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Refik

Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyoğlu)
+ 212- 2432834
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Ranked #1,915 of 11,017 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
Neighborhood: Beyoğlu
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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ankara
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
242 helpful votes 242 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
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109 reviews 109 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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