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Karakoy Lokantasi

#83 of 12,145 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Kemankes Cad. No : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
90(212) 292 44 55
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
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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Zurich, Switzerland
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Restaurant is part of the Hotel wit the same Name. We discovered/tried that quite late as we usually don't book "in house" restaurants. What a big mistake! This place turned out to be the place for best meze's (and other delicious Turkish dishes) we have ever tasted so far. No wonder it got listed among the worlds top 50... More 

Thank cmh1979
Bedford, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enoyed our meal at Karakoy Lokantasi. For mezes we had artichoke heats, fava bean paste and thin grilled lambs liver - all of which were tasty. I had the lamb ribs (actually cutlets) fro my main couse which were average though my wife's meatballs were excellent. The house red wine was very good.

Thank Steve R
Istanbul, Turkey
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83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Karaköy Lokantası is known for offering consistently-delicious Turkish cuisine at reasonable prices. This family-run restaurant is one of the most popular lunchspots in the neighborhood with local businessmen, while in the evening the atmosphere is more that of a meyhane (Turkish tavern) with a range of alcoholic drinks on offer. Must make reservation very earlier.

Thank eumsrenan
Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am quite a fan of the restaurants in Karakoy but this one is my personal favourite. The highlight of this place is the tricks that the chefs do with the mezzes. And the trickiest one was the pinto beans. I hated it constantly for my whole life until my boyfriend ordered one,and it was gone right after a few... More 

Thank trickydaze
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, good food, vegetarian options, good location, lovely ambience .... It was recommended by the staff at my hotel.

Thank Anujkothari
Istanbul, Turkey
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114 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a very lovely decorated, joyful place besides space wise it is short, tables are smallest possible & neighbors are pretty close. The service is good, kind & helpful waiters deserve to be mentioned. Coming to food, my experience was amazing ! A rich menu with plenty of choices for starters & all delicious. Though my wife says meze... More 

Thank localguyinturkey
British Columbia
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Great selection of mezzo's, gets very busy so I recommend making reservations. Dessert was also delicious!

Thank red_mittens
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Great meal, friendly staff and good atmosphere. Mostly local people enjoying a night out. Please book ,if possible, as very hard to get a table. It was the best meal of our one week stay in Istanbul. They serve very good quality Turkish food and that is why the prices are higher than the standard Turkish restaurant. Worth every lira.

Thank sainttrout
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159 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Managed to get a table here without a reservation (very risky - book ahead as this place is wildly popular with locals). Probably the best dinner I've had in Istanbul over my five day visit. Great range of appetisers and the venue is stylish and suits a variety of purposes - dates, family, friends, business. Reasonably priced also. Service was... More 

Thank Damien G
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

it is near by the sea, but could not see the sea. but it was wonderful experience. even they do not have English menu, they were so kind and understood what I want. I had fried shrimp, grilled fish and beef steak. it was so delicious.

Thank 816shins

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $38
Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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 : 133 Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Karakoy
  • Neighborhood: Karakoy
  • Phone Number: 90(212) 292 44 55

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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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