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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

It was fab, the family were wonderful, the guide was great and I would highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

You get an impression of what life in istanbul is about and can ask all the questions you have.
Personally I had a great guide who told me a lot and had answers to all my questions.
Also the food had been very delicious and beeing typical turkish rounded up the cultural tastes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

This was our chance to meet some real residents of Istanbul. Our tour guide was good company with his intimate local knowledge and enthusiasm for his city. We enjoyed our family meal, which although basic, typified the food eaten everyday. Our walking tour was interesting and ending in a shisha bar was a new experience for us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Just did this last week and it was a very funevening! I was the only one with tolga (the guide), most likely because it was off season. Really enjoyed my meal with the family. The mom was so sweet and the lil kids entertaining. They didnt speak eng as it was forewarned but the guide did a good job of mediating conversation. One neice was there, spoke eng, and I ended up getting along really well with her and even hung out with her the following days. It was a perfect start to my weeklong trip. Would recommend this to everyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Amazing night...great food, company and the local family/kids wanted to know as much about us as we did about them!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Fantastic tour. I had 8 hours in istanbul on layover and this was a perfect quick trip. The tour guide was super fantastic and I would hang out with him, and do the tour again, in a heart beat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

While the price is suspiciously cheap, I assure you it's a great tour. Probably one of the most "authentic" ones we've ever been on, honestly. We ended up as the only two on the tour that night, and our guides took us through old town to the host family's house. Two families with kids between 3 and 11. The mothers did the cooking, where we had a mostly veg based meal (rice, cabbage stuffed leaves, etc) and tea/water before and after. The kids spoke a few words of English while the mothers spoke none. They were all extremely nice and the food was great. Very nice asking them and the Turkish guides questions. Afterwards the guides took us to a nice hookah bar near the Grand Bazaar where we stayed for about an hour chatting. Only thing we had to pay for was a few teas at the bar. Definitely book this!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was a fantastic dinner and a great introduction to Turkey. It was great to participate in an activity that was authentic. Tolga (my tour leader) spoke fantastic English and was a lovely man who ensured I enjoyed the dinner. The families that supplied dinner were very nice and the food was delicious. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This was the highlight of my Turkey experience. The family was incredibly sweet and welcoming. The children were all very friendly and taught me hand games and made me feel incredibly at home and welcome. I would and have recommended this tour to anyone who has asked me about it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

This was probably the highlight of my trip! Some other tours are not really worth the money, to be honest, but this one certainly is.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Very interesting, the guide was excellent, real life experience, makes you appreciate what you live in america !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Loved this tour the guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The family was lovely and very welcoming. We had a wonderful evening.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Our trip to Istanbul in September was FANTASTIC. One of the most memorable moments of this week-long trip was the night of September 6th when we visited a Turkish family and had a GREAT meal with them. The food was simply delicious!!! There was enough food for you to have a second serving. I sure took advantage of that opportunity.
The family was lovely. We were allowed to asked any questions and they were answered honestly. The children were a pure delight.
Semih and his partner were wonderful tour guides. They helped to translate, but one of the little girls was able to practice her English on us. She was pretty good considering she is just learning how to speak it.
After dinner, Semih took us to a local cafe where we drank tea, used a shisha pipe and played backgammon. There is no need to worry if you don't know how to play backgammon, Semih is a wonderful teacher.
If you visit Instanbul, this is a MUST tour to take. It's inexpensive and trust me when I say that you will love it!!!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2014

I would hardly call it "dinner"- a large plate of bulgur wheat, some watery lentil soup and a even more watery tzatziki with cold bread . The picture on the site looks way better . The guide was good and the general experience was ok but very expensive for a poor inadequate meal

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