Istanbul offers wide range of Turkish cuisine at the variety of well established, good and luxury Istanbul restaurants. Istanbul also offers wide range of world cuisine such as Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, French, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and Thai food. Istanbul offers wide range of quality restaurants in its every districts and neighborhoods.
360Istanbul is a famous roof-top restaurant, bar and night club located in 19th century apartment building overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu on the famous Istiklal Street. It offers 360 degrees breathe taking views of Istanbul. 360 is open for lunch and dinner, offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with the traditional Turkish cuisine and international cuisine as well as an exclusive wine selection. Many of the main courses are our original recipes again mixing Turkish and international influences coupled with an ingeniously engineered and extensive wine & dessert menu.
Located in the famous Asmalimescit Street of Beyoglu, Asmali Cavit can be considered as one of the best Meyhanes (Taverns) in Istanbul. This award winning traditional meyhane serves in a very authentic atmosphere and famous for its mezes (starters) such as kryptonite-green, true octopus salad and hot starters such as yaprak ciger (thin slices of liver fried with onions) and muska boregi (a fried triangle of phyllo dough stuffed with ground beef and onions) and finally the main dishes of great fresh fish and kofte (meatballs) and more. The list may go on and on. If you are looking for a traditional Turkish tavern, than head out to Asmali Cavit.
Beyti is a very famous meat restaurant designed in a modern architectural style and located in the residential neighborhood of Florya, close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Bakirkoy district of Istanbul. Beyti is owned by Mr. Beyti Guler and probably one of the first chefs who gave his name to a meat dish in Turkey as "Beyti" is a special meat dish. Beyti serves in its ten dining rooms and three terraces with an interior decoration inspired by the Ottoman Turkish art. Beyti Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Turkey where you may find excellent meat.
Mikla Restaurant is an award winning restaurant of Mehmet Gürs, located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Chef-Owner who pioneered the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul on the roof top floor of the fashionable the Marmara Pera Hotel. Mikla has excellent food, the new Anatolian Kitchen (traditional and true noble products are treated with utmost respect while being transformed with a blend of new and ancient techniques), breathtaking views and inspiring music.
Kizkulesi (or Maiden’s Tower) is an iconic structure that sits on a tiny island in the inlet between Bosphorus and Üsküdar. Regarded as floating between two continents, Europe and Asia, the tower’s history dates back to the Byzantine period and is shrouded by many stories and legends. Today the tower is a great destination for cultural travelers. Its restaurant offers visitors an incredible dining experience, in both atmosphere and taste, for lunch and dinner. Serving Ottoman-inspired cuisine, as well as other dishes from around the world, the restaurant treats travelers to a ‘mystical nostalgic ambiance’ that is enhanced by live music.
Some of Istanbul’s best luxury dining experiences are set on high rooftops, allowing visitors to revel in the city’s inspiring views and perfect climate. Leb-i derya is thought to be one of the leaders of this trend and, although it is now rivaled by many competitors, it still stands as one of the best. The menu offers a range of cuisines to match its guest’s tastebuds, including Turkish delicacies such as lamb shish with plums, pomegranate molasses, fresh thyme, spiced rice with current and pine nuts. There is also delectable pastas such as seafood linguine with salmon, calamari, shrimp, tomato cream sauce and fresh mint. Also on the menu are refreshing salads such as Thai-marinated grilled chicken salad with roasted yellow-red peppers and mango vinaigrette. There’s now two restaurants in the city and both locations act as havens for quality dining in beautifully designed settings.
While the awe-inspiring views offered of the Bosphorus strait, Bosphorus Bridge and Asian shoreline make Sunset Grill & Bar worth a visit, it’s the range and quality of food served here that make it stand out. From California-style grilled meats to Turkishclassics, and from risotto to sushi, Sunset Grill & Bar has adapted their menu to international gastronomic trends. The Japanese cuisine is a particular highlight of the restaurant, with Hiroki Takemura – the Master Chef of the internationally acclaimed Nobu Restaurant in London – working in the kitchen on a permanent basis since 2010. Truly a place of stunning decadence, the venue’s bar offers fine cigars and exclusive cognacs and whiskies.
While it seems its impossible to get a unanimous vote of where to find Istanbul’s best kebab, Çiya is certainly one of the main competitors. The restaurant describes their dishes as taking guests on a journey ‘spanning from Mesopotamia to the Ottomans, from the Balkans to the Caucasus and from Asia to the Arabian Peninsula’. Each menu item is listed with where it was originally from. Their Ciya kebab (from the Ciya region) unites succulent knife-ground beef with walnuts, yogurt, mozzarella, parsley, mint and sumac, while the falafel from Orta Dogu is made from rich fava beans, chickpeas, coriander, parsley, onion and garlic. More affordable than some of the other restaurants in town, Çiya is perfect for the budgeting traveler who wants to try authentic Turkish gastronomy. Ciya runs two kebab shops as well as the Çiya Sofrası restaurant.
Opened in 2005, Mikla is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants Istanbul has to offer. The restaurant is on the roof of The Marmara Pera Hotel. It offers beautiful views of the city and its most treasured buildings, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. Chef and owner Mehmet Gürs brings his Turkish-Scandinavian background to the fore in the beautiful designed, tantalizing menu. Dishes served include grilled prawns with vegetable firik, chickpea flour, and zucchini blossoms. The restaurant also recently opened its new Anatolian Kitchen, transforming and updating traditional dishes through both contemporary and ancient gastronomic techniques.
A favorite among travelers, Asitane Restaurant has dedicated its kitchen to reviving the forgotten cuisine of the Ottoman Palace. The restaurant is set in an enchanting location in Edirnekapı, lying in the shadow of the mesmerizing Chora Church. Priding itself on the research undertaken to rediscover more than 200 lost recipes, the restaurant uses traditional cooking methods. Some of these methods are more than 500 years old. The seasonal menu items are accompanied with the date of the dishes’ invention, such as the savory meat patties (1764); chicken stewed with apricots rezaki raisins and almonds, flavored with cinnamon and cloves and served with saffron pilaf. A fascinating journey through the history of Turkish gastronomy, Asitane Restaurant is a must for all history lovers.