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Karakoy Lokantasi

#71 of 12,055 Restaurants in Istanbul
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Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 292 4455
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2:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried to find a decent Turkish local by ourselves, but we ended up eating so-so food, until we finally followed a recommendation and got to this fab restaurant. Packed with locals, it's warm and friendly and the food is excellent. Fast service, lots of smiles, noisy, cheerful and fun, with clean, smart contemporary decor. Apart from Alancha, this was... More 

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Thank Gwyneath
Istanbul, Turkey
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285 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Karakoy Lokantasi one of the best places to meet with the Turkish cuisine and mezes. The scene in here is not touristic but it is absolutely very good to see where locals go in Istanbul. The service is also nice. There is not much option for main courses but lots of meze options which is very Turkish. I highly recommend... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Seems like this is the cool kid spot for local folks in Istanbul. Slightly more expensive than other local joints but the service is exceptional and the food is great. Come here to share many mezes and only a few mains. Fun decor inside too and right by the water.

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Thank David T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Cool looking place, nice waiters, quick serving, great food, low prices, just next to the pier - bad English.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Been to loads of restaurants in Istanbul and the food here is quality. Not a great selection of mains but the mezes very good. Not cheap but not outrageously expensive either. Well worth a visit.

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Thank Steve W
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Restaurant half empty but I was turned away as a solo gay man saying they are booked with reservations. Do they not like singles? Homophobic? Who knows... what i know is they have a terrible attitude. I wish staff were nicer because I had heard such great things. I ate down the street at Mana like a king and insanely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

Packed to the gills. A popular Lokantasi to be eating in. Hard to get a table. Best to reserve. In Karakoy. Central location. A huge choice of local dishes. Highly recommended.

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Roxbury, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

If you have only one meal in Istanbul, this is the place to get a great overview of Turkish food. The hot and cold appetizer selection is complete, its difficult to suggest any that have been omitted. Main dishes include grilled meats and fish dishes all excellent

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Thank wmjed
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Like a spa but for food: very good, a bit expensive, excellent service, not for every week ;-) Will definitely come back!

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Thank Renart B
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I had dinner there on my own my first night in Istanbul. I had a reservation but needed to wait a bit to get a table. It was a Friday night and the restaurant was absolutely full. The atmosphere was great and lively. The waiter made some recommendations and all of the items were very good, especially the cold eggplant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Karakoy
  • Neighborhood: Karakoy
  • Phone Number: +90 212 292 4455

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Neighborhood Profile
Karakoy
Sitting pretty with an age-old air about it, Karakoy is situated on the European side of the Bosphorus at the mouth of the Golden Horn. Perhaps the city’s most historically significant area, it’s currently one of the most happening parts of town as well. Here street vendors and alfresco fish restaurants line the banks of the Horn where the views of major attractions across the water rival Karakoy’s own key attractions, such as the iconic 14th century Galata Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. A major hub for local and international waterborne traffic, Istanbul’s commercial and maritime heritage remains as relevant and evident as ever in Karakoy. Commuter ferries mingle with luxury cruise liners at its busy port, ensuring a continuously cosmopolitan flow of people..
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