Recommended Restaurants Istanbul 2018
Where to eat in Istanbul? Best Restaurants in Istanbul
There are various options in every taste and expectation for those who want to have a nice dinner in Istanbul. There are crowded and popular restaurants to spend a vibrant night and ones out of sight but again tasty for those looking to have a quiet dinner.
In this article, we tried to make an updated list of the Best Istanbul Restaurants as of the year 2018 in which everyone can find a place according to their own taste. Here is the list of 13 best restaurants in Istanbul.
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One of the favorite places of steak lovers in Istanbul, Nusr-Et Steakhouse has been providing service since the year 2010 with its first restaurant opened in Etiler. Its menu, in which you can find any choice of beef and lamb, brings a new and different concept to the steakhouse culture. Nusr-Et stands out with its meat quality and cooking methods among other steakhouses and also carries this experience to its burgers.
Nusret, who gained international fame with his salt adding signature move, also opened branches in Miami and Doha. You can try his special burgers in Nusr-Et Burger in Nişantaşı, Bebek, Kanyon and İstinye Park.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse Restaurant Located in Etiler
Leb-i Derya Restaurant
Leb-i Derya (meaning seaside) Restaurant draws the attentions with its view and trademark cocktails. The restaurant, located in Beyoğlu also appeals to wine lovers with its comprehensive wine menu. Leb-i Derya offers mantı (which is a kind of a meat pasty), fillet steak prepared with 40 seasonings and daily fish options as well as cold and warm starters.
The pleasure of a nice dinner is also accompanied by a spectacular Bosphorus view and a DJ performance. The restaurant, true to its name, brings the sea view, a beautiful dinner and entertainment together for its customers.
Leb-i Derya Restaurant Located in Taksim (Beyoglu)
Sunset Grill & Bar
Sunset Grill & Bar, providing service since 1994 in Ulus Park has the view of Bosphorus too. The restaurant served the ‘’Californian Cuisine’’ and grilled steak in its first years but added different tastes from the Turkish cuisine to its menu upon requests from the foreign guests.
In addition to all these, the restaurant introduced a Sushi Bar and has been serving the tastes of the Japanese cuisine to its customers for 10 years. Besides the Japanese Cuisine, the creative kitchen director Chef Fabrice Canelle brings the best samples of the Mediterranean Cuisine, which he created by taking inspiration from the nature, to its guests.
The daily menu of Sunset Grill & Bar, which is also preferable for lunches, mostly consists of Mediterranean, Turkish and Japanese cuisines.
Sunset Grill & Bar – Restaurant With A Great View of Bosphorus
In the terrace of Novotel in Karaköy, Mürver offers its customers a cozy and lively atmosphere with the always-burning wood fire in its kitchen and promises a spectacular view of İstanbul. The food in the menu is cooked in the open grill and wood oven lit by a wood fire. The meat cooked in the oven is aged in the grill and the famous octopus, served with roasted Aegean herbs, is cooked in ash.
In short, the wood fire gives its taste to everything. Yılmaz Öztürk Mürver, also known from the restaurants Mancar and L’Escargot in Alaçatı, plans the menu with the consultancy of Mehmet Gürs, the chef of Mikla.
Mürver Restaurant Located Near Both Sultanahmet And Taksim
Mikla, located at the top floor of Marmara Pera Hotel, has been riding high under the management of the co-founder and chef Mehmet Gürs since the year 2005. The simplicity of the Scandinavian Cuisine, the cooking methods and the traditional tastes of the Turkish Cuisine all come together and make Mikla a one-of-a-kind restaurant.
As a contemporary Istanbul restaurant, Mikla has shown its difference with the ingredients chosen elaborately from every corner of Anatolia under the concept of ‘’New Anatolian Cuisine’’ since 2012.
According to Chef Mehmet Gürs, the Anatolian Cuisine has a very open structure for changes and global development. We can also say that wine originating from Anatolia is an indispensable part of the menu. There is a variety in the wine menu ranging from France to Chile, Spain and all the way to Australia. You can choose your wine according to your food and adorn your evening.
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London’s famous Japanese restaurant Zuma first opened in Ortaköy in 2008 and is now providing service with its striking decoration in Istinye Park. Zuma Restaurant, which has also a branch in Hong Kong and has become a worldwide brand, offers authentic Japanese tastes in a traditional Izaka setting.
The decoration items and even the plates of the restaurant come from Japan. There is a variety of food choices such as seafood, meat dishes, meat grills and of course Zuma specialties, sushi, vegetables, soup and rice. Having also set menus for lunches, Zuma offers an embracing ambience with its minimalistic style.
Zuma Restaurant Located in Istinye Park Shopping Mall
Located at the top floor of the historical Mısır Apartment, 360 Istanbul has received many international awards. The restaurant offers its customers a distinguished wine and bar menu for lunches and dinners and turns into a night club after 22:00 over the weekends.
You can find options of both the World Cuisine and Anatolian Cuisine such as duck with cherries and the kibbeh of Gaziantep. So, 360 Istanbul succeeded to secure its place among the best restaurants in Istanbul in the last decade.
360 Istanbul Located in The Heart of Taksim – Istiklal Avenue
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Opening in 1997 at the penthouse of the BJK Plaza in Akaretler, Vogue offers the special tastes of the world cuisine accompanied by the famous Istanbul Bosphorus view. In this neat, elegant and comfortable restaurant, you can find many unique tastes from sea bass to roasted lamb’s shank.
Along with the options such as fish in Thai style and artichoke tortellini, you can also have some Japanese tastes from the sushi menu of the restaurant.
Vogue Restaurant – A Dinner With The View Of Bosphorus
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Çiya Sofrası describes itself as “the garden of the lost cultures and forgotten tastes” and offers its customers almost every taste of the Anatolian Cuisine. The restaurant, in which you will find a foreign guest in any time of the day, started its adventure in 1987 in Kadıköy with only five tables.
The restaurant still hasn’t moved unto this day and has a separate saloon for kebab and lahmacun (some sort of a pizza with spicy meat fillings). 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. They have various options for deserts too.
Çiya Restaurant – Best Local Turkish Food in Kadıköy (Asian Side)
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Günaydın Et Lokantası
One of the symbols of the transition of a butcher to a restaurant, the story of Günaydın Et Lokantası starts at a small butcher shop in 1965 in the Kasaplar Çarşısı in Bostancı.
As one of the restaurant to spread the steakhouse culture in Turkey, Günaydın has many branches in the European and Asian sides of the city. The restaurant, in which you can find every option of meat such as meatballs, doner kebabs and beefsteaks, is one of the most beloved places for meat lovers.
Günaydın Et Lokantası – A Delicious Meat Restaurant
Viktor Levi Şarap Evi
Viktor Levi is a wine house that produces its own wines. You can see the wine house on your left as you walk down from Kadıköy’s famous Rexx Cinema.
Alongside the indispensable part of wine, imported and domestic cheese plates, Viktor Levi offers its customers special choices for livers and meats. You can drink a home-made wine while you have your nice dinner in the restaurant.
Viktor Levi’s wine journey started in Bozcaada and now continues in Viktor Levi Şarap Evi. The ivy-mantled garden of the historical mansion, restored about 20 years ago faithful to the original, has a nice ambience for wine-lovers.
Viktor Levi Wine House is Located in Kadıköy
Located in the Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı, Ajia Resturant has been providing service since the year 2004 in Kanlıca. The tastes of the Mediterranean and World cuisines, prepared by Chef İzzet Ayva and his team, is presented in company with the Bosphorus view of Kanlıca.
The restaurant’s bar, which is 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 your brunch dates.
The restaurant has a private transportation service by sea except on Mondays. Ajia has such a great location that even its spectacular view can be enough for the restaurant to be called one of the best restaurants in Istanbul.
Ajia Restaurant is Located Near Bosphorus
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 alongside the view from Kalamış to the Prince Islands. The restaurant is also highly preferred for the organizations like company meals and birthdays.
Moda Teras is Cozy Restaurant With The Sea View
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Written By Seda Nur Çınar
Translation By Büşra Balcan