Istanbul restaurants

Top Choice Turkish in Western Districts

Asitane

This elegant restaurant next to the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) serves Ottoman dishes devised for the palace kitchens at Topkapı, Edirne and Dolmabahçe. Its chefs have been tracking down historic recipes for years,…
Top Choice Sweets in Beyoğlu

Karaköy Güllüoğlu

This much-loved baklavacı (baklava shop) opened in 1949 and was the first İstanbul branch of a business established in Gaziantep in the 1820s. There are other Güllüoğlu offshoots around town, but this remains the be…
Top Choice Pide in Bazaar District

Fatih Damak Pide

It's worth making the trek to this pideci overlooking the Fatih İtfaiye Park near the Aqueduct of Valens. Its reputation for making the best Karadeniz (Black Sea)–style pide on the historic peninsula is well deserve…
Top Choice Anatolian in Kadıköy

Çiya Sofrası

Known throughout the culinary world, Musa Dağdeviren's lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) showcases dishes from regional Turkey and is a wonderful place to sample treats such as lahmacun (Arabic-style pizza), …
Top Choice Seafood in Sultanahmet & Around

Balıkçı Sabahattin

Balıkçı Sabahattin is an enduring favourite with discerning Turks from near and far, who enjoy the limited menu of meze and seafood, including fish from red mullet to sole. This is Sultanahmet's most prestigious res…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Neolokal

Chef Maksut Aşkar opened this swish eatery in late 2014 and has been wowing local and international diners with his exciting twists on traditional Turkish food ever since. Utilising ingredients listed on the Slow Fo…
Top Choice Turkish in Beyoğlu

Hayvore

Notable lokantas (traditional eateries serving ready-made dishes) are few and far between in modern-day Beyoğlu, so the existence of this bustling place next to the Galatasaray Lycée is to be wholeheartedly celebrat…
Top Choice Kebap in Beyoğlu

Zübeyir Ocakbaşı

Every morning the chefs at this popular ocakbaşı (grill house) prepare fresh, top-quality meat – spicy chicken wings and Adana kebaps, flavoursome ribs, pungent liver kebaps and well-marinated lamb şış kebaps (roast…
Top Choice Anatolian in Sultanahmet & Around

Birecikli

Those keen on robust flavours and the liberal application of chilli in their food will be instantly enamoured of the dishes served at this bustling eatery in Hocapaşa. Choose from an array of liver options, meat keb…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Cuma

Banu Tiryakioğulları's laid-back foodie oasis in the heart of Çukurcuma has one of the most devoted customer bases in the city. Tables are on the leafy terrace or in the atmospheric upstairs dining space, and the he…