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Hayat Cihangir

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Kilic Ali Pasa Mah. Akarsu Cad. No: 23A, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
+90 212 293 5374
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Athens, Greece
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

A full house restaurant, nice fish but unfortunately dirty and rude service! I ordered a fish for 80TL and I had to ask them to change my cutlery. The fork that came was sticky. At the end of the dinner I found a long black hair and the excuse of the boss was that he checked the plate when it... More 

Thank AlexGourmetraveller
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Well just left this place, and I did not like it at all. First, they don't have an English menu and no one who speaks other language other Turkish I just bought two bears and a couple of appetizers (yougurt & a Greek salad) and payed $103.00 T (is about 30€) I think it was overpriced and the guy was... More 

Thank Claudia G
Tel Aviv District, Israel
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

It's really ok Food is ok, not wow, not bad Service is ok, one waiter was nice and one was grumpy It's really an ok restaurant

Thank Imrikal
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

We went there at around 8:00 pm and we found only ONE table was with customers who are also foreigners. We should actually got aware of that. Unsurprisingly, it turned out that it was quite a disappointing dinner with normal food and extremely expensive cost. 169 TL for 4 small appetizers and one main course(they charged 10% service fee which... More 

Thank jett l
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

we found this restaurant on our way to another one... it got our attention, so we chose to stop here... and we have been rewarded, nice and quick service and very good and orginal mezes: our favourites were the seabass in mustard sauce, savory fish and stuffed pastry with eggplant and cheese... outstanding.

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2015

We were wandering through Cihangir, and came upon this lively street with casual restaurants and bars. We selected Hayat, as it looked like the one with the best food on the street. We were not disappointed! We selected our mezze from the cold display case inside, and we chose a whole fish from a platter of 5-6. The mezze were... More 

Thank phyllis846
Hayatcihangirde, Yönetici at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review

Dear Phylliss846, Thank you very much for your great review. It was pleasure to host you, Hope to welcome you once again at Hayat Cihangir. Best regards, Elif More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

Best tapas around here!! Should try nice mediterranean tapas like Mezgit Sarma, Giritli, Kaya koruğu, Balık pastırması ..

Thank Yaman A
Hayatcihangirde, Yönetici at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review

Dear Yaman A, Thank you very much for spending time and write your comments. It's very nice to hear and read your fabilous comments. We are happy for you to have good times at our restaurant. Hope we can see you here again. Elif More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2015 via mobile

Just attempted to have a meal at the Hayat. After an hour and a half of not progressing past mezze we finally asked them what was going on only to be told they didn't have any of the mains on the menu available. I would say this is the worst meal I've ever eaten but that would be untrue -... More 

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Hayatcihangirde, Yönetici at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review

First of all we would like to mention that we were very surprised by your review. We mention about the First of the May problem at our local area, and also in Turkey, so we didn't get prepared for our red meat course as main, because we couldn't reach our restaurant for a long time, i had offer you our... More 

Milan, Italy
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118 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2015

Hi there!!I had a very good dinner with all my friends during this new year's holidays in Istanbul. Thanks to Trip Advisor we found this restaurant that was close to our apartament in Cihangir/Beyoglu and also it is close to the fun zone of Beyoglu. We were 10 people and as you can image it is difficult to find a... More 

Thank Fabrizio G
Ramelton, Ireland
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014

Cihangir is an up and coming area, south east of Taksim Square - away from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Caddesi, but full of young people and with many wine bars, cafes and restaurants. In Hayat we were the oldest by 25 - 30 years, but that wasn't a problem. We were shown a tray of cold appetisers all... More 

Thank RandalFaulkner
Hayatcihangirde, Yönetici at Hayat Cihangir, responded to this review

Dear RandalFaulkner, Thank you very much for your great review. It was pleasure to host you, Hope to welcome you once again at Hayat Cihangir. Best regards, Elif More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kilic Ali Pasa Mah. Akarsu Cad. No: 23A, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 293 5374

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

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighbourhood Profile
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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