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Can Oba Restaurant

#231 of 12,047 Restaurants in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Hocapasa Mah. Hocapasa Sok No:10 | Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 522 1215
10:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We heard about this place from the excellent reviews in Turkish newspapers. It is a very special fine dining restaurant. Everything we ate was excellent and really delicious, don't expect too much from the ambience and no alcohol. We also had a nice conversation with the chef Can Bey. We'll go back for sure.

Istanbul, Turkey
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Can Oba is a very experienced chef and serve everything himself to you. He loves combining fruit sauce in main course. the majority of the menu is seafood. We have tasted scallops as starter , seabass and octopus as main course, tiramisu and frozen cheese cake (chefs special) as desert. I can say that all of the them are the... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Every single meal is individually prepared by the chef. Very tasty and fresh. Stay in line with the chef's recommendation and nothing can go wrong. It is cold inside on a winter day though.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Been here a few years back. It was great. The food was original and excellent which made up for the lack of ambiance and the steep prices. I recently went back there with my girlfriend recently and... A total disaster. The chef clearly abandoned this place. Poor service and less than average food comes with a huge price tag! The... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

3 years after my last visit the food has changed dramatically. Too greasy, same menu but not the same taste. Plastic water bottles stacked in the corner, distasteful looking refrigerator blocking the entrance, and still no toilette.. and yet too pricy for no liquor... definitely won't come back again..

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Athens, Greece
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Excellent food, very polite and friendly chef! I arrived late but he cooked for me a fantastic dish!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Our last night and after a somewhat disappointing Whirling Dervish show, we searched for the nearby restaurant after a strong recommendation from our hotel hosts. This was our last night and we were again disappointed with the dining experience. On a small pedestrian side street, we noticed that there were many other options that seemed popular with the locals. At... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This restaurant is a joke. Food is terrible and I can not understand what’s there to like, if not hate. There’s been a huge investment put on PR, and people who do not have any taste and fine-dining experience perceives this place as a haute-cuisine mecca in Istanbul. If you must go, go with a clear mind, and think about... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

I ordered "ahtapot bayildi" (the octopus fainted) which refers to a regional cuisine "imam bayildi" (the imam fainted), a dish prepared with a whole eggplant stuffed with onion, garlic and tomato. In addition to the traditional ingredients, Chef Can Oba adds a mixture of sea foods and creates a unique fusion. It was amazingly delicious. My wife chose "the liver"... More 

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Istanbul Province, Turkey
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

We thought this place was a very popular restaurant. We went there enthusiastically after an event. Unfortunately we left unsatisfied in all respects. First the food was very expensive according pricing standards among Turkish restaurants. The quality of the food was poor. For a 60 TL seafood dish, they serve frozen seafood. The taste is not exquisite. The utensils used... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Turkish, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hocapasa Mah. Hocapasa Sok No:10 | Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Sultanahmet
  • Neighbourhood: Sultanahmet
  • Phone Number: +90 212 522 1215

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