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Karakoy Lokantasi

#86 of 11,946 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Karakoy
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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
Dining options: Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 39
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  • 16
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good home cooking style

This place is located in an upcoming trendy part of Istanbul that is becoming dotted with nice restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and hotels. The restaurant is considered one of the most popular ones in Istanbul and for dinner you need to book at least 4-5 days in advance! For lunch there is no... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Basim S
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Manama, Bahrain
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Manama, Bahrain
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is located in an upcoming trendy part of Istanbul that is becoming dotted with nice restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and hotels. The restaurant is considered one of the most popular ones in Istanbul and for dinner you need to book at least 4-5 days in advance! For lunch there is no booking. You will see mostly Turkish people... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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85 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the daytime you can enjoy very delicious turkish food, at the night time you can enjoy rakı and mezes. Perfect taste,,cozy atmosphere ( designed by autoban), very friendly couple owners. dont hesistate to go

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Thank secodero
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great dinner experience we had at Karakoy Lokantasi! The food was great - we essentially had a series of mezzes, without a main course. The service was excellent - the woman who was the maitre d' totally wowed us with her helpfulness (she explained what all the different mezze dishes were), her warm and welcoming personality, and terrific... More 

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Thank Dan G
San Jose, California
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115 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant! It is nicely appointed, using the traditional blue tiles to create a contemporary atmosphere. The service is prompt. But the best thing is the food. We tried the Ezogelin soup (red lentil and mint soup), grilled meatballs with white bean salad, Sultan's delight (roasted eggplant puree with meat), white cabbage rolls stuffed with meat and rice. Everything was... More 

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Thank Amit_and_Alex
Anchorage, Alaska
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our lunch at this restaurant, but with so many restaurants in Istanbul, I probably wouldn't return. It's conveniently located near the Karakoy ferry terminal, and is easy to find. It has menus in both Turkish and English. Hunkar Begendi (Roasted Eggplant Purée with Lamb Stew) was the best thing we had. We also enjoyed the white beans cooked... More 

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We have been here for dinner and this place is always packed like crazy …. A reservation is mandatory! The design and the refurbishment is absolutely gorgeous! You can tell that there is a great deal of study and professionalism behind it and the architects did a great job at recuperating this old building without thrashing its character. I also... More 

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Thank Marco S
Istanbul, Turkey
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Excellent location for Turkish / local dishes. Crowded especially at lunchtime, go early or late. Highly recommended.

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Thank Caner O
istanbul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We visited this restaurant on a saturday afternoon with friends. The restaurant has two halls with one on the upper ond the other on the lower floor. The lower floor hall is wide and spacious. The colored tiles on the walls comfors you. The staff is very friendly and the service is good. We first had pickles, filled artichoke, salad,... More 

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Thank nkohen
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

Simply amazing Turkish food is served in this stylish and hip place! Came here for lunch and dinner and definitely planning to come back on my next visit to this incredible city. Good value for money, with friendly English speaking staff.

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Thank Konstantin B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Loved the meal we had here. The mezzes, especially the smoked octopus, were absolutely delicious and all of the food was tasty and reasonable. Service was prompt and the decor was simple but stylish. Great place to indulge with some tasty food and raki!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 38
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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Neighborhood Profile
Karakoy
Sitting pretty with an age-old air about it, Karakoy is situated on the European side of the Bosphorus at the mouth of the Golden Horn. Perhaps the city’s most historically significant area, it’s currently one of the most happening parts of town as well. Here street vendors and alfresco fish restaurants line the banks of the Horn where the views of major attractions across the water rival Karakoy’s own key attractions, such as the iconic 14th century Galata Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. A major hub for local and international waterborne traffic, Istanbul’s commercial and maritime heritage remains as relevant and evident as ever in Karakoy. Commuter ferries mingle with luxury cruise liners at its busy port, ensuring a continuously cosmopolitan flow of people..
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