Balıkçı Sabahattin

Address: Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sokak No. 1, Cankurtan, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 458 18 24

- Expensive

4.6

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
4.4
90%
Service
4.1
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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