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.
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 is formal, but can be slow and a bit cool.
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.
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.
- Business travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions