Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Çiya

    $$ | Asian Side

    Chef-owner Musa Dağdeviren, who hails from the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, is something of a culinary anthropologist, offering truly unique dishes made using recipes...Read More

  • 2. Giritli Restoran

    $$ | Sultanahmet

    Popular with locals and visitors alike, Giritli offers a prix-fixe multicourse dinner menu of well-prepared Cretan specialties that includes unlimited local alcoholic drinks (wine or...Read More

  • 3. Mabou

    $$$$ | Beyoglu

    This cozy eatery, a gastronomic gem near İstiklal Caddesi, is the creation of German-Turkish chef Cem Eksi. The seasonal menu, which includes an extensive wine...Read More

  • 4. Mikla

    $$$$ | Beyoglu

    With sleek, contemporary decor and a stunning 360-degree view of Istanbul from the top floor of the 18-story Marmara Pera Hotel, Mikla is the dramatic...Read More

  • 5. Yeni Lokanta

    $$$$ | Beyoglu

    Rising chef Civan Er puts a unique and contemporary twist on traditional Turkish dishes, using ingredients sourced from local producers in different regions of the...Read More

  • 6. Adem Baba

    $$ | Bosphorus

    This is a Turkish version of a New England fish shack, with nets and crab traps hanging from the ceiling in two venues across the...Read More

  • 7. Aheste

    $$$$ | Beyoglu

    A casual café by day and an inviting bistro venue by night, stylish Aheste (meaning "slowly" in Persian) offers a small but appealing menu consisting...Read More

  • 8. Aida

    $$$$ | Asian Side

    Housed in one of Kadıköy’s historic Moda apartment buildings, Aida’s dimly lit coziness brings the feeling of an Italian bistro to Istanbul. The Italian chef...Read More

  • 9. Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

    $$$ | Western Districts

    Popular with locals, this restaurant specializes in the Arab-influenced cuisine of Hatay (originating near Turkey's border with Syria), which features delicious meze like hummus, baba...Read More

  • 10. Altın Fıçi Mercan

    $$ | Princes Islands

    This cluster of small tables under a spreading tree not far from the ferry dock is a friendly place to have an inexpensive meal of...Read More

  • 11. Antiochia

    $$ | Beyoglu

    This restaurant with exposed brick walls in the popular Tünel area of Beyoğlu offers specialties of Turkey's Arab-influenced southeastern Hatay province. The menu includes a...Read More

  • 12. Arada Endülüs

    $$ | Karaköy

    With ornate Arabesque decorations and mosaic lamps, this centrally located café is an atmospheric place to spend a long morning. The picturesque breakfast spread is...Read More

  • 13. Balık Dürüm Mehmet Usta

    $ | Karaköy

    Fresh-grilled fish with raw onions encased in a lightly grilled, oily wrap is the perfect lunch-to-go, and while the seaside is dotted with many balık...Read More

  • 14. Brew Coffeeworks

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs

    This large, airy café on a main street near the Spice Bazaar has a large selection of cakes and sandwiches to accompany its coffee and...Read More

  • 15. Casita

    $$$ | Nisantasi

    This charming little restaurant is best known for its mantı—a ravioli-like Turkish pasta traditionally stuffed with ground meat—and specifically Feraye (a name the restaurant has...Read More

  • 16. Çınaraltı

    $$$ | Bosphorus

    In business for three decades on Ortaköy's waterfront square, unpretentious Çınaraltı ("under the sycamore") has a massive sycamore tree growing up through its center and...Read More

  • 17. Cuma

    $$$ | Beyoglu

    Tucked among the antique stores of Cukurcuma, Cuma is a casual café by day and a cozy place to sip wine at night. Its seasonal...Read More

  • 18. Cup of Joy

    $ | Nisantasi

    This airy café-bakery, filled with lush green plants and big greenhouse-style windows, has an extensive menu of coffees, sweets, and brunch foods....Read More

  • 19. Demeti Meyhanesi

    $$ | Beyoglu

    The cozy, homey atmosphere of Demeti, with its cabinets filled with antiques, opens up to a small balcony with an excellent view of the Bosphorus....Read More

  • 20. Doy-Doy

    $ | Sultanahmet

    Doy-doy serves a fairly standard array of kebabs and pide—a type of Turkish pizza baked in a wood-burning oven—with different toppings, but at lunchtime, local...Read More

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