RESTAURANTS & CAFES

Turkish cuisine is well-known throughout the world for its high-quality ingredients and labor-intensive dishes. These distinct flavors can be sampled in restaurants or at a guest's home.

 

Cooking at home is very common. Grocery stores, supermarkets, and bazaars set up on specific days sell fresh food.

There are a variety of satisfying options for your meal, ranging from traditional dishes to simple sandwiches. Restaurants and cafés serving red/white meat and seafood dishes, as well as vegetarian options, can be found in all major cities.

In restaurants, a variety of snacks and appetizers are available before the meal you have ordered. Consider the treats when placing your order. 

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International

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Istanbul

360 Istanbul Restaurant

360 Istanbul is a famous roof-top restaurant, bar and night club located in 19th century apartment building overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu on the famous Istiklal Street. It offers 360 degrees breathe taking views of Istanbul. 360 is open for lunch and dinner, offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with the traditional Turkish cuisine and international cuisine as well as an exclusive wine selection. Many of the main courses are our original recipes again mixing Turkish and international influences coupled with an ingeniously engineered and extensive wine & dessert menu.

Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday:
Friday and Sunday:

12:00 - 14:00
12:00 -16:00

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Asian Fusion

Casual

Istanbul

Banyan Restaurant

Today, one can find many Asian fusion dishes here which are highly popular amongst travelers, and one such Istanbul restaurant that offers such experience is Banyan.
Nestled on the top floor of a historical building, visiting here to savor healthy Asian fusion cuisines. Be it dishes like Sichuan Pepper Steak, Duck Satay, Dimsum, and more such options, the Banyan has it all for visitors.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

12:00 - 02:00

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Turkish

Casual

Istanbul

Ciya Sufrasi

Three no-frills branches on the same street comprise one of Istanbul's most popular foodie destinations, and the reputation is well-deserved. Chef-owner Musa Dağdeviren, who hails from the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, is something of a culinary anthropologist, serving recipes from around Turkey that you're unlikely to find elsewhere. His original venue, Çiya Kebap, makes a range of top-notch kebabs, but the biggest draw is the selection of seasonal and daily specials—both meat-based and vegetarian—featuring unusual flavor combinations. Equally memorable desserts include candied olives, tomatoes, or eggplant, served with sweet clotted cream. Nearby Çiya Sofrası offers home-style dishes only, while Çiya Kebap 2 just does kebabs. Alcohol is only served at Çiya Sofrası; at the other locations, try the şerbet, a traditional drink made from various fruits.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

11:00 - 22:00

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Mediterranean

Casual

Istanbul

Lacivert

Serving in a historical Bosphorus mansion since 1999 and becoming a Bosphorus classic, Lacivert welcomes its guests on its terrace with plenty of sunshine and breezes in the summer months, and its glass-covered halls with a sea view in winter.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Saturday:
Sunday:

12:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00

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Mediterranean

Casual

Istanbul

Mürver Restaurant

A notable recent addition to the local restaurant scene, this rooftop restaurant at the Novotel is sustaining its initial hype. The menu is dominated by meat dishes such as lamb cooked in a tandir (clay oven) or steak and chicken grilled over coals, but there are also delicious seafood and vegetable options – don't miss the octopus cooked in ash.

Opening Hours:

Monday:
Tuesday-Friday:

12:30 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00

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Turkish

Fine

Istanbul

Neolokal

Chef Maksut Aşkar has been wowing diners with his exciting rifts on traditional Turkish food since 2014, gaining an entry on the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant list in the process. Utilising ingredients listed on the Slow Food Foundation's Ark of Taste, his refined creations are enjoyed alongside the spectacular Old City views offered from the dining room and terrace.
The restaurant is accessed via a staircase in the ground-floor cafe – sadly, the food served there is nowhere near as impressive as its upstairs counterpart.

Opening Hours:

Wednesday-Saturday:

19:00 - 01:00

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Turkish

Casual

Istanbul

Seasons Istanbul

A delightful gazebolike glass pavilion in the middle of the manicured garden courtyard of the Four Seasons is the ritziest restaurant in Sultanahmet (and also the most expensive). The dinner menu highlights Turkish dishes—made with ingredients sourced locally from around the country—ranging from cold and hot mezes to grilled meats and fish, including a boneless lamb shank cooked for eight hours. The lunch menu is broader, featuring sandwiches and brick-oven pizzas in addition to meat and seafood dishes. On Sunday, the restaurant's brunch buffet (140 TL; no buffet during Ramadan) draws crowds from across Istanbul.
Reservations Recommended.

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Dinner:

07:00 - 11:00
12:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00

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Japanese-Turkish

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Istanbul

Sunset Grill

A member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Sunset Grill&Bar offers a vast selection of seasonal dishes from Mediterranean, Turkish cuisine, Sushi bar and “New Japanese Cuisine”. We are an ideal venue for business lunches and dinners as well as an enjoyable lunch or dinner with friends or family. Our spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas have comfortable and casual seating, yet with a classic décor, offering wonderful views of Bosphorus strait and Asian shoreline.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Saturday:

12:00 - 19:00

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Mediterranean

Casual

Istanbul

Uskumru

The Bosphorus, where green and blue come together in all shades, witnessed history, crowned both sides by beautiful buildings, is the eye of the world, which is active in four seasons and every hour.

A seaside mansion in Beykoz, the pearl of the Bosphorus on the Anatolian side. In this peaceful place, we are happy to host our guests with unique tastes.
When the magnificent view of the Bosphorus comes together with the delicious menus of Mackerel, it turns into an indispensable flavor pier. We are waiting for you to enjoy these indescribable beauties and spend unforgettable hours at Uskumru Restaurant.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

11:30 - 00:00

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Cafe

Casual

Istanbul

Aşşk Kahve

Aşk means 'love' in Turkish; Aşşk serves İstanbullus their beloved leisurely Turkish breakfast by the Bosphorus. Go early to snaffle a table by the water, preferably on a weekend. Sandwiches, pizza and cocktails make a visit later in the day also worthwhile. Access is via the stairs behind the Macrocenter.
It has two branches in Beşiktaş and Şişli.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

09:00 - 00:00

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Seafood

Casual

Istanbul

Calipso Fish Ege Mutfağı

Calipso is popular for the most delighting taste and food quality. Relish the taste of seashells and the special fish dishes that are prepared with a mixture of exotic herbs and spices like Aegean herbs.
A number of desserts will be offered to make it a complete dining experience at Calipso Fish restaurant. There are the best world-class chefs that are adding to the specialty and all the enhanced taste you will be enjoying here. The Calipso restaurant is holding its excellence for the past 30 years, redefining the taste and pleasure of seafood in Istanbul.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

11:00 - 01:00

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Mediterranean

Casual

Istanbul

Hamdi Restaurant

One of the city's best-loved restaurants, this place near the Spice Bazaar is owned by Hamdi Arpacı, who started out as a street-food vendor in the 1960s. His tasty Urfa-style kebaps were so popular that he soon graduated to this multistorey restaurant, which has views of the Old City, the Golden Horn and Galata from its top-floor terrace. The food here is excellent.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

12:00 - 23:00

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European

Casual

Istanbul

Leb-i Derya

Leb-i Derya holds two floors in an old building tucked away down a side street in Beyoglu, and have several different and cosy venues. The ones with the very best views of Bosphoren is the 7th floor dining hall and bar, along with the top floor 'Captain's Quarter'. With seats for about 20 people, this open air terrace is a real gem.
The 7th floor dining room and bar is more like garden houses, with floor-to-ceiling windows and retractable roof.
Here you can enjoy food prepared with local ingredients and taking inspiration from the history of Istanbul.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday:
Saturday-Sunday:

16:00 - 02:00
14:00 - 02:00

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Turkish

Casual

Istanbul

Namli Gurme

Situated along the coast where the Bosphorus meets the Golden Horn, Namlı Gurme has an especially convenient location just in front of the Karaköy ferry with a magnificent view. But that is one of the few things this overhyped breakfast joint has going for it .
A gourmet shop and restaurant carrying quality varieties of olive oils, international sauces, cheeses, helva, dried fruit and nuts, as well as deli meats such as pastırma and sucuk (pork products not included). Ready-made meze and other delicacies, such as eggs with sucuk, can be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch at a table indoors or out.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

07:00 - 22:00

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Steakhouse

Casual

Istanbul

Nusr-Et Steakhouse Etiler

Nusr-Et Steakhouse opened its doors in 2010.
The restaurant quickly became the sector’s leader with its top quality steaks, unprecedented service quality, boutique concept and still remains as number 1. Nusr-Et Steakhouse always prioritize its guest comforts and tasty habits in all of its branches and continues to be the number one choice for meatlovers in Istanbul Etiler.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday:

12:00 - 19:00

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European

Fine

Istanbul

Spago Istanbul

Located in the Nisantasi neighborhood, close to Taksim, Spago is an iconic one, where master chef Wolfgang Puck maintains a cutting-edge role as a culinary force and leader in fine dining. This rooftop restaurant & lounge combines the excellent views over the Macka Park and the Bosphorus with its unique contemporary design and lounge atmosphere. Spago offers an open terrace for all year-round. You can enjoy ambient music, signature cocktails, high-end spirits and fine champagne. This place is also a prime venue for celebrity spotting in Istanbul. (Can be expensive for budget travelers)

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

15:00 - 19:00

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Ottoman

Fine

Istanbul

Tuğra

Fitting for a restaurant housed in the Çırağan Palace, dinner here is a refined, luxurious affair, with formal service, rich Ottoman and Turkish specialties, and one of the most high-end wine lists in Turkey (Chateau Pétrus, anyone?). The quite pricey menu features a variety of cold and hot mezes, and entrées emphasize fish and meat, such as in the restaurant's signature külbastı, lamb escalope served with pureed eggplant. Reserve a table to dine alfresco in the small balcony, where marble columns flank a beautiful Bosphorus view, or ensconce yourself in the elegant interior, with its soaring ceilings, large mirrors, and hanging oriental lamps.

Opening Hours:

Monday-Sunday:

18:00 - 23:00