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Ciya Sofrasi

#78 of 11,843 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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Istanbul, Turkey
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509 reviews
409 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
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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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 35 helpful votes
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 42 helpful votes
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
Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

it is our favourite restaurant in Kadiköy Asian part of Istanbul food is mostly from east anatolian and also vegetable and Kebap recommend to go and test it , no Alcohol and reasonable Prices

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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We had a wonderful meal here during a layover in Istanbul. Top quality food, friendly staff, all round great experience.

Thank Claire S
Rome, Italy
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

I was brought here by local guys and I enjoyed so much the food. Everything was typical and delicious. At a first glance the restaurant can be not that inviting but just walk in, choose your food at the counters and wait for a culinary experience. All the dishes look like prepared by expert hands. Highly recommended.

Thank DreamTriper
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Though the names of the dishes are unfamiliar even for the locals, the taste is always promising. Prices may seem slightly higher but definetely you will not regret. I've been coming to this place for more than 8 years and I love the food here!

Thank Goksel Dogus O
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

The menu of this eat place is a little bit different from the other Turkish restaurants. We enjoyed the food so much specially a cuisine made with sour cherry and kofte (Visnely Kofte I think!) which was unique and special for us.

Thank Ali H

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, 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?