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“Has gone downhill since last year.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sarnic Restaurant

Sarnic Restaurant
Ranked #658 of 13,378 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Has gone downhill since last year.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Reliable sources, who had eaten at this restaurant as recently as last October, gave great reviews about this restaurant and it had won a Trip Advisor Award and been in the top 5 per cent of restaurants in Istanbul. Sadly it has deteriorated . You can eat far better in Istanbul, without the same atmosphere,of course, for half the price. The restaurant is full but they have a limited and unimaginative choice of mese compared to other restaurants. The meat is is poor quality- as one of my friends said 'If they cannot produce tender meat, at least they might provide us with steak knives'. Desserts OK but then they offered us only tea or nescafe!!! Imagine a Turkish restaurant that does not offer Turkish coffee, something some of my friends had developed a real liking for, or even real coffee.
One only has to eat at any of this restaurant's competitors to know that the food is not of high quality and the management must have known that they are not really trying ( any experienced buyer of meat would have known that they were not buying good quality). So the manager/owner needs to do some quick rethinking before the tour organisers who provide most of his business start going elsewhere.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

A gorgeous restaurant but very very expensive. Good service, average food.
Too bad, because the overall experience was good, wish the food was better and drinks were cheaper.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DesireeMV
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Milan, Italy
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Average food and service in a nice setting.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

This place is lovely inside (if you aren't sitting facing the wall like the Italian was) but everything else was fairly average. The kebap was good. Dull-ish atmosphere. Note it is always full: reserve. Preferred the experience at Hamdi Restaurant much more.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank A_Brit_and_Italian
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Brussels, Belgium
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152 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Agree with the recent mediocre reviews”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We visited Sarnic late on a Friday evening, after looking in the venue we thought 'wow that looks amazing' and were seated shortly after. The room has a fantastic atmosphere, there was someone playing the piano, the lighting was just right, we were expecting big things...
Once the food arrived however we were disappointed, my portion was small and the quality average (despite being one of the more expensive items) and my friend was not impressed with her meal.
The price was also high compared to the others in the area, the setting was great but it's a shame the food is nothing special.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Brian W
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Bad food in a gorgeous place”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Thirteen of us on a tour of Istanbul had dinner at the extraordinary Sarnic. The food was almost inedible and the drinks were extremely expensive. I cannot help feeling that they are taking advantage of the wonderful venue to produce bad and hugely priced food.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Deborah G
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