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Apr 20, 2010 03:55 PM

Istanbul restaurant recommendations - been to the Kumkapi district? Other ideas?

I love seafood and like the sound of this area as being a place to get some fresh local seafood in a lively waterside setting. Anyone been there and have a recommendation? Or should I go elsewhere? I will be in Istanbul for 2 evenings next month and would love some recommendations for Kumkapi, or anywhere else you liked. As background, my companion and I like everything and want authentic - whether it is a little pricey and fancier or inexpensive and fun. Thanks!

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  1. Hi,

    "Cibalikapi Balikcisi" serves sea food besides local appetizers ... Kumkaapi seems not a good idea..

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    1. re: veysal

      Thank you! I will look up Cibalikapi Balikcisi. I am curious, why do you not recommend Kumkapi?

      1. re: SamuelAt

        Vesel's reco is a good "local" spot. thumbs up.
        I think he doesn't suggest Kumkapi because Kumkapi is a tourist trap- overpriced, lower quality, etc. its the destination of huge tourist groups that pile off of a bus eat an crumby overpriced lunch and pile back on the bus.
        I also suggest Tarihi Karakoy Balikcisi (in Karakoy) or for dinner Grifin (upstairs from TKB). Adem Baba in Anravutkoy is the real thing. Ismet Baba in Kuzguncuk is a great old seafood taverna on the water. Furreyya by the Galata Tower is a great place to grab a fish durum (wrap) on the go. Kucuk Ev in Samatya is a great little rouch and ready fish shack which serves beer- get the grilled hamsi.
        I suggest keeping far away from most of the "historic fish market" places. they tend to be disappointing.

        1. re: antman

          This is all great info. I plan to visit Cibalikapi Balikcisi - it sounds great. And I will look up your recommendations too. Thanks!