15 of the best restaurants in Istanbul

Istanbul’s restaurant scene is thriving and choosing the best restaurants in Istanbul is a lot harder than it used to be.

Growing interest in the restaurant scene here has been sparked by a recent influx of celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver as well as the arrival of restaurant brands such as Cipriani and Zuma.

It’s not just global brands. A number of homegrown restaurants have prospered. With such a potent mix of celebrity chefs, global names and homegrown brands, it’s no easy matter choosing where to dine in Istanbul.

Here, we’ve carefully compiled a selection of 15 restaurants in Istanbul offering a sumptuous variety of worldly cuisine from traditional Turkish to modern Japanese. Each restaurant featured is a destination not only for exemplary eats, but also for stunning décor and unforgettable experiences.




Sunset Istanbul

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Sunset Istanbul

one of the greatest views of Istanbul

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360 Istanbul

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360 Istanbul

360 Istanbul is the place to see and be seen

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Anjelique Istanbul

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Anjelique Istanbul

Anjelique an address for fun, chill-out and full enjoyment

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Ulus 29

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Ulus 29

Ulus 29 an Istanbul classic and popular restaurant in Istanbul

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Mikla

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Mikla

Mikla is an urban, sleek and stylish restaurant located on the rooftop floor of the fashionable “The Marmara Pera” hotel

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Zuma Istanbul

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Zuma Istanbul

Zuma offers something completely new – a sophisticated twist on the traditional japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking.

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Nusr-Et Steakhouse

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Nusr-Et Steakhouse

Nusr-Et Steakhouse is one of the best steakhouses in Istanbul, Nusr-Et is a Meatlover’s paradise, with a wide selection of delicious meat, such as Lamb T-bone, T-Bone Steak, Lamb Chops, two kinds of meatballs and more. Nusr-Et Steakhouse was established in 2010 by Nusret Gökçe and Mithat Erdem. Since then they have been the ambassadors of steak culture in İstanbul. Nusr-Et Steakhouse became the leading steakhouse by serving delicious meats in a homelike atmosphere. The meats here have specific names, exclusive to Nusr-et such as ‘lokum’ (Turkish delight) and ‘ceviz’ (walnut). The three-dimensional Nusr-et köfte (meatballs), hamburger, lokum and ceviz are among favourites. The meat used is only from the Maramra region. All steaks are served with fries, spinach puree, or piyaz (beans). Nusr-Et Steak House offers its customers an extraordinary experience and the best quality of the meat. The meat is “mouth-watering” and always perfectly cooked and served on wood. Don’t miss the freshly baked baklava in a pan which they serve stuffed with vanilla ice cream. The restaurant is full at all hours of the day, so it’s advisable to make reservations before going. Nusr-Et Steakhouse Nispetiye Caddesi,No:87 Etiler, 34337 Beşiktaş Tel: +90 212 358 3022 Website / facebook /...

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P.F. Chang’s Istanbul

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P.F. Chang’s Istanbul

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. is a U.S. based restaurant company that features a blend of high-quality, Chinese-inspired cuisine and American hospitality in a sophisticated, contemporary bistro setting. Pei Wei Asian Diner offers a modest menu of freshly prepared pan-Asian cuisine in a relaxed, warm environment offering attentive counter service and take-out flexibility. In addition to its delicious dishes, unique desserts and big portions, P.F. Chang’s also feature a broad beverage menu including wine, special cocktails, sake, beer, and tea and coffee varieties. At P.F. Chang’s you are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. The majestic 11 ft. tall horses grace the entrance to the restaurant. The horse symbolizes the original Forbidden City in China, which was built for China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. These elements showcase the cuisine and create a stylish, comfortable, upbeat dining experience for guests at P.F. Chang’s. Serving to its guests with the slogan “We are really glad you are here and we will do everything we can to make you come back” P.F. Chang’s has gained the loyalty of guests around the world and it is expected to be equally successful in Turkey for many years to come. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc., the biggest operator of Asian full-service restaurants in the U.S. by market share, opened its first outlet in Turkey and plans to add one or two restaurants a year in the country. P.F. Chang’s Istanbul Address: Etiler Mah. Nispetiye cad. No: 94, Beşiktaş, İstanbul Phone: 0212 358 60 60 Website / facebook /...

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Mia Mensa

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Mia Mensa

Mia Mensa is one of the most popular and classical Italian restaurants in Istanbul, right by the Bosphorus

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Cahide 3D

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Cahide 3D

Cahide boasts outrageous drag queen cabaret

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Park Samdan Istanbul

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Park Samdan Istanbul

Park Şamdan is a Nişantaşı classic and has been operating in Istanbul’s Nişantaşı neighborhood since 1982

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Kosebasi Istanbul

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Kosebasi Istanbul

Köşebaşı was founded in 1995 as the first upscale Turkish restaurant, serving the authentic tastes of eastern Mediterranean cuisine to its guests.

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Paper Moon Istanbul

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Paper Moon Istanbul

Very good Italian food and excellent service

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Gaja Restaurant / Roof

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Gaja Restaurant / Roof

Fine dining Gaja restaurant offers sophisticated contemporary continental cuisine with superb views over the Bosphorus and an extensive wine list with over 160 local and International labels.

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