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Ismet Baba Restaurant

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Carsi Caddesi No. 1/A, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 553 1232
12:00 - 00:00
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Antalya, Turkey
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232 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This is A very traditional Istanbul type of MEYHANE. Most tasty of meze plates, cold and hot starters. Typical Bosbhorus fishes. Lots of regular customers. It is a must see place in Istanbul. No credit card accepted. You should have enough cash.

Thank KorkmazPerk
Zurich, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Terrace out at the bosphorus, view on the passing ships and the changing lights at the bridge. Great mezzea and fish.

Thank babualam
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Been going there for a long time. Unfortunately, my last visit was for our company's new year dinner in late December. I personally selected it for good food and reasonable pricing. Total frustration; food was ordinary. Service was lousy. The worst part our dinner was the bill. We have been overcharged. Have informed the owner that it would be the... More 

Thank Mehmet E
Istanbul, Turkey
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63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Asia side, amazing view of Boshporus, drinking raki, eating local Turkish tapas, delicious seafoods, fresh fish, good service. May be expensive but it is worth. Real local people, fantastic foods in very cosy place.

Thank Nihalcagg
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

One of the most fameous fish restrounts in bosphorus. You can feel the tradition of rakı drinking all around. I cant say that the food is the best but it is very good.

Thank remreuzun
Istanbul, Turkey
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

This is a typical example of Turkish fish restaurants. Serving all classical mezes and fish (fish types may vary according to the season), it is always secured that i is fresh and well cooked. The prices area also reasonable compared to what you get. You should be lucky to get a table with direct bosphorus view.

Thank NicholaiHel
Istanbul, Turkey
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015

Ismet baba is a traditional "meyhane" or "Taverna" as the greeks may call with very fresh seafood and starters "meze". if you have the chance to sit on a table near the window if you go without reservation, or by reservation, you'll breath the bosphorus freshness and entertain yourself with the passing boats up and down the busy waterway. Much... More 

Thank 34backandforth254
1 review
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

I called the restaurant to make reservation, they invited us to arrange a table when we arrive. Arrived waited for about 45 min. The chief waiter Mr. Dursun treated us very unpolitely and left the place!!!

Thank Sarp K
Frome, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2015

This was recommended to us then we saw it on a Rick Stein program so travelled by ferry to this side of the city. We walked but would recommend you take a taxi from the ferry - it will be easier to find. Well supported by the locals, we were welcomed like old friends. Food is simple but authentic and... More 

Thank StevefromFrome
Carimate, Italy
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

This place has been around for ages. Specialized in local seafood. Once it got the fish from local fishermen, not possible any more. Now an average Bosphorus seafood place. But great location on the Asian side, and if you know your way around town, easy to reach with public transport.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Turkish, Seafood, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
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: Carsi Caddesi No. 1/A, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Uskudar
  • Neighbourhood: Uskudar
  • Phone Number: +90 216 553 1232

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.
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