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Ciya Sofrasi

#76 of 11,914 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Guneslibahce Sokak 43 | Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 216 330 3190
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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90 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in Kadıköy and you're looking for some brilliant local food, this is your best bet. Sitting amidst thousands of other restaurants, this one simply takes the cake. Pick up a plate and indulge in the beautiful cold mezzes.... you pay for them by weight. Then choose some hot ones before ordering your entre. Nothing with disappoint, i promise.... More 

Thank Sarah N
Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kebaps or different meals from different parts of Turkey available. Herbs and vegetables are bought from the city where they grow and cooked according to its season. Salads, different kinds of soups and kebaps! They are both healthy, tasty and prices are quite normal. Different fruit & herb juices which are freshly made are generally served as complimentary! Not to... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great homemade food, traditional Turkish food. The tamarind juice is delicious. Try the black carrot dish, a nice discovery. Prices are decent for tourists, not the cheapest but worth the visit.

Thank Lol B
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Typical Turkish cuisine at its best We have always came here for savory food whenever visited Istanbul. Try stuffed aubergine, stuffed stripes, Parda Pilaf and of course their lamahajoun. A real must to visit

Thank falhafidh
Community of Madrid, Spain
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Besides the cab drivers, this is the only bad experience I had in Istanbul. What a disappointment too, because I was so excited to try it. The experience started off good. We were able to get a table, and our server came up quickly to take our order. He brought us our drinks, and some bread with a cheese dip.... More 

Thank LaLaNola
Istanbul, Turkey
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496 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Sample ottoman food or kebab from across the street (Ciya kebab). Very interesting menu indicating even the location of origin. but dishes were pretty rough in flavor, the pilaf in my opinion overcooked. Paradoxally, the best dish was their iskender kebab from across the street. very cheap.

Thank Corrado_foodpasha
Harrow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Unbelievable range of authentic traditional dishes, most of which I hadn't even heard of before, let alone tasted. Everything we tried was delicious, including the vast range of fruit/vegetable-based drinks. My advice would be to go with plenty of time, several friends so you can maximise the number of dishes you can try, and really take the time and effort... More 

Thank spe03
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95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Lets continue to taste local kitchen of Turkey. " Bulgur rice" boiled pounded wheat with green lentil is a good alternative to rice as a side dish with anything or alone as main dishes. Also "Çiğ kőfte" can be done using pounded wheat & pounded meat mixture together hot spicy pepper kneaded by hand is different taste as a side... More 

Thank Serdar U
Ankara, Turkey
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140 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

First of all the people in the restaurant were mostly looking like regulars. The staff were friendly. The menu had two components: daily specials and the all timers. The food was nice but no need to exaggerate. Kelle paça soup was nice, but the waitor asked me whether i wanted hot (pepper) and garlic, and my soup was too hot... More 

Thank DrSincereTraveller
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were brought here by a guide. It's a lokanta and serves delicious home style food. Our lunch at Ciya ended up being one of our best meals in Istanbul. We had about 6 different things. Definitely add this place to your list for Istanbul - I wish we had the chance to go back.

Thank Haroon S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Guneslibahce Sokak 43 | Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul
  • Phone Number: +90 216 330 3190

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?