Ali Ocakbasi London

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The rich, unique and luscious Anatolian Cuisine Culture which has existed for thousands of years in this ancient land still manifests itself in different flavours throughout every corner of modern Turkey. This aggregation of delicacies which has been passed down through generations is one of the most prized treasures of our cultural heritage. With out own experience which has also been passed down through generations, we as 'Ali Ocakbasi' strive to represent this cultural treasure both at home and abroad by presenting our most valued customers with the delicacies mostly from the Anatolia
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Disappointed
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed!!!! I didn’t get to eat there even though the reservation was accepted and placed!!! When calling nobody picked up the phone. Left a message too no reply!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had booked for a special ocassion and was excited given the reviews.

We turn up to find that the restaurant is SHUT DOWN - no warning from open table or the restaurant, and it also appeared to be open based on Google.

Naturally, I'm not even impressed about this place anymore and will never go back. To those thinking about going, bare in mind this place might not be even open...

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SebnemB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We turned up only to find out this place is closed!
Such an inconvenience!

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Ezgis
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

restaurant was closed. It is your responsibility to check whether the restaurant is operating or not.

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IGGG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed when we got there. It should not have been open for a booking. I am using OpenTable for over a year and it was the first time I had such an experience. It should be corrected immediately.

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maahny
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've eaten a lot of Turkish food in the UK and this is up there with the best I've had. Meat was succelent and well spiced and that Kunefe was devine!

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areeje
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, authentic delicious food and a lovely friendly service. Nice relaxed vibe, will definitely be back! 😊😊

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vipRaifH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always. One of the best Turkish restaurants in the UK, without doubt! Ottoman dishes on offer here!

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BASAKD
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was super delicious as always and many thanks to the Manager and the Staffs who were welcoming us and serving us throughout the evening. I will definitely go there again and recommend to everyone to visit 😊

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the waiter were very helpful.

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GinaP
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there. Will deffo visit again :)
Don't miss out the kunefe, outside of Turkey, the best I've tried!

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Karine
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place but VERY noisy. We were 5 people and could hardly hear each other. The food was very good +++

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Debstarmum
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very tasty and nicely presented and the staff were polite and not too pushy. It costs about £35-£40 per person for ,2 courses and drinks so about average for West End.

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vipRaifH
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always amazing. Definitely worth visiting!

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Bernadett AdriennÁ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable place with great food and friendly staff , who always welcome you.

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Carnivore
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good Turkish food at Leicester Square prices. If you're there for a show and you love this cuisine - as we do - it's a good pre-theater dinner option, but if you're just looking for something Anatolian to eat you can get better food much cheaper in less popular parts of London. Service was quick and friendly.

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vipBOZAYDINLI
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ali Ocakbasi has exceptional food and great staff. We loved it and would visit again and again. It is also good for family or friends gatherings if you enjoy great and tasty Turkish food.

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JuanQ
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What was a late night, random restaurant pick turned out to be a great evening for us all. The Turkish pizzas and grilled meat were superb, and we were very happy with the service too. Definitely returning.

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vipPeteyb81
London
18 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really tasty food here and the service was bang on. But £26 ish for a mixed grill is a little too much even for the area. I would recommend it but some of the smaller
Plates shared are better value

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a dinner. We ordered 3 dishes to share between 2 of us and we were happy with all of them. Shashlik salad was mouthwatering. We'll definitely come back for a proper portion of shashlik.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food. Maybe the best pita I've ever had.

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David
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is by far my favorite Turkish restaurant abroad. The food was really good and with many different types to choose from.
The only missing thing was a Turkish beer 😊
I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant.

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Hb94
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! The food was very authentic, made me feel like I was back in Turkey.

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vipDUDU
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food here! One of the best Turkish restaurants in London!

CB
vipCynthiaB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, helpful and friendly staff.

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TonyaV
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My friend and I really enjoyed our first dining experience at Ali Ocakbasi. We both ordered a pizza and shared a salad. We found the staff to be very accommodating, in particular with our food preferences (no cheese and additional toppings). The service was friendly and efficient and we will certainly be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, this place had the best kunafe I've ever eaten. I'd give the kunafe 10 stars!!! The rest of the food was delicious too - perhaps the portions could have been a tiny bit more generous for the price, but hey - this is Leicester Square. Great restaurant - we'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Too compact

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ADT8
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It is definitely good food but it is a bit overpriced, possibly because of the touristy location.

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anaraouf
London
24 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The true taste of İstanbul

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Mete
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we were half hour late and our table was gone, they have accommodated us with an alternative table and the service was very quick due to our request to catch the theatre.
The food was very tasty.

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DilanC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapoints!
Ali is the best when it comes to Turkish food. They don’t modify or alter the original recipe and this is such a comfort if you are looking for a specific, well-missed taste.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Excellent as always.

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Melaina
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food with lots of flavour and brilliant service, it was in a great location too. We didn’t understand some of the menu (as it was in Turkish) and the waitress was very happy to explain everything to us. Would definitely go back! 👍🏼

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OnurG
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food - one of the best kebabs and mezes I have had in the UK - similar quality to the original restaurant in Turkey. But the mezes are not value for money - tasty but small portions with very high prices. Alcoholic beverages are also priced above average. Service was a bit slow.

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vipDiner
London
96 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a lovely evening. The food was fantastic and the service was great.

I am definitely coming back here again. One of the best Turkish restaurants in London

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LvLv
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience3

There were not many vegetarian options and while the food was pretty good, the selection is quite limited. Mezzes were very expensive for the portion with no accompanying bread given for dips like hummous and etc. This has to be ordered seperately. No mezze platters available. A selection or set of mezzes made available on the menu or sharing platters would have been good especially for diners who are not familiar with the cuisine to try out small portions of selected mezzes. Service and ambiance was good.

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HarrisonDuckworth
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's Good - Go there!

Despite seeing a few bad reviews on an unnamed website, we decided to go anyway. It is conveniently close to Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square and has all the right ingrediants for a 1st class restaurant including a wait staff that is very attentive.

Clean, warm, not too big the space is great for a small party or an intimate evening (although there are no booths).

The menu is very good and the portions are quite satisfying. Halal, of course; it's menu covered a wide gamut of great entrees and desserts. Traditional balon bread, humus, and baklava are all very good.

Fine Turkish wines (!) round out the menu with other vintners well represented. Did I mention the many types of Raki? Try them all and fly home!

Not overly expensive = ($$$) not ($$$$).

Eat! Be Happy here!

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YasirK
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I sat at the patio outside. The staff are great. I love turkey and Turkish people. But I noted that the roses and plants next to the seating area are full of garbage from people who throw it at the plants area. Which is unpleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service with nice outdoor seating. Will definitely come again and recommend to friends! It would be even more enjoyable if they had some music playing outdoors as well. Overall, great experience!

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vipSoEggCited
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food here quality wise was very good! I think the portion size should have been bigger given the price tag. However, this restaurant is based in Leicester Square, and like so many other restaurants in such a touristy kind of area, they are banking on luring in tourists with Sterling Pounds to spend, and also I can't imagine the rates they have to pay are cheap. But putting aside a lack of value for money I must stress the food is good and the location is great. I can think of a number of places in that area that charge heaven and earth but give you basic food. I'm glad we went and if I'm ever in the area I'd definitely go again. Thank you for the meal!

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Ali Ocakbasi London is rated 4.1 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.