Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Giritli

    $$$$ | Sultanahmet | Seafood

    Popular with locals and visitors alike, Giritli offers a prix-fixe multicourse dinner menu of well-prepared Cretan specialties that includes...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. Müzedechanga

    $$$$ | Bosphorus | Eclectic

    A beautiful, lush setting just a stone's throw from the Bosphorus, a Mediterranean-inspired menu, and a sophisticated ambience makes this restaurant...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. 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

  • 6. Gile

    $$$$ | Besiktas | Contemporary

    In upscale Akaretler row, Gile is helmed by two rising chefs whose avant-garde Turkish cuisine incorporates sophisticated gastronomic techniques...Read More

  • 7. Seasons

    $$$$ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    A delightful gazebolike glass pavilion in the middle of the manicured garden courtyard of the Four Seasons is the ritziest restaurant in Sultanahmet...Read More

  • 8. Tuğra

    $$$$ | Bosphorus | Turkish

    Fitting for a restaurant housed in the Çırağan Palace, dinner here is a refined, luxurious affair, with formal service, rich Ottoman and Turkish...Read More

  • 9. Abracadabra

    $$$$ | Arnavutköy | Eclectic

    Abracadabra opened in 2008 and has quickly become a hit with Istanbul foodies. Using ingredients that are natural, local, and seasonal—consequently...Read More

  • 10. 1897 Konyalı

    $$$$ | Besiktas | Turkish

    Konyalı, an Istanbul institution, has opened a new restaurant (the main branch is in Topkapı Palace, open for lunch only), named for the year...Read More

  • 11. Banyan

    $$$$ | Nisantasi | Asian

    Until recently Istanbul's vibrant dining scene was sorely lacking in Asian food, which is why Banyan's arrival in 2003 was so welcome. The restaurant...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Körfez

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Call ahead and this restaurant in the picturesque village of Kanlıca, on Istanbul's Asian side, can arrange to have you ferried across the Bosphorus...Read More

  • 14. Şazeli

    $$$$ | Turkish

    The specialty at this small, family-run kebab house that turns out very tasty food is dürüm, kebabs wrapped in a soft, tortilla-like flatbread...Read More

  • 15. 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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