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Refik

Beyoğlu
Turkish
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Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
+ 212- 2432834
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A special meal!

My friends from Istanbul invited us to this restaurant.. The dishes were really tasty, I liked so much the eggplant salad and the fresh grilled fish. Also, the traditional decoration of the restaurant made the place cozy and special.. The waiter was kind too..

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
delfini9
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Stegna, Greece
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  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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83 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Turkish first
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English first
Stegna, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My friends from Istanbul invited us to this restaurant.. The dishes were really tasty, I liked so much the eggplant salad and the fresh grilled fish. Also, the traditional decoration of the restaurant made the place cozy and special.. The waiter was kind too..

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were aware of this scam, but didn't expect it at this non-touristic looking restaurant. A fish is marked 25TL in the menu and when the bill comes they charge you 100TL for it instead on account that it was a "big fish". The food is so-so, by the way. Best avoided.

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Ashland, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We shared most of the mezes here and had a wonderful meal. We selected them from the case and kept ordering more. Nice variety of wine and great service.

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ankara
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

It is a crowded place, so if you dont want to wait, you need to book in advance. The service is good. Tje mezes are really tasty. Tarama, ciroz are yummy. If you wanna try something different, you should taste ciger. That is very different and worth trying.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Staff was nice, fast, and attentive. Food was fairly good, and the atmosphere of the restaurant very nice. Would I recommend it to others? Sure, if you're in the neighborhood. However, maybe not worth a detour. Christofer, Stockholm

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The food is ok, but you have tu check your bill. Unfortunately, 10 Lira extra for bread and water (which is included in other restaurants in Istanbul) and a so-called 10%-government-tax were added to our bill. This tax doesn't exist in Turkey. We discussed with the waiter and then decided to give no tip as it was charged with the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

... good relaxed vibe. Mix of locals and tourists. Meze were fine. We ate enough without need for mains. Tasty and good variety - little mackerel were amazing, good stuffed eggplant, divine fresh cheese for dessert... tasted like grass. Service improved as dinner went on.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoğlu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
  • Phone Number: + 212- 2432834

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Turkish

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