Sofyalı 9

Address: Sofyalı Sokak No. 9, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 245 03 62

- Mid-range

4.6

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
4.5
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Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.5
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Location
4.4
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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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching

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