Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Gümrük

    $$$ | Karaköy | Mediterranean

    Greek chef Stavriani Zervakakou brings a skillful hand and a variety of Mediterranean influences to her menu at this Karaköy restaurant, where...Read More

  • 7. Istanbul Modern Restaurant

    $$$ | Karaköy | International

    Though it's a bit on the pricey side, the inventive menu, along with gorgeous waterfront views and stylish industrial-chic decor—think exposed...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Rumeli Café Restaurant

    $$$ | Sultanahmet | Turkish

    This charming spot on a quiet side street off Divanyolu offers a range of Turkish specialties, including unusual Armenian and Greek options...Read More

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