OLD CITY – SULTANAHMET
TARİHİ SULTANAHMET KÖFTECİSİ
Founded in 1920 is famous with for its delicious kofte (Turkish meat balls)and piyaz ( white bean salad).
Divanyolu Caddesi No 12 Sultanahmet
Tel : 0 (212) 520 05 66
BALIKCI SABAHATTIN – Seafood specialties
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.
Cankurtaran – Seyh Hasankuyu Sokak no1 Sultanahmet
Tel : 0 (212) 458 18 24
GİRİTLİ- Aegean Turkish Cuisine
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
Keresteci Hakkı Sok. (next to Armada Otel ) Cankurtaran/Ahirkapi- Old city
Tel: 0 (212 ) 458 22 70
Tel: 0 (212 ) 458 22 70
KARISMA SEN – Meze and fish specialties
Tel: 0 (212) 458 00 81
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.
Kalçin Sokak – Eminönü
Tel : 0 (212) 528 03 90
Kalpakçılar Cad. Havuzbaşı Gani Çelebi Sok 3
Next to the Post Office – Kapalıçarşı
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
Ali Baba Turbesi Sokak -Nurosmaniye
Tel : 0 (212) 526 30 71
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
A casual rooftop restaurant featuring a menu that focuses on cooking over an open fire.
Newest from acclaimed Istanbul chef Mehmet Gürs.
Kemankeş Caddesi No 57-59, Karaköy
Tel: 0 (212) 372 07 50
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
Meze at reasonable prices
Kemankeş Caddesi No 37/A – Karaköy
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
Grill restaurant serving food from South East Turkey.Çiğ köfte (Turkish steak tartare) are worth a try.
İtfaiye Caddesi 19,Fatih
Tel: 0 (212) 533 80 88
TAKSİM & BEYOGLU & GALATA
A modern Turkish and Middle Eastern meze restaurant.
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. 107/F Beyoğlu
Tel :(0212) 243 26 33
DOKUZ ECE AKSOY– Home cooking at its best
Asmalımescit Oteller Sokak no:9-B Tepebası / Beyoglu
Tel :(0212) 245 76 28-41
Delicious dishes from the Caucasian Region
Kallavi Sokak No 13/1
Tel: 0212 243 85 53
Old Turkish restaurant established in 1876 serving traditional cuisine and no alcohol.
Sakizaga Cad. no.17 – Beyoglu
Tel : (0212) 293 85 61
Best Black Sea food in town.
Turnacıbaşı Sokak 4
Tel:(0212) 245 75 01
Number 44 on the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2018.
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.
The Marmara Pera Hotel – Tepebasi
Tel : (0212) 293 5656
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
New Anatolian cuisine and delicious!
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No 66-Tünel
(0212) 292 25 50
The best vegeterian restaurant in town!
Kurabiye Sok.No 8 Taksim Tel: 0212 – 243 82 34
Delicious Turkish grills !
Bekar Sokak No 28 – Beyoğlu
Tel: (0212) 293 39 51
Lütfi Kırdar Convention Center
Tel: 0 (212) 232 42 01
Open since 1927 Borsa serves high quality Turkish cuisine with empeccable service.
Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi No 19/1
(0212) 345 62 56
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
Menu with fresh ingredients! Amazingly delicious.
Emirgan Sokak No 20 Reşitpaşa
Tel : (0212 ) 277 15 16
Located within the Sakıp Sabancı Museum offers high quality gastronomical experiences.
Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No 42, Emirgan
Tel : (0212 ) 323 30 30
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.
Traditional dishes from South East Anatolia, with an incredible selection to include both vegetables, salads and kebabs.Alcohol is not served.
Günesli Bahçeli Sokak no43-44 – Kadıköy
Tel : (0216) 330 31 90 – or (0216) 418 51 15
A heavenly match of flavourful meat served with crispy, warm lavash. Best Doner kebab in town.
Cumhuriyet caddesi Seyfi Baba Sokak No 2 Kavacık
Tel : (0216) 413 00 45
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.