The best places to eat in Istanbul are deliciously diverse. Feast like an Ottoman Emperor on fabulous traditional cuisine at Asitane or try cutting-edge fusion delicacies at Mikla. In summer, be sure to dine alfresco on the many rooftop and terrace restaurants that offer breathtaking views of Istanbul and the glittering Bosphorus Strait. The city’s position between prominent European and Asian countries allows for cuisine inspired by international styles and ingredients, while exquisite seafood is regularly at the forefront of Istanbul’s best restaurants. These are our picks of the best restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey.
5.KIYI Fish RESTAURANT
In the 18th century, the suburb of Tarabya, on the Bosporus, was a health resort for Istanbul’s aristocracy. These days, visitors come for the catch of the day, and Kiyi has been drawing the crowds since 1964. Design is unpretentious – you don’t need much else with a marina view like this one – and all 26 varieties of fish on the menu are pictured, for those perhaps unfamiliar with the likes of red scorpion and horse mackerel. Service is reassuringly old-school and the wine list pleasingly fresh, particularly the Turkish whites.
Adress:Haydar Aliyev Caddesi 186, Sariyer, Istanbul, 34457 Sariyer
Tel: +90 212 262 00 02
4. Spago Restaurant & Bar
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)
Address: The St. Regis Istanbul, Mim Kemal Öke Cad. No: 35, Nisantası
Tel: +90 212 368 08 08
Located right on the Bosphorus in an Ottoman-era boat dock in the shadows of a medieval fortress, Iskele's atmosphere is as inspiring as the food is reliably delicious. This is a timeless fish house frequented by Istanbul traditionalists because they know the city's culinary traditions are safe within these walls. Waiters know many of their customers by name, as well as whether they take their raki with or without ice. A meal is spread out over several courses, starting with cold meze, followed by hot starters and working up to a seafood crescendo. This is a very pleasurable Istanbul ritual.
Address: Yahya Kemal Caddesi I, Sariyer
Tel: +90 212 263 2997
2.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. By offering many unique options to meatlovers, Nusr-Et quickly brought extra flair to the steakhouse culture and still serves as an indispensable location for its guests. The restaurant became the one and only address for meatlovers since its opening and continues to be different and special with its rich food offerings, warm atmosphere and top notch service. 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, Istanbul Sandal Bedesteni, Ankara Kavaklıdere, D-Hotel Maris, Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Miami and New York. Nusr-Et Burger carries Nusr-Et Steakhouse’s taste and service legacy into a burger joint concept. Nusr-Et Burger accomodates all of its precious guests in its Bebek, Nişantaşı, Kanyon and İstinyePark branches (Can be expensive for budget travelers).
Address: Nispetiye Caddesi 87, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, 34337 Beşiktaş
Tel: +90 212 358 30 22
1. Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrası/ Czn Burak
Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrasi serves with more than one branch bringing Anatolian dishes to your table. It provides an advantage with its central location in its branch in Taksim. Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrasi brings most of the products used in the kitchen from Hatay. It offers local and healthy dishes and flavor. Lamb With Rice, Salt in the Oven and a wide variety of meat dishes are among the most preferred.
For a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul, You can start the day with the Hagia Sophia Tour. Hagia Sophia, Byzantine architecture reflects the structure will impress you with the structure. You can listen to the history of Hagia Sophia in your tour guide. The second stop should be the Basilica Cistern Tour. Basilica Cistern, one of the largest cisterns, has a different structure with its mystical atmosphere. You can countine the day with Istiklal Street Tour. You can shop at the many shops on Istiklal Street and see the historic tram. If you want to see historical buildings and old churches, Taksim is the right address. If you want to see the Galata, you can continue with Galata Tour. You will be fascinated by narrow streets and historical buildings. You can see the Galata Tower closely and take a photo with the best angle. Not only the Galata Tower, but also the Bosphorus view. . Then you can buy a Madame Tussauds Istanbul Entrance Ticket and have a different experience. Madame Tussauds Istanbul, which is interesting with wax sculptures, can be photographed with sculptures belonging to many people. You will experience entertaining moments with realistic sculptures of people who have made a name for themselves in politics, art, science and many other fields.
At the end of the day, you should choose Hatay Medeniyetler Sofrası for dinner. You can enjoy dishes full of local flavors
Address: Katip Mustafa Çelebi, İstiklal Cd. No:39, 34433 Beyoğlu/Istanbul
Tel:+900212293 31 31