Karaköy Lokantası

Phone Number:
(0212) 292 44 55


Kemankeş Caddesi No.37A Karaköy
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12:00pm - 12:00am

Established in 2000, Karaköy Lokantası has long been a favorite with in-the-know Istanbulites. Located on a small street behind the Karaköy shipping docks, just a stone’s throw away from the Bosphorus, Karaköy Lokantası is known for offering consistently-delicious Turkish cuisine at reasonable prices. This family-run restaurant is one of the most popular lunchspots in the neighborhood with local businessmen, while in the evening the atmosphere is more that of a meyhane (Turkish tavern) with a range of alcoholic drinks on offer.

The menu changes daily, but lunchtime favorites often include the hünkar beğendi, a dish of slow-cooked beef served on a bed of smoky eggplant puree, and ızgara süt kuzu pirzola (grilled baby lamp chops). For dinner, there is a wide variety of meze options, as well as grilled fish and meat dishes, and tenderly-grilled octopus. Karaköy Lokantası makes a yogurt that is rich, creamy, and slightly tangy, and comes served in small clay pots. For dessert, a number of classic Turkish options are available, including baklava and vişne soslu muhallebi (milk pudding topped with sour cherry sauce).

Tips: Due to its popularity we recommend making reservations a few days in advance. Also, be advised that the restaurant's kitchen is closed between 4-6pm between lunch and dinner services. 

Recommended Dishes:

Hünkar beğendi (slow-cooked beef served on a bed of smoky eggplant puree)
Izgara süt kuzu pirzola (Grilled baby-lamb chops)
Grilled octopus
Arctichoke hearts with olive oil
Spinach roots with olive oil

  • Karaköy


  • Meyhane (Turkish Tavern)

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  • Parking
  • WIFI
  • Good for Groups
  • Business Lunch/Dinner
  • Meyhane (Turkish Tavern)
  • Tradesmen Restaurant
  • Turkish
  • Meze
  • Turkish Home Cooking
  • Turkish desserts



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