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“Excellent Choice for Dinner in Istanbul”
Review of Giritli Istanbul

Giritli Istanbul
Ranked #159 of 14,684 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We chose this restaurant from the Istanbul Eats book we received with The Culinary Backstreets tour we did (awesome, see our review). It was hard to find, thank goodness for google maps! The walk was through a run down area of Istanbul, but felt safe. Walking into the lantern lit courtyard was a pleasant surprise. We booked a table for 8 pm, and was it almost half full, filling up as time went on. Obviously very popular with the local people. The fixed menu was a great relief from having to figure out a menu and choose our dishes. I think we counted 18 Mezes (Appertizers), All were lovely, some we enjoyed better than others, such as the salmon cerviche and octopus, but it was great to try so many different ones. The wine was lovely and better than we expected. We had raki for the first time which we really enjoyed, but be careful it has a strong alcoholic content! The main dishes of sea bass and mackerel were OK, but neither were memorable.
We thought the person bringing around fresh almonds on ice (which we tried) was a member of the staff and the almonds were part of the fixed menu. When he asked for 5 Euros we realized that he was an outside vendor. It took a little away from the joy of the experience, as we felt we were taken advantage of.
In summary, the ambiance was great, the appetizers were amazing, the main dishes a little underwhelming, but overall, a great experience which we we would highly recommend.

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

We had a lovely evening meal. Great selection for a fish eating, non meat eater. Service was excellent & the wine included in the set menu was delicious. Might seem expensive compared to other restaurants but the quality & variety meant it didn’t seem like that to us. Go with an appetite as it was very filling.

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Thank Katherine M
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

It's a good sign when there are more locals than tourists in a restaurant... and they can be noisy...

If you're on your own and like to try lots of starters, this is the place for you. They have brought out 20 tablespoonful portions of cold appetiser for me. This is followed by 4 items in the "hot" appetisers. They are good.

This followed by fish of your choice... fresh...

Yes, the cats are still all around as mentioned in the pervious reviews. But they leave you alone.

The wine included in the meal is decent, so no complaints there. And it's constantly topped up.

When I arrived at about 7, the place is empty, by 8:30, it's almost filled, so do make a reservation if you're coming in later. The live band comes on at about 8:45.

It was a satisfying meal overall.

Thank Sh4321
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

It's 40 euros for all you can drink beer wine soft drinks you also get four courses. First course mezze about thirty dishes. Then some small hot dishes. Then a choice of three main fishes. Ends with two desserts. I was so full! But the octopus and fish were so fresh and delicious. The service was nice. It's outdoor restaurant with local cats to greet you. The place is a bit hard to find

Thank monsternina
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

From start to finish the meal we had here was fantastic- Make sure you wear something stretchy because before you even start you will eat your weight in Mezzo starters, followed by calamari, a fish course and then a desert. This all runs along side unlimited drinks and lots of cutie kittens. We need our amazing trip in Istanbul with a meal here and it was the best way to end- Would recommend to everyone!!!

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