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Reviewed 13 March 2020 via mobile

Authentic food interesting building, run by a lovely couple. We had mixed starters, meat dumplings and veal stew. A lovely red wine too. So interesting to hear from the owners about the history of Istanbul

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 6 November 2019

This was one of the most interesting places to eat I have ever been to - an historic house with a fascinating background (was a British prison in 1910s). The food was delicious but the host was a fascinating man (an architect with lots of...stories). They don't have much to choose from but the food was really good and tasty. We could have eaten at any one of a thousand tourist type restaurants and never remembered one of them - you'll remember this place! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 24 September 2019 via mobile

A hidden gem. The food was so delicious and authentic. We devoured every dish we had. The house has a lot of history behind it. I would definitely recommend this place - definitely an experience. The owner was so so lovely to us!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 9 June 2019 via mobile

Our host recommended this and it didn't disappoint. Very friendly staff and the food was excellent. We ate on the balcony on a cool summer evening (a relief after a hot touring day). We had the mixed appetizer and all of it was good w...lots of flavor. We split 2 pasta dishes, potato and meat, and they were perfect. The recommended wine paired well. A great choice for our first night in Istanbul.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

If you want to travel in time and feel the atmosphere of old Istanbul, when several communities used to live together, you should eat in this restaurant. It is an old British police station but it is unexpectedly romantic.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Food and service was good until we get to check out. First of all check out is available only on the 1st floor. Be aware - this place adds 10% for service (i didn't see it anywhere in menu). When i tried to pay we...my cc they told me that "it was rejected" but my bank via online bank and support line told me that i was charged. It was nearly 5 p.m. the owner called to bank and as i understand they have asked him to make a Z-report. As soon as his cashier did it - my bank told me that operation was cancelled. Than we tried again to pay with my cc. And got the same situation. So i left my GF there and found an ATM it took less than 10 mins. I got back with cash and for the next 30 minutes i tried to explain them that i wont give em cash before CC operation will be cancelled. There were trying to argue with me and then owner called bank (it was 6.05 p.m.) and nobody answered there. I asked him for the 7th time to do the same thing they did before (cause after second charge his cashier was doing some different manipulations and keep telling me he "unable to cancel". After they pissed off me and my GF the owner asked his cashier to do the same thing he did before to cancel transaction. And it worked. So i paid with cash. But it took more than an hour to do it. Maybe it is because his cashier is so stupid, but maybe it was a scam. Be careful! Be ready to pay with cash.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed so much this amazing family restaurant on a quiet evening in May. Host and Hostess were more than welcoming and shared their family history and music. Starter of borscht and mixed starter platter were excellent. Mains were full of flavour with a home...cooking look and taste. I would highly recommend as a very unique place after you have had too many kebabs.. go here, you won’t regret it.More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Food is solid, tasty and beautifully served. The place was a former British old prison renovate into a cozy restaurant. The owner is an architect - he is very friendly and informative. Place is near the Galata Tower by walking distance. I order the Georgian...style chicken and it was great! very recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Four friends met for what ended up to be a three hour dinner. The sweet couple who own and run the restaurant are very warm and friendly—the man is Turkish and the woman is Russian. The woman said she learned the Georgian and Croatian recipes...from her friends and she prepares all the food herself. We had the appetizer plate for two and this ended up to be more than enough food for four. Unfortunately they were out of Georgian wine but we enjoyed the Turkish wine. I had borscht and we all enjoyed our main entrees of chicken, beef and lamb. We were also entertained by the woman owner’s Russian(?) piano playing and singing in the nearby room. They also have a cute terrace that would have been nice for parties of two on warmer nights.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

I think I had chosen a good time to visit this restaurant, while having no idea about it. It was a cold evening at around 8 pm. The street outside was almost empty. We just passed by the restaurant accidentally while looking for a place...for dinner. Surprisingly we found a beautiful restaurant which was not crowded. It was dark outside and we had no idea how it looked inside. We were welcomed by a nice old man after we rang the door bell. He was kindly explaining to us some of the dishes on the menu. When I ordered the traditional drink Boza which I had the first time, he told an interesting story about it in the Ottoman times! What an interesting host! About the lamb dish I ordered which was cooked in Georgian style with lots of herbs, it’s really good! Feel so nice to have such a good dinner unexpectedly and which was not expensive. The petit restaurant has been beautifully decorated with lots of details. Russian food is served in this Turkish restaurant because the host has a Russian mother-in-law!More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We opted for Galata House as we were staying nearby and were fascinated by the fact it was a British jail in a previous life. You have to ring the bell to be let in which already sets it up to be a different experience....As it was a very quiet time for tourists in Istanbul the chef was working the kitchen and restaurant himself so came to answer the door and beckoned us in. We were seated upstairs and proceeded to have one of the most interesting meals we've had in Istanbul. Hot spicy cheese for starter was a revelation. Hot describes the spiciness rather than the temperature but doesn't begin to describe the levels of flavour in the dish. I then had the Georgian dumplings which were heavy and delicious. A real treat and a flavour of something different. The chef/waiter/maitre d' showed us the old cell door next to the kitchen and the scribbling of the wall of the prisoners. A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable dining experience. A trip to Galata House is highly recommended.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

The owner of the restaurant is super lovely and welcomed us with a large smile and a long and interesting chat. We felt like home since the first minute. The place itself is great, full of history. And the food... well... just wow. The appetizers...were great and the mains (we got the traditional Georgian dishes) were amazing. I strongly recommend to try Baje. Thanks a lot for the hospitality!!More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I was unsure to choose Tbilisi for travel or Istanbul! But I prefered Istanbul again to visit this great city for the third time! So as I heard a lot about Georgian food, and looked for a georgian restaurant in Istanbul before our travel and...I fine Galata House Restaurant! I can not explain how it was great! Very nice couple who own this restaurant. Very friendly and kind. Great atmosphere. The building was a Perison before. We talked a lot. The food was very very fresh and delicious. His wife played piano and sang a song for us in the middle of our dinner. It was a great exprience. Don't miss it. It was open since 1999...More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Across the street from Baylosuites. Excelent food, well prepared nice local wines and deserts. Family owned.

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is overflowing with history and hospitality. The delicious food and cozy environment is a reflection of the owners' warmth and care for their guests. We enjoyed the Russian soup, cold appetizer plate, beef stroganoff, and tatar ashi paired with a bottle of white...wine. Enjoy your night in one of the most lovely districts in Istanbul with good company and lovely piano music to accompany you!More

Date of visit: January 2017
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