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Sofyali 9

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Asmalimescit Mah. Sofyali Sok. No:9, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
+90 212 252 3810
14:00 - 01:00
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Athens, Greece
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very much enjoyed having dinner at Sofyali with a friend. We started with a selection of mezze (they bring you a variety and you get to keep what you like) and followed this with succulent lamb and chicken shish! All very delicious, loved the local vibe and the friendliness of the staff.

Thank ET_7575
The Hague, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Returned to Sofyali 9 last week and was not disappointed. The atmosphere is friendly, the fresh cheese served (and charged, of course) upon arrival is unusually good and not too salty. The mezze are very nice, in particular the anchovies, the Turkish style hummus and hammoura, but what really impressed us were the octopus so soft I could cut it... More 

1 Thank RCAQUA
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110 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We stopped there for a pleasant lunch. The food was good, excellent service. Nice atmosphere and everything was clean. They serve a beer.

Thank BigBen273
Providence, Rhode Island
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Great little restaurant featuring excellent and tasty Turkish food. The restaurant is small, but tidy, clean with an excellent and helpful staff. They offer a full variety of mezzes and other options. The zucchini, eggplant, dumplings, kubbat, and kabobs were very good. The pride bread and lahmacun were also a treat. The restaurant is on a small, albeit busy back... More 

Thank House111
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Turkish "meze" masterpieces are served. Everything are too fresh and delicious. To experience rakı tables, Sofyalı is one the best. It is located in a wonderfull and secure restaurants district. Streets are full of young people. Try 'pazı sarma' and fincan böreği. Choose 'Ala' rakı for dinner. Don't forget to make reservation.

Thank SungurAkcapakca
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Really very big disappointment. The worst brain salad i have ever eaten. All mezes are bad and liver really disgusting.

Thank korhan s
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Delicious food , great appetizer . Must try fincan böreği & topik ...service was great, staff is very friendly .

1 Thank osgurkiss
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

good meyhane with nice atmosphere but a little bit small. mezes were good and the grilled calamari was delicious and surprisingly soft. as there are lots of not so good meyhanes around, Sofyalı is preferable

1 Thank Behiye T
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Got in on the first night we arrived in Istanbul hotel recommended it as well so gave it a go. At first they started giving us bread and cheese without even asking us the food was average felt like street food actually street food is better eventually when the bill came they charged us for all the bread and cheese... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Nine of us visited on New Years Eve, having booked the day before, but arriving 20 mins late. They had a special meal for the evening, but had no problem in U.S. Going for the a la carte meal, as the kids in particular knew what they liked. Service was quick and friendly, food was both good and well priced... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 28
Mediterranean, Turkish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
14:00 - 01:00
14:00 - 01:00
14:00 - 01:00
14:00 - 01:00
14:00 - 01:00
14:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Asmalimescit Mah. Sofyali Sok. No:9, Istanbul 34430, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyoglu
  • Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
  • Phone Number: +90 212 252 3810
Sofyalı 9 Restaurant; is a plain, cosy and chiv tavern, situated in Istanbul’s cosmopolitan district Beyoglu Asmalımescit, at Sofyalı Street which it’s been named after, is still being a blissful stop for the frequenters for over 15 years now. Its building which was built at the end of 1800’s still bears the trace of the years and the district it’s situated. The flowers, vintage photographs, objects and paintings at its halls, pull off the guests from their daily life and invite them to a sincere, cosy and friendly enviroment for at least a while. Sofyalı 9, wich the delicaciescan be enjoyed with either wine or raki, continues to open its doors between 13:00 and 01:00 hours everyday…

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Neighbourhood Profile
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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