Due to the fact that it has been the home to several different civilizations over hundreds of years, Istanbul?s culinary culture and cuisine are both rich and varied.
Asian
Cok Cok Thai

This modest sized 2-story venue specializes in Thai cuisine with an open Kitchen. Steps from the Pera Museum. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Tepebasi
Dress Code: Casual

Dragon Chinese

The best traditional Chinese restaurant?s in town. Open daily from noon to 2:30pm for lunch and from 7:00pm to 11:30pm for dinner.
Location: Hilton Istanbul Hotel
Dress Code: Casual

Udonya

Japanese restaurant with 180 selections at moderate prices. Food is very good. Open daily from noon to 02:30pm for lunch and from 06:30pm to 10:30pm for dinner.
Location: The Point Hotel, Taksim
Dress Code: Casual

Hong Bin Lou

Location: Gümüşsuyu, Taksim
Dress Code: Casual

Yutaka

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taksim
Dress Code: Casual

International
360 Istanbul

Renowned for its panoramic view, 360 Istanbul plays host to many famous musicians. The terrace is particularly enjoyable in the summertime. Popular dishes are lamb rack confit and fillet of sea bass. Open from 12.00-03.00
Location: Istiklal Caddesi
Dress Code: Casual

Rejans Restaurant

Rejans Restaurant has been serving Russian cuisine for the last 70 years. Popular dishes include fried haddock, duck, Russian meat-balls ?bitok?, and beef stroganoff. Open from 12.00-00.00
Location: Istiklal Caddesi
Dress Code: Casual

Sunset

With views of the Bosphorus. Sunset has a very extensive wine cellar. We recommend the grilled lobster and scallops, and grilled sea bass.
Lunchtime service from 12.00-15.00, Evening dinner service from 19.00-23.00
Location: Ulus
Dress Code: Casual

Topaz

Commanding a lovely view of the Bosphorus, Topaz serves Mediterranean and Turkish food. There are two alternative wine tasting menus. Topaz has an extensive wine cellar as well as a bar and lounge.
Lunchtime service from 12.00-15.00, Evening dinner service from 19.00-24.00
Location: Gümüşsuyu, Taksim
Dress Code: Casual

Mikla

Mikla is located at the top of The Marmara Pera Hotel and has spectacular views of Istanbul. The menu comprises mainly Mediterranean food. We recommend crispy fried whitebait, smoked lamb and aniseed and pear dessert. Evening service from 18.30-23.30
Location: The Marmara Pera Hotel, Tepebaşı
Dress Code: Casual

Ulus 29

One of Istanbul?s most popular venues in terms of its views, service and menu, signature dishes here include homemade tagliatelle, Ulus 29 steak, and raspberry millefeuille sour cherry sorbet. Lunchtime service from 12.00-15.00, Evening dinner service from 19.00-23.00
Location: Ulus
Dress Code: Casual

Vogue

Vogue has an unparalleled Bosphorus view. The sushi served here is made with original ingredients and is worth trying. There are more than 200 varieties of wine available. Open daily from 12.00-02.00
Location: Akaretler
Dress Code: Casual

Italian
Da Mario

In the style of a typical Southern Italian eaterie, Da Mario has been open for 16 years. The menu at Da Mario comprises Mediterranean salads, pasta and pizzas cooked in a wood fire oven.
Location: Etiler
Dress Code: Casual

Mezzaluna

One of the leading Italian restaurants in the city, Mezzaluna has branches in Nişantaşı, Etiler, Kozyatağı, Beykoz, Istinye Park and Suada. Their pizzas, pasta dishes and salads are delicious. Open daily from 12.00-23.30
Location: Etiler
Dress Code: Casual

Papermoon

One of the city?s leading restaurants, Papermoon, located in Akmerkez, has stunning food and ambiance. We recommend the artichoke salad and steamed sea bass. Open daily from 06.30-24.00
Location: Akmerkez, Etiler
Dress Code: Casual

Pucci Plus

Pucci Plus has a set-menu that includes a salad, bruschetta, meat or chicken, dessert, unlimited beverages or local alcohol
Location: Gümüşsuyu
Dress Code: Casual

Sea Food
Balikci Sabahattin

Sabahattin is originally from Trilye and is passionate about the sea and seafood. He greets his customers in a historic wooden building. We recommend kömürde eggplant salad and pilaf with wine and mussels. Open daily from 12.00-24.00
Location: Cankurtaran
Dress Code: Casual

Doga Balık

A popular seafood restaurant. Set menu is available. Known for their vast selection of salads & greens. Open daily from 12:30pm to 01:00am.
Location: Cihangir
Dress Code: Casual

Iskele Çengelköy

One of the best seafood restaurants in Istanbul. Located on the Bosphorus waterfront on the Asian side, Iskele is decorated to resemble the interior of a yacht. Outdoor dining in their garden and terrace are available in the summer. Open from noon to 03:00 pm for lunch & from 06:00 pm to midnight for dinner on weekdays. Open from 12:30 pm to midnight on weekends.
Location: Çengelköy
Dress Code: Casual

Mavi Balik

An elegant seafood restaurant with indoor & outdoor seating. Spectacular view of the Bosphorus and efficient service. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Kuruçeşme
Dress Code: Casual

Park Fora

An elegant seafood restaurant along the Bosphorus. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Kuruçeşme
Dress Code: Casual

G by Karaf

Location: Ortaköy
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Hanedan

Location: Beşiktaş
Dress Code: Casual

Turkish & Ottoman
Asitane Restaurant

Asitane Restaurant serves the long forgotten tastes of Ottoman cuisine. The dishes include almond soup, Ottoman humus, seasonal salad with ?dilber? dressing, grilled Circassian cheese with oyster mushrooms, cracked wheat pilaf, and stuffed quince. Open from 12.00-23.00
Location: Edirnekapı
Dress Code: Casual

Haci Abdullah

Hacı Abdullah has been serving Turkish and Ottoman dishes since 1888. Specialities include boiled veal, chicken soup with vegetables, lamb cutlets, and perde pilavı (a rice dish). Open from 11.00-23.00
Location: İstiklal Caddesi
Dress Code: Casual

Hacı Baba

Haci Baba, a block southwest of Taksim Square, is a longtime favorite with glassed-in terrace tables overlooking the pleasant courtyard of the Aya Triyada Greek Orthodox Church next door. The long menu has all sorts of delicious Turkish specialties, which you can also choose by simply going to the kitchen for a look.
Location: İstiklal Caddesi
Dress Code: Casual

Hamdi

Hünkar Lokantası opened in 1950 in Fatih and has today has branches in Nişantaşı, Etiler and Bağdat Caddesi. The tandır with creamed eggplant, puf böreği (puff pastry), and lamb kapaması are very well know.
Location: Eminönü
Dress Code: Casual

Feriye

On the waterfront in a historical building with Turkish and International cuisine. Open daily from noon to 03:00pm for lunch and from 07:00pm to 11.00pm for dinner.
Location: Ortaköy
Dress Code: Casual

Safran

Elegant fine dining restaurant with a lovely view of the Bosphorus. Turkish and Ottoman cuisine. Live fasıl (Classical Turkish) music. Indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Location: Ceylan Intercontinental Istanbul
Dress Code: Casual

Turkish Kebab
Develi

Established in 1912 and has today has branches in Küçükbakkalköy, Etiler and Yat Limanı Kalamış. Specializes in cuisine from Southeastern Anatolia. Try the eggplant (patlıcan) kebab, kebab with pistachios (fıstıklı kebab), and for dessert künefe (shredded wheat pastry with pistachio nuts dipped in honey or sugar). Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Samatya
Dress Code: Casual

Gelik

Gelik was started in 1972, on the Atakoy Shore Road, as an authorized luxury class establishment. It’s founding enterpreneurs are Ömer Duruk , born in 1921 in Akseki, and Ibrahim Denizer , born in 1933 in Eskipazar.
The “Gelik” name means “House on the Plateau” . All aspects of the interior and exterior decoration were implemented faithful to origins.
Gelik Well Kebab, Gelik Kofte, Gelik Mushroom Pilaf, Kunefe (a shreaded wheat pastry, prepared in a personal style, unique to Gelik) and Pide are primary specialties.
Location: Ataköy
Dress Code: Casual

Kosebasi

Köşebaşı is a kebab house featuring dishes from the Adana and Tarsus regions. The food is prepared according to traditional recipes. We recommend gavurdağı salad, lamb skewers. Tarsusi kebab and künefe. Open from 11:30-23:00
Location: Maçka
Dress Code: Casual

Set Restaurant

One of the better ?family style? kebab restaurants in the city. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Levent
Dress Code: Casual

Komsu

Specializes in kebabs from the Southeast region. Open daily from noon to midnight.
Location: Nişantaşı
Dress Code: Casual

Hanedan

Location: Beşiktaş
Dress Code: Casual

Kasibeyaz

Location: Florya
Dress Code: Casual

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