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Refik

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Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
+ 212- 2432834
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Me and my girlfriend (both from the UK) were in Istanbul in February. This place served excellent food, in a welcoming atmosphere and with friendly staff. They even gave us a free dessert as it was Valentine's Day.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

attentive staff, though english and other language abilities are, as usual, largely absent. food was straightforward and well prepared and the atmosphere was fun!

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Thank traveliscious12345
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Refik is a reference in traditional Turkish cuisine since the early 20th century... located in the most original district of Beyoḡlu then inhabited by Greek, Armenian, French and Italian families; that ethnical mix of culture had created a very surprising excellence in Constantinople/Istanbul cuisine for most demanding gourmets; simple, basic but excellent at all levels; dozen and more cold or... More 

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Gernany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We were here with two turkish friends from Istanbul. They come very often to this restaurant. We chose 4 mezzes and a mixed lamb grill. It was delicious. We drank raki as local people. 4 people bill was 100€. Not cheap but acceptable. the restaurant is in a secondary street very close to Galata tower in the pedestrian area. Reservation... More 

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Rockland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

So many restaurants in Istanbul collect customers (mostly tourists) by asking "Where are you from" or "Please, let me show you the menu" or "Would you like to sit inside or outside", anything to distinguish themselves from many others of similar quality. Refik is NOT one of these restaurants, as a glance at any table serving its customers will prove--locals... More 

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Watlington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

An Istanbul institution that lives up to its reputation, this meyhane is a place to go with your friends for an evening of raki and meze rather then a formal restaurant. It does what it says on the tin. The mezes are presented to you on a tray so no need to decipher the menu. They are fresh and delicious... More 

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Oslo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Food and drinks were okay, service quite confused, but still we had a great time in a busy restaurant in a great party area just off the Taxim

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Refik is one of Istanbul's oldest and best-known meyhanes opened by Refik Aslan. Here yoy finf the best mezes from the ottoman period. The restaurant is very centrally located, the food is good and the environment is typical, authentic, traditional.

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PLANDOME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

in a lively area of Istanbul not far off Istiklal, Refik was a great find. Perhaps the most tender and succulent chicken i have ever tasted. Delicious mezzes - cacik, iman baylildi - and delicious entrees - shish kebab and mixed grill. friendly staff, would highly recommend for authentic Turkish food!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great food, the starters were all wonderful. Seaweed salad was good, squid was so tender, great flavours. Main course sea bream was great, melted in the mouth.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Turkish
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sofyali S 10-12, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighborhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: + 212- 2432834

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

Staying in Beyoglu

Neighborhood Profile
Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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