Top 10 Best Restaurants in Istanbul (2021 Insider Guide Advice)

Last Updated on September 18, 2021

Istanbul offers wide range of Turkish cuisine at the variety of well established, good and luxury Istanbul restaurants. Istanbul also offers wide range of world cuisine such as Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, French, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and Thai food. Istanbul offers wide range of quality restaurants in its every districts and neighborhoods.


Of course it is not possible to mention all the hundreds of world class and quality Istanbul restaurants here, so we gathered the best restaurants in Istanbul for you as they are very popular and has world class service as well as award winning on the variety of world’s best restaurants lists.

Our Pick of Top Best Restaurants in Istanbul

Spago Restaurant & Bar – in Nisantasi

Located in the Nisantasi neighborhood, close to Taksim, Spago is an iconic one, where master chef Wolfgang Puck maintains a cutting-edge role as a culinary force and leader in fine dining.

This rooftop restaurant & lounge combines the excellent views over the Macka Park and the Bosphorus with its unique contemporary design and lounge atmosphere. Spago offers an open terrace for all year-round. You can enjoy ambient music, signature cocktails, high-end spirits and fine champagne. This place is also a prime venue for celebrity spotting in Istanbul. (Can be expensive for budget travelers)

Address: The St. Regis Istanbul, Mim Kemal Öke Cad. No: 35, Nisantası
Tel: +90 212 368 08 08
Web: spago.thestregisistanbul.com/en


Nicole Restaurant – in Beyoglu

Nicole Restaurant is located in Beyoglu district of Istanbul and the name Nicole is inspired from mother Agnes Marthe Nicole, who healed numerous patients in this historic building that was used as a Franciscan monastery until the early 20th century.


The restaurant offers contemporary Mediterranean cuisine served at a chic terrace that has a magnificent view of the Istanbul historical peninsula, the Prince Islands and beyond. The wine cellar of Nicole is vert impressive that includes chateau style local wine producers from the Aegean, Thrace and Anatolia regions as well as imported varieties.

Address: Tomtom dist. Tomtom Kaptan Str. No:18, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 292 44 67
Web: nicole.com.tr


Emporio Ristorante & Emporio Pizza Pasta – in Besiktas

Emporio Ristorante & Emporio Pizza Pasta is one of the most popular Italian restaurants and pizzerias in Istanbul. They serve real Italian delicacies with original recipes, quality ingredients and central locations, which they have been collecting from all over Italy for years. They have 3 branches including Emporio Ristorant in Akaretler, Emporio Pizza & Pasta in Akaretler and Levent.

They welcome their guests at the highest service standards and meticulously offer the most delicious examples of traditional and modern Italian cuisine.

Address:

  • Emporio Ristorante -> Visnezade Mah. Sair Nedim Cad. No:3, Besiktas, Istanbul, Tel: +90 212 259 44 34
  • Emporio Ristorante -> Süleyman Seba Cad., Refik Osman Top Sk. No:11, Besiktas, Istanbul, Tel: +90 212 259 42 42

Web: emporio.com.tr


Queb Lounge 360 Sultanahmet Restaurant

Queb Lounge 360 Sultanahmet Restaurant welcome its guests with its delicious flavors accompanied by the panoramic views of Istanbul. Queb Lounge serves as a terrace restaurant & cafe (The Byzantium Hotel) offering magnificent panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus, with its location close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.


With its aesthetic and modern structure, and unique location, you can enjoy your meals by watching the Bosphorus panoramically.

Address: Cankurtaran Mah. No:29 Akbiyik Cad. The Byzantium Hotel Terrace, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 458 08 80
Web: queblounge.com


Kinaliada Teos Beach Restaurant – in Princes’ Islands

Teos Beach is a very popular beach club situated at the Kinali Islands, one of the prettiest islands of the Princes’ Islands. Teos Beach Restaurant offers quality beach services and excellent dining experience in its Greek style restaurant, with its special menus, in the company of beautiful sea views and clean sea.

Teos Beach usually serves as beach and restaurant during the day and offers entertainment programs in the evenings. The restaurants is famous for its seafood menus and Turkish mezes, as well as excellent dining scene with Greek nights, live music and entertainment shows.

Address: Kinali Island Carsi Cad. No:63 (across Maltepe), Princes’ Islands, Istanbul
Tel: +90 532 651 44 10 ; +90 537 851 24 22
Web: teoskinaliada.com


Taylan Chef Steakhouse – in Caddebostan, Kadikoy

Taylan Chef Steakhouse is a popular meat restaurant situated in Kadikoy, on the Asisn side of Istanbul. The restaurant is a cosy place where you’ll feel yourself very comfortable and taste one of the best meat dishes in the city. The chef Taylan has the award of “the best steakhouse brand of 2019”.

Taylan Chef Steakhouse welcomes its guests in its boutique concept, warm atmosphere, and present a special service.

Address: Caddebostan, Bagdat street exit, Kadikoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 216 339 54 56
Web: taylansef.com.tr


Calipso Fish Restaurant – in Kucukyali

Located in Kucukyali coastal road, on the Asian side of Istanbul, Calipso Fish Restaurant is an excellent fish restaurant that its partners has 30 years of Seafood Gastronomy experience.


The restaurant is famous for its unique flavors that include carefully prepared Aegean herbs, cold and hot appetizers, fastidiously chosen fish, fish specials and sauced sea shells and wonderful selections of deserts and wine. Calipso Fish also gained “The Best 50 Restaurant Oscars” awards with votes of food lovers and gourmet masters after first year of its opening.

Address: Turgut Ozal Boulevard, Cumhuriyet Str., No:2 Kucukyali, Istanbul
Tel: +90 216 489 28 58
Web: calipsorestaurant.com


360Istanbul Restaurant – in Istiklal Street

360Istanbul is a famous roof-top restaurant, bar and night club located in 19th century apartment building overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu on the famous Istiklal Street.

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Istanbul (2021 Insider Guide Advice)

It offers 360 degrees breathe taking views of Istanbul. 360 is open for lunch and dinner, offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with the traditional Turkish cuisine and international cuisine as well as an exclusive wine selection. Many of the main courses are our original recipes again mixing Turkish and international influences coupled with an ingeniously engineered and extensive wine & dessert menu.

Address: Istiklal Street Misirr Apt. No: 163/8, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 251 10 42 – 43, +90 533 691 0 360
Web: 360istanbul.com


Asmali Cavit – Asmalimescit, Istiklal Street

Located in the famous Asmalimescit Street of Beyoglu, Asmali Cavit can be considered as one of the best Meyhanes (Taverns) in Istanbul.

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Istanbul (2021 Insider Guide Advice)

This award winning traditional meyhane serves in a very authentic atmosphere and famous for its mezes (starters) such as kryptonite-green, true octopus salad and hot starters such as yaprak ciger (thin slices of liver fried with onions) and muska boregi (a fried triangle of phyllo dough stuffed with ground beef and onions) and finally the main dishes of great fresh fish and kofte (meatballs) and more. The list may go on and on. If you are looking for a traditional Turkish tavern, than head out to Asmali Cavit.

Address: Asmalı Mescit Str. No 16, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 292 49 50


Beyti – in Florya

Beyti is a very famous meat restaurant designed in a modern architectural style and located in the residential neighborhood of Florya, close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Bakirkoy district of Istanbul. The restaurant is owned by Mr. Beyti Guler and probably one of the first chefs who gave his name to a meat dish in Turkey as “Beyti” is a special meat dish.

It serves in its ten dining rooms and three terraces with an interior decoration inspired by the Ottoman Turkish art. Beyti Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Turkey where you may find excellent meat.

Address: Orman Str. No:8, Florya, Bakirkoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 663 29 90 (3 lines)
Web: beyti.com


Mikla Restaurant – in Beyoglu

Mikla Restaurant is an award winning restaurant of Mehmet Gürs, located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, the Chef-Owner who pioneered the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul on the roof top floor of the fashionable the Marmara Pera Hotel.

Mikla has excellent food, the new Anatolian Kitchen (traditional and true noble products are treated with utmost respect while being transformed with a blend of new and ancient techniques), breathtaking views and inspiring music.

Address: The Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Str. No:15, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 293 56 56
Web: miklarestaurant.com


Neolokal – in Karakoy

Neolokal is a fantastic restaurant located in Karakoy. The Neolokal team aims to serve its visitors genuine food inspired by mother earth and modelled and designed from traditions.

Main dishes include; Katmer & Tirit (pulled beef in duck juice, pistachio filo, colourful yogurts, tarhana cream), Grilled Seabass (Seafood sausage, potatoes, celery cream, wild mustard greens) and Lamd & Chard Sarma (apple and ‘uveyik’ wheat, lamb jus, rose pickled apples).

Address: SALT Galata, Bankalar Avenue, Karakoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 244 00 16 , +90 551 447 45 45
Web: neolokal.com


Backyard Restaurant & Bar – in Bebek, Besiktas

Backyard is situated in a fantastic gardens of the historic French Orphanage, in between the Arnavutkoy and Etiler neighborhoods of the Besiktas district. This is a lovely place overlooking the Bebek bay, where you can enjoy great food alongside refreshing drinks and cocktails.

They offer variety of egg dishes and Turkish platters for breakfast and brunch, and a selection of salads, pastas and entrées for lunch and dinner, at the Backyard. You can experience their Aperitivo hour tapas selection and enjoy cocktails or a glass of wine in the garden. And at the Backbar, you can enjoy your your drink with DJs transforming the place into a lively venue.

Address: Bebek Mah. Bebeköy Sk., No:4, Bebek, Istanbul
Tel: +90 532 131 74 04 backyard, +90 549 828 83 62 backbar
Web: backyard.com.tr


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