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Hamdi Restaurant

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Hamdi Restaurant Review

This longtime grillhouse is an Istanbul institution, with its huge selection of kebabs, as well as appetizers like mini lahmacun (thin flatbread topped with spicy ground meat). Although the food may not be too different from other kebab houses, Hamdi's three dining floors still tend to be packed with both tourists and locals. This makes for a lively, even boisterous, atmosphere, and service can be a bit harried; make sure that you get—and pay for—exactly what you order. Reserve a table on the restaurant's terrace level, which has wonderful views of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. For a calmer dining experience, have dinner on the early side.

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  • Reservations essential.
Updated: 11-19-2013

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    Hamdi Et Lokantasi Review

    The mezes were great, the lohmacun delicious and the kebabs very good. So what if the service was indifferent and the setting just so-so. Very good choice for a reasonable meal close to the ferry terminal.

    by tdavid, 9/20/11
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    Hamdi Et Lokantasi Review

    We had a lovely meal here. The kebabs and meze were terrific. The view from the second and third floors were also beautiful, overlooking the ferry terminal and the bridge. Service is very good, but do reserve in advance, since it gets quite crowded. We also had a wonderful dessert specialty with warm pistachio and cream that was a knockout!

    by Andy717, 6/22/10

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