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Karakoy Lokantasi

#179 of 11,325 Restaurants in Istanbul
#195 of 11,795 Places to Eat in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Karakoy
European, Turkish
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 218
    Excellent
  • 157
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 16
    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
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everything that is great about Istanbul in one spot, fantastic service, stunning architecture and amazing, well priced mezze and grilled meats.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant came highly recommended by a local. Tried to book for 5 people Sunday 8pm including 3 children (14yrs/15yrs/17yrs) which i did not feel i had to mention. When the concierge had finished making the booking i asked him to mention that 2 of the children had nut allergies and if they could be dilligent and aware of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

everything that is great about Istanbul in one spot, fantastic service, stunning architecture and amazing, well priced mezze and grilled meats.

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london
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153 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited this restaurant as a family on our first night of our short trip to Istanbul. Frequented mainly by locals, tourists were also made to feel welcome. Reservation is a must as it gets very busy. Nice décor, simple food but superbly cooked with fine ingredients, no cut corners. Grilled octopus was excellent as were the salads. It was... More 

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Valencian Country, Spain
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This restaurant generally gets good reviews and was even recommended to us by a Turkish friend. When we first arrived they were closing between lunch and evening opening at 6pm. We returned at 6:30. Many tables were already reserved but we managed to get an outside terrace table. We had a salad and melted cheese in deep fried filo pastry... More 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Our concierge at George's Hotel recommended this restaurant to us. It was our best meal in Istanbul. Love their mezzemezze offerings.The stuffed mussel & the smoked eggplant spread was awesome. The lamb chop and sea bass kebab was out of this world. We had a bottle of red Turkish wine that was very reasonably priced and outstanding. Most stuff do... More 

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Milan, Italy
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The place is nice and good especially for tourists with good taste. The food is typical Turkish mezes (good and balanced flavours), portions are really small which is good for us but maybe enough expensive (the price level is ok for a European citizen, maybe not for an average Turkish budget). Nice people and atmosphere. Really slow kitchen and service.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This restaurant was recommended to us by some friends. They have a good selection of food but in my opinion it is over rated and over priced for the small portions we had. Our starters came at separate times - in fact mine came with my main course!! The food was OK but nothing to write home about. The waitress... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our hosts on the evening booked the restaurant on the basis the food there was authentic Turkish food and it was favoured by the local population. It was a Saturday evening and the place was buzzing, in fact there were a steady stream of people arriving without having booked. Some waited at the door for a table while others disappeared... More 

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Singapore
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Fab food, average service at best! Had a lovely meal and didn't pay very much for it - vegetarian friendly and overall I'd definitely revisit this spot!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

whiile walking on the great personality streets near the port we found Lkantasi Karakoy. the blue decor inside and the stairs and local preserves make the decoration classic yet trendy. the food is preparede with feresh ingredients and tastes like upscale home food. this was full of locals we saw very few tourists. Everything was natural and the service was... More 

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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: European, Turkish
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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