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“Superb fish”

Gonca Balik Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Torba
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Superb fish”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Having read tripadvisor reviews we were well prepared for our visit here.

Next door to our hotel it was easily accessible hence we ate here more than once. On each occasion we picked our fish at the counter knowing that 650-750g was big enough for both of us and we would get the price there and then to avoid any surprises later.

Once brought over to the table the fish had been filleted for us and grilled to perfection. Possibly some of the best fish I've ever eaten.

On one night we asked if we could just have boiled potatoes rather than chips and they obliged with no hassle which was great but on another night they did add a couple of drinks on which we never ordered which was disappointing as we did have such lovely meals there on the jetty which was a beautiful location. Water and bread are added as a charge which I think is more than fair.

I'd possibly give this a 5/5 if I didn't feel like we were going to get ripped off when going in there.

Thank Greglarr83
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Turkish first
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Be Careful!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014

There are in fact two Gonca restaurants in Torba. The restaurant which was founded by a local couple about 25 years ago at Kilise Mevkii, is now owned by Casa dell Arte Hotel. This restaurant is called Gonca Balik. It is a nice seafront restaurant, frequented by tourists mostly. Check the price of the fish before you order it and pay attention to the number of meze (Turkish tapas) on the bill. The restaurant of the local couple is now located near the marina, is called Ali Gonca Balık. It is frequented by the local people mostly. The husband catches the fish and the wife prepares the dishes. I personally prefer Ali Gonca Balik.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank gulgezen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Dinner by the sea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We enjoyed the fish restaurant in Torba, you do need to check price of fish to now get a surprise with the bill mind you. Fish was really well cooked and nicely presented.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank AdrianS2403
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood mezzes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

You must try the octopus! The staff are friendly and service prompt. There is a children's slide & swing at the back, which makes it very kid-friendly. Aside from the octopus, the seaweed salads and shrimp served in butter were our favorites.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank katie_louise27Ankara
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Advise against- random addition to bills confrontational staff”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

Set in a beautiful location just down the road from our Turkish house this restaurant appears to have it all tasty meze, fresh fish and random additions to the bill. When the bill arrived it was listed as 112tl we had worked out the bill to be 74tl. Included was bread and water at 10tl (which seems fairly standard), however they had misquoted us the price of the two Sea Bass by 10tl and the meze by 3tl added this to this was an extra beer (10tl) that we had never consumed (and some very poor maths later). When both of these mistakes were noted to the staff we were called liars and made to feel uncomfortable, they removed the items. If you like nice food, lovely beach and paying more than you bargained for it's ideal.


  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank JRGG G
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