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“Great food and service”
Review of Sofyali 9

Sofyali 9
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Ranked #1,202 of 13,475 Restaurants in Istanbul
Price range: US$14 - US$28
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Description: 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…
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

First up, we went into the wrong restaurant and we were planning to leave once we saw the limited menu and the extremely limited vegetarian options. However, we decided to stick on and I'm glad we did because the mezze was delicious and our main meals of mushrooms and boreki was out of this world.
The place is cozy and the service was really good despite it being a very busy night.
My only complaint is that we weren't told that the feta cheese we were freely given would be charged to us.
Otherwise, this was an amazing place for dinner.

Thank LSkye
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tourist trap - Very bad service and overpriced”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We went there in our second night in Istanbul. We were offered cheese and other starters without even having a chance to look at the menu or ordering the drinks. After the starters we had to wait a long time before seeing the menu... And see the prices of the starters we had just eaten... The main courses also took a long time after we ordered them.
The service was very rude and pushy. They really made us feel uncomfortable.
Food overpriced and average quality.
I will advise my friends to avoid this restaurant when they go to Istanbul.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Lis C
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cosy, quality and great meze”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We were a large group of friends and they accommodated us with ease, good humour and diligence. Great meze and even better mains made the place special.

Visited April 2014
Thank jobojek
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Barcelona, Spain
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Food OK but overpriced for the quality”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

This is the 1st place where we had dinner. We chose it because it was in our guidebook. The mezze dishes were very small and they made a mistake with the mains. They brought us dishes which costed double what we had ordered. We complained to the waiter and managed to pay for the price of what we had really ordered. The food is OK, but I wouldn't go back there again.

1 Thank virear1981
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133 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere and location, OK food and service”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This restaurant has a great atmosphere and is in a fun area of New Istanbul. We had a nice table by the window and could watch the people passing outside the restaurant. The service was a bit odd. Before we could get our coats off and take our seats they were offering us a slice of cheese, and then immediately they were there with a tray of mezes to choose from, then it was a long while before they came to take our order for dinner and the mezes were long gone before the mains got there. At first I thought we would be rushed, and then it was slow. The food was fine - no standouts - and there was a very limited dessert choice. The dessert menu was verbal only and I feel as though there were probably more dessert options, but our waiter didn't offer them. There was a tour group having dinner there. I am never happy when I have selected the same restaurant as a tour group company.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Shelly Z
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