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Galissta Restaurant

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Mimar Mehmet Cd. No. 28/30 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 458 1211
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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013

The food here was the worst we have had in our entire time here in Turkey. Up to this point, the food we have experienced has been nothing short of fantastic. Not anymore, I had the yoghurt kebab which was basically just pieces of ground swimming in goat yoghurt atop the blandest piece of pita I have had in Turkey.... More 

Thank JasonSLTX
Sydney, Australia
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159 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

I ate lunch at the Galissta because this is where our tourist bus stopped for lunch in the old city. The staff were overwhelmed by the volume of people. I recommend, if you are to try this place, avoid it for lunch for this very reason. The food was average. The service was slow. The WC accommodates just one person... More 

Thank SMEMBoston_Ma
Canberra, Australia
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132 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Well dressed and superficial owner enticing people into his restaurant. Atmosphere is average and the menu just the normal turkish fare. The meat was very tasty but was very poorly presented and dry, with no dips being provided with the meal. We dis get some yoghurt when we asked. You almost get what you pay for, but with so many... More 

Thank alundj
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2013

We had an amazing trip in Turkey and made the biggest mistake of having our last dinner in Turkey at this restaurant! The man outside is really helpful and a good salesman. We saw the decor and judged the book by its cover. We ordered for a Fanta but they brought an orange juice, and they said both are orange... More 

Thank Neha1711
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2013

Without putting too fine a point on it, this is one of the worst dining experiences that I've ever had. The man out the front is very smooth and friendly, and we (my wife, mother & I) felt reasonably confident as we entered that the meal would be good. It was after ordering our meals that our confidence evaporated. The... More 

Thank SteveCornell
Wil, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2013

The restaurant was not so clean and the food tasted like it came out of a can! We were told drinks would be half price but that was only to get us in the door. Not true. We had apps and decided to go some place else for dinner.

Thank garrystuber
North Devon Westcountry England
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2013

Ignore the patter from the calling bird on the door, he is smooth, but he doesn't relfect on what you will receive once you are inside, the food was to say the least average, the mezes we had may well have been frozen served from the bag, certainly the cauliflower and broccoli were! The yoghurt and garlic liquidified on the... More 

Thank DevonDelight
Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
Reviewed 3 January 2013

We were greeted by Suliman on the street entrance to this restaurant. He invited us to taste some mezes on the street and offered us free tea and coffee and happy hour prices for drinks. We ordered two main courses and he offered to bring small mezes which we refused but were served anyway. When the bill came we were... More 

Thank Hekmet
Ankara, Turkey
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

The very strong pull of the street caller lured us in with a promise of the best Tavuk Durum. Turns out, they don't have that on the menu. The waiter tried to offer something completely different. The service was some of the slowest we have ever experienced and the food was not worth the time it took or the price... More 

Thank BradandSara B
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2012

Having lived in Turkey for about 1,5 year has made us experience many highs and lows of Turkish cuisine and hospitality. At Galissta we hit rock bottom. The waiters were uninterested in their guests, quarreling amongst each other and the food the worst we have ever been served: cold, too little and they forgot to put in the taste. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mimar Mehmet Cd. No. 28/30 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 458 1211
Starting activity with, "Sultanahmet meeting points" motto and Galissta keeps on growing with its professional service approach, selected tastes of world cuisine to different tastes of its rich menu, warm atmosphere and modern design,high level of customer satisfaction...

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

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With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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