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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Secret Garden Restaurant

    $$ | Princes Islands | Turkish

    The meze, meatballs, salads, grilled fish, and other mainly Turkish fare are fresh and well prepared but the hospitable service and lovely,...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. 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

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