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Sur Ocakbasi

#598 of 11,431 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
02125338088
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 89
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent recommendation from Anthony Bourdain

Got here quite late, almost midnight after tracking this place down, admittedly we didn't start looking till very late. It was quiet but the staff were very helpful indeed and steered us towards the specialities. The Sur Tava (lamb/green peppers) was excellent and the fresh Ayraan (yoghurt drink... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
j21London
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London
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had dinner here based on previous reviews. We paid a measly 58 TL for a huge, huge meal for two including two large meat platters, bread, ayraan, soft drinks and starters. The food was fresh, delicious and the lamb is sublime. Strongly recommended if you want a local experience and are hungry. Service was super attentive and food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

If you are in istanbul you must try this place. From grand bazaar its 20 minute of walk away. Their food will make you forget everything else. During our 10 day stay in istanbul we tried so many different food places in taksim and sultanahmet but this one comes on top. The prices are very reasonable plus the food and... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This is one of the restaurants that Michael Bourdain reviewed on his TV programme. The programme instigated our trip to Istanbul so we really wanted to go there. They were super friendly the food was really good we had kebabs various types, with lamb of course and was excellent they also did what they called a pilaf which was like... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

turns out that Anthony Bourdian recommended this place too. Came here at end of my trip and its the perfect meaty meal to send us off. I still remember it 1 year on!

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I went there twice. On the first time, I was on my own. I struggled to find the entrance, a neighbour indicated it with a sign of the head. Nobody to welcome me. Nobody in the room. I walked upstairs to another room. Tables, but no customers, and no staff. I picked a table in the middle of the room,... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We ordered 5-7 differebt portions. It was too much but wanted to try different combinations. Was absolutely worth eating in this place. Only locals. Cheap but well cooked. If you are in the Neigbourhood a must place to eat. Don't see mush Tourist s but thats what we wanted.

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Cairo, Egypt
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8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Most of the restaurants in and around the main areas of Istanbul are tourist traps with mediocre yet expensive food - even the ones with high ratings and positive reviews on TripAdvisor. This place hit the stop and I highly recommend it. We got the Shish Tawook and the Tomato Kebab, and they were both out of this world. No... More 

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London
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53 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Got here quite late, almost midnight after tracking this place down, admittedly we didn't start looking till very late. It was quiet but the staff were very helpful indeed and steered us towards the specialities. The Sur Tava (lamb/green peppers) was excellent and the fresh Ayraan (yoghurt drink) was great to help wash it down. No alcohol served but we... More 

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london
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at this place after seeing it featured on Anthony Bourdain's tv programme. Upon arrival the place was fairly quiet, although it clearly had more customers than surrounding restaurants, but we quickly realised that it had more to do with the publicity generated by the tv show than with the food or service offered. Whilst... More 

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Found this in the episode from Anthony Bourdains parts unknown... a really brilliant restaurant in a nice locality... didnt seem to have a lot of tourists but was filled with locals ... tried a couple of dishes - the tava mutton thing - buryan and mixed kebaps.... loved it alll.. would surely visit again...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: 02125338088

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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