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“Great food, great place”
Review of Picante

Ranked #113 of 13,715 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food, great place”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

This nice mexican place is near Isteklal street, food was delightful, very helpful staff, very recommend mexican / spicy food lovers.

Thank Shadi B
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Mountain View, California
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice environment, good food, nice staff”
Reviewed 4 April 2014 via mobile

Good Mexican food in Istanbul. Try out the hot wings (buffalo wings). Not too many Margaritas options but the available ones are good.

Thank Turev A
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Terrific Mexican Fare and Perfect Cocktails in a Fun Area”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

A real gem, small but comfortable with fresh Mexican food including all the classics. Well worth reserving in advance and a great place to start an evening. English spoken by owner who also mixes a mean margarita with rock salt. Only suggestion is that they should stock more brands of tequila for the more discriminating customer but the house blend was imported and smooth!

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank charlesp
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Baku, Baki, Azerbaijan
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous Find”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

This Texan approves wholeheartedly of the Tex-Mex/Mexican cuisine being served here! It is difficult to find, but well worth the visit. The owners make you feel at home and are genuinely happy when you like your meal. No, it isn't cheap, but it isn't expensive either. Come here for an excellently prepared meal with LOTS of flavor, and the heart of the owners in every dish. The frozen margarita is pretty darn good too. We will definitely be back before leaving Istanbul!!

  • Visited March 2014
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New Haven, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“2 Texans Approve, Great Tex-Mex”
Reviewed 7 March 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited Picante during a trip to Istanbul. We struggled to find reservations elsewhere on a Friday, but were so lucky to find this place on Trip Advisor. We have both lived in Texas for over 8 years so we know good Tex Mex when we have it.

Service: Service was the highlight of the meal. We started chatting with the owner and his wife about everything from time spent in the States to owning the first Mexican Restaurant in Istanbul. He's been running this small, 7 table restaurant for 21 years!

Drinks: Margaritas were a bit expensive ($12), but packed a punch and were pretty good.

Meal: We both had the chicken fajitas and were really happy with our meal. Everything was well seasoned and came with all the traditional fixin' (incl. turkish sour cream, guacamole, and salsa). The owner also brought us (my husband) some house-made hot sauce which was incredibly spicy apparently (my husband enjoyed it). The highlight of the whole meal was dessert. Do not leave here without ordering the turkish chimichanga (similar to fried ice cream). We were both blown away by how good this was.

Overall: Highly recommend if you are looking for something a bit different while in Istanbul. Great service, great food, and good drinks. Also, pretty good value for the amount of food and drinks. The place is tiny but the atmosphere is awesome.

Visited March 2014
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