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 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 Turkish in Beyoğlu

Karaköy Lokantası

Known for its gorgeous tiled interior, genial owner and bustling vibe, Karaköy Lokantası serves tasty and well-priced food to its loyal local clientele. It functions as a lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) du…
Turkish in Kadıköy

Basta Street Food Bar

Grabbing a dürüm (grilled meat in a lavash flatbread wrap) on the go in Istanbul is a quick way to refuel, but at Basta, it’s so much more. Young chefs Kaan Sakarya and Derin Arıbaş bring fine-dining training to thi…
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Erol Lokantası

One of Sultanahmet's last lokantas (eateries serving ready-made food), Erol wouldn't win any awards for its interior design but might for its warm welcome and food. The dishes in the bain-marie are made fresh daily …
Turkish in Bazaar District

Kuru Fasülyeci Erzincanlı Ali Baba

Join the crowds of hungry locals at this long-time fasülyeci (restaurant specialising in beans) opposite the Süleymaniye Mosque. It's been dishing up its signature kuru fasülye (white beans cooked in a spicy tomato …
Turkish in Beyoğlu

Sofyalı 9

Tables at this meyhane are hot property on a Friday or Saturday night, when locals flock here to enjoy the tasty food and convivial atmosphere. Regulars tend to stick to mezes, choosing cold dishes from the waiter's…
Turkish in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Hatay Antakya Mutfağı

The spicy, Arab-influenced cuisine of Hatay province in southeastern Turkey is the specialty at this small, bistro-like restaurant in the Akaretler area of Beşiktaş. The tasty range of kebabs, flatbreads and meze (s…
Turkish in Beyoğlu

Güney

Once a reliable but no-frills lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food), Güney has been spruced up in recent years but has retained its loyal local following. The outdoor tables are popular with smokers and beer drin…
Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Deraliye

Offering a taste of the sumptuous dishes once served in the great Ottoman palaces, Deraliye offers diners the chance to order delights such as the goose kebap served to Süleyman the Magnificent or Mehmet II's favour…