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Sur Ocakbasi

#290 of 12,067 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Fener & Balat
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Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 533 8088
8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Istanbul, Turkey
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256 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

This is not a touristy neighborhood but well worth a visit with its historical atmosphere, nice tall trees, street sellers and restaurants. The restaurants here are mostly from the southeastern parts of Turkey. This area is just behind the famous aqueduct near Fatlh. Sur is one one of the best restaurants in the area. Seref is equally as famous. Sure... More 

Thank Nesligul D
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Good food for reasonable prices, opened till late night. Located in historic place. Easy to reach. Friendly staff.

Thank Ali K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Very good turkish food in very good area, We eat kebab and meat with ayran, good prices and good staff,

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Crown Point, Indiana
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425 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

The Biryani here is the best in Istanbul. The meat is indulgently good, the bread very succulent, and the waiters are very nice. I ordered a Lamb Platter and the Lamb was so good. The best of all is this place is open until midnight.

Thank MrWarrenM
Mexico City, Mexico
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Good and fast service for a georgeus meal. Abundant portions with great flavours. The area where located gives you nice flavour of the cosmopolitan city that is Istanbul. Accessible by bus and next to historical district.

Thank Paola J
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Excellent restaurant. Cheap prices. Good food. Visited by local people. Good traditional cuisine. Stuffed dolma was delicious.

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The Netherlands
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

If you love grilled meat this is the place to be for cheap and nice food. Try the lovely traditional ayran too.

Thank KhalidHayat
San Francisco, California
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

This is where the locals dine. You get a huge portion of food (I recommend the mixed or lamb), at a very reasonable price. After your meal, you can stroll around the area for shopping that is less tourist and more local (cheaper prices).

Thank LL C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

To taste some Kurdish cuisine you must go there.The location is easy to find. Porsions are really big to full.Prices are quite high but definitly worth it.

Thank kadir y
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Good food. Cheap and spicy. That's something new in turkey and loved it. Get 2 and you'll be satisfied. Lamb is wonderful and authentic. I will come here again.

Thank Paul P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Itfaiye Caddesi No:27/1 Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: +90 212 533 8088

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Fener & Balat

Neighborhood Profile
Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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