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“Hip, beautiful rooftop restaurant in Istanbul” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Leb-i Derya

Leb-i Derya
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Ranked #165 of 13,378 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Turkish, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, After-hours, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
San Francisco, CA
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131 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Hip, beautiful rooftop restaurant in Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

This restaurant is a bit hard to find (on a street behind the massive Russian consulate) but it is worth the trouble. The food and ambience share the limelight here because both are very good. We took my best friend here for his 50th birthday and he is still talking about this special experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Shocking service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

Just returned to our hotel after having an early dinner at this swanky restaurant. The views are magnificent, the food is average, but boy oh boy is the service arrogant and lacking. This is a restaurant that thinks it is a hell of a lot better than it is, and thinks it is a hell of a lot better than it's diners.

We were the only people in the restaurant at the time and started by ordering drinks. A couple of snide comments from the bald headed waiter went ignored and we got down to ordering main meals. There were four of us and we all ordered something different. The meals arrived and it soon became clear that my wife's meal was completely the wrong order - not a massive problem under normal circumstances but the way these people handled it just magnified the issue.

Firstly, not a single apology. My wife was made to feel that it was her mistake as the bald waiter mysteriously disappeared ( after previously being irritatingly on hand ) and left it to the back room to take the plate away and leave my wife to watch us eat.

Some ten minutes later the meal appeared and my wife ate alone. Again, not a major issue. We all finished, the bald waiter appeared and asked if we wanted desserts, I explained that we would like to wait as my wife had just finished. Next minute he returns and hands us the bill and disappears. I call him back and explain that we are not happy, and go over all that has just been discussed - still no apology for cocking up the order so I ask for the manager.

He disappears and turns up with water with which he fills our glasses. Then turns up with four glasses of Raki and pleads with us to try it. Ask for the manager again and he finally makes an appearance but, by this time we are so exasperated that we just want to settle up and leave.

This is an arrogant hotel with scant regard for people who visit and pay a top end price for a bottom end service.

There are plenty of decent restaurants in the vicinity but if you do decide to go here, take your camera and a hard hat as you may need it.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Lyon, France
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Excellent view over Istanbul”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

We had pre-dinner drinks here and arrived around 19h to get a seat. Nice atmosphere, good selection of wines and beer and good service. Wonderful view over the city and prices are true to Istanbul form for the setting. We might return for dinner but the menu seemed very European instead of modern Turkish. I would eagerly go back for drinks and get more of that amazing view.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 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 SarahParis
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best evening in town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

You enter from a side street through a run down stair case and an old lift, but once you get up... spectacular!!! The view is great, the food fantastic, the music cool. A must for any celebration!

Visited May 2014
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Thank Leszek_Andrzej
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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Drinks Only!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014 via mobile

Didn't eat here but wanted to come and visit because they had great views and it didn't disappoint! The views were amazing but their cocktail menu was delicious! I had this Bosporus martini which was delicious! The staff was very friendly and the only reason why it's not five stars was because the drinks were pretty pricey (30 TL per drink)

Visited May 2014
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