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Karakoy Lokantasi

#73 of 11,653 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Kemankes Cad. No : 37/A Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 292 4455
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 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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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are bored of cafes and others that look like each other, try this classic. Very good Turkish kitchen, nice personnel and good ambience. Do not miss it..

Thank Hamdi A
Istanbul, Turkey
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is located in Karakoy; used to be an 'esnaf' place which was serving male workers around, now was transformed into a hip restaurant mainly focusing on local tastes and cuisine. They are serving what is fresh and seasonal so their menu is quite variable.Prices are reasonable comparing to similar places; serving both lunch and dinner; at nights almost... More 

Thank Alper T
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fish and oil was old The portions were small The staff is not polite The restaurant is very noisy The restaurant does not have wine glasses Portions are small but very expensive

Thank Katerina A
Canberra, Australia
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

White tablecloths, classy tiled walls, but a predominantly local Istanbullu clientele without the stiff-necked atmosphere. Managed to get a table at 6pm without a reservation, mainly because Istanbullus seem to have their dinner at 8pm! Nevertheless it was a good meal, with the fried calamari and fish kebab standouts. The wine (we had a local bottle of Kayra 2012 Chardonnay)... More 

Thank isaacl
Istanbul, Turkey
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330 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite in istanbul, today i visited again with my wife first of all serving glass of wine is new and good point. Liver was perfect, meat was average, fish was wonderfull. Service was excellent, fast and on time. Especially Turkish ravioli with yogourt was top of the notch. Price was average.

Thank Siyami K
Helsinki, Finland
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As I had read earlier reviews, I had a kind of high expectations. We had booked a table by mail which is a must, really. Food was very good and the atmosphere "localish", did not spot any foreign turist. As we were tourists was not a problem or an issue to anyone, and the service was absolutely very friendly. This... More 

Thank JussiS
Hannover, Germany
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing and if u are in Istanbul don't miss this one. Go for Meze you can choose them from the bar. Then decide if u will go for national Raki or wine. The just njoy it!

Thank ceylo-83
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46 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

We actually came here by accident when our taxi stopped in front of the restaurant in traffic. We jumped out and weren't disappointed. Food was simple but delicious. Service was pleasant and helpful. Everything was great. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

We had great dinner with Turkish business partner here. Food and environment was just perfect. Great Raki of course as well. I will come back.

Thank donholzi
Frankfurt, Germany
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2017

I often visit this restaurant with some friends. Food is always good and no place for disappointments. The setting is very nice, the walls are covered with tiles in a beautiful shade of blue. Some of the staff were pretty reluctant to serve and maybe not rude but made us hesitating to order something. They have to change their attitude.

Thank Esin F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $38
Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kemankes Cad. No : 37/A Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Karakoy
  • Neighborhood: Karakoy
  • Phone Number: +90 212 292 4455

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Staying in Karakoy

Neighborhood Profile
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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