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“Very special dinner”
Review of Galatali Balik

Galatali Balik
Ranked #354 of 13,607 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, Contemporary, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Karakoy
Madrid, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Very special dinner”
Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

Extraordinary view, extraordinary food and great service.
It was a bit hard to find, and confusing to order (they show you the menu but then you have to go and see what they have for the day... Which is good because you see how fresh it all is, but its hard to know what you will end up paying..) but the atmosphere, the great food, excellent lubina, salad, etc., the view, the fresh night air, made it really worth every penny!

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GALATALI B, Genel Müdür at Galatali Balik, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Nurviaj,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Galatali Balik on Tripdavisor. We appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our guests as it helps us in improving the service that we can give to our future guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in Istanbul.

Kind Regards
Galatalı Balık
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
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  • Greek first
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Spectacular view & amazing food”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

I have been to Galatalı balık several times with my friends and alsı guests.
It is located at the roof top of Hotel Hettie, facing the Karakoy Pier.

There is nothing special about the decoration or the choise of the music but the breathtaking view and the amazing food and cool service makes the real difference.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Erenimo P
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GALATALI B, Genel Müdür at Galatali Balik, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Dear Erenimo P.,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Galatali Balik on Tripdavisor. We appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our guests as it helps us in improving the service that we can give to our future guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in Istanbul.

Kind Regards
Galatalı Balık
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Metro New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Breathtaking scenery, food and service”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

First time to Istanbul, this restaurant located on the roof of Hotel Hettie was recommended by our local tour guide. Great fish restaurant and spectacular view looking back over the Golden Horn. The tram lets you off very close to the restaurant. It was not too busy so we had very leisurely meal and great conversation with the English speaking staff. Would highly recommend this restaurant for one terrific lunch or dinner.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Daniel K
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GALATALI B, Yönetici at Galatali Balik, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Daniel K.,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Galatali Balik on Tripdavisor. We appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our guests as it helps us in improving the service that we can give to our future guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in Istanbul.

Kind Regards
Galatalı Balık
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“So far so good”
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

I went their after reserve by phone. They confirmed the reservation that it is the first table next to window. But unfortunately when I went their they said that " all of our tables have a direct view to the sea" what ever if you decide to go their you must confirm that your table must be the first table at the window. Moreover. They don't have any supportive plats like rise or potatoes. What ever their meals are delishes.

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Thank Mohammad A
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GALATALI B, General Manager at Galatali Balik, responded to this review, 20 November 2015
Dear Mohammad A,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Galatali Balik on Tripdavisor. We appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our guests as it helps us in improving the service that we can give to our future guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in Istanbul.

Kind Regards
Galatalı Balık
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Stockholm, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Hard to find but views are amazing”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Unlike most restaurants in the area, Galatali Balik does not have a sign at street level or staff trying to pull you in so it´s a bit difficult to find even if you know exactly where it is supposed to be thanks to the Tripadvisor Istanbul app. We had to ask at a restaurant next door if they knew it and sure enough, it is "on top of the (Hettie) hotel" so you have to go through the lobby and take an elevator to top floor to find it.

A lot has been said about the views and I have to agree. Free unrestricted view of historical Istanbul and across the Bosphorus. You won´t be disappointed. It may get a bit annoying if you sit at the tables with best view because tourists will come up and look and take pictures as you are eating. View from the tables further in are a bit restricted as the rooftop terrace is not open but covered with a plastic marquee which I am sure protects from wind and rain if any, but on a warm day it gets very hot there.

The food and service then? Not bad, but less than impressive. I remember the starters being really good but small-ish with fried calamari as the stand-out, but the main courses were just average fish dishes and also on the small side, which was not properly explained when we looked at the fresh fish they had on display. Also there was an issue with the check, where they swapped a starter for a more expensive course which we had to point out. It was quickly resolved, but apparently it has happened to others as well. So unfortunately, the view and the starters are not enough for a higher rating. Still I would recommend eating here once if in Istanbul because of the views and convenient location right off the Galata bridge.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank mast01
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GALATALI B, General Manager at Galatali Balik, responded to this review, 20 November 2015
Dear mast01,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Galatali Balik on Tripdavisor. We appreciate all the feedback that we receive from our guests as it helps us in improving the service that we can give to our future guests. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again when you are next in Istanbul.

Kind Regards
Galatalı Balık
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