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$25 - $38
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish

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Beautifully light hummus and tzatziki, crispy dumplings with yoghurt sauce, lamb börek... With a selection of 80 mezze, a whole host of sharing platter...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What I thought would be a great dining experience turned out to be a very disappointing dinner. My wife and I went here for dinner with a reservation. Aside from the host that showed us to our table, everybody else was just rude. Instead of...talking us through the menu, we felt rushed by the waiter to put in our order. After that, we rarely saw our waiter and there was absolutely no attention from the rest of the staff. It wasn't until we were ready for the bill that I was asked if I wanted another drink. Second, the food was just bland, with no flavor, and zero presentation. The bread given to us for the mezes looked and tasted as if it was from a corner grocery store. It was not warm nor tasted fresh. Desert was average and our espresso martinis tasted awful. For a restaurant that's been awarded a "Bib Gourmand," this is a complete letdown, and don't recommend it to anyone else. Don't be fooled by their aesthetics.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were invited by my manager for our business meeting on Sunday evening. Just from beginning, the behaviour of the personnel was weird. We arrived little bit early and asked our table to sit. Although my manager made a reservation for 4 people, restaurant insisted...on that reservation is for 2 people and told us that they have only available table outside. It was cold with 5-6 C and heating wasn't sufficient. We sat outside to expect available table and told this to the waiters a couple of times but we got the answer each time "We are full!" Briefly, we were forced to sit outside along the night and there were empty tables until we left and nobody sit there! Still I don't know why restaurant did this to us? Why we were forced to sit outside. Now, I am flu and take medicine. I can't believe how a restaurant with Michelin can do this. The food was ok, I don't complain abt that but service is poor. If you want to go there, make sure your reservation is ok.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I booked a table in Karaköy Lokantası for Sunday evening for two people. On the day I called and told them that there would be 4 of us. One of the guests fell ill so we arrived 3. We received a very cold reception and...were informed that they only had 2 people registered. We could only get a table outside. We agreed under protest but there were free tables inside during the two hours we were there. We ordered wine and had it served in a water glass. I wonder how this restaurant is included in the Michelin guide. The food was mediocre.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Michelin restaurant? Really? Between the cats running in out and begging you for food and the terrible service I dont see how this restaurant has even 3-4 stars. The food is decent but servers are awful. They have no idea how serve a table and...they take your plates before you are done and because they are too lazy to walk around and serve properly, they just put the plates or retrieve them with an arm on your face. Would I recommend it? No way!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Somewhat surprisingly, not only was this the classiest and tastiest of our four dinners in Istanbul, but also the cheapest. We specifically wanted mezze and were recommended to try here, albeit a little distance away, by our hotel in Sultanahmet. It was definitely worth the...tram ride - service was friendly, efficient and helpful, and everything we ate was beautifully presented and delicious. Lots of interesting looking dishes - just wish we could have sampled a few more!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had fish, brain salad, zucchini and beet fries, Karakoy salad, quince, pumpkin and cheese deserts, and some wine. Everything was very tasty and the service was good. Can't complain about the bill. My only gripe is that we couldn't drink any tea. We were...told tea is served for lunch but not for dinner. I simply couldn't believe this. Tea is the most consumed beverage in Turkey, not to mention the Middle East and the Far East. I am a professor of political science. My wife and I are world travelers. We have visited over 40 countries in the world and this was a first. I remember having tea at two Novotels in Berlin and Munich.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good high-quality mezze, but overpriced. Somewhat stressed staff. Good wine-list including many Turkish wines.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Read a lot about this place, was rated as a 5 plus restaurant.Many of the items on the menu were sold out (7 pm dinner).the Meze was just OK..Grilled fish and Lamb chops were tasteless..service very good.. Would not return

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

My favorite restaurant in Istanbul! This restaurant offers a mixture of Turkish and Greek cuisine. The food is delicious Lunch or diner it’s really amazing Great service beautiful garden and really very delicious food Traditional Turkish platters are so tasty The soup is amazing and...the mezze is perfect I’ve been there over 10 times and it’s always an excellent experience! It’s a must when in IstanbulMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

The selection and quality of the mezzes is of such a high standard that one can easily make a meal of these alone.. which we did.. We picked a few of our own and followed the lead of our very nice server and made a...wonderful dinner of them. Among the favourites was the odd sounding radish leaves ( I thought it was chard) sautéed with onion, carrots, chili and topped with yogurt and a mild chili oil. Delicious... my personal favourite was the hummus and Turkish style pastrami.. While not a huge hummus fan this one hit the spot.. Turkish pastrami very different than the version we know in the USA and is well worth trying.. The spicy avocado was also bright and fresh and brought back memories of summer.... Our server suggested her favorite raki and it went very well with the meal.. My wife very much enjoyed her cocktail as well.. This is a popular place and reservations are a must for dinner.. We were only able to reserve a 6:00 p.m table as they were booked .. for days .. for dinner later... Lunch is first come first serve so you will get a table if you arrive at 12:00... I thought that the meal was excellent value given the ambience , service and the top quality of the products and cooking..highly recommend..More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 11, 2022 via mobile

Average quality food with a terrible service and a very bad attitude. This approach seems to be coming from the owner. Very overrated restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

We read great things about this restaurant before arriving in Istanbul and it lived up to its reputation. The food, setting and service were all solid. Just book it. You won’t be disappointed.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 13, 2022 via mobile

Karakoy Lokantasi , one of the symbolic restaurants of Istanbul, exhibits more modern lines at its new address. I can say that it has same level about tastes in advance. Mücver (58₺), Hot Avocado (65₺), Pastrami Hummus (115₺) were among the good appetizers we ate....However, if we have to suggest a single dish, I would say don't leave without eating Mixed Fried (Zucchini/Beetroot-85₺), it's a perfect taste. We gave a chance to Baked Beef Cheek (210₺) for the last time in the place as a main course. It was a well cooked and delicious dish. The place also maintains its old standard in terms of service. On the downside, the ambiance and terrace of the old restaurant are unfortunately missing here. Likewise, the price scale is higher than before, regardless of the economic conjuncture.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 3, 2022

In my opinion, one of the best restaurants in Istanbul. Two friends recommended it and I went to check it out. Nice atmosphere, attentive and unhurried staff. The food is excellent, executed with care, very balanced and harmonious. Fresh ingredients and seasonings just right. Among...the drinks, many Raki options and good wines. I liked it so much that I went twice in 5 days!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

I had a light lunch and it was delicious. The staff was attentive but I never felt rushed. Everyone around me seemed to be enjoying their food and it certainly looked delicious. I had the meatballs and bean salad. The meatballs were lightly seasoned, moist...and flavourful. The bean salad was light and refreshing (it was a little bland for me and I added crushed chilies to spice it up). Treat yourself to a wonderful meal in a clean and relaxed setting with great service.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4