Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. NAR Restaurant

    $$$ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Focused on preserving traditional, authentic recipes from around Turkey, NAR ("Natural and Regional") Restaurant is located on the top floor...Read More

  • 2. Akdeniz Hatay Sofrası

    $$ | Western Districts | Turkish

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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Çınaraltı

    $$ | Bosphorus | Turkish

    Named after the massive sycamore tree growing through the center of the restaurant and shading the upstairs terrace, Çınaraltı ("under the sycamore...Read More

  • 5. Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Just off the main road between Çemberlitaş and the Grand Bazaar, the courtyard of this café has a tea and water pipe garden that is quite an...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Hamdi Restaurant

    $$ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    This longtime grill house is an Istanbul institution, with its huge selection of kebabs, as well as appetizers like mini lahmacun (thin flatbread...Read More

  • 8. Heyamola Ada Lokantası

    $$ | Princes Islands | Turkish

    One of the best places to eat on any of the islands, Heyamola offers a daily selection of fresh vegetable and seafood meze (including affording...Read More

  • 9. Karaköy Lokantası

    $$ | Karaköy | Turkish

    This popular dual-format venue is a bustling daytime spot offering a changing menu of reasonably priced vegetable and meat dishes from the Turkish...Read More

  • 10. Khorasani

    $$$ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    One of Sultanahmet's most outstanding restaurants emphasizes the Arab- and Kurdish-influenced cuisine of southeastern Turkey, from where the...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Mozaik

    $$$ | Sultanahmet | International

    This restored late-19th-century house with small, sun-dappled dining rooms, cozy furniture, and creaky wooden floors is a delightful refuge...Read More

  • 13. Pierre Loti Cafe

    $ | Western Districts | Turkish

    With its sublime view up the Golden Horn toward Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace, the Pierre Loti Cafe is a favorite with both visitors and locals...Read More

  • 14. Sıdıka

    $$ | Besiktas | Turkish

    An unassuming local favorite not far from posh Akaretler Row and downtown Beşiktaş, Sıdıka offers stellar Aegean-influenced starters and fish...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Sultanahmet Fish House

    $$ | Sultanahmet | Seafood

    There are no obsequious waiters at Sultanahmet Fish House and no fancy dress code—just good, well-prepared seafood served in a friendly atmosphere...Read More

  • 17. Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

    $ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    Like pizza for New Yorkers, humble köfte (grilled meatballs) inspire countless arguments among Istanbullus about who makes the best. Some...Read More

  • 18. The House Café

    $$ | Bosphorus | International

    The largest and one of the most popular branches of this chain of chic eateries is directly on the waterfront, with stylish furnishings and...Read More

  • 19. Vefa Bozacısı

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    Popular in the Ottoman era, boza is a mildly alcoholic drink (about 1%) made from fermented millet, water, and sugar. As thick as applesauce...Read More

  • 20. Viktor Levi Şarap Evi

    $$ | Asian Side | International

    The large, relaxing back garden is the star attraction at this restaurant-café-bar in the midst of bustling central Kadıköy. A broad mixed menu...Read More

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