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Kalamar Restaurant

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Capariz Sok No.15, Istanbul 34130, Turkey
517 1849
12:00 - 02:00
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Washington, DC
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148 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

But then, I guess we are tourists. This place gave us a ride to/from our hotel. The restaurant is located on an ally with a lot of other restaurants that are pretty similar. There are musical performers. The food (we just had mezze) was ok. The atmosphere screamed tourist trap but the service was actually not bad and it was... More 

Thank SixpackDC
Ansonia, Connecticut
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

Our hotel recommended this place....what a waste of time and money. I think they have an arrangement with the hotel to get patrons. They offer free transportation but than include it in the bill. Food is nothing special and the fish extremely oily....Cigarette holes in the tablecloth...stay away.

Thank Anka O
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Got hustled by the dishonest owner whom over charged. The food was OK but this place is a trap. In the end you end feeling ripped off and a victim

Thank 2ster
Montreux, Switzerland
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Always a challenge to find a good restaurant for a special occasion such and important birthday in a unknown city. Kalamar was recommended by our hotel (always a bet risky!), but that was worth it. We took a lobster as main course which was very good plus the Turkish rose. Top service done by very friendly staff.

Thank Bernard T
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

On our last night in Istanbul we dined in the wonderful Kumkapi area of the city. The lights and atmosphere provided a great venue fora fun dinner at this fish restaurant. After an array of mezzo, we decided to go for the fish baked in salt....a popular presentation. After the dish was flamed (with a flame which reached about 4... More 

1 Thank library48
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

Average taste but very very funny entainment. A local orchestra coming to your table lets the show begin. They dont know english but singing unchain my heart as unchanced my heart. And chef of orchestra did a dance show. Important thing is u have to deal about total price before order anything or ready for suprise.

Thank Ali Kemal D
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

located in the historic seafood district Kumkapi where there are about 30 other seafood restaurants , there is music , very lively and the food was great . you get picked up by a limo free of charge and a return ride to the hotel.

Thank mdaley110
Copenhagen, Denmark
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

We ordered 3 x sea bass, 1 x fried shrimps, and 3 pieces giant shrimps. We also ordered 2 small plates of meze (1 with tzaziki and 1 with squid). To drink we ordered 2 x beer, 3 x water. The total bill was 283 Liras! I have absolutely no idea how the bill amounted to this much, especially when... More 

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Rome, Italy
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

Why do I think this is the best ? Celal the owner speaks perfect English and is a true gentleman. He took such good care of me and my group 4 yrs ago, and recommended drivers and guides who never let me down. But the food is also excellent, I have eaten here 3 times, my Italian friend Giovanni also... More 

Thank AngelToursItaly
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

We ate at this restaurant a few weeks ago during our holiday to Istanbul. It is situated in a busy restaurant street in Kumkapi but there are various terraces to sit at. The service was good and the food was great. Better still was the price and we had three courses. I would recommend Kalamar restaurant to visitors of Istanbul.

Thank Sophie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$50
Mediterranean, Seafood, Turkish, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Capariz Sok No.15, Istanbul 34130, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sirkeci
  • Neighbourhood: Sirkeci
  • Phone Number: 517 1849

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?