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Ziya Sark Sofrasi

Fener & Balat
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Fevzipasa Cad. No 61 | Fatih, Istanbul 34083, Turkey
+90 212 531 3003
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

it is more like a fast food restaurant. before I finished my soup, the waiter had already brought the main dish, which was cold-- I could not finish the soup anyway-- it was probably the worst soup I have ever had in my life. Later, the waiter brought some water without asking me and charged 4 liras-- and while I... More 

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Richland Center, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Each time I am in Istanbul, Turkey since beginning my regular visits in 2012, Ziya Sark Sofrasi located at Febzipasa Caddesi, No: 61| Faith, Instanbul (the Ziya Sark Sofrasi located just down the street from the Hagia Sofia) provides great food and excellent service. The dining atmosphere is great. The prices are ideal, especially if you are traveling on a... More 

1 Thank Benjamin L
London, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommended place for quality service and local specialities, fantastic taste good value for food, clean nice friendly serving ,been there many times loved it. You will love it also.

1 Thank Nigel Necdet K
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

It has been such a fantastic culinary experience for the three of us! The restaurant has good variety of traditional foods, all of them cooked to perfection. We had a selection of dips and salads to start with. The hot and spicy ones were our favourites. Bread was just out of the oven and flavoursome. The main courses (we only... More 

1 Thank Yuliya S
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

This place is a total fraud. They add items to the check expecting you not to notice. We went there with my family, we had one family member who is Turkish but we all looked like tourists. The the food took a long time and we had to ask four times to get a highchair for my child. My main... More 

3 Thank trainaholic
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Looks like a few reviewers are getting confused between this restaurant and another. This one is in Fatih near Fatih mosque and is on Fevzi Pasa road, it only has an upstairs terraced seating area and doesn't allow its patrons to sit on the street. That said you must try the iskender here, layers of good quality meat, on bread... More 

1 Thank BawleronaBudget
Rome, Italy
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Just around the corner from the Topkapi palace museum, we expected more of a tourist trap, but instead found very good food, very good prices and super friendly service. We sat outside, as a traffic jam piled up down the street thanks to tour buses and one driver who discourteously left her car double parked in the worse place possible,... More 

Thank 56monkeys
San Francisco, California
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225 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We were tricked into dining here, since we thought it was ranked #1 on Trip Advisor, but we were wrong. That award goes to a restaurant across the street that also has "Sark Sofrasi" in it. Don't make this mistake! The food here is not nearly as tasty as the vast majority of restaurants in the city. Lamb kabobs were... More 

Thank swannygal
Riga, Riga, Latvia
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Ba aware that the water they pour to your glass will be included in the price and it's not cheap. Also they re-use plastic bottles (cap is opened and the water is from the filter or tap). Food - it's your usual cheap kebab place just for the price of 5 star restaurants. We were very disappointed with tasteless and... More 

1 Thank Alex P
Istanbul, Turkey
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My Turkish friend Koray took me to this nice place in Fatih on Sunday Feb. 8, 2015. First I tried to invite him to Tatbak Lokantasi in Nishantashi, but when we came there in the morning it was closed. So, we had to take a metro and finally set up in Ziya Shark Sofrasi 1982. Our goal was to eat... More 

3 Thank Shekhovtsov V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $14
Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fevzipasa Cad. No 61 | Fatih, Istanbul 34083, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Fener & Balat
  • Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
  • Phone Number: +90 212 531 3003
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  • 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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