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Karaköy Lokantası

Turkish Restaurant and Meyhane₺₺₺₺
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, İstanbul
  • Thomas
    "Especially delicious warm meze, the grilled calamari are a must try."(18 Tips)
    The Taste Sheriff
    "Try the fried zucchini, the liver, and the fried little fish."(9 Tips)
    "... the böreği and the grilled octopus."(7 Tips)
    Aykut Ö.
    "Best hünkar beğendi in town."(4 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
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  • good for groups
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Mar 23
  • 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.
  • Danil S.
    Danil Shtangeev3 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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
    Great local eatery with excellent mezes. Try the fried zucchini, the liver, and the fried little fish.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Juan L.
    Juan LlanezaApril 22, 2012
    Wonderful turkish tapas! This restaurant is a must in Istanbul. Book in advance, it is usually very busy
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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
  • Selim
    SelimAugust 6, 2012
    Incredibly high-quality ingredients, excellent menu, perfect cookmanship, great service, stylish and spacious ambience. Definitely worth every penny!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GillisOctober 22, 2014
    Everything, grill calamary, stuffed mussels (3tl for 2), grilled shrimp, muarmma, fried zucchini. ..
  • 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.
  • Mehdi J.
    Mehdi JahaniApril 8, 2016
    Popular and best in the area, fresh foods , different menu for lunch and dinner, crowded,
  • DxbM
    DxbMJuly 11, 2016
    Great service..loved the appetizers - Rokka salad and humus pastrami and fried calamari .. And the meatballs from the mains.
  • 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.
  • R
    RMarch 8
    My favorite place for raki and meze . After first drink get a cigarette at balcony and feel the historical environment.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Marion
    MarionSeptember 16, 2016
    Everything here was delicious, especially the böreği and the grilled octopus.
  • Silvana A.
    Silvana A.June 12, 2014
    Very good lokantasi. Fantastic meat, very tasty. Great starters are fava beans, hummus and aubergines.
  • 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!
  • Neil L.
    Neil LosaccoSeptember 10, 2013
    Amazing restaurant with great food and meza. I would recommend the octopus starter and fried zucchini
  • 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
  • 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
  • Merlin M.
    Merlin MutfaktaNovember 27, 2015
    Everything is good in here. Try mezes and fish. Good choice for lunch as well.
  • 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
  • Nikhil M.
    Nikhil MandrekarAugust 4, 2015
    Definitely try the sultans special with eggplant purée and organic chicken! Yum!
  • 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.
  • Kirsi
    KirsiOctober 18, 2015
    Tastiest choice of meze & nice wines.
  • Petra P.
    Petra PrusovaApril 8, 2016
    All was great - octopus zuchinni calamari.
  • Honza K.
    Honza KubikAugust 13, 2014
    Amazing eggplant salad with yoghurt! Yummy!
  • Gamze G.
    Gamze GurbuzatikSeptember 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    consistently good quality food at a good price. you can never go wrong here.
  • Olga D.
    Olga Ditmarova2 weeks ago
    A lot of different Mezes. Octopus is not perfect. Meatballs are overspiced.
  • Natalie D.
    Natalie DowneJune 10, 2012
    Have the fried zucchini with garlic yogurt! Trust me, it's superb!
  • Lillian S.
    Lillian SwordMarch 18, 2015
    A place where the delicious Turkish food ,Try olive oil dishes are a must
  • Gokhan O.
    Gokhan OrduFebruary 8, 2015
    Good traditional Turkish food, great location. Enjoy Raki :)
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