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Barbecue, Turkish
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Halal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Incredibile live cooking traditional Turkish food. All the best of meat you can enjoy and eat. A must visit place if your are around.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

This place is amazing, best night in Instabul so far. We tried many appetizers before the kebap (which is the grilled meat) and the meat tastes delicious. They offered us Turkish tea, coffee and Raki, very pleasant dinner!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

It is quite an experience! One of those restaurants that one, as an outsider, would probably never dare to enter, if not with a local friend. We went with foreign friends and the Turkish friend, and although it is not luxurious by any means, it...offers a very interesting experience of what the atmosphere of a Turkish barbecue is like. Around the fire and the grill, strangers, or not very well known, become friends, talk, eat and drink, and suddenly, the whole atmosphere becomes one. The food is excellent, a variety of appetizers, salads, cheeses and of course, meat, lots of meat, lamb, beef, each one more delicious, and then the desserts, and of course, the raki that flows generously! Not to be missed! and ... looking forward to returning!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

We came here as a recommendation from our tour guide as we asked for some traditional great quality Turkish food that locals would eat. Well… I don’t think we could have asked for better. A wonderful chef cooking over open coals, hand delivered food from...the chef and impeccable service. A wonderful experience all round. Highly highly highly recommended!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 June 2023

The place offers typical dishes of Turkish cuisine. Easy to reach, very close to taksim square. Quality report very good price. I recommend it for the quality of the food and for the traditional environment without any forcing for the tourists. you also have the...possibility to eat on the counter that borders the barbecue Staff is kind and speaks englishMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2022

Obviously, don't behave like a tourist and choose "mezes" that are foisted on you (practically every restaurant does this). Clearly, we looked like connoisseurs and got superb service and, from my perspective, the best kebab (lamb sweetbread skewers). The aubergine meze was pretty damn good...too. You can watch as your kebab it is being barbecued. There is real attention to detail here, such as the finely slivered red onion covered in sumak. It's unpretentious, off Taksim Square, has great meat - what's not to like?More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 19 May 2022 via mobile

Me and my two friends went there on our first day in Istanbul and at first we got excited about the environment and the restaurant. We sit in front of the barbecue. They gave us menu's to order and before we order they brought to...the table 4 kind of "meze".(without ordering them) We ordered 3 main dishes of meat and raki. When they gave us the check we saw that we had to pay 1350 lira (approx.80€) and when we asked them to explain the charges they tried to convince us about the differences between Euros and lira and the dishes we order. Very nice dishes with meat though. I would recommend it but be careful!!! (3 glasses/1 each of raki were 450 lira)More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 March 2020

The best of the best in istambul high quality food best service very friendly love the place highely recommended

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 5 December 2019

Overall, the only reason I am giving this place 2 stars is because the meat in our kebap was very good. Service was poor and even rude, and the mezes tasteless and expensive. They bring a small plate with the same amount of meze if...it is for one or two people, but for two people, they will charge twice the amount on the menu, without telling you. I got the sense that this is not the way they treat locals, because we had neighbors near the pit having a better time and speaking turkish and laughing with the sour waiter. This place automatically adds a 20% tip for terrible service in the bill. I would not go again. I should have read the reviews before going because they have scammed quite a few people with the same move and ITS WRITTEN IN TRIPADVISOR! If only we had checked before. But now you´ve been warned.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 11 November 2019 via mobile

Very delicious food, we had spicy Adana and lamb skewers with salad and meze. It was delicious! The service is also very good. They are lovely friendly people.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

I have been to this place many times and this is my first destination after I arrive turkey every year. Kebabs are so tasty and fresh. Usta is friendly which makes this place more convenient. I highly recommend this place to anyone

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 8 May 2019

It is one of the best kebap houses in Istanbul ,Taksim Square area. You can find good quality meats and "mezes" in affordable prices. But be careful that the seating capacity is limited and its a little bit crowded especially in winter time.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 5 April 2019 via mobile

Food is just amazing, Kenan Usta is a very nice and welcoming person and a great chef. He feeds you with his own hands :) it is a small but really nice and authentic place, overall a really cool traditional Turkish barbeque and raki experience....Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 5 April 2019 via mobile

найкраще місце для турецького кебабу та ракі!!! kenan usta is very friendly. the atmosphere is very nice to chill with people. the best meat that You can ever eat.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 17 February 2019 via mobile

Very good restaurant mains guests are mainly locals, less tourists, food is amazing very tasty, at the end we were offered dessert for free.. Very recommended

Date of visit: February 2019
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Kenan Usta Ocakbasi - Grill Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4