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Refik

Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
+ 212- 2432834
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Ranked #1,723 of 10,788 restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Refik, The owner, has passed away a few years ago. However, the only change after him is missing of "kuzu sarma" which was my and many other's favorite in here. I try to visit this place each time I come to İstanbul. Never disappointed. Best taste each time is almost guarantee if you can find a table, sometimes a seat.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We fancied on the last night of our stay, venturing into the new town for dinner and were recommended this restaurant by the hotel. Never, have I walked out of a restaurant before, but this one - we did. It is obviously a very popular restaurant amongst locals - the restaurant was full - but only of locals. The service... More

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Piacenza, Italy
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I was part of a group of 10 people havong dinner at Refik. The food was really good (I had lamb chops, but friends who had fish also confirmed it). The service was quite fast and kind, the location is really pictoresque and the place itself looks like a typical restaurant, with old posters on the walls. The onl problem... More

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Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

With the easing of requirements to display images of the grand old man in retail locations, the current administration has given me a new rule on which to judge lokantas: don't go into one without a prominent Ataturk portrait. Refik proudly displays theirs with a great collection of ephemera from their years in business. We were seated upstairs with a... More

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Los Angeles, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Our hotel recommended Refik for dinner - really disappointing. Their is no ambiance and the food is mediocre at best. With so many places to eat in this part of Istanbul, I would skip it.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

What an unpretentious but fabulous place this is. The walls are adorned with pictures and newspaper clippings re the owner and the left leaning cognoscenti of Istanbul over several decades. The welcome is warm. The food.......AAAAHHHHHH We had gorgeous Meze's (especially the giant white beans, the green beans, the tarama and the hot shrimps. Then the very best place of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Was busy on a Friday night but poor quality food with very small portions which were expensive. Did not have some of the dishes that we ordered left and brought us something else without asking us

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Dublin, Ireland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

After reading about Meyhane we decided to venture up to Beyoğlu on our 3rd night in Istanbul. Food & wine was overpriced, mezze were poor & staff were disinterested. Turned out to be our most expensive meal in istanbul at 190 TL, which only included a bottle of wine. The area seemed buzzing on a sat night and full of... More

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Refik offered us a plate of mixed mezze to start with. All were delicious and very typical. For mains we had sea bass and a kebab. The fish was grilled simply and was delicious. The kebab was slightly disappointing, small portion of touch meat. Service was very good. Recommended overall.

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Charlottesville, VA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a comfortable restaurant with a good fixed mezze dinner. Negotiate a good fixed price and you will enjoy an evening here with some good traditional food.

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