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“A classic”
Review of Refik

Ranked #967 of 13,831 Restaurants in Istanbul
Cuisines: Turkish
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Reviewed 5 April 2014

Refik, The owner, has passed away a few years ago. However, the only change after him is missing of "kuzu sarma" which was my and many other's favorite in here. I try to visit this place each time I come to İstanbul. Never disappointed. Best taste each time is almost guarantee if you can find a table, sometimes a seat. Call to reserve a place especially towards The weekend. Last time they told me that if anyone wants to taste kuzu sarma he/she needs to call one day before and order this special meal, so they can cook it specially. If you Will be there for The first time I recommend köpoğlu (keaupoglou; carcoaled aubergine and dried red pepper minced and mixed with a special yogurt), deep fried calamari and special " yaprak ciğer" which is deep fried thin slices of seasoned sheep liver. Menu is full of other Turkish mezes. There are many places that you can try these mezes. Although names are the same, tastes are not even close. Enjoy

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We fancied on the last night of our stay, venturing into the new town for dinner and were recommended this restaurant by the hotel.
Never, have I walked out of a restaurant before, but this one - we did.
It is obviously a very popular restaurant amongst locals - the restaurant was full - but only of locals.
The service was diabolical - we were put in a corner and, i think, because were english and no-one could speak english very well, we were then ignored.
Eventually we ordered wine and three mezze dishes for starters all of which were fine, although had obviously been hanging around on the plates for a while,,,,,there were no flatbreads, only french bread - which doesn't eally go with mezze....then the 'main courses' arrived....they looked like children's meals!!!
We had ordered two chicken shish, a lamb shish and a red mullet - we expected them, as in most turkish restaurants to come with rice etc. (although we had asked for one without rice.
We were wrong...the chicken (and lamb) shish consisted of very small pieces of chicken (and lamb) that had obviously just been cooked in an oven with no marinade - certainly not grilled on skewers - and they came with three small cold potato wedges, nothing else. As for the red mullet - a largish fish - this came as a plate with 5 goldfish on it - deep fried in batter.
That was it...we asked to see the manager, offered to pay for the wine and mezze starters but said we weren't paying for the mains.
He was not happy at all, but we gave 100 lire and left.

2  Thank Jo T
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

I was part of a group of 10 people havong dinner at Refik. The food was really good (I had lamb chops, but friends who had fish also confirmed it). The service was quite fast and kind, the location is really pictoresque and the place itself looks like a typical restaurant, with old posters on the walls. The onl problem we had was with price: i paid 55£ for a starter, the main dish, raki and water. You can find quality food for less, in istanbul.

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Reviewed 29 November 2013

With the easing of requirements to display images of the grand old man in retail locations, the current administration has given me a new rule on which to judge lokantas: don't go into one without a prominent Ataturk portrait. Refik proudly displays theirs with a great collection of ephemera from their years in business.

We were seated upstairs with a couple of other parties in an otherwise empty restaurant. Service was great, the dishes good but unremarkable lokanta fare, and the atmosphere comfortable. Leaving the restaurant afterwards, we passed through a downstairs packed with local families having a great time.

The biggest drawbacks to the Refik are slightly smaller portions, slightly elevated prices, and yabangis segregated from Turks when seated.

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Our hotel recommended Refik for dinner - really disappointing. Their is no ambiance and the food is mediocre at best. With so many places to eat in this part of Istanbul, I would skip it.

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