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Refik

New City / Taksim
Turkish
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Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
+ 212- 2432834
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Over-rated

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

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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Kampala, Uganda
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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San Francisco, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Hong Kong, China
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Our five point review: 1. Tucked into a side street off the westside of the main Istaklal Caddessi, Refik was, in the low season, the only busy meyhane amongst many 2. We were booked two spots right by the window by our hotel concierge, and the staff made sure to take care of us, showing off their various wares as... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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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
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17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 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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Address: Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: + 212- 2432834
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > New City / Taksim
Cuisine: Turkish

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  • 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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