Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Çiya

    $$ | Asian Side | Turkish

    Three no-frills branches on the same street comprise one of Istanbul's most popular foodie destinations, and the reputation is well deserved...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Kantin

    $$ | Nisantasi | Turkish

    A sort of Turkish Alice Waters, Şemza Denizsel finds the freshest ingredients for her daily menus, written on chalkboards, that feature simply...Read More

  • 4. Lokanta Maya

    $$$ | Karaköy | Turkish

    At her highly regarded restaurant, New York–trained chef Didem Şenol offers what could be called "nouvelle Turkish" cuisine, based on seasonal...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Adem Baba

    $$ | Bosphorus | Seafood

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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Altın Fıçi Mercan

    $ | Princes Islands | Turkish

    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 grilled meat...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Asitane

    $$$ | Western Districts | Turkish

    One of Istanbul's most distinctive restaurants serves seasonally changing menus based on the traditional cuisine of the Ottoman court, which...Read More

  • 14. Casita

    $$ | Nisantasi | Turkish

    This charming little restaurant, established 30 years ago and now one of several branches in Istanbul and Bodrum, is best known for its mantı...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Corvus Bite & Bistro

    $$ | Besiktas | International

    The tasty, distinctive fare (“hummus” made with green peas and mint, risotto with Jerusalem artichokes, or salmon with orange juice–infused...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Darüzziyafe Restaurant

    $$ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Turkish

    The former soup kitchen of the Süleymaniye Camii has been returned to its original use, serving traditional zeytinyağlı (vegetables cooked...Read More

  • 19. Doy-Doy

    $ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    Doy-doy is a Turkish expression for "full" and, unlike many other places in tourist-filled Sultanahmet, you can indeed fill up for a reasonable...Read More

  • 20. Fes Café

    $ | The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Café

    Squeezed into a former market stall in the heart of the Grand Bazaar, the small kitchen at Fes Café turns out simple sandwiches, salads, excellent...Read More

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