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Ciya Sofrasi

#81 of 12,067 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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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Typical Turkish cuisine at its best We have always came here for savory food whenever visited Istanbul. Try stuffed aubergine, stuffed stripes, Parda Pilaf and of course their lamahajoun. A real must to visit

Thank falhafidh
Community of Madrid, Spain
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Besides the cab drivers, this is the only bad experience I had in Istanbul. What a disappointment too, because I was so excited to try it. The experience started off good. We were able to get a table, and our server came up quickly to take our order. He brought us our drinks, and some bread with a cheese dip.... More 

Thank LaLaNola
Istanbul, Turkey
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391 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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138 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Buffet
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, 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?