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“Who knew?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kosebasi

Muallim Naci Caddesi, Reina - Ortakoy / Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey (Bosphorus)
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Ranked #998 of 11,078 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bosphorus
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18 restaurant reviews
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“Who knew?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We were first time visitors to Istanbul, but we had only a sketchy knowledge of Turkish cuisine so when an employee at the Park Hyatt Istanbul, (a stone's throw from the Kosebasi which meant we didn't have to venture into city traffic) recommended it as "authentic" we walked across the street and settled into a lively dinner scene. The diners accounted for the noise, but the servers and cooks provided the bustle which at the evening wore on, bordered on mayhem.

If you are not familiar with the cooking in this part of the Mediterranean, you can simply ask the waiter who can describe the different dishes. There are always the "mezzes" or little bites that can ordered as starters. Don't let your eyes overwhelm your stomach (three different choices are plenty!) and be sure to ask about the "spiciness" of the plates. We had one innocuous-looking couscous plate, but we couldn't take the heat. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the main dishes, but it was a kebap--thin slices of a combination of meats that had been grilled.

The desserts were not extraordinary, but maybe we just ordered wrong.

Make a reservation; the place is always busy! Service can be sketchy. A table of 16 arrived just before we ordered our dessert and it was impossible to get any attention. We were about to employ our "desperation walk"--appear to get up as if we are going to leave without paying--you can imagine how quickly someone comes to your table--when we spotted a manager and he "managed" to get a server's attention.

All in all, we'd be delighted to return. The restaurant has a lot to offer and better planning--you might want to order the dessert when you get your main course--can make it a terrific dining experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Köşebaşı kebap and Şaşlık kebap are my favourite kebaps. Toros salata and gavurdaği should be tested. There is a basic wine list. But I prefer drinking ayran which is a traditional beverage of Turkey made from yoghurt.

Visited October 2012
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“lively with great food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

I suggest a reservation as this is a popular restaurant. We were seated immediately upon arrival, and within ten minutes they were full with a lineup outside. A server greeted us with a tray of appetizers - about a dozen to pick from. We chose sun dried tomato, couscous and yogurt. They brought some fresh bread from the oven (still hot) and we started in. Everything was delicious and if there were more than just two of us we could have had a larger variety of appetizers. The wine by the glass was very good too. For dinner we had the house kabob and lamb chops. Both excellent. That with three glasses of wine was about 200 Lira. Well worth it, and we recommend Kosebasi.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via Local Picks

This restaurant is one of the rare establishments, which kept their quality and taste over many many years.

Just got more and more expensive over the years, but you ll see why :)

I recommend their şaşlık!!! absolute best!

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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Went there at the recommendation of the hotel and really enjoyed the food. Excellent lamb kabob and appetizers. Good service and very reasonably priced.

Visited September 2012
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