Best Restaurants in Istanbul ~ And What to Eat at Each

Get ready for the authentic tastes of Istanbul – from sensational grilled seafood and collections of meze dishes to Black Sea anchovies and baklava (sweet pastries), here are the best restaurants to eat at during your time in Istanbul.

Turkey has the art of yummy food down to a T and Istanbul is certainly worth a visit if you want to experience the delicious delicacies of the area. Step away from the crowded streets where vendors try to entice you into their eateries at every turn, and, instead, head to little restaurants tucked away inside hotels, or in the backstreets that attract locals.

Whether you’re splashing the cash on a fancy dinner during your Turkey holidays, or just need to grab a quick bite, Istanbul is a sensational trip you’ll never forget! 

Tomtom Suites Hotel ~ Classy Turkish Cuisine

nicole-tomtom-suites-terrace restaurants in IstanbulOn the terraces of Tomtom Suites hotel you’ll find Chef Restaurant Nicole, which offers a variety of Turkish and European delicacies prepared by two of the best young and creative chefs around.

What to eat: Perfect for an anniversary dinner or birthday celebration, order a tasting menu to sample 5 – 7 courses made with ingredients such as grilled octopus, beef and goats cheese.

Address: Firuzağa Mah.Boğazkesen Cad No:18, Tomtom Kaptan Sk., 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Maiden Tower ~ Historic Venue with Authentic Turkish Dishes

maiden-tower-restaurant in sea istanbulIf you’re looking for a unique dining experience, Maiden’s Tower is just the ticket. Nestled on the Sea of Marmara, and originally built in 408 BC, this restaurant oozes charm, romance, and delicious food too.

What to eat: Sample some of Turkey’s most authentic dishes; it would only be fitting in a building with such rich Turkish history!

Address: Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii, 34668 Üsküdar/İstanbul

Mikla Restaurant ~ Michelin-Starred Dining and Sea Views

mikla restaurant IstanbulMouth-watering food and magical views of Istanbul – sounds perfect, right? Well, Mikla offers both with elegance. This contemporary restaurant has windows overlooking Istanbul landmarks like the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, and serves up a combination of traditional Turkish dishes, as well as Scandinavian delights.

What to eat: Mikla is raved about on an international scale; try the grouper, lamb or grilled prawns rounded off with a rice pudding dessert.

Address: The Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:15, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Giritli ~ Local Seafood

giritli restaurant IstanbulWith some of the freshest catches prepared by the most skilled hands, Giritli know how to please even the most experienced foodies.

What to eat: Relax with a bottomless glass of local raki, wine or beer over an extravaganza of 15 -16 meze dishes. From ceviche to orzo salad, sea bass and squid to local sweets, experiment with lots of flavours in one sitting.

Address: Cankurtaran Mh., Keresteci Hakkı Sk. No:8, 34122

That rumbling stomach certainly won’t be disappointed on a trip to Istanbul. Do you know of any other great restaurants in Istanbul? Please leave a comment below and let us know!

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