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“Great food but dishonest owners/staff, unfortunately” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Defne Bar and Restaurant

Defne Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #873 of 13,374 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great food but dishonest owners/staff, unfortunately”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

We were on our first night, and our first meal in Istanbul, and decided to try this restaurant despite the many offers from all other restaurants on the street telling us of the 'free' things they were going to give us. We were made a huge fuss of, them being overly-friendly, which distracted us from the average bottle of wine we received....and were later charged 170TL for (around £45 - which wasn't the nicest surprise when we got our bill). Our overall bill only came to 270TL, so needless to say the food was cheap (but admittedly very good quality). We learned the lesson to then triple check everything from then on for the rest of the trip, but it shouldn't have had to be like that. It is a huge shame the dishonesty/trickery of the staff led to this poor review, and no repeat of our business during our 4-night stay. Believe the other reviews on here - they are a mix of great food and dishonest staff reviews, and mine covers both. They should realise we'd have gone back again if they hadn't 'ripped off' the tourists! Service was average, but I presume this would normally be better if Galatasaray aren't on tv...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Mark C
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Keswick, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Our best meal in Istanbul”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

After much wooing by various folk we caved in as we were staying in the same street. But how pleased we were that we did ! Best food we tasted - family of 4 including 2 children 14 and 11.Really delicious food and generous portions. Service was charming, friendly and very engaging waiter. Highly recommend for dinner.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Forcing wine bottles”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is to avoid. They attract you with free bottle of wine that you end up paying 120 lira for...You order one mezzeh plate..They bring 2...plus they have the insolence to make you believe that you should pay for the extras. Avoid it..try restaurant called Mitani...amazing staff 50 meters from this restaurant

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Average services”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is in the middle of sultanamet, good location and easy on the eyes with unique historical marks and a beautiful well & it's fishes. But average food and average staff mostly nice when your still on the process of choosing to stay or go. They advertise treats besides your meal that do not necessarily happen. We were not pleased and did not go back.

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Thank joana c
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Battle Creek, Michigan
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best food in the district and it has a secret.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Best food in the district. Tastiest dishes are all hand made and most of the staff is very friendly. This restaurant has a little hidden secret they need to advertise: It is built within some old ruins and behind the bar is a 1000 year old well that appears crystal clear and has fish in it! You must see it.

Visited February 2014
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