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“great authentic Turkish food”
Review of Ciya Sofrasi

Ciya Sofrasi
Ranked #82 of 13,595 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great authentic Turkish food”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Loved it. definitely recommend the place to everyone wanting to try old and authentic Turkish dishes.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank livinginasuitcaseooo
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Florence, Italy
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“A must for someone who lives in Kadikoy”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Service was not great, but food really is an experience! The staff dont speak that much English so come with a dictionary! I appreciate the fact personally. It means its not too much touristic. Try the spinach!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Isadora B
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“typical turkish - different flavours”
Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

This place serves a range of Turkish cooked dishes, very tasty, but you need to be prepared for flavours that you may not be familiar with. I absolutely loved it but i am sure it may taste 'different' to other people.

Good thing that you can go inside and see the dishes before you choose.

Try the salad bar! Lots of fresh vegetables and lovely tasty pastes for you to try.

If you prefer typical kebap try their branch just accross the street. I haven't tried it but they say it's good too.

Thank nat k
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Went back twice”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Lovely place. Initially went with the excellent and knowledgeable guide Tuba Satana from Istanbul Food, having seen Ciya on the programme that Ottolenghi did on Istanbul. Ciya is all about the traditional historic recipes from across Turkey. We loved it. The staff were helpful, the food was great, the atmosphere relaxed, and the whole thing was a good quality properly turkish experience. My 9 year old loved the artichoke stuffed with rice (!) and in general the salads were amazing...and the desserts were fabulous too. Not posh, not snazzy, not about what you wear or your occasion - just a great place to enjoy well prepared high quality food in a traditional "point and choose" location.

Visited April 2013
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“Best food in Istanbul”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We were only in Istanbul for a a few days but Ciya was by far the best food we had. Loved the ferry trip across to Kadikoy and it was nice to explore a neighbourhood that felt much less touristy than the other side.

Ciya can be a bit confusing at first - you pick your mezzes and they charge you by weight of the plate - and then you pick your mains - displayed in large pots with no explanation in english - and then they get delivered to you. But what we got was absolutely beautiful - a stew with lamb and green olives was exceptional. The salads were more interesting than the usual selection. The house bread was a dense loaf of goodness.

I think if we had stayed in Istanbul longer, we probably would have come back here multiple times and also tried the kebab offshoot. Highly recommended.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Linda C
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