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Set Balik

#224 of 12,047 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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Istanbul, Turkey
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always crowded with people having their raki with delicious seafood appetizers, which this restaurant is quite creative with actually. Just let the waiter pick for you couple of them and you will never go wrong. After those delicious things, there will likely be no space for fish but oh well, enjoy :)

Thank GulsenDemiroz
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a pleasant surprise for me. Not your usual fish restaurant. They have variety of mezes cold and warm. Warm mezes were made by fish. We tried 5 different warm mezes and all were excellent. 3 of them with Angler fish (general balığı) and really tasty. If you are in Istanbul this is a must! Finally the bill.. we... More 

Thank Hakan Y
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Meze. Variety if meze. Taste of meze. Fresh. Lively. Lovely. Fish is almost the same as everywhere at the Bosporus. No suprize. But meze is the signature of this place. But service level is not in line with meze quality. Standard and boring. Unfortunately. It is good, but has to be excellent.

Thank Rufat I
Bree, Belgium
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food in Nice athmosphere. Great view over Bosporus. Inside the restaurant could be a little more cosy but overall great Place to have delious food.

Thank geelenp
Izmir, Turkey
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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180 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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 4 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

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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
Business meetings, 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?