Karaköy Lokantası Istanbul

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Karaköy Lokantası – Wow experience

Located in the neighbourhood of Karaköy in Istanbul -which has been rising from its ashes during past decade-  Karaköy Lokantasi is a modern spin on the traditional Turkish restaurant with its amazing interior and delicacies. 

I always admire its glazed turquoise wall tiles, custom-made brass lights, mosaic floors and marble detailing. The ambience makes me feel dizzy even before I’ve started eating and drinking.

In the afternoon, they serve a great lunch menu that offers many Anatolian and Mediterranean flavors. At night, the layout changes completely and it turns into a ‘meyhane’ where you drink raki or wine and order legendary Turkish tapas. 

Its well-trained chefs take traditional Turkish dishes to a higher level without stripping them of authenticity, and they are very good at it. Hummus is one of my favorite mezes and their hummus with pastrami is a must-taste. Muammara, artichokes hearts, fried zucchini and the shrimps hot pot are also great options. And closing the meal with the soufflee is a mandatory.

I have to add that the prices are a little bit high but always worth it. Make sure you book as it is always crowded.

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Details about this spot



Kemankes Cad. No : 37/A , Istanbul

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 12:00 - 00:00, Sun 14:00 - 00:00


Hummus-pastrami: TL 15


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)