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Balkon Restaurant & Bar

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Bar, Pub
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Asmalimescit Mahallesi, Sehbender Sokak No: 5/13 | Beyoglu, Kat 6, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 293 2052
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Took us an hour and a half to be served our drinks! Then the food came after 2 hours without silverware...pizzas were cold, salmon was undercooked and we were comped a bottle of wine. Two drinks never arrived after multiple reminders. Worst place to eat in Istanbul.

Thank Brycen D
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Well known spot by locals; has a great back drop for evening drinks and a very relaxed atmosphere. Personally never had bad service; always attentive. Cannot speak to the food as I was focused on the wine.

Thank JCMC_Canada
San Francisco, California
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Clearly a hip and happening place for locals, expats, and tourists alike; a little self-consciously so. Not that the waiters were jaded or unfriendly like they can be at home in San Francisco, but they were a bit "ho-hum". The appetizers were great, the main courses fell kind of flat. The drinks are cheap and the views, well, the views... More 

Thank GuyMrefu
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2015 via mobile

Based on the good reviews from TripAdvisor we went there for a beer but our experience was not good at all. When we arrived there were no available tables so we ordered a beer and waited on the counter. When some table became available I went for it but Mustafa, one of the employees, denied us from sitting because the... More 

Thank gorilla-traveling
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 May 2014

We went to bar on two days to have a beer. Because we were only two people, service staff suddenly marked tables as reserved and didn't offer an alternative. Better choose a cheaper and friendlier roof top bar.

1 Thank Cuiam
Chelmsford, Essex
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Not sure about food, but the views are amazing and it's a great place for a beer, or several. Really buzzing when I've been...

Thank apb1
Barcelona, Spain
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846 reviews
564 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Great Turkish atmosphere, always come here with my local friends. Fntastic to enjoy some drinks with friends with nice view

Thank andrezstar
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

it is one of the few bars/restaurants with great view which is open on Sunday evening. Pizzas are especially good. I can also recommend Balkon Kofte, meatballs with eggplant sauce and yoghurt. Lynchburg Lemonade is one of my fave drinks. Its view from the top all over the Golden Horn is amazing by the way.

Thank ozgetaylan
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2012 via mobile

We've stopped in here several times for drinks with a view over multiple trips to Istanbul. The view is great day or night. It seems to be frequented by locals and off the tourist path. Unfortunately, the service during our last visit was less than friendly. Hopefully this was a one time thing as we'd like to go back to... More 

1 Thank Junglequeen5
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 January 2012

pizzaaa is amazingggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

1 Thank Tamer D

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Restaurant Details

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Bar, Pub
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  • Address: Asmalimescit Mahallesi, Sehbender Sokak No: 5/13 | Beyoglu, Kat 6, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 293 2052

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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