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Set Balik

#229 of 12,368 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
As featured in Istanbul for food lovers
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Kirecburnu Caddesi 18, Tarabya, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 262 0411
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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Izmir, Turkey
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Set Balik is not the common fish restaurant as many others on the banks of Bosphorus. It is based in Tarabya, right on the water with the size of the football pitch. What makes it different is the concept of mezes (mainly ara sicak) 'with the twist'. Apart from the usual stuff they serve fish/sea food versions of traditional Turkish... More 

Thank Maya K
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144 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Good Turkish food, while sitting near a good location at the Bosphorus. And also the service is perfect, the team was really professional.

Thank Roger C
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Set is one of our favorite Sea Food restaurant's in Istanbul. They always have number of Meze's (hot and cold), and great Salads followed by fresh daily fish. As you start, ask for the Meze Preview Tray, and enjoy the ones you liked. Also, you'll need to ask what fresh fish they have on the day. Also order Rakı, to... More 

Thank Serkan D
Gdansk, Poland
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is probably the best food I ate in my entire life. Everything was just PERFECT. Best fish, great starters, good to have a guide who will tell you what to order. There is no menu, starters you order by look directly from the waiter. Good service, not speaking English though. Beautiful experience, I will never forget a single thing... More 

Thank Retniok
Harare, Zimbabwe
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I am from Istanbul but live abroad. Set Balik is one of the must restaurants I visit every time I am back home. I especially love the mezes. You need to book in advance to ensure a good seating. It is child friendly as well especially for lunch.

Thank siymataytay
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The best fish restaurant in European side of Istanbul . There are lots of Seafood Mezes and they are very delicious. Prices are fixed therefore there will be no surprises at the end. I recommend this restaurant who loves seafood.

Thank Volkan G
Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Set is the possibly the best fish restaurant with lots of seafood mezes in Istanbul. It very good price for choice+quality. You should defintely try : sea bass with eggplant , fish kokorec, spicy shrimps, sea bass with curry ....

Thank GokhanEkici
Irvine, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is a great seafood rest. in the European side of Istanbul, almost at the farthest part of town. Public transportation is available subway + bus, or subway and a shot cab ride will do. You can go there with friends or just a couple. Amazing view of the Bosporus with the new (3.) bridge. Have few cold appetizers and... More 

Thank erisen
Istanbul, Turkey
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480 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Innovative seafood feast at bargain price. for $30 be ready to witness a food extravaganza. Many dishes are inspired to Turkish meat dishes, re-engineered around seafood (fish iskender, fish meatball, fish kebab); others borrow spices from India, China (curry, sweet and sour). Fried seafood is particularly light battered. And you should rigorously drink Rake. So what's wrong? Why not 5... More 

Thank Corrado_foodpasha
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630 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

good fish restaurant at european side of the city. side dishes are very nice and delicious. we loved the fish we ate,it was very well cooked. service is fine.

Thank Semih A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kirecburnu Caddesi 18, Tarabya, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: +90 212 262 0411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?