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Karakoy Lokantasi

#200 of 11,445 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
New City / Taksim
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Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
90(212) 292 44 55
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Today
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 173
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  • 128
    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
Great meal

A bustling restaurant with lots of personality that serves excellent local food. We sampled some lovely meze dishes. It is a very popular restaurant so you must book but one not to miss

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Lokantasi stands for working man's restaurant, and most diners eat there every day but this is far from working class. Indeed,none breakfast and lunch were fabulous, authentic Turkish food, but a cut well above any food we had in Istanbul - simple, tasty, great flavours -splendid. We are going back for dinner soon.

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Chester
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A bustling restaurant with lots of personality that serves excellent local food. We sampled some lovely meze dishes. It is a very popular restaurant so you must book but one not to miss

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ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had my best seafood meal in Istanbul here. crispy light calamari worth a long journey. great buzz downstairs which was full mainly with locals. staff were most attentive. I would love to return.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
  • Neighborhood: New City / Taksim
  • 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?