Karaköy Lokantası is a family run restaurant situated in the trendy Istanbul neighbourhood of Karaköy since 2000. As soon as you walk through the door of Karaköy Lokantası, you can’t help but feel that you’re in for a culinary delight. Every aspect of the restaurant as been clearly refined to provide unforgettable experience. The inviting warm décor, the soothing music, the delightful staircase in the centre of the restaurant, the lighting all combine to create a resoundingly relaxing atmosphere.
During our March 2016 trip to Istanbul, we visited Karaköy Lokantası most afternoons for lunch before we set off on our travels. It instantly became one of our favourite places to eat in Istanbul which isn’t an easy list to break into considering the city is full of unique edible experiences. After our first visit to Karaköy Lokantası we couldn’t help but make a dinner reservation for that very night to try out the evening menu which we are happy to report was just as tantalising.
Both English & Turkish menus are available and updated daily at Karaköy Lokantası, with a wide variety of dishes to satisfy every palate. Our personal favourites were the Izgara Köfte which came with Piyaz (a white bean salad), and Manti which is a Turkish version of the popular Italian dish Ravioli.
The Izgara Köfte was perfect every time with just the right texture that every Köfte fan can appreciate. The beef Manti came served with a delicious combination of yogurt and tomato sauce. You also have the option of having it with garlic.
To summarise, we at Turkey Discovered highly recommend Karaköy Lokantası to all lovers of food. Each dish is crafted with passion and the friendly staff are on hand to ensure you have a delightful experience to match the exquisite taste of the food. If you would like to take your Karaköy Lokantası experience further, directly above the restaurant you will find the hotel Karaköy Rooms which feature 12 beautifully designed rooms by the same owners as the restaurant.