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lokanta helvetia


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016 Winner


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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
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All reviews soups kebab your plate homemade food free water and bread order at the counter nice food tunel vegeterians liras picante meat
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

Highly recommend this place for vegetarian food. Lots of interesting dishes to choose from with some incredible flavors. The only problem was finding it! No sign outside meant that we spent over 30 minutes walking around in search. Just look for the only unnamed restaurant...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 1989Yusko
Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

Best restaurant that I’ve ever been in Istanbul. Great prices. We ate 3 persons for 68 liras! If you are tired of kebab, come here to try homemade food.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ferranv2014
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Visited Helvetia on the recommendation of our AirBnB host; what a great find. Filled with locals indulging in the generous helpings from the home-style cooking buffet. Great range of delicious vegetarian meals at very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank johnaraymond
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The dishes are laid out on trays behind the counter, choose and they ll prepare your plate. Really nice simple food for a very good price!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank franzbodel
Reviewed 16 April 2018

This was one of our best meals at Istanbul, and we went again twice after our first visit. They have many options to choose from, and all of the dishes were really good. They also keep changing their menu. The soups were really nice as...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Rahul D
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

If you're a first comer the first thing you should do is look for the Mexican restaurant Picante. For some reason Lokanta Helvetia does not have a sign outside but you'll find it's right next door to Picante. I learnt the hard way! The next...More

Date of visit: April 2018
2  Thank nurmel
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was one of our best meals in Istanbul. The food was excellent. It's a little hard to find in that the only sign is a faded one that has Helvetia on it from a hundred years ago. It's on a corner. It's very, very...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Oftringen1985
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This place is super nice.. very good for vegeterians .. they have lots of choices to put in 1 dish.. i usually take 5 different stuff in 1 plate and price is around 15 Turkish Liras.. theres also free water and bread at the tables...More

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank 456babaks
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

This is a true hidden gem in one of Karakoy's alleys close to Galata tower. Its a cosy small resturant where you get the homemade taste of food where you have many choices to fill your plate with five from them. Its also a great...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Saqr A
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Food is delicious! 15tl you can choose five dishes in a plate. Service is great and host is very friendly.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Lang L
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