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Top 10 Restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul offers a wide range of Turkish cuisine at various well-established, reasonable, and luxury Istanbul restaurants. Istanbul also offers a wide range of world cuisine such as Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, French, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and Thai food. Istanbul offers a wide range of quality restaurants in every district and neighborhoods.



1- 360 Istanbul Restaurant - in Istiklal Street

360 Istanbul Restaurant360Istanbul is a famous roof-top restaurant, bar, and nightclub located in a 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 traditional Turkish cuisine and international cuisine, as well as an exclusive wine selection. Many of the main courses are our original recipes, mixing Turkish and global influences with an ingeniously engineered and extensive wine & dessert menu.



2- Asmali Cavit - Asmalimescit

Asmali CavitLocated 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 is famous for its mezes (starters) such as kryptonite-green, original octopus salad and hot starters such as yaprak cigar (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 excellent fresh fish and kofte (meatballs) and more. The list may go on and on if you are looking for a traditional Turkish tavern, then head out to Asmali Cavit.



3- Beyti - in Florya

BeytiBeyti 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.



4- Mikla Restaurant - in Beyoglu

Mikla Restaurant BeyogluMikla 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 rooftop floor of the fashionable the Marmara Pera Hotel. Mikla has excellent food, the new Anatolian Kitchen (traditional and authentic noble products are treated with the utmost respect while being transformed with a blend of contemporary and ancient techniques), breathtaking views, and inspiring music.



KIZKULESI (MAIDEN'S TOWER)Kizkulesi (or Maiden’s Tower) is an iconic structure that builds 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 an excellent destination for cultural travelers. Its restaurant offers visitors an incredible dining experience for lunch and dinner in both atmosphere and taste. Serving Ottoman-inspired cuisine and other dishes from around the world, the restaurant treats travelers to a ‘mystical nostalgic ambiance’ enhanced by live music.



6- Leb-i derya

Leb-i deryaSome 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 many competitors now rival it, 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 pasta 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 are now two restaurants in the city, and both locations act as havens for quality dining in beautifully designed settings.


7- Sunset Grill & Bar

Sunset Grill & BarWhile 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 makes it stand out. From California-style grilled meats to Turkishclassics and risotto to sushi, Sunset Grill & Bar has adapted its menu to international gastronomic trends. The restaurant's Japanese cuisine is a particular highlight, with Hiroki Takemura – the Master Chef of the internationally acclaimed Nobu Restaurant in London – working in the kitchen permanently since 2010. Truly a place of stunning decadence, the venue's bar offers fine cigars and exclusive cognacs and whiskies.



8- Çiya in Kadıköy

Çiya in KadıköyWhile it seems impossible to get a unanimous vote on finding Istanbul’s best kebab, Çiya is undoubtedly 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 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. At the same time, 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 budgeting travelers who want to try authentic Turkish gastronomy. Ciya runs two kebab shops as well as the Çiya Sofrası restaurant.



9- Mikla Restaurant in Pera

Mikla Restaurant PeraOpened 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.



10- Asitane Restaurant in Fatih

Asitane RestaurantA 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 accompany 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.