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Karakoy Lokantasi

#84 of 12,290 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
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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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Zurich, Switzerland
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279 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very upscale Locanta with white linen on the tables etc., close to the Karaköy tram and boat stations and also conveniently located for the Istanbul Modern. Seems to be very busy at lunch and at dinner. Great choice of Mezze and a small number of main courses, from fish to köfte. Good choice of wines, mix of... More 

Thank HansM1959
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been there with my wife. We came in at 10pm with no reservation hopefully there was a table for us (the restaurant was crowded with locals and foreigners) . We ordered a grilled eggplant plate with yogurt and chili flavored oil, feta, a dish consisting in grape leaves stuffed with rice and olive shreds, hummus with pastrami and a... More 

Thank Moez K
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

My partner and I visited this restaurant for lunch. The service seemed rushed which was slightly disappointing but the food certainly made up for it! Meze menu changes daily and because we went on Saturday the list was more extensive than it is weekdays. I particularly enjoyed Hunkar begendi with organic chicken, absolutely delicious!

Thank izabelasz
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118 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

The staff here are friendly which adds to the charm. The food is good quality. Long list of mezzes - 4 main courses only but a good choice is the lamb. But I would still recommend this for dinner as it is a good standard. The decor is great ☺️

Thank Monique D
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Went there for lunch with friends. Overall experience is very good, it is a very comfortable, cozy, clean, local restaurant with a true Turkish feeling and friendly waiters. It was recommended by a local. Lunch food was great, we did not have an issue to get in (2pm Wednesday) although did not have a reservation and were 7 people. All... More 

Thank Anna S
Antalya, Turkey
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm very disappointed! People get judged by what they are wearing and if they are wearing hijab or covered they don't let them in! Turkey is a Muslim country and they don't have this kind of attitude! Rude

Thank addsal
Pristina, Kosovo
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Really i enjoyed the food, music, ambieny and all. I wanted to order everything lol. So i ended up ordering meze then cold and hot starters and main dish. I was full after the hot starter. We got 1 piece each and we shared all plates. Staff was friendly also. We did not drink yeni raki but i recommend going... More 

Thank ardiankurtolli
Zurich, Switzerland
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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156 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

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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125 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $38
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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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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