Sofyalı 9

Price guide: Mid-range

Sofyalı Sokak No. 9, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Sofyalı 9

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#9 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Nightlife, People watching

Expert review of Sofyalı 9

Top-notch meze with good atmosphere amid bustling nightlife district.

On a street packed with restaurants serving similar fare, this corner restaurant painted a cheery yellow is a firm favourite for its consistently well-prepared dishes and cut-above-the-rest atmosphere.

Food and drink: 

A traditional mix of hot and cold starters – including dishes such as artichoke in olive oil, chard stuffed with meat and rice, and octopus salad – followed by kebabs and grilled fish, washed down with beer, wine, or rakı. I’m no liver fan, but the Anavut ciğeri (Albanian fried liver) is actually quite good.

Ambience: 

The setting in an old house gives Sofyalı a cosy feel, although it’s always bustling and lively with couples and groups.

Service: 

You might have to flag a waiter down with your request, but it will be met speedily and politely.

Location: 

Smack-bang in the middle of the Beyoğlu nightlife, in the popular Asmalımescit area.

Price advice: 

Meze portions range from 3 to 12 lira depending on the dish, with seafood the most expensive. Main-dish kebabs are around 12 lira; fish prices vary (be sure to ask before ordering).

Tables to book: 

Unless you’re with a group, make sure to get a table on the sidewalk or in the downstairs area. The upstairs salon is less attractively decorated and doesn’t allow for as much people-watching. Reservations are a must on weekends.

More information on Sofyalı 9:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant
Food:
Traditional, Turkish
Address:
Sofyalı Sokak No. 9, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 245 03 62
Website:
http://www.sofyali.com.tr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Sofyalı 9? Would you recommended it?