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Travellers' Choice2023
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Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Business meetings

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From this upscale restaurant on the ninth floor of the Marriott hotel you have an amazing view of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. The chef's appeali...
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Michelin-recommended restaurant, OCTO offers a fresh and friendly approach to fine dining featuring exquisite seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Located on 9th floor of JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus in Karaköy, you will enjoy savouring the bounty of the sea with the breathtaking views of the Bosphorus and the historical peninsula. In 2023 Octo clinched the ‘Gourmand Tables Modern Cuisine’ award in ‘Gault Millau Awards.
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £96
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Serkan provided great service at the rooftop bar (Sky Karakoy) - amazing energy and passion - made us feel most welcome!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We got amazing service from Serkan who made us feel right at home! Definitely a place to visit for both the view and the service.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The restaurant has a beautiful landscape and excellent service. The food was delicious and met expectations. Wines were overpriced, although on par with similar restaurants. High taxes, scenery, etc. do not explain why an average wine costs 80 euros.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent service by Fatith at the restaurant during breakfast, beautiful view of Galata tower and mesquites. Wonderful hotel

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast at the JW Bosporus was great, and our server, Fatih was outstanding! Hotel is in the perfect location for everything and rooftop view is incredible!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 8 May 2024 via mobile

Food was excellent! Everything we ordered was delicious and well presented. Kudos to the chef! Views are amazing as well The wait staff was though mediocre at best and ruins the whole experience. Not sure how they have a Michelin star with such horrible service....First waiter we got was super rude. Could not bother to tell us vegetarian options and told us to just read the menu!! No help with wine list either. The manager came promptly when we complained and was super kind. Assigned a new waiter to us who was super friendly and very nice. He made the experience better. He was serving the other side or restaurant and had to keep coming on our side to check in on us so made things harder for him am sure. They forgot to ask us if we want another glass of wine or even dessert. Forgot to refill our water too but I give him a pass on that as he was busy on other side. Again, delicious food, some lovely staff but they need better trainingMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 8 May 2024 via mobile

For a Michelin guide restaurant and with the prices as they were, we expected perfection. Our disheveled waiter suggested a comparable wine after our 1st choice was not available & we did enjoy it. The mussel starter was delicious-Sauce was fantastic. Our dinners of lamb...confit and monkfish were good just not hot. That was disappointing. The mezze was the highlight. The view is fabulous. The young man outside kindly guided us into the restaurant as it’s inside the hotel up an elevator. Later he called us a taxi. We appreciated his kindness.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 28 April 2024

The perfect place for a romantic diner! It was for my birthday and everything was absolutely AMAZING!! The team : the security agent, on the ground floor, in the restaurant for the service and a special thank to Çağla who has a beautiful smile and...let us go on the rooftop to see the view! I really enjoyed everything! For sure we will come back! Do not hesitate anymore you need to go there and taste it!!!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 18 March 2024

Very nice food and great location. Our waiter Cihan took great care of us with his kindness and his service proactivity. With his knowledge was able to present and explain the dishes we choose. His service is an important part in our great experience in...‘Octo’ and by the end of the meal he gave us a nice Turkish coffee and offered to take me and my partner to the rooftop to show us the skyline of the city and take a memory picture of us.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 March 2024

Restaurant at the top of the JW Marriott. Went to have a light dinner with my family. Food is good but not as good as the breathtaking views of Istanbul. Service is impeccable, specially by Cihan our waiter. Would go back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

All the hotel staff; from the concierge to the restaurant, reception to the room service and house keeping was very nice, kind and heplful. Especially Ms. Rüveyda, serving at the 9th floor restaurant captivated us from her warm smile, nice service and sincere attitude. Such...a hospitality… Thank you very much for everything, it was a very pleasant stay, we’ll definitely come again. We chose the hotel for its nice location but hospitality was also very much charming.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Great evening and food and the service of Cihan was also amazing! The views from the 9th floor was incredible. Can recommend the restaurant to everyone

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

Good food, nice atmosphere, Our waiter Kemal was an amazing person who took our pleasure to next level. Definitely worth a visit.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024 via mobile

Serkan really took care of us , food was excellent, and got to try some delicious local cuisine and a cool local dessert. They recommend recommend this place.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

First and foremost, Mr. Ezel & Mr. Serkan took such great care of us! From start to finish! The resturant is amazing! The breakfast was outstanding! And the view was out of this world! Would highly recommend to literally everyone! 10/10! Definitely ask for the...2 gentlemen, they are phenomenal & incredibly hospitable.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Octo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5