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Refik

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Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
+ 212- 2432834
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mediocre Turkish restaurant in nice area

Food and drinks were okay, service quite confused, but still we had a great time in a busy restaurant in a great party area just off the Taxim

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
Lars L
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Oslo
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Gernany
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118 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here with two turkish friends from Istanbul. They come very often to this restaurant. We chose 4 mezzes and a mixed lamb grill. It was delicious. We drank raki as local people. 4 people bill was 100€. Not cheap but acceptable. the restaurant is in a secondary street very close to Galata tower in the pedestrian area. Reservation... More 

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Rockland, Maine
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87 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

So many restaurants in Istanbul collect customers (mostly tourists) by asking "Where are you from" or "Please, let me show you the menu" or "Would you like to sit inside or outside", anything to distinguish themselves from many others of similar quality. Refik is NOT one of these restaurants, as a glance at any table serving its customers will prove--locals... More 

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

An Istanbul institution that lives up to its reputation, this meyhane is a place to go with your friends for an evening of raki and meze rather then a formal restaurant. It does what it says on the tin. The mezes are presented to you on a tray so no need to decipher the menu. They are fresh and delicious... More 

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Oslo
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Food and drinks were okay, service quite confused, but still we had a great time in a busy restaurant in a great party area just off the Taxim

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Thank Lars L
Stockholm, Sweden
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122 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Refik is one of Istanbul's oldest and best-known meyhanes opened by Refik Aslan. Here yoy finf the best mezes from the ottoman period. The restaurant is very centrally located, the food is good and the environment is typical, authentic, traditional.

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PLANDOME
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

in a lively area of Istanbul not far off Istiklal, Refik was a great find. Perhaps the most tender and succulent chicken i have ever tasted. Delicious mezzes - cacik, iman baylildi - and delicious entrees - shish kebab and mixed grill. friendly staff, would highly recommend for authentic Turkish food!

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Thank ZPatApple
Belfast, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great food, the starters were all wonderful. Seaweed salad was good, squid was so tender, great flavours. Main course sea bream was great, melted in the mouth.

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Thank Gary B
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Nothing exceptional about Refik. We read a review and decided to go there but were underwhelmed by the food. Definitely on the pricier side

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Thank donbrad99
Zurich, Switzerland
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234 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Beyoglu is (or better: was) famous for its 'meyhane's', places where one went for raki or wine and meze and all evening discussions, once popular with cigarette-smoking intellectuals and artists. They were concentrated near the Balikpazari-fishmarket and the Tünel, especially around Asmalimescid Street. And the best and most popular meyhane's were the one's run by a strong and engaging personality,... More 

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Thank saronic
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Recommended in Rough Guide Istanbul. Don't rush to this place/ I suspect they aren't trying because they know they're listed. Alright is all I can say about this place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Turkish, Mediterranean

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Staying in Beyoglu

Neighborhood Profile
Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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