Balıkçı Sabahattin

Price guide: Expensive

Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sokak No. 1, Cankurtan, Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Price guide: Expensive

Balıkçı Sabahattin

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#11 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
3.9
3.9
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Balıkçı Sabahattin

Top-end fish restaurant with alfresco dining, and lots of atmosphere.

Serving up simply prepared, but high-quality seafood in a charming white-tablecloth atmosphere, Balıkçı Sabahattin draws a posh crowd (lots of limos) to an unglamorous Sultanahmet side street near the suburban train line.

Food and drink: 

From the octopus salad and stuffed mussels starters to the shrimp casserole and grilled fish, it’s all about the seafood, with only what’s fresh that day appearing on the menu.

Ambience: 

The large garden area is attractively strung with little lights and nestled up against an ancient rock wall; indoor seating is in a restored Ottoman house with wooden floors and colourful rugs.

Service: 

Service is formal, but can be slow and a bit cool.

Location: 

On a quiet backstreet in a residential part of Sultanhamet, Balıkçı Sabahattin can be a bit hard to find, but there are lots of signs in the area pointing the way. Keep an eye out for the restaurant’s logo: a smiling fish licking its lips.

Price advice: 

Main courses generally range from 38 lira to 50 lira, but since the fish is sold by weight, ask before ordering.

Tables to book: 

Some tourists have complained about being shunted off to a less appealing upstairs room; make sure you request – and get seated in – the garden or main dining area.

More information on Balıkçı Sabahattin:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Seafood, Turkish
Address:
Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sokak No. 1, Cankurtan, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 458 18 24
Website:
http://www.balikcisabahattin.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily noon-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Balıkçı Sabahattin? Would you recommended it?