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Can Oba Restaurant

#223 of 12,346 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Sultanahmet
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Hocapasa Mah. Hocapasa Sok No:10 | Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1215
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10:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a few years back. It was great. The food was original and excellent which made up for the lack of ambiance and the steep prices. I recently went back there with my girlfriend recently and... A total disaster. The chef clearly abandoned this place. Poor service and less than average food comes with a huge price tag! The... More 

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Thank Emre S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

3 years after my last visit the food has changed dramatically. Too greasy, same menu but not the same taste. Plastic water bottles stacked in the corner, distasteful looking refrigerator blocking the entrance, and still no toilette.. and yet too pricy for no liquor... definitely won't come back again..

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Thank Jale H
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent food, very polite and friendly chef! I arrived late but he cooked for me a fantastic dish!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Our last night and after a somewhat disappointing Whirling Dervish show, we searched for the nearby restaurant after a strong recommendation from our hotel hosts. This was our last night and we were again disappointed with the dining experience. On a small pedestrian side street, we noticed that there were many other options that seemed popular with the locals. At... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This restaurant is a joke. Food is terrible and I can not understand what’s there to like, if not hate. There’s been a huge investment put on PR, and people who do not have any taste and fine-dining experience perceives this place as a haute-cuisine mecca in Istanbul. If you must go, go with a clear mind, and think about... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I ordered "ahtapot bayildi" (the octopus fainted) which refers to a regional cuisine "imam bayildi" (the imam fainted), a dish prepared with a whole eggplant stuffed with onion, garlic and tomato. In addition to the traditional ingredients, Chef Can Oba adds a mixture of sea foods and creates a unique fusion. It was amazingly delicious. My wife chose "the liver"... More 

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Thank Can S
Istanbul Province, Turkey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

We thought this place was a very popular restaurant. We went there enthusiastically after an event. Unfortunately we left unsatisfied in all respects. First the food was very expensive according pricing standards among Turkish restaurants. The quality of the food was poor. For a 60 TL seafood dish, they serve frozen seafood. The taste is not exquisite. The utensils used... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

For one starter, one soup, 2 main dishes and one bottle of water we paid 200 TL, but the service and overall dining experience was not worth the price. The service and environment was almost like a fast food restaurant but the restaurant pricing is fine dining price. The food was recommended in many magazines and newspapers but our food... More 

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Thank Erdem Y
Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Whenever I visit Eminönü and Sirkeci, the heart of old town, Hocapaşa street is my favorite place for dining. The restaurants are filled with locals in lunch time. Can Oba restaurant mostly serves for dinner and prepares special and original things. We ate lazagna with spinach and goat cheese, sea bass with orange. They were both perfect. The owner Can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

Where you would least expect it, in the midst of some local restaurants, Can Oba is nothing but a fine dining gem! You are lucky if there is a free table, since it is a tiny restaurant, and they take reservations. Not at all cheap but unquestionably reasonable prices for such a taste! You will be surprised by the atmosphere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, Turkish, Seafood, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 23:00
Monday
10:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 23:00
Thursday
10:00 - 23:00
Friday
10:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hocapasa Mah. Hocapasa Sok No:10 | Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 522 1215

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Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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