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Karakoy Lokantasi

#225 of 11,386 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Beyoğlu
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Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
90(212) 292 44 55
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • 164
    Excellent
  • 126
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Book in advance - top quality food!

Our concierge helped to make dinner reservations for party of two in order for us to get seats on a Sunday evening, we were not disappointed. For starters, we had mixed green salad and prawn in a hotpot, and for the main course, I had grilled chicken while my friend had the fish kebab. The food is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Joyce L
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Istanbul, Turkey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Karakoy Restaurant is one of my favorite in Istanbul despite it is very touristic. It is a great representation of the local cuisine, mostly called a modern meyhane where we Istanbuloits go to have raki and meze (small plates like tapas). Karakoy Restaurant is the recently trendy neigborhood of Istanbul, where the restaurant is named after, Karakoy. The atmosphere and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Our concierge helped to make dinner reservations for party of two in order for us to get seats on a Sunday evening, we were not disappointed. For starters, we had mixed green salad and prawn in a hotpot, and for the main course, I had grilled chicken while my friend had the fish kebab. The food is fresh and delicately... More 

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East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This restaurant is in the book "Where Chefs Eat" so I figured it had to be good. It did not disappoint. The interior is a beautiful blue glaze tile with two floors and a spiral staircase as well as a great looking small bar. It has a very great vibe and feels both modern and almost speak-eazy like at the... More 

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Istanbul
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14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Within touristic district, very close to tram line Karakoy Lokantasi is one of the best restaurants in istanbul. Always crowded with locals thats why you need reservation in advance. Meals delicious and inexpensive, luxury atmosphere and very good service.I dont recommend turkish vines I always prefer Turkish Raki.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

That's a traditional ''Meyhane''' called in Turkish where tens of traditional starters (meze) served with Turkish Rakı and all very tasty . It is strongly recommended for tourists to have something traditional in a really traditional way. Reservation is needed.

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United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and buzzing with Turkish atmosphere. The only downside was that we went here after a full day of food tasting, and didn't have enough appetite to eat all we wanted! Probably the least touristy restaurant we went to on our trip, great for soaking in local life. We would go back in a second!

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Kas, Turkey
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12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Close to the Bosphorus but in a back street. Excellent food and service. Quite busy so may be advisable to book.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed here. Food is good and the interior show fine taste. I'll go back when I'm in karakoy

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London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited this restaurant based on all the positive reviews and made a booking one week in advance but were truly disappointed with the service. Note you will not get a table if you do not book in advance. We were promptly seated but then forgotten about whilst we tried to make our order. The cold dishes of marinated fish,... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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33 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Of course this place is also well known by tourists, but when we had dinner there, 80 per cent were Turkish locals, which is always a good sign! We had all kind of cold and warm Mezzes, which were wonderful and our waitress/waiters were extremely friendly, making fun with us and giving us the feeling of being very welcome. What... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoğlu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
  • Phone Number: 90(212) 292 44 55

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 38
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?