Istanbul has a unique location located on both European and Asian continents. Located in the middle of Istanbul, Bosphorus offers a magnificent view to both locals and tourists in the city. In this article, you can find the best restaurants in Istanbul with view in 2021.
There are many restaurants in Istanbul where you can have a nice dinner. There are both quiet places where you can enjoy the view and crowded places where you can feel the rhythm of the city. You can find both types of places among the restaurants in this article.
Best Restaurants in Istanbul with View 2021
There are 13 restaurants in our list of the best restaurants in Istanbul with view in 2021. While most of these restaurants are on the European Side (from 1 to 8), there are also restaurants located on the Asian Side (from 9 to 13).
In the list, we mostly chose restaurants where you can have a meal in Istanbul with sea views. However, we have included some restaurants that we especially recommend you to try, even if they do not have a sea view.
Most of the best restaurants in Istanbul are places that promise Bosphorus or Golden Horn views. However, if it does not have such a feature, we noted it in the lines below.
1. Nusr-Et Steakhouse
Nusr-et Steakhouse is one of the most favorite places of steak lovers in Istanbul. The first Nusr-Et branch was opened in 2010 and it has proved to be highly successful.
The menu of Nusr-Et Steakhouse offers a lot of dishes made with beef and lamb. We can easily say that Nusr-Et Steakhouse has introduced a whole new concept to steak culture with its rich menu. Nusr-Et stands out with its meat quality and cooking methods among other steakhouses. The same qualities are applied in making burgers as well.
Nusret has become an Internet sensation thanks to his art of cooking and preparing meat. Moreover, he is known as “Salt Bae” thanks to his iconic way of sprinkling salt on steak. This move was watched by millions of people on Internet and Nusret has become increasingly popular since then.
Thanks to his popularity and growing demand, he opened branches in Miami and Doha too. You can also try his special burgers in “Nusr-Et Burger” in Nisantasi, Bebek, Kanyon and Istinye Park.
Since Nusret’s first branch was located in Etiler on the Bosphorus, it was far from tourists staying in Istanbul Old City. However, Nusret opened a branch in the Grand Bazaar recently. You can experience Nusret, one of the best meat restaurants in Istanbul, in its new place, which you can reach by walking from Sultanahmet.
2. Leb-i Derya
Leb-i Derya (meaning seaside) Restaurant attracts attention with its view and trademark cocktails. The restaurant is located at Beyoglu and its rich menu appeals to wine lovers. Leb-i Derya offers manti, fillet steak prepared with 40 seasonings and daily fish options as well as cold and warm starters.
A nice dining experience is accompanied by a spectacular Bosphorus view and a DJ performance at Leb-i Derya. The restaurant, true to its name, brings the sea view, an enjoyable dinner, and entertainment together for its customers.
Lebi Derya is among the best restaurants in Istanbul that have maintained its quality for a long time. Lebi Derya, which we also mentioned in the article best restaurants in Taksim, is an ideal place for a dinner with a sea view.
3. Sunset Grill & Bar
Sunset Grill & Bar provides service for its customers in Ulus Park. The restaurant also boasts a great Bosphorus view too. In the past, the restaurant served only ‘’Californian Cuisine’’ and grilled steak. However, due to the high demand of its foreign customers, the restaurant began to offer Turkish food in its menu.
Moreover, the restaurant introduced a Sushi Bar ten years ago and it has served delicious Japanese dishes to its customers since then. A creative kitchen director, Chef Fabrice Canelle joined the team two years ago and after his arrival, the restaurant began to serve Mediterranean food too. According to Chef Canelle, he was inspired by nature as he created his Mediterranean menu.
Sunset Grill & Bar is open for lunch and dinner and you can find the Mediterranean, Turkish and Japanese food in its rich menu.
Sunset Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Istanbul with Bosphorus view. Sunset is a successful restaurant that has received many awards.
4. Murver Restaurant
Murver Restaurant is on the terrace of Novotel at Karakoy and it boasts a spectacular Bosphorus view. Moreover, the restaurant offers a warm and lively atmosphere due to the wood fire in its kitchen where its delicious food is cooked.
All the dishes in the menu are cooked on a grill in wood fire and oven. After the meat is cooked in the oven, it is left to rest on the grill. Besides meat, the octopus is also served with fried Aegean herbs. The octopus is cooked in ashes.
In short, wood fire makes the food delicious in this restaurant. Yilmaz Ozturk Murver, the owner of the restaurants Mancar and L’Escargot in Izmir, creates the menu with the help of Mehmet Gurs, the chef of Mikla.
Murver Restaurant is located in Karakoy. Karakoy district, the rising star of Istanbul, is very close to Istanbul Old City. If you are staying in Sultanahmet or Taksim, you can choose Murver Restaurant for a dinner with sea view in Istanbul. Murver is within walking distance of Galataport (Istanbul Cruise Port).
Mikla is located on the top floor of Marmara Pera Hotel. It has become a success story thanks to its co-founder and chef Mehmet Gurs since 2005. Mikla is a special restaurant with its simple but delicious Scandinavian cuisine, cooking methods and its traditional Turkish food.
Mikla is a contemporary Istanbul restaurant and it reflects its own style with its ”New Anatolian Kitchen” that was created in 2012. The concept involves the use of ingredients that are chosen carefully from various parts of Anatolia.
According to Chef Mehmet Gurs, the Anatolian Cuisine is a quite open to changes and follows global trends closely. We can also say that wine made in Anatolia is an indispensable part of the menu.
There is a rich variety in the wine menu ranging from France to Chile, Spain and all the way to Australia. You can enjoy your wine to compliment your food and liven up your night.
If you are staying near Taksim Square, you can have a nice dinner at Mikla, the best restaurant with a view in Istanbul in 2021. Mikla is located within walking distance to major touristic centers such as Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and Galata Tower.
Zuma is a famous Japanese restaurant in London and its first and only branch in Turkey was opened in 2008. The restaurant has an eye-catching decor. Zuma Restaurant has another branch in Hong Kong and we can easily say the restaurant has become a world-famous brand. You can enjoy authentic Japanese food at Zuma Restaurant in a traditional Izakaya setting.
The decoration items and even the plates of the restaurant come from Japan. There is a variety of options to choose from, such as seafood, meat dishes, grilled meat and of course Zuma specialties, sushi, vegetables, soup and rice. Zuma also offers set menus for lunch. If you love the minimalist style of a Japanese restaurant, you will definitely love Zuma’s style and welcoming atmosphere.
7. 360 Istanbul
360 Istanbul is located on the top floor of the historical Misir Apartment and it has received numerous international awards. The restaurant offers a distinguished wine and bar menu for lunch and dinner. Moreover, the restaurant turns into a nightclub after 22:00 on the weekends.
The restaurant offers both international and Anatolian food. There are so many options that you can find the duck with cherries and the kibbeh of Gaziantep in the same menu. Thanks to its special and rich menu, 360 Istanbul has kept its place in the top 10 restaurant lists of Istanbul for 15 years.
360 Istanbul is another award-winning restaurant on the list of the best restaurants in Istanbul. If you want to have a dinner in 360 Istanbul, I strongly recommend you to book in advance. 360 Istanbul is located on Istiklal Street, which can be considered as the center of nightlife in Istanbul.
8. Vogue Restaurant
Vogue Restaurant was opened in 1997 at the penthouse of the BJK Plaza in Akaretler. The restaurant offers food from the international kitchen.
While you have your meal, you can also enjoy its terrific Istanbul view. In this neat, elegant and comfortable restaurant, you can find many unique dishes like sea bass or roasted lamb’s shank.
Along with the options such as fish in Thai style and artichoke tortellini, you can also enjoy Japanese food. Vogue is definitely one of the best restaurants in Istanbul with Bosphorus view.
Vogue Restaurant is located in one of the most high-end spots in Istanbul. There are places like Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Four Seasons at the Bosphorus and W Hotel in Besiktas district, which is equipped with luxury hotels and restaurants.
9. Ciya Sofrasi
Ciya Sofrasi describes itself as ‘’the garden of the lost cultures and forgotten tastes’’ and it’s really possible to find almost every dish of the Anatolian kitchen here. You can come across foreign tourists in the restaurant at any time of the day due to its popularity.
When the restaurant was opened in 1987, it had only five tables, but Ciya Sofrasi climbed the steps of success quickly and it is one of the best restaurants in Istanbul now.
The restaurant still serves at where it was first opened but it has a separate hall where you can enjoy kebab and lahmacun. The menu has a wide range of tastes such as stuffed dried eggplants and stuffed black cabbage.
The menu changes daily but olive oil dishes, starters and kebabs are fixed items. The menu also offers various dessert options.
Although the title of our article is about the sea view restaurants in Istanbul, I had to add a few exceptions. Ciya Sofrasi, the best Turkish restaurant on the Asian Side of Istanbul, has no sea view. However, since it is a neighbor to Kadikoy Fish Market, it is very enjoyable to watch people passing by.
10. Gunaydın Et Lokantasi
Gunaydin Et Lokantasi started to serve as a butcher shop in Bostanci district in 1965. Creating a success story, the restaurant has become one of the best meat restaurants in Istanbul today.
Gunaydin is one of the restaurants that helped steakhouse culture become widespread in Turkey. The restaurant has many branches in Europe and Asian sides of the city.
You can find almost all kinds of meat dishes at Gunaydin Et Lokantasi, be it meatballs, doner kebab or steak. Therefore, Gunaydin Et Lokantasi is one of the most favorite restaurants of meat lovers in Istanbul.
Gunaydın Et Lokantasi is among the exclusive restaurants in Istanbul. The restaurant, which not only served good food but also created a school, raised chefs such as Nusret (aka Salt Bae).
11. Viktor Levi
Viktor Levi is a wine house and it produces its own wines as its name suggests. You can see the wine house on your left as you walk down Kadikoy’s famous Rexx Cinema.
Cheese is the first thing that comes to mind as complimentary to wine. Therefore, Viktor Levi doesn’t neglect to offer a great selection of imported and domestic cheese to its customers. Moreover, you can find special liver and meat options to choose from in its menu. You can enjoy a homemade wine while you have your dinner.
Viktor Levi’s wine journey started in Bozcaada and now it continues at Viktor Levi Wine House. The ivy-mantled garden of the historical mansion, restored about 20 years ago faithful to the original, has a nice atmosphere for wine lovers.
We also mentioned Viktor Levi in the article for the best wine houses in Istanbul. I especially recommend Viktor Levi, one of the best restaurants on the Asian Side of Istanbul.
12. Ajia Restaurant
Ajia Restaurant has been in service since 2004 in Kanlica. While you enjoy the Bosphorus view at the restaurant, you can taste Mediterranean and international food prepared by Chef Izzet Ayva and his team.
The restaurant’s bar, which was granted the ‘’Five Star Diamond’’ award by American Academy of Hospital Services, is open until late at nights. You can also choose Ajia Restaurant for brunch.
The restaurant has a private transportation service by sea except for Mondays. Ajia has such a great location that even its spectacular view can be enough for the restaurant to be called as one of the best restaurants in Bosphorus.
Ajia is among the best restaurants in Istanbul with sea view. You can have a romantic dinner in Ajia, which stands out with its unique location.
13. Moda Teras
Catching the eye with its view of the islands, Moda Teras has become a favorite place for weekend brunches and entertainment. You can have a nice dinner while enjoying the view from Kalamis to the Prince Islands. The restaurant is also highly preferred for organizations like company events and birthdays.
Tourists visiting Istanbul usually stay in Sultanahmet, Taksim, Besiktas or Kadikoy (Asian Side). If you have chosen to stay on the Asian Side, Moda Teras promises a nice dinner for you.
Best Restaurants in Istanbul 2020 & 2021 by Serhat Engul