacular though with... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

I recommend this restaurant, for the food, the wide range of wine (at every price, from very cheap to super expensive). The view is unforgettable, the staff ok. Very nice experience, go and see!

Thank whywhyme2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

It's beautiful place in Istanbul karaköy I am from London but I am Turkish !!!!!!!! superb place in Istanbul unforgettable place in karaköy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Turkish, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tersane Cad. Kardesim Sk. 30 Kardesim Sokak No. 45 | Kardeşim Sokak No:45, Istanbul 34420, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Karakoy
  • Neighbourhood: Karakoy
  • Phone Number: 243 4080

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Sitting pretty with an age-old air about it, Karakoy is situated on the European side of the Bosphorus at the mouth of the Golden Horn. Perhaps the city’s most historically significant area, it’s currently one of the most happening parts of town as well. Here street vendors and alfresco fish restaurants line the banks of the Horn where the views of major attractions across the water rival Karakoy’s own key attractions, such as the iconic 14th century Galata Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. A major hub for local and international waterborne traffic, Istanbul’s commercial and maritime heritage remains as relevant and evident as ever in Karakoy. Commuter ferries mingle with luxury cruise liners at its busy port, ensuring a continuously cosmopolitan flow of people..
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