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Karaköy Lokantası

Turkish Restaurant, Meyhane, and Turkish Home Cooking Restaurant₺₺₺₺
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, İstanbul
  • This Turkish restaruant is famous for their seafood. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Thomas
    "Especially delicious warm meze, the grilled calamari are a must try."(19 Tips)
    The Taste Sheriff
    "Try the fried zucchini, the liver, and the fried little fish."(9 Tips)
    "... the böreği and the grilled octopus."(8 Tips)
    Aykut Ö.
    "Best hünkar beğendi in town."(4 Tips)
129 Tips and reviews
  • lively
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • good for groups
  • cozy
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  • Esra E.
    Esra Erden OzkanOctober 7, 2015
    One of the best restaurant in Istanbul. Must go and taste all delicious food. Atmosphere is very cool. Blue is mixed with tradition. Octopus , kofte and fish are the best foods to try out.
  • Talal A.
    Talal AOctober 4, 2015
    Probably my favorite meal of my Istanbul trip; simple, flavorful good & excellent, friendly service. The grilled octopus is succulent and the fried zucchini is 👌. They're cat-friendly, too.
  • Sinan Y.
    Very good for lunches and dinners for people wishing to taste real local cuisine. You can also find alcoholic beverages on the menu.
  • Merfe
    MerfeJanuary 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Topik is very tasty and my all time favourite. All mezzes are tasty. Owners are a little spoiled because of high demand but the taste worths it! Need to book days ahead!
  • Rylan H.
    Rylan HoleyOctober 25, 2016
    One of the best restaurants in Istanbul - and maybe the best Turkish restaurants in the world? Lovely food that's super fresh and in a wonderful building. Get the hummus with pastrami and the octopus.
  • Thomas
    ThomasJanuary 6, 2015
    Especially delicious warm meze, the grilled calamari are a must try. Can be crowded, better reserve your table ahead of time. Upper floor seems more cozy.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SanwaldMay 17, 2015
    Our favorite meal in Istanbul. Just had meze and starters and it was more than enough for two, and everything was fantastic. Fried zucchini was a standout
  • Akin Y.
    Akin Y.October 6, 2017
    A nicely decorated restaurant with a truly great selection of local dishes and spirits. I didn’t like their attitude though, but this is related to the current political/social circumstances in TR.
  • Juan L.
    Juan LlanezaApril 22, 2012
    Wonderful turkish tapas! This restaurant is a must in Istanbul. Book in advance, it is usually very busy
  • Fulya O.
    Fulya OnalFebruary 10, 2015
    You must order almost every meze on the menu, they are just great. Very busy though, hard to find a table but staff is very kind and they help you if they can. Try, you will like it.
  • Sidar E.
    Sidar ErgenJune 25, 2015
    Great atmosphere but everyone is a little bit snob. Grilled sardine and hunkarbegendi was ok but nothing special. Salads are always fresh. Tea is always tasty and you don't pay for water.
  • Danil S.
    Danil ShtangeevApril 3, 2017
    Homelike atmosphere, friendly service and delicious food. Here not many tourists and different menu at day and evening time. Come here ten minutes before opens or book the table.
  • Maria V.
    Maria VoulJuly 28, 2017
    The food is exceptional, and the semolina cake takes you straight to heaven. Due to high demand, not everything in the menu might be present, but whatever they do have — you need to try.
  • latina g.
    latina grozevaMay 30, 2015
    Nice interior, friendly service and really delicious food. Homemade pasta with yogurt and marinated fish in mustard are amazing.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffMarch 13, 2017
    Great local eatery with excellent mezes. Try the fried zucchini, the liver, and the fried little fish.
  • AljubranM
    AljubranMSeptember 23, 2017
    There isn't one thing in this place that I'm slightly unsatisfied with. Prices are dirt cheap compared to the heavenly taste that you will experience.
  • Kevork K.
    Kevork KazanjianAugust 25, 2015
    The kofte was my favorite, followed by the lamb chops and the salad and then the perzola. Def worth a visit.
  • Ozgun
    OzgunMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I always enjoy eating here, very clean, very friendly service, aegean style cooking, always with fresh and organic ingredients. Feels like at home.
  • 🍀 Marianne 🍀
    🍀 Marianne 🍀September 12, 2014
    Very good service, good value for money. Fresh food, very tasty. They have a large choice of Raki. Try the fried zucchini with yogurt.
  • Figen A.
    Figen AyanMarch 1, 2016
    My second kitchen for lunch since 2006... The food quality is great and has not changed a bit for years.... Nice atmosphere but can be noisy for a calm business lunch
  • Mehdi J.
    Mehdi JahaniApril 8, 2016
    Popular and best in the area, fresh foods , different menu for lunch and dinner, crowded,
  • Alex G.
    Alex GillisOctober 22, 2014
    Everything, grill calamary, stuffed mussels (3tl for 2), grilled shrimp, muarmma, fried zucchini. ..
  • Selim
    SelimAugust 6, 2012
    Incredibly high-quality ingredients, excellent menu, perfect cookmanship, great service, stylish and spacious ambience. Definitely worth every penny!
  • Arnold
    ArnoldNovember 29, 2015
    We got this restaurant from a friend of us who is living in Istanbul. It's a great restaurant, good service and good food!
  • DxbM
    DxbMJuly 11, 2016
    Great service..loved the appetizers - Rokka salad and humus pastrami and fried calamari .. And the meatballs from the mains.
  • Rowan W.
    Rowan WernhamDecember 8, 2014
    We had a delicious meal here, but something about the fried octopus seemed fishy, and sadly that was the last dish we ate.
  • Irem Y.
    Irem YorukDecember 9, 2013
    A great place for traditional Turkish food. Meats are amazing. We also tried the eggplant salad and fried zuccini. Both recommended.
  • Berk M.
    Berk MesekiranSeptember 19, 2017
    Service was very friendly in general. Atmosphere is great. Grilled octopus, beans with cinnamon and hummus was the highlights for me.
  • R
    RMarch 8, 2017
    My favorite place for raki and meze . After first drink get a cigarette at balcony and feel the historical environment.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LowMay 31, 2014
    Excellent calamari. Hunkar begendi only at lunch. For dinner, you'll need a reservation or come by after 930pm.
  • Nash A.
    Nash AlsJune 29, 2016
    Not very trendy among tourists but very creative traditional dishes .. Each dish is unique in it taste try the grilled octopus, fried zucchini and mezza mixed platters
  • Melis B.
    Melis BaşaranerApril 23, 2015
    Best restaurant in İstanbul, even for dinner or lunch.. What ever you choose from the menu, never disappoints you
  • Alex L.
    Alex LobovApril 19, 2015
    A good reminder that Turkish food isn't just about kebab. Great simple food, fresh ingredients and well prepared.
  • Sarp E.
    Sarp ErkayaSeptember 27, 2014
    Always popular, great meze and turkish food. Very spicy meatballs. Go heavy with mezes and finish with fish
  • Martino d.
    Martino di FilippoAugust 29, 2014
    Very nice selection of mezes, both hot and cold. Service can be a bit slow. Overall a very nice place!
  • Silvana A.
    Silvana A.June 12, 2014
    Very good lokantasi. Fantastic meat, very tasty. Great starters are fava beans, hummus and aubergines.
  • Marion
    MarionSeptember 16, 2016
    Everything here was delicious, especially the böreği and the grilled octopus.
  • Bardia N.
    Bardia NavvabianJuly 25, 2017
    Food is awesome! Have tried Izgara Kofte & Tas Kebab! So delicious. Helpful staff but not so friendly.
  • Olga U.
    Olga UgnenkoJanuary 3, 2015
    Good atmosphere, tasty fried liver, meat balls and steak slices
  • Bill W.
    Bill WuFebruary 24, 2015
    Sultan's Delight is a must if you haven't tried it. I downed the plate in a minute and a half
  • Neil L.
    Neil LosaccoSeptember 10, 2013
    Amazing restaurant with great food and meza. I would recommend the octopus starter and fried zucchini
  • Mine D.
    Mine DemirayDecember 14, 2017
    Great daily lunch food and also perfect for a raki and meze dinner.
  • DarkPassion
    DarkPassionNovember 2, 2015
    Good quality mezes and they serve well but they need one more person in the upper level since they are able to run all over at the same time.
  • Ahn B.
    Ahn BustamanteSeptember 28, 2014
    The food is amazing! Love the sardines I've had here. Great for lunch and dinner
  • Anil S.
    Anil SelviMarch 9, 2014
    Price quality ratio is quite high. Go for the mezes! Fried zucchini is one of the best
  • Nikhil M.
    Nikhil MandrekarAugust 4, 2015
    Definitely try the sultans special with eggplant purée and organic chicken! Yum!
  • Merlin M.
    Merlin MutfaktaNovember 27, 2015
    Everything is good in here. Try mezes and fish. Good choice for lunch as well.
  • Ana V.
    Ana VitikJanuary 9, 2015
    Its a place where locaLs come to eat and get very drunk. Menu is not too big, but food is good. The only weird thing is that they don't serve tea. At all. Only coffee. Coffee is good though.
  • Begs
    BegsApril 28, 2011
    You should go there either weekdays or for lunch. Otherwise it is always full of people. Great food, great atmosphere. Thanks
  • Kirsi
    KirsiOctober 18, 2015
    Tastiest choice of meze & nice wines.
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