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

Last Updated on April 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.

Top 10 Restaurants in Istanbul

1. Spago Restaurant & Bar – in Nisantasi

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

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)

Opening Hours: 7 Days a week, Bar & Terrace 3:00 pm – 2:00 am, Dinner 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, Aperitivo 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual
The St. Regis Istanbul, Mim Kemal Öke Cad. No: 35, Nisantası
Tel: +90 212 368 08 08

2. Nicole Restaurant – in Beyoglu

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

Nicole Restaurant is located in Beyoglu district of Istanbul and the name Nicolve 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. Nicole 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.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, service starts at 18:30 and last order 21:30, closed on Sunday and Monday.
Address: Tomtom dist. Tomtom Kaptan Str. No:18, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 292 44 67

3. Calipso Fish Restaurant – in Kucukyali

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

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 inclde 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

4. 360Istanbul Restaurant – in Istiklal Street

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

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. 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

5. Asmali Cavit – Asmalimescit, Istiklal Street

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

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

6. Beyti – in Florya

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

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. Beyti 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. Beyti 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.

Opening Hours: closed on Mondays, other days serve between 11.30 – 23.00
Address: Orman Str. No:8, Florya, Bakirkoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 663 29 90 (3 lines)

7. Mikla Restaurant – in Beyoglu

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

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.

Opening Hours: closed on Sundays, other days serve between 18.30 – 23.30
Address: The Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Str. No:15, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 293 56 56

8. Neolokal – in Karakoy

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

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).

Opening Hours: open between 19.00 – 23.59 except Sundays and Mondays
Address: SALT Galata, Bankalar Avenue, Karakoy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 244 00 16 , +90 551 447 45 45

9. Backyard Restaurant & Bar – in Bebek, Besiktas

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

Opening Hours: Backyard – every day dining between 8.30 am and 11 pm; BackBar – music begins at 5 pm and goes on until 1 am, Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, and until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, closed on Sundays, other days serve between 18.30 – 23.30
Address: Bebek Mah. Bebeköy Sk., No:4, Bebek, Istanbul
Tel: +90 532 131 74 04 backyard, +90 549 828 83 62 backbar

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