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Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi

#148 of 11,197 Restaurants in Istanbul
#163 of 11,653 Places to Eat in Istanbul
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Neighborhood:
Fener & Balat
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Ahmediye Caddesi No:44/A Fatih 34091 | On Adnan Menderes Boulevard, Next to Historia Shopping Centre, Istanbul 34082, Turkey
2124447247
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8:30 am - 11:50 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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    Very good
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food, Novel Way of Cooking Chicken

Was with a group and did not know what to expect. All of the food was Turkish and Middle Eastern food and was very good. The highlight, no pun intended, was the whole chicken, encased in salt that was on fire, and served at the table after the fire had gone out and the salt enclosure was opened... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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  • Local cuisine
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57 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Was with a group and did not know what to expect. All of the food was Turkish and Middle Eastern food and was very good. The highlight, no pun intended, was the whole chicken, encased in salt that was on fire, and served at the table after the fire had gone out and the salt enclosure was opened using a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I went to akendiz hatay sorfarsi 1 week before to taste tuzda tavuk made in rock salt. It was too much salty and dry chicken, and the cherry on cake was when i got bill there was hidden service charges added as well. Very dissatisfied with this restaurant, i went to this resturant just on based of trip advisor reviews... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I recommended this two-floor restaurant to a colleague of mine who invited about a dozen of us to sample their gustatory speciality, succulent lamb and whole roasted chicken stuffed in cardamom-spiced rice cooked to perfection in a rock-salt igloo that is set afire as it approaches the table. The guests can then participate in breaking the salt with a hammer... More 

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Joao Pessoa, PB
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

My husband and me have planned a liberal budget to this restaurant, as well as other famous restaurants in istanbul. Akdeniz food is really wonderful, specially desserts, but the senior waiter ruined my experiente when he inserted a "hidden fee" as service tax in the bill. As a matter of fact, I always pay tips in such circunstantes, and this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I just took a group to Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi and they were all wow'd and impressed by this memorable dinner spot. Between ten of us, we had tons of mezes, salt chicken, salt lamb, another lamb dish, a table-long shish, a few desserts, and beverages - all for less than $30 per person. Amazing quality and value, especially when you... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There's really no way to describe this restaurant adequately, you have to go there and experience it for yourself. Suffice it to say that every time we asked locals where THEY go for the best meal, we were unanimously directed to Hatay Sofrasi. It's not on the beaten tourist path, which makes it a bit hard to find, but that's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A bit fancy place for my taste with white tablecloth etc. but meze was good. I'd recommend hummus, hot pepper bread and zahter. Also the area around restaurant is folksy and you can walk to see the aqueduct nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I have been to the restaurant 4 or 5 times, and each time I was impressed by the variety of Turkish cuisine offered.The menu is well structured, making it easy to follow, and available in English. The staff is quite attentive, friendly and helpful. They offer different soups on different days of the week, so be adventure and skip the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Wait staff were very helpful, as we were not quite sure what to order. My companion is very alergic to nuts and the staff were able to guide us with what to eat. We had the share plate for two of Shishkebab. Three kinds of meat, with accompaniments. Very very good. A little pricey, but we knew that, and were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Whilst this restaurant is not in the best part of Istanbul it's most definitely worth a visit if you want authentic Turkish food with the volume turned up and despite the fact that no alcohol is served, it is one of the best restaurants I have visited on my many trips to Turkey. The menu is extensive but this didn't... More 

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Additional Information about Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi

Address: Ahmediye Caddesi No:44/A Fatih 34091 | On Adnan Menderes Boulevard, Next to Historia Shopping Centre, Istanbul 34082, Turkey
Phone Number: 2124447247
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 40
Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ahmediye Caddesi No:44/A Fatih 34091 | On Adnan Menderes Boulevard, Next to Historia Shopping Centre, Istanbul 34082, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: 2124447247

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Monday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 11:50 pm

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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