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Reviewed 4 May 2024

VERY DISAPPOINTING. I found the place years ago during a work trip - went everyday. I am back and was shocked 😳 with the decline . Food is very avg (although meat is excellent) the deserts basic and dull - bread is so thick that...is just to fill you up - nothing like the pictures; people smoking 🚬 , LOUD parties , service rushed with ZERO attention to detail, WC dirty and old with broken bits everywhere ; decor on -1 just basic like a basement. WILL NOT GO BACK.. not even for the meatMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 22 April 2024

We were the first people there and sat at the outside part of the restaurant . The waiter took our initial order which consisted of an appetizer and couple of beers . We told him that we will order the main course after we had...our appetizer. He brought our beers and then we waited for the appetizer ` and waited and waited… After approx 30 minutes , I went inside and asked the maître on the status of the appetizer. Once that was done the appetizer came out immediatrely.It was not hot nor tasty. I asked for the bill for after this fiasco and left.POOR SERVICE . DO NOT-RECOMMEND this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

The service is a fine dining service. The food is exquisite, with fresh local flavors. The restaurant is beautiful and spotless. The ambiance is lively, yet tranquil. It exceeded our expectations and more. We will definitely come back.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

Amazing food,wonderful people, very professionals highly recommend place to taste the traditional turkish cuisine!!!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

Amazon food! And Nesip was a perfect waiter. Specially the walnut salat and the veal skewers were good

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

This was the best restaurant we visited during our 4 day stay in Istanbul. The food was so tasty, excellent service and nice views from the outside tables. It’s on a quiet side street that leads to a busy shopping street.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 November 2023

We had a lovely meal here. Tried lots of different Turkish specialities. Nesip really looked after us and we were really impressed.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 May 2023

This restaurant has a lovely ambience--both inside the restaurant as well as the outdoor seating--and the food is excellent. We had a lovely and memorable meal (the Turkish dishes are especially well prepared). and the service was impeccable. The pan-fried liver appetizer was a real...delight, and the kebabs excellent. We highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed drinks here with friends on our last night in Istanbul. The outdoor seating area has patio heaters with views down the narrow steep street with views of the Bosporous. The staff were really friendly and the house red was excellent.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 7 September 2022 via mobile

Visited on the first day as it was a neighborhood restaurant - came back again the next day!! Great kebabs and kibbeh… nice sitting outside…

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 August 2022 via mobile

Amazing dinner experience with a rich a selection of food. Highly recommending. Menu has great selection of food. Outdoor experience was very pleasant. Felt like at home. Very cozy place and very tasty food. Team is taking great care of the table.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022 via mobile

We were very disappointed with our experience at Avlu Ocakbasi. It started as soon as we sat down & asked for sparkling water. There seemed to be some confusion on our request then they brought one glass half full of sparkling water to the table....We had to ask for a second glass. That was when we found out they don’t have large bottles of sparkling , only small single serving ones. Ok - lesson learned - Moving on. We ordered the eggplant w/spicy yogurt & the fried beef/lamb mezzos, tomato/onion salad & two kebab mains - lamb & veal. All the food came out quickly. The kebab meat was very tender but overall it was nothing to get excited about. We were ready to chalk this up to just a mediocre meal and pay the bill. That’s when things took a turn. Prior to our visit my husband checked out their site & some reviews & saw that there was a per person cover charge (30TL/ea) and that an approximate 10%+ service charge would be added to the bill. All fine & good to know upfront. When we were presented with the bill the server tried to add an extra 75TL saying first it was for alcohol (which we didn’t have) then he said it was a kitchen fee. We flat out refused that & he canceled the transaction. When we agreed the amount was correct he asked if we wanted to pay in USD or EURO. Neither - we wanted to pay in Turkish Lira. We were told it was not an option even though my husband saw it on the card machine. After a back & forth it was agreed to pay in TL & processed. When we reviewed our receipt later that evening at the hotel it clearly notes we actually paid in USD. So we were lied to multiple times during the checkout/billing process which is totally unacceptable. This is not how any customer, whether they are locals or tourists, should be treated. If we had not been so diligent we would have fallen victim to their scheme. We obviously will never return here.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022 via mobile

Very good food, friendly service and a nice location. I would come for a second stay and recommend this Restaurant to my friends

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 19 April 2022

Very good restaurant with a wonderful waiter: Nesip, I recommend it. It’s delicious ! The place have a great decoration a good position, it’s not expansive and everyone is very nice.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 11 November 2021

we had an amazing dinner at Avlu ad we are so happy we discovered it! This old house and the courtyard it has is so beautiful and very warm. They offer a standard menu with a great variety of Turkish typical maze, salads, kebab and...other meat and vegetable plates. and the food is really delicious, not touristy at all. We saw young turkish couples and big groups of friends , and they were having such a great time, eating and talking. The atmosphere is very lively and the food very well cooked with great new anatolian tastes. we loved the fystikli kebab, the eggplant salad and the humus! can't wait to be back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Avlu Ocakbasi is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5