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Refik

New City / Taksim
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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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  • 13
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    Very good
  • 19
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  • 16
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  • 15
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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
Not a good value

It is a popular place, owing to the previous owner, but except one or two good mezes such as marinated seabass and fried liver, nothing is particularly good. Many of the traditional mezes, particularly ones with yoghurt are vapid and best be avoided. One of those old school but casual places in... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
erolys
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london
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Istanbul, Turkey
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This is a very old house and well-known by locals. The mezes ares tasty and among thje other options in Asmalımescit, this is the best. Better to make a reservation cause it is full especially on week-ends.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We were taken here by a friend who is Turkish. It did not seem that anyone spoke English. We had a few mezes dishes to start which were fabulous and then a local fish, fried, was brought to the table with a fresh and wonderful salad. The fish was light and not oily at all. Wonderful experience.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Mezes were not especially good. Main dishes really disappointing. Dry, tasteless fish; lamb not good. Waiter unfriendly. Noisy. Cannot be recommended.

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Istanbul, Turkey
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were well received. Service was tip top. Food is delicious. The cooks are cooked in the kitchen, that is they are applying typical recipes, without using tricky methods. So what you are served is clean, neat and simple but tasty dishes. Good amount of choices. Easy access. Close to metro station when you get off at the Tunel stop.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It's a Beyoğlu classic having a history stretches back to 1950s I believe. They use high quality ingredients but limited variety of mezes. Not recommended if you're looking for a budget alternative since the bill may look like a bit harsh taking into consideration the decoration and all. However, still a nice option for people who like classic Turkish dinner... More 

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Istanbul
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

What I find there not only good meals but also warm and friendly staff. Mezes are always fresh and very delicious. When I think of restaurants in Beyoglu Refik is always top in my list.

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london
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145 reviews 145 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is a popular place, owing to the previous owner, but except one or two good mezes such as marinated seabass and fried liver, nothing is particularly good. Many of the traditional mezes, particularly ones with yoghurt are vapid and best be avoided. One of those old school but casual places in Beyoglu. Service is quite casual. Tables are close... More 

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Stegna, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

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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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Turkish

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