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“Food: not good at all, Service: terrible...”

Etiler Marias Restaurant
Ranked #768 of 14,283 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: US$6 - US$18
Neighbourhood: Besiktas
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Neighbourhood: Besiktas
Reviewed 21 April 2016

First of all, I think the restaurant's is food is highly exaggerated. I thinh that the service was extremely poor. Whenever we tried to reach for a waiter, we noticed that all of their bodies were turned against us at all times!. After asking for water for at least eight times to several waiters, one of them finally came, told us he was sorry and will be coming shorthy but never showed uo again. Such a poor service is quite uncommon in Istanbul, especially in the restaurant's district.

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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

The ambiance is hommy, service is attentive, food is simple and great and Maria is around always wonderful. So glad i was taken there. Fried whole fish with vegetables (St. Peter's) was outstanding. Simple place. Nice diverse ambiences. Lovely environment

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Reviewed 14 February 2016

Far from the tourist restaurants of the historic peninsula, Maria's Garden(that's the name given) is located in an elegant part of the city, Akatlar, very close to the main street Nispetiye, the underground station at Etiler, and the chic shopping center Akmerkez. In the summer, the restaurant has a lovely garden. We've been there three times recently with family and friends.Each time feeling satisfied and content, we have decided to return for the next occasion.The food is similar to tapas, but larger in quantity and filling. What makes it different from the other restaurants serving "mezes" is that there is a wide selection of Turkish and Greek "tapas" that are simply fresh and delicious. Moreover, the head waiter and waiters are very attentive and polite as is the owner Ms. Maria, who visits each table welcoming guests and listening to their wishes.Since it was the Valentine's weekend, there was live music which included Turkish and Greek pop songs that one could sing along. Unlike other tavernas, the music WAS NOT loud so carrying on a conversation was possible.Before going there, booking in advance is highly recommended, especially during weekends and on special days.There is music one day during the week, but that has to be checked. Aside from "mezes" they serve meat and fish dishes which are delicious.Because we were there for the "mezes", which were plentiful and filling, we didn't want to have any main dishes. The fruit and a combination of dessert that we were offered was exquisite! In short, a friendly restaurant, excellent food+"raki", Turkish ouzo+ live music+above standard service=90 Turkish Lira per person! I just can't imagine a better way to enjoy a night out where decent locals go :)) Try it, it's worth the trip from the city center ;)) Enjoy!

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Reviewed 20 January 2016

We love this place indeed, but last night they tried fooling us about the check.

we were a group of 7. after the dinner we asked for the check and they brought. Though the amount didn't seem higher than expected, we wanted to check that it's correct. It was written 625 TL above the bill. but when we turn it back, we saw that it was actually 525 TL and was manually changed to 625 TL. of course we objected, they made up an excuse and so it went.

that's a shame on them. I am not going to go there any more. this kind of cases happen in places like the ones in Kumkapı which treat their guests as chump. and I am sure that they did not do it for the first time, we were not the first. shame.

If I were "Maria", I would have fired all the employees who take place in this kind of tricks.

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Master C, Yönetici at Etiler Marias Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2016
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Sayin Evrim K.
Biz 15 senelik bir Restaurant olarak asla böyle bir olay bugüne kadar yaşamadık..15 senelik geçmişimizde hep lezzet ve kalitemizle anıldık..Bir ay evvel işe aldığımız yeni bir personelimizin yaptığı bu çirkin davranışı bizler yazınızdan sonra kameralarımızdan tesbit edip o personelin işine hemen son verdik...Maria's Restaurant olarak özür diliyoruz ve personel tarafından yapılan bu hatayı telafi etmek istiyoruz..

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Reviewed 18 November 2015

The restaurant is not easy to find if you don't know the adress.The atmosphere is very nice and relaxing with an outdoor garden-y space.There was a female singer with beautiful voice singing all kind of melodic songs.
The food i'm afraid was amateur at best.I liked the squid, was soft and i liked the 2 different desserts the owner treat us with.The orange pie (?) was very flavourful and aromatic.They tasted homemade.
The owner is quite friendly and always with a nice smile.Unfortunately, i had higher expectations about the food.The prices were a little expensive, especially sinse the portions were not big. (August 2014)

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