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“Eating Traditional Typical Good Safe Turkish Food in a Good Friendly Atmosphere in ANKARA: GOKSU”
Review of Goksu Lokantasi

Goksu Lokantasi
Ranked #2 of 3,424 Restaurants in Ankara
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Turkish, International
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 1 January 2013

Eating Traditional Typical Good Safe Turkish Food in a Good Friendly Atmosphere in ANKARA: GOKSU
I highly recommend to our foreign guests/ visitors the Goksu Restaurant.
The restaurant has four floors and a roof (open in the summer evenings). You can have either lunch or dinner. They have brunch (long breakfast) on Sundays.
They have nearly all kind of typical dishes including kebabs, fish and homemade traditional dishes and Turkish delicatessen (mezes). They do not only typical grilled fish but different Turkish style (e.g. bugulama) too. I always have "levrek bugulama"(if it is in its season, please try).
The menu is so wide that there is plenty of food for different types of diets, for different age groups. I am sure that there are couple of dishes that suits your taste regardless where do you come from.
Please be careful with the starters (we called mezes- delicatessen) because they are so delicious. I recommend either have one or two mezes as a starter and then have main dish OR have (try) different mezes with Turkish Raki and have no main course. For the first time visiting Turkey and have no much time to go for dinners, I strongly recommend “trying different varieties of mezes and the Turkish raki” and may be if you have room left in your stomach you can share one portion of “levrek bugulama” as the main dish.
The wine selection is very reasonable and prices are very reasonable. You may have beer, Turkish raki or non-alcoholic drinks (cola- sprite etc) including traditional Turkish drinks (ayran and salgam).
It is a non-smoking restaurant. The air-con is very good. The sealing of the every floors are high enough so you feel yourself as in an open air.
We the local people go there with friends, with our families and with our business partners.
They offer fruit and Turkish deserts and yea/Turkish coffee spontaneously (as compliment of the restaurant- free of charge).
The price is very reasonable when comparing similar other restaurants in Turkey.
I would say “full dinner (mezes plus fish) with either one bottle of wine or 35cc raki” for two people not more than 75 USD. You can pay with your credit card. The waiters usually expect 10% tips but this is not compulsory
As a medical person I would say the restaurant is hygienic and the quality of the food is good & safe. So you do not have to worry. The ladies can give their fur coats to the cloakroom, it is safe restaurants.
If you come by car, the vale (parking) service outside the restaurant will look after your car and they expect 5 USD for that service (not compulsory).
Reservation recommended but if you go there without reservation, due to Turkish hospitality they will always arrange a table for the foreign visitors/ guests. You can go there even without any Turkish friend and the staff will look after you. They know what foreign guests usually like so they may make some recommendations (they never insist).
There is no typical Turkish entertainment (dancer, folk music etc) there. Some evenings, they perform just piano for two hours (classic music).
This is a restaurant that you can have good typical Turkish food and talk with your family/ friends. You will see that the local customers are mostly well educated Turkish people.
We usually eat lunch around 12:00- 14:30 and dinner around 19:30 till 23:00. The attire/ the way dress is usually smart casual. You may see some man with ties and some ladies with nice dresses (usually business dinners).
I am a medical doctor and I do not have any professional relation with this restaurant. I and my family and my friends go there quite often. Whenever I go with my foreign guests, they like.

Address: All the taxi drivers know that place. GOKSU RESTAURANT, Nenehatun Caddesi, No: 5, Cankaya, Ankara. This restaurant has another branch in Ankara. I can proudly recommend that place to our international guests/ visitors/ business partners.
Please give me your feedback when you try.

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3  Thank arkadasdoktor
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Our student guides took us to lunch at this wonderful locally well known restaurant in Ankara. The restaurant of many floors is beautiful inside with gorgeous stained glass and other lovely decor. Since it was a gorgeous day we had lunch outside on the top floor. In addition yo superb food we had views over much of the city. Our guides ordered a wonderful selection of Meses accompanied by excellent local beer. Then we had lamb cooked in a number of different styles ... I most liked the grilled lamb. We had several superb deserts and excellent Turkish tea. I will definitely return here if and when zi return to visit Ankara.

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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I spent 2 months in Ankara, Turkey - able to sample much of the cuisine from cheaper kebab fare to finer dining. While the gastronomic experience throughout Turkey was amazing (their sit-down culture, food is to be enjoyed with good company, don't rush when you eat etc) This was my favourite restaurant in the capital, with each of the 6 times I have eaten here being a great experience.

The staff is on point at all times, even remembering me on my 2nd visit (maybe as a foreigner I stuck out like a sore thumb, but given the diplomatic community in Ankara, unlikely).

I sampled many seafood dishes, many traditional turkish tapas and appetizers and samplers, and the chicken. My fiance, who is Turkish also enjoyed his steak meals (which I do not eat).

The prices are reasonable, but the value for your dollar is definitely there. They also have indoor, or outdoor dining - outdoor being on the rooftop, with great sunset views during Summer.

The food AND service is truly amazing. My mouth is watering just at the memory of my meals here! I really can't recommend just one dish, as they were all wonderful, and on future trips to Ankara, I will definitely be back here!

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3  Thank Veesha M
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

I have been to this restaurant about 5 times and enjoyed the food every time. There is a great variety of dishes. I like the grilled sea fish (Many non-farmed types), enginar (arthichoke),fava bean paste, dry white beans and rice pilav (Both Turkish national dishes?),many olive oil based vegetable dishes,sweets and fruits. Alcoholic drinks are served. Very popular with business people at lunch time. They have both indoor and outdoor seatings, Service is excellent and prices are reasonable. One of the restaurants I really enjoy in the capitol.

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1  Thank ryokogasuki
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