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Salt Galata, Bankalar Caddesi No.11 - Karaköy;
Tel: (0212) 244 00 16
ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM - LOFT
Tel : (0212) 292 26 12 -13
Contemporary Art Museum near the Cruise ships port.
The museum has an excellent restaurant and a breathtaking outdoor terrace on the Bosphorus overlooking the old town and the Marmara sea.
The Museum is closed on Mondays
İtfaiye Caddesi 19,Fatih
Tel:(212) 533 80 88
Grill restaurant serving food from South East Turkey.Çiğ köfte (Turkish steak tartar) are worth a try.
A small lunch restaurant by Chef Didem Senol also owner of Lokanta Maya. Bakery section needs attention as well.
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi Meşrutiyet Caddesi No 107 D Beyoğlu
Tel:(0212) 243 10 48
Sakizaga Cad. no.17 - Beyoglu
Tel : (0212) 293 85 61
Old Turkish restaurant established in 1876 serving traditional cuisine and no alcohol.
Best Black Sea food in town.
Turnacıbaşı Sokak 4
Tel:(0212) 245 75 01
The Marmara Pera Hotel - Tepebasi
Tel : (0212) 293 5656
On the roof of Marmara Pera Hotel. Amazing view over the city and very refined cusine by a young very talented celebrity chef Mehmet Gürs. a 12 course tasting menu is available. Very popular need booking well ahead.
A true gastronomical experience.Try the Nicole tasting menu. Every plate is well thought with great fusion of local plates and international taste.
Menu includes freshly made ravioli,meat and vegetable dishes.Trendy venue for drinks
M.Kemal Öke Cad. Nisantasi
Tel : (0212) 225 46 65 or 225 46 30
An Istanbul classic ,excellent authentic Turkish food. Presented in trays and easy to chose from. Try the lamb with quince or if you are vegeterian the rice with anchovies , the okra cooked in olive oil etc. Wonderful Turish desserts.
Area : Nişantaşı
Akkavak Sk 16/2 Nisantası– open until 9:00 pm serves lunch and dinner. 0212 - 219 31 14
Istanbul Cuisine at its best by talented Chef Semsa Denizsel.
Area : Nişantaşı
Very trendy and elegant fine dining restaurant . Excellent service and excellent cuisine, both Turkish and International. Try their vegetable starters cooked with olive oil, their kebabs or the grilled sword fish.
Reservation is a must.
Area : Nişantaşı
ISKELE RUMELI HISAR
Yahya Kemal Caddesi no.1 Rumelihisar
Tel : (0212) 263 29 37
Excellent fish restaurant on the waterfront on the European side of the city
Specialty : Grilled calamar
Area : Near the Rumelihisar fortress on the Bosphorus
Sabanci Muzesi – Emirgan
Tel : (0212) 323 09 01
Magnificent open air terrace overlooking the Bosphorus through the garden of Sakip Sabanci residence, today a private museum.
Excellent imaginative fusion" cuisine, under the supervision of famous London based chef Peter Gordon (from the Sugar Club) has made of Changa the trendiest restaurant in town.
Area : On the Bosphorus in Summer and in the modern part of town, near Taksim Square in winter
Closed on Mondays.
Area: On the Bosphorus
SUNSET GRILL & BAR
Adnan Saygun Caddesi Yok Sokak no.2
Ulus Parki – Ulus
Tel : (0212) 287 03 57
Located just below Ulus 29, Sunset has probably the best wine cellar in town .
Good selection of sushi and the rest is based on an international cuisine.
Area : Ulus ,Residential area overlooking the Bosphorus
ULUS 29 (YIRMIDOKUZ)
Ahmet Adnan Saygun Cad. Ulus Parki içi no.1 - Ulus
Very elegant restaurant, refined interior decoration, the restaurant overlooks the Bosphorus from one of the seven hills of Istanbul.
Beautiful terrace. Delicious Turkish food!
Reservation is a must.
Günesli Bahçeli Sokak no43-44 – Kadıköy
Tel : (0216) 330 31 90 – or (0216) 418 51 15
Traditional dishes from South East Anatolia, with an incredible selection to include both vegetables, salads and kebabs.Alcohol is not served.
First opened in Kerpen Arcade - Balıkpazarı in 1941, İmroz is now located on Nevizade Sokak. The owner for sixty years and now partner Yorgo Okumuş is still working there. Lakerda (salt bonito), sauced bonito and tarama (made by spawn and bread) are the most famous among the 35 kinds of meze İmroz offers. It is open everyday until midnight. Reservation is accepted until 19:00. The terrace is open in summers.
Yakup 2 has been in service on Asmalımescid Street near Tünel for 27 years. It is famous for its special hot mezes. Arnavut ciğeri (fried liver), mushrooms with butter and kağıtta pastırma (dried meat flavored with cumin and garlic and cooked and served in a special paper) are among its indispensable tastes. Lunch is served between 12:00 and 14:30 and dinner is between 18:30 and 01:00.
Kuleli has been in Samatya for 25 years and is famous for its seafood. Kalamar (calamari), ançuez (salted anchovy), sardalya (sardine), ahtapot (octopus), lakerda (salt bonito) and çiroz (dried mackerel) are the favorite mezes. It may be difficult to find a table without a reservation.
Seviç was first founded as a beer house in Çiçek Pasajı, Galatarasay in 1948. Foreign customers enjoy the site and Hungarian violinist Korçi performs between 15:00 and 19:00. It is open everyday until midnight.
At the historical customs building in Kumkapı, Kör Agop is a 65-year old establishment preferred by foreign customers. Special "Kör Agop-style" cold and hot mezes are famous. For example, Kör Agop soup is a kind of fish soup. It is open everyday between 11:00 and 01:30. Fasıl Heyeti (a group of traditional style musicians) performs live music from 20:00 on.
Located on Nevizade Street in Galatarasay, it is famous for uskumru dolması (stuffed mackerel), topik (an Armenian meze), Cerkez tavugu (Circassian chicken) and Boncuk tatlısı (bead dessert) made of apple. It features live guitar music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The most famous meyhane in Nevizade, featuring live fasıl music every day.