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OLD CITY – SULTANAHMET

BALIKCI SABAHATTIN – Seafood specialties
Cankurtaran – Seyh Hasankuyu Sokak no1 Sultanahmet
Tel : 0 (212) 458 18 24
Very simple restaurant in a picturesque back street of the old town surrounded by flowers and derelict wooden houses. A good choice of very tasty “mezes” and fresh fish. Reservation is a must.
Area : Old part of town behind the hotel Armada.
GİRİTLİ- Aegean Turkish Cuisine
Keresteci Hakkı Sok. (next to Armada Otel ) Cankurtaran/Ahirkapi- Old city
Tel: 0 (212 ) 458 22 70
The Giritli restaurant is located in a restored Istanbul wooden house in the old city (close to Four Seasons hotel).
Owner Ayse Şensılay has her roots in Girit, meaning Crete. She inherited her love of cooking from her family and serves all her family’s favourite dishes.
You can also find unique versions of Istanbul fare. A meal at Giritli consists of a lot more than what’s on the menu.
The joys of the Cretan kitchen are slowly unveiled during the course of your meal, allowing plenty of time for conversation.
Everything is done for you: even the ordering!It is a fixed menu
Reservations recommended.
KARISMA SEN – Meze and fish specialties at its best
Kennedy Cad.28
Tel: 0 (212) 458 00 81
 
HAMDI
Kalçin Sokak – Eminönü
Tel : 0 (212) 528 03 90
Specializes in kebabs. It is in the old city next to the Spice Bazaar and has a magnificent view over the Galata Bridge, the mosques and the sea.
GRAND BAZAAR
 
CAN LOKANTASI
Kalpakçılar Cad. Havuzbaşı Gani Çelebi Sok 3
Next to the Post Office – Kapalıçarşı
FES CAFE
Ali Baba Turbesi Sokak -Nurosmaniye
Tel : 0 (212) 526 30 71
This cafe is near the Grand Bazaar.The owner has also a cafe in the Bazaar where you could have an excellenty salad or a sandwich and freshly squeezed fruit juices.
Area : near the Grand Bazaar
HAVUZLU
A Grand Bazaar favourite, the restaurant was founded in 1959 and named after a small fountain nearby. Upstairs has been decorated as an Ottoman-style coffee house.
Kapalıçarşı, Gani Çelebi Sokak No. 3
KARAKÖY
 
FERAHFEZA
Mediterranean cuisine with views of the old city and Galata. in Karaköy.
Kemankeş Caddesi No 31 5th Floor Karaköy
Tel: 0 (212) 243 51 54
KARAKOY BALIKÇISI
Sea food restaurant open since 1923 with a lovely view of the Golden Horn.
Kardeşim Sokak No 30 Karaköy
Tel: 0 (212) 251 13 71
KARAKÖY LOKANTASI
Meze at reasonable prices
Kemankeş Caddesi No 37/A – Karaköy
NEOLOKAL – New
Maksut Aşkar, the celebrated new generation Turkish chef’s new restaurant.
Chef Maksut re-creats traditional fare with a contemporary twist. Authentic and delicious ingredients from different regions of Turkey blended into new formulas and incredible tastes.
Salt Galata, Bankalar Caddesi No.11 – Karaköy;
Tel: 0 (212) 244 00 16
ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM – LOFT
Salıpazarı
Tel : 0 (212) 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
FATİH
 
SUR OCAKBAŞI
İtfaiye Caddesi 19,Fatih
Tel: 0 (212) 533 80 88
Grill restaurant serving food from South East Turkey.Çiğ köfte (Turkish steak tartarSmile) are worth a try.
TAKSİM & BEYOGLU & GALATA
DOKUZ ECE AKSOY Home cooking at its best
Asmalımescit Oteller Sokak no:9-B Tepebası / Beyoglu Tel :(0212) 245 76 28-41
FICCIN
Kallavi Sokak No 13/1
Beyoğlu
Tel: 0212 243 85 53
Delicious dishes from the Caucasian Region
GRAM
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
HACI ABDULLAH
Sakizaga Cad. no.17 – Beyoglu
Tel : (0212) 293 85 61
Old Turkish restaurant established in 1876 serving traditional cuisine and no alcohol.
HAYVORE
Best Black Sea food in town.
Turnacıbaşı Sokak 4
Beyoğlu
Tel:(0212) 245 75 01
MIKLA
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.
NICOLE
A true gastronomical experience.Try the Nicole tasting menu. Every plate is well thought with great fusion of local plates and international taste.
Boğazkesen Cad. Tomtom Kaptan Sok. No: 18 Beyoğlu
Tel : (0212) 212 292 44 67
 
YENİ LOKANTA
New Anatolian cuisine and delicious!
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No 66-Tünel
(0212) 292 25 50
 
ZENCEFİL
Kurabiye Sok.No 8 Taksim Tel: 0212 – 243 82 34
The best vegeterian restaurant in town!
 
ZÜBEYİR OCAKBAŞI
Delicious Turkish grills !
Bekar Sokak No 28 – Beyoğlu
Tel: (0212) 293 39 51
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HARBIYE- NİŞANTAŞI

BORSA
Lütfi Kırdar Convention Center
Harbiye
Tel: 0 (212) 232 42 01
Open since 1927 Borsa serves high quality Turkish cuisine with empeccable service.
DELICATESSEN
Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No 19/1
Nişantaşı
(0212) 345 62 56
Menu includes freshly made ravioli,meat and vegetable dishes.Trendy venue for drinks
HÜNKAR
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
KANTİN
Istanbul Cuisine at its best by talented Chef Semsa Denizsel.
Area : Nişantaşı
PARK SAMDAN
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
BOSPHORUS AREA
 
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
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.
ASIAN SIDE
CIYA SOFRASI
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.
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MEYHANE RECOMMENDATIONS
İmroz
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
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
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.
 
Sevic
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.
 
Kör Agop
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.
 
Boncuk
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.
 
Cumhuriyet
The most famous meyhane in Nevizade, featuring live fasıl music every day.