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“Avoid this rip off”

Galissta Restaurant
Ranked #6,541 of 13,534 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Description: Starting activity with, "Sultanahmet meeting points" motto and Galissta keeps on growing with its professional service approach, selected tastes of world cuisine to different tastes of its rich menu, warm atmosphere and modern design,high level of customer satisfaction...
Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Avoid this rip off”
Reviewed 29 May 2013

There are lots of choices for restaurants in the Sultanahmet area. Most are good to excellent this one was the worst of 10 we tried. The touting outside is annoying but acceptable inside it is not acceptable.The wine list was a choice of red or white (ok in regional villages not downtown) and they wanted my wine choice before we had chosen our food. Our food order which did not include their gimmick dish was reluctantly accepted after much hassling for us to change our minds and order their more expensive' special'. The very ordinary red wine was very expensive and although we spent about TL150 they would not accept my credit card..

  • Visited May 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Would not bother”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Food was luke warm and rather tasteless. Music although not loud was horrid soppy Englısh songs. It ıs İstanbul and should have a Turkısh flavour to the atmosphere. Not recommended even for the stavıng.

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Do not go there ....”
Reviewed 28 April 2013

Lured in by the "friendly" gentleman out front .... should have checked tripadvisor before ordering, similar story to tell as has been reported here several times.

The 10 % Tax showed up on the bill just as mentioned by someone else here; my friends fish was "exchanged" for a "better" one without asking, wine was a not even close to what the 65 Lira should have bought us ....

Appetizers were adjusted to what probably was available in the kitchen regardless of our order.

Needless to say that we were dissapointed and got into a heated debate with the owner of the place and got some of the Liras removed fron the 362 Lira intial bill ..... what a ripp off !

We love Istanbul, but places like this should be shut down to avoid damage to the image of Istanbul and Turkey.

Upon bringing up the tripadvisor comments regarding his restaurant the owner just said that "I do not care" ....

Avoid this place under all circumstances, what a dissapointment.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank olwei
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“Please walk on. Don't be seduced by the man of the entrance.”
Reviewed 28 April 2013 via mobile

Very aggressive the treatment of the host. He offered us 20% of discount and it was a lie. Be careful!!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Pabloquin
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Galissta Restaurant”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

This is exactly the type of place to be careful of in Sultanahmet area. Guy in front calling in customers was nice and we gave in (only time on trip we did) and we should have kept walking. First if you have the seafood, the price is negotiable. This surprised me, when out front observing the fish selection negotiated the price and amount of food i would receive. Had lobster and mallet. Lobster was great mallet was not. The mallet was served whole, this is very different that what i am used to. But having to take out the bone and take off the head of the fish kind of killed my appetite. Other items on menu were high for area $20-25 pp. Service was slow and staff was not friendly. Easily worst restaurant experience of trip.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Tyler C
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