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Guneslibahce Sokak 43 | Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey
(216) 330 31 90
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Ranked #124 of 11,078 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

We ventured to the Asian side of Istanbul just for this restaurant and I could say it was worth all the effort. Food is divine. Need I say more? I was sad I only had the chance to eat here once during my trip to Istanbul. I would definitely visit again!

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Nyon, Switzerland
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124 reviews 124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I ate here during a visit to the Asian part of Istanbul. The best part was the egg plant stuffed with lamb meat. Also, the meat stew was very good. This is as close as you will get to Turkish home cooking.

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Malatya Province, Turkey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

The owners of Ciya travelled to almost to every corner of Turkey and collected only localy known or long time forgotten recipies, they have now 3 restaurants on Guneslibahce Sokak 43 | Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey, 2 on the right side for Kebabs and oven backed foods 1 on the left side of the same street for home cooked food, my... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is most authentic turkish restaurant in istanbul.....I lost confidence in trip advisor Reviews when I saw ciya not rated among best restaurants in istanbul....thank goodness That nytimes & guardian had them rated #1....

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Faversham
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We stayed in Istanbul for four months and Ciya was the place I most enjoyed eating. It is very casual and low on atmosphere, but the food is always changing, always interesting and always really delicious. It's daunting, especially for non-Turkish speakers, because there is no menu and the strategy for getting your food was completely new to me, but... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The restaurant serves dishes that are traditionally cooked in local homes. Very authentic Turkish food, unlike the usual kebabs and such that are found in every restaurant in Istanbul. The portion are small enough for a couple to order at least four to five dishes. Must try the pastry baked rice, stewed vegetables, thin chilli (local version) pizza, seasonal peach... More 

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Rhode Island
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I have visited Istanbul for years, and never quite made it to Ciya, on the Asian side. The opportunity presented itself, so, off I went. There are three restaurants, the Ciya Sofrasi being the most traditional, and does not serve alcohol. I read their website, English version, and found the weekly specials appealing, and chose accordingly on my arrival. The... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The food was really good and tasty, they offered the best bread i ate in Istanbul, service was ok, but based on the reviews i read i was expecting more...

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london
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125 reviews 125 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

I have been many times to the Ciya despite my reservations as it is one of the few places of her kind in Kadiköy. However, the dishes, which are usually overcooked, now begin tasting all similar; different aromas and flavours are difficult to detect. It has a good variety of dishes in the menu but many are disappointingly dull. It... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Best anatolıan food ı had here warm dolma plate and anatolıan styl lamb shank just excellent good staff thank you ciya sofrasii

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Address: Guneslibahce Sokak 43 | Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: (216) 330 31 90
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

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