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Known for its reasonable prices appealing to any budget, Adem Baba is located in Arnavutköy. The restaurant, which does not serve alcohol, is open every day between 12:00 and 22:30. It is a "fast-food" fish restaurant, known for the fast service and fresh fish, accompanied by salads, calamari and stuffed muscles. Fish soup is served on Sundays.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Arnavutköy is known for it's fantastic fish restaurants, and this has to be one of, if not the best! The restaurant itself is very casual, with a true "seafood" restaurant feel. Dark stained wood paneling lines the walls, with fish netting and old pictures of Arnavutköy hanging from them. The fish, of course what you came here for, is excellent! Very fresh, with many different kinds to choose from.

They also have some delicious salads here, definately get one with the fish. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive, but for the non-Turkish speaker, it might be a good idea to just have a look at the fish first to order, not much English is spoken here. Nevertheless, a great restaurant, highly recommended!

By H-TownJourneyman (Quoted from


"What a wonderful place, this one! the setting is very cosy, the service quite swift despite the crowds and the fish is astounding. I seldom have tasted better seafood in my life. The area around the restaurant is also lovely, with a small town ambience and lots of interesting building to be enjoyed. If you have a Turkish speaker with you it helps a lot, the staff isn't used to foreigners. A real gem..."

By baronedivandastad (Quoted from


"Adem Baba is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Istanbul. If you would like to eat cheap but also delicious seafood, you should visit Adem Baba. The fish are always so fresh because they catch, cook and serve them in the same day. You can try whatever you want, you will not be sorry. The restaurant is always full. Since they don't accept any reservation, sometimes you have to wait but it won't take too much time because the service is always very fast..."

Written by sakamibu (Quoted from


"...Having started as just a little boat serving fast food in Bebek, this place has become one of the most popular - if small - places around Bebek and Arnavutköy . They serve their own fish köftes, and only the freshest seasonal fish..."

(Time out Istanbul)


(Publisher's Choice of The Guide Istanbul)

My husband and I are big fans of seafood and go to a fish restaurant at least once a week preferably on Sunday. Of course we have our favorites, but from time to time, we like to experiment and try out different places. Adem Baba is now on our list of favorites!

In the last issue of The Guide Istanbul, we presented an article on the neigborhood of Ortaköy and Arnavutköy. In Arnavutköy, one of the best seafood restaurant is Adem Baba. This is not the first time we had heard about this long-standig restaurant; but finally, we decided to try it because we had been hearing rave reviews from our friends and family. we are glad we did and I wanted to share our experience with you.

First, Let me give you some information on Adem Baba. Beginning in 1992, it was a simple waterside eatery serving the public from a small boat in Bebek. In 1998, Adem Baba became a full-fledged restaurant when they opened in Arnavutköy. Today they have 2 locations, right next to each other and a separate location for their take out service.

Adem Baba is very simply decorated with wooden tables and chairs, is very clean and has no frills, but has very very good and quick service. Most importantly,the seeafood is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. However, Adem Baba does not serve liquor. On our first visit to Adem Baba, we had the opportunity to taste their fish soup, which is only served on Sundays. I can not begin to tell you how good it was and at only 5 YTL / serving! For our main course, we ordered grilled bonito and fried anchovy accompanied with a salad. We topped off our meal with one order quince dessert and coffee. The total price of our meal was only 35 YTL (USD 25 / Euro 21)! On another visit, I ordered the grilled salmon which was cooked just right crusty on the outside and juicy and pink on the inside.

Finally, I would like to give you some general information; Adem Baba serves fish that is " in season only" and your waiter will inform you about the availability. During the month of december, prices of the fish entrees ranged in price from to 8 YTL to 40 YTL per portion. Besides the main course of fish, Adem Baba has fish soup every Sunday and other starters in include fish balls, fried calamari, stuffed mussels and salted bonito among others. The prices of starters 2YTL to 8YTL. Adem Baba offer 2 types of Salads as accompaniments to your meal: seasonal salad or shepherd's salad. You can opt to order them with, or without cheese and the prices are 3 and 4 YTL.

Finally, their desserts are very good, including the standards of sekerpare ( small cookie shaped sweets drenched in syrup), helva (halva) and kabak tatlisi (slices of pumpkin drenched in syrup). The prices of the desserts are from 2YTL to 3YTL.

I higly recommend Adem Baba if you are looking to enjoy an excellent seafood meal. The restaurant is open daily from noon to 10:30pm. Their take out services is available Tuesday to Sunday

(The Guide Istanbul)


"...A consistently good seafood restaurant with a large, steady clientele. Adem Baba only serves fresh, in season fish prepared to perfection. Accompaniments include raw onions, large salads and lots of lemons..."

(Quoted from


(10 july 2009

It must have taken an entire fleet-worth of nets, harpoons, anchors, life preservers, and buoys to decorate the dining rooms of Adem Baba. The decorations makes sense: the restaurant got its start as humble, boat-borne kitchen floating dockside in the Bosphorus neighborhood of Arnavutkoy, although now it has transformed itself into a local seafood empire with three locations on the same street. Kitschy décor aside, for serious, straightforward fish eating, this is one (or better yet, three) of the top addresses in town. Though their menu may resemble that of so many other Istanbul fish houses, consistent high quality and great value have established Adem Baba’s cultish following. From the Greek grannies having a lunch after church to the French ex-pat family in the booth, on Sundays everyone at Adem Baba is talking about the fish soup. Some may even be cursing their luck, having arrived after it’s run out. A bowl of this thick, aromatic soup would make a New Englander swoon. But be forewarned, fish soup is only served at Sunday lunch in winter months. But even when there’s no fish soup, the starters never leave us disappointed. Fried calamari is perfectly prepared – tender and crispy – and served with a tarter sauce ala Turca that smacks of garlic, walnuts, and yogurt. The term balik köfte, fish balls, just doesn’t do justice to this Adem Baba special starter – a light and creamy bite of fish encased in deep brown fried battered shell. After the fried appetizers, we like to cool down with a kasarli coban salatasi, shepherd’s salad with grated cheese, dressed with lemon and Adem Baba’s fine olive oil. Though you could easily make a full meal of appetizers and salad, it would be wrong to pass on the fish course. Particularly in winter months, the glass cooler here is stocked with the region’s finest and freshest. Flayed open and sandwiched together in pairs on the grill, sardalya, a sardine of sorts, hides a tender salty zing within its charred crunchy skin – something of a poor man’s unagi. A plate of Grilled or fried dil, sole, is a fine choice not available at most restaurants. Thick flaky cuts of grilled dulger, John Dory fish, appear on the menu regularly and are not to be missed. But when fishing boats are chugging into the Bosporus filled with Black Sea sardines, hamsi, we have little will power to resist them, served fried in a corn meal batter. The only thing absent at Adem Baba is a wine list. Somehow a can of orange Fanta doesn’t quite compliment the top shelf fish served here. The restaurant may trace its roots to the waters of the Bosphorus, but it remains one of our favorite dry lunches (and quite affordable at roughly $25 per person).

"Kaçan balık büyük olur, kaçamayan ızgara."