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Varka Antakya Lezzetleri
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Ranked #112 of 13,397 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Description: Antakya is a capital of culture with it's unique nature , historical texture , human and dishes at the end of the Eastern Mediterranean It is estimated that the first settlement was approximately about 300 BC in Antakya which was the fourth metropolis of the era with 100,000 population. Antakya contains a blend of cultures all over from past to present. As a result of this blend French , Ottoman , Greek and Middle Eastern Arabic Cuisine culture has been the inspiration of Antakya Cuisine.We are proud of carrying the unique flavors and cultural texture of Antakya, the cradle of civilizations.
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

The food was amazing - generously spiced and well cooked, with interesting combinations. Definitely try the thyme salad and the eggplant with pomegranate syrup: they managed to make both amazingly, despite the odd-sounding combinations. Our entrees were all delicious and well-proportioned. The staff was the best service we've had in Turkey, hands down: attentive without being overly present, and wonderfully helpful. The dining area is small, so if you're coming with more than four it might be a little cramped. One of the best meals and atmosphere I've had in Istanbul. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great dinner: 5 stars!

1 Thank Kathryn H
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Service, food and ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

Our group of sixteen employees from a small firm in London has spent two days in Istanbul. Tonight we went to the Varka Anttakya Lezzetleri in the Asian part of Istanbul. I really did not expect to equal our experience of last night in the old town but it certainly was equal or better. The title of this review says it all. Service was great, the food was very good and we had a private dining area upstairs. I do not know how much the bill was but the individual main courses were all around 20-25 Turkish Lira. The wine bill probably exceeded the food bill.

The area in which the restaurant is located is worth the trip so give it a try. I do not think you will be disappointed. As a matter of interest I had the marinated chicken thighs. Yummy!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Gerald P
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Stuttgart, Germany
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Authentic and very friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We found this restaurant through TripAdvisor. It was everything that was promised. Wonderful, authentic food and extremely friendly staff. If you like good food, love Varka.

Visited June 2014
Thank Marc T
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Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hole in the wall that is worth your time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We are a family of four (children 9 & 11 yrs old). We were looking for a nice Turkish dinner and we found it at Varka. It was extremely affordable and the food was delicious. The Sampler platter was excellent and our children enjoyed experimenting with the tastes. The stuffed eggplant was fantastic and our kebabs were extremely tasty. It was a pleasant treat on our second night in Istanbul. We'd definitely go back!

Thank TheMacs99
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

Had this place recommended by the guest relations lady at Sutania hotel. We said we wanted great Turkish food rather than atmosphere. This place absolutely fitted the bill. Took us to an area we perhaps wouldn't have visited, quite the Oxford St of Istanbul. But, off a side street was this great find. Simple menu but with clearly some choice, superb versions of Turkish cuisine. My only Advice would be pace youSelves. We possibly over ordered, and the food is filing. Great service and next door the best Turkish coffee and shisha joint we found. For foodies, definitely worth a visit

  • Visited June 2014
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