Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Gram

    $$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    Opened in Şişhane by the chef-owner of Lokanta Maya, Didem Şenol, this casual restaurant and bakery is a delightful place to stop for breakfast...Read More

  • 2. Mikla

    $$$$ | Beyoglu | Contemporary

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

  • 3. Münferit

    $$$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    Owner Ferit Sarper's menu gives traditional meyhane fare a twist that's as contemporary as the upscale surroundings, creating dishes that are...Read More

  • 4. Nicole

    $$$$ | Beyoglu | Mediterranean

    Young French-trained chefs Kaan Sakarya and Aylin Yazıcıoğlu have quickly earned a reputation as among the best in town since opening Nicole...Read More

  • 5. Yeni Lokanta

    $$$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    Rising chef Civan Er (formerly of Müzedechanga) puts a unique and contemporary twist on traditional Turkish dishes, using ingredients sourced...Read More

  • 6. Aheste

    $$$$ | Beyoglu | Eclectic

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

  • 7. Antiochia

    $$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    This restaurant in the popular Asmalımescit area of Beyoğlu offers specialties of Turkey's Arab-influenced southeastern Hatay province. The...Read More

  • 8. Dai Pera

    $$ | Beyoglu | Eclectic

    Proprietor and chef Arzu Gürdamar likes experimenting with food, and her menu includes traditional meze like köpoğlu (fried eggplant with...Read More

  • 9. Fıccın

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    Occupying a number of rooms and storefronts on both sides of narrow Kallavi Sokak, this down-to-earth restaurant is best known for Turkish standards...Read More

  • 10. Hala Mantı

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    As its name suggests, this restaurant on a side street not far from İstiklal Caddesi specializes in ravioli-like mantı, small pockets of pasta...Read More

  • 11. Hayvore

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    This informal restaurant just off İstiklal Caddesi turns out hearty specialties of Turkey's Black Sea at very affordable prices. There's no...Read More

  • 12. Helvetia

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    The menu at Helvetia changes daily but there are always at least a dozen home-cooked dishes on offer at this very affordable restaurant. They...Read More

  • 13. Kafe Ara

    $$ | Beyoglu | Contemporary

    This popular, cozy hangout, named after famous Turkish photographer Ara Güler, whose black-and-white photographs of Istanbul line the walls...Read More

  • 14. Mandabatmaz

    $ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    On a tiny alleyway off İstiklal Caddesi, Mandabatmaz makes what many regard as the thickest, tastiest Turkish coffee in Istanbul—indeed, the...Read More

  • 15. Meze by Lemon Tree

    $$$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    The meze selection in this trendy and attractive spot changes seasonally and even daily, and puts a clever international spin on traditional...Read More

  • 16. Sofyalı 9

    $$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    With Greek music playing in the background, photographs of old Istanbul on the walls, and friendly, laid-back surroundings on a lively backstreet...Read More

  • 17. Zübeyir Ocakbaşı

    $$ | Beyoglu | Turkish

    This ocakbaşı , or grill house, is popular for its delicious food, authentic feel, and especially lively atmosphere. The wide variety of kebabs...Read More

  • 18. Doğa Balık

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Owner and chef Ibrahim Soğukdağ knows fish—he was a fisherman before he got started in the restaurant business—and this is one of the best places...Read More

  • 19. Changa

    $$$$ | Beyoglu | Eclectic

    The sister venue of Müzedechanga occupies a three-story, early-20th-century Art Nouveau townhouse near Taksim Square and is only open mid-October...Read More

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