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Address: Ilyas Bey Cad. No:121 | Yedikule, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 585 5594

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Nice meyhane

A nice turkish meyhane with not too many selection of dishes but very fresh ingredients. Fried squid and all the mezes were delicious... The atmosphere is very old fashioned and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice turkish meyhane with not too many selection of dishes but very fresh ingredients. Fried squid and all the mezes were delicious... The atmosphere is very old fashioned and friendly. Service is fast and pleasant

Thank EnginErtopcu
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed February 10, 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and drinks. Great atmosphere for having a long leisurely dinner with a group. If you've never been to a meyhane, you should try it. Highly recommended

Thank Zeynep D
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

We were in Istanbul for a few days and made it our goal to visit a different meyhane each evening. Safa has a great vibe, which for us means Atatürk decor, a full house, and an abundance of mezzes and raki. We think that their spicy tomato dip is probably the best we've had, and the fried little fish are... More 

Thank Amp Z
Istanbul, Turkey
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46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2016

I am a food lover, x Italian restaurant owner and been worked internationaly (London, New York City, Toronto etc.) so unfortunately it is not very easy to make me happy with any food. For me there is nothing special here but it is also not to place that I will never go again. If I am in that location I... More 

Thank adokur
Cairo, Egypt
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52 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2016

Safa is one of the last longing real meyhane concept restaurants in Istanbul.The food is not the best you have ever but above average .Some raki mezes are ver performing like arnavut cigeri fava and pacanga borek ,strobgly recommend these 3.Raki drinkers dont need to much food ,we will be more than happy wit a good traditional white cheese.watermelon and... More 

1 Thank ozytr
Nicosia, Cyprus
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2015

Best meyhane to go while you are in this city! Perfect mezes and quality kebabs! Make sure to drink Kulüp Rakı when you are there! You cant find this rakı anywhere else!

Thank raifusal
Istanbul, Turkey
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43 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Actually Safa Meyhanesi is one of the oldest restaurants in town with an interesting history. But its name is mostly heard after the popular singing scene from Cem Yilmaz's Av Zamani movie. Normally I'm not very in favor of movie/tv locations. But Safa Meyhanesi really have a kind of authenticity. It's located in a pretty mid-low profile neighborhood which I... More 

Thank ingenium
Istanbul, Turkey
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76 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2014

After many recommendations I visited this restaurant with great expectations but unfortunately I found it mediocre. This is a traditional Turkish meyhane which means a restaurant where alcoholic beverages are served with delicacies (mezes). The food was just fine. Except fried liver which deserves a special mention, the rest of specialties were not above average. The prices were higher than... More 

Thank MustafaEsitgen
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82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Safa is one of the very few surviving examples of old Istanbul drinking places (meyhanes). It has the atmosphere and charm of early 1950s. The mezes are abundant and very good. The cold mezes come directly from the fridge hence cold. That is fine for some of them but many others like beans, dolmas etc. should be served at room... More 

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