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Buhara Restaurant

Buhara Restaurant

Since 1979 this restaurant proposes the dishes that are most sought after by the foreign visitors to Turkey, kebaps grilled over a charcoal fire with a great attention to the earned it a special place in this touristic a area. If you wish to honour this restaurant by tasting one of its specialties, you will have the choice among ali nazik (minced meat on a mixture of aubergines, yogurt and garlic, sprinkled with butter), kül bastı (boned lamb chops), roasted quails, kebaps with yogurt or aubergines. For starter, the humus is a must (mashed chick peas with sesame oil, garlic and butter) and to accompany your grill, test the Buhara Pilav (bulgur or white rice garnished with carrots and chick peas, seasoned with special spices). Perhaps, instead of a grilled meat, will you prefer a pide (the turkish pizza) or fish ? For dessert, quinces and cream or künefe (cake made of vermicelli with white cheese and syrup), are sure to please the connoisseurs. As a reader of this web adress request your free dessert : one for each.

Address : Nakilbent Sk. No:15

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Khorasani Restaurant

Khorasani Restaurant

Khorasani Restaurant is specialized in southeastern Anatolian cuisine. Offers its guests variety of grilled meat, kebap and a rich meze selection. Their goal is to introduce the true taste of their ethnic cuisine with ultimate care and reasonable prices.

Address : Ticarethane Sk. No:39

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Matbah Restaurant

Matbah Restaurant

Ottoman Palace Cuisine The Ottoman Empire has reigned over the huge lands for centuries and coexisted with many nations and cultures. By synthesizing all the acquainted cultures in order to produce a unique taste of its own, through the time, the Ottomans have enriched the Ottoman Cuisine. Several cuisines majorly deriving from Middle Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and the Europe are the main contributors to the Ottoman Cuisine.This cuisine has prevailed mostly in the kitchens of the Ottoman Palace and therefore, the palace has turned out to be a unique place in order to grasp its tastes completely. Unfortunately, since the guilds of the palace cooks did keep their recipes as professional secrets, this magnificent cuisine has lost some of its unique tastes nowadays.After long and professional researches conducted at the palace libraries, through the books and documents written by palace historians and guild of cooks (who had preferred to share their experiences instead of keeping them as secrets) we, Matbah Restaurant, benefited from all these documents and recipes to prepare a selective and unique menu containing of twenty seven outstanding dishes from Matbah-ı Beray-i (Kitchen of Sultan’s Palace) for your exclusive taste.All dishes served are tested, improved and adapted to the measure which we do use nowadays. Besides, we have noted all the utmost details regarding with the Ottoman-style cooking. After an exquisite exercise and efforts, the stunning recipes have been completed and adjoined to our selective menu.The Ottoman grandeur and hospitality prevailing at “Matbah” is welcoming exclusive guests and gourmets who do delight in the comfort of a vibrant ambiance at different seasons throughout the year. We are more than willing to serve your distinguished agency and special group with the selective menu which we prepared from the stunning recipes.Hope you will enjoy your meal at Matbah.

Address : Caferiye Sk No:2

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Imbat Restaurant

Imbat Restaurant

Imbat Restaurant is a half covered, half open, terrace restaurant. The cuisine is Aegean and Mediterranean, with a selection of fresh Turkish mezes and vegetarian meals, as well as lamb, beef, fish, and chicken options. Open year-round, the restaurant has an impressive view of the two continents, The Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge, Galata Tower, Beyoglu and Taksim Hills, Topkapi Palace, Palace's, and The Hagia Sophia.

Address : Hüdavendigar Cd. No:36

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Albura Katshima

Albura Katshima

Albura Kathisma was one of the first restaurants in Sultanahmet, established in the heart of Istanbul's fascinating, magnetic and mysterious old town, and remains today a favorite of travellers, tourists and locals offering a truly unique and special dining experience.

Close to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Arasta Bazaar, Albura Kathismaoriginally began in what was a family house from Ottoman times. Our street terrace and garden retreat leads into ancient underground ruins where the Byzantine Magnaura Palace once presided. We believe in maintaining our historic links to the past in our culinary traditions too.

Drawing on the arts of traditional Ottoman and Byzantine cooking, we’ve added modern Turkish twists to our menu together with some cosmopolitan favorites of modern international cuisine and middle-eastern Kebabs. and experience here with us.

Address : Akbıyık Cd. No:26

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Balikci Sabahattin

Balikci Sabahattin

Located in the heart of the old city, Balıkcı Sabahattin is one of the most known and prefered fish restaurants in Istanbul.

The restaurant offers you variety of fresh fish along with traditional meze platters in a renovated old wooden Istanbul house.

Address : Şehit Hasan Kuyu Sok No:1

Tripadvisor Score : 3,5 / 5


Hamdi Restaurant

Hamdi Restaurant

Hamdi Arpacı came from Urfa, Birecik to Istanbul towards to end of the 1960’s. He opened his first counter at the corner of the parking lot situated next to Eminonu, New Mosque. With a small grill and itinerant counter, he offered delicious kebab specialties to the small trade’s people and to public for 7 years. Chef Hamdi’s kebabs became more awareness. The continuously growing number of his customers made him establishes the Hamdi Meat restaurant on the corner of the same parking lot. he Turkey’s Southeastern Region’s unrivalled delicious kebabs were offered to the appreciation of customers while preserving their authentic characteristics and preparation methods during 18 years in the same place. Following the purchase of the first 3 floors of the building, Chef Hamdi expanded the restaurant to 5 floors together with the others. It is still located at the near the same parking lot and does not only offer its services to the surrounding business areas but also organizes the reception of tourist groups, arranges business meals, and special traditional musical evenings.

Address : Kalçin Sk. No:17

Tripadvisor Score : 4 / 5


360 Istanbul Restaurant

360 Istanbul Restaurant

The multi award winning 360istanbul is set in a penthouse perched on a 19th century apartment building overlooking the old embassy row in Beyoglu. It commands a 360 breathe taking landscape view of Istanbul all the way from the up close steeple of St Antoine’s Church and across the Bosphorus strait to the Hagia Sophia Mosque and out to the Sea of Marmara. 360 is open for lunch and dinner, offering a twist on the modern Turkish meze fused with international cuisine and an exclusive wine selection to compliment it. 360 turns into Club360 on the weekends so come enjoy your fresh elixir while listening to our talented Djs and vocalists with live dancers and performances. 360istanbul also endocrine’s the 360 concept of dining experience. This concept consists of four crucial elements; Cuisine - Design - Entertainment and Atmosphere. No element in 360istanbul is more or less important than the other. Instead they coexist in harmony.

Address : İstiklal Cad. No:163

Tripadvisor Score : 3,5 / 5


Mikla Restaurant

Mikla Restaurant

Mikla opened in October 2005. The initial idea was to create a refined but contemporary “Istanbullu” Restaurant. Both the menu and the general feel of the restaurant reflect the Turkish-Scandinavian background of Mehmet Gürs, the Chef-Owner who pioneered the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul when he moved here in 1996. With its outstanding food, breathtaking view, proper service and inspiring music, Mikla was instantly voted best restaurant in Istanbul and continues to enjoy raving local and international reviews.At the end of an extensive research and dedicated creative process, Mikla launched its visionary ‘New Anatolian Kitchen’ in 2012.In this new approach, traditional and true ‘noble’ products are treated with utmost respect while being transformed with a blend of new and ancient techniques.Ingredients from Istanbul and throughout Turkey are carefully sourced and selected, “mostly humble”, not necessarily fancy, but they are interpreted with the utmost respect. At the core of each search lies an understanding of the land, its traditions, and its people.Located on the roof top floor of the fashionable “The Marmara Pera” hotel, “Mikla is urban, sleek and stylish. The restaurant is funky retro with chrome 70’s and 50’s furniture and a stunning wooden rail-sleepers bar.” The magical views over the city stretch to the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace where you almost travel back through time to the heart of the Old Istanbul."For vertiginous value, nowhere tops Mikla. It's the best restaurant by Mehmet Gürs."

Address : The Marmara Pera Meşrutiyet Cad. No: 15

Tripadvisor Score : 4 / 5


Vogue Restaurant

Vogue Restaurant

Since 1997, Vogue Restaurant has been serving delicacies of world cuisine against the atmospheric backdrop of Istanbul’s most exquisite city-views. With its panoramic view of the Bosphorus and incomparable atmosphere, Vogue has been among Istanbul’s most select and cherished venues since the day of its opening. The first choice for business entertaining, Vogue Restaurant presents a select menu of tastes from the world cuisine, including the flavors of the Mediterranean, over 70 varieties of sushi and a comprehensive wine list.

With Turkey’s first and only molecular cocktail menu, everyone who delights in discovering new and exquisite flavors can find the cocktail that best suits their individual palate.

At Vogue Restaurant, meals, served in a chic and minimalist atmosphere accompanied by the paintings of well known Turkish contemporary artists, are a feast for the eyes.

An Istanbul classic for 14 years and a favorite of Turkish and foreign guests, Vogue Restaurant has been named by Zagat Survey as one of the best restaurants in the world.

Address : BJK Plaza

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5


Topaz Restaurant

Topaz Restaurant

We opened our doors on 10 November 2007, offering our guests the extraordinary flavours of Mediterranean and Ottoman cuisine. Conveniently located in Gümüşsuyu, our award-winning restaurant boasts a breathtaking view of the Bosphorus – the straits that separate Europe from Asia – and is a popular choice for both local and international diners looking to indulge in exquisite gourmet cooking and the finest hospitality.

Dubbed ‘the jewel of Istanbul’, our patrons can enjoy fine dining at Topaz for lunch and dinner every day of the week. The restaurant is complemented by a formal yet relaxed bar and lounge areas – perfect for pre-dinner aperitifs or a cocktail at the end of a busy day.

Set in the heart of this vibrant cosmopolitan city, the restaurant owes its serene atmosphere to Nur Kanatli and Murat Ozturk of AKS Architecture. Taking on the calming and relaxing properties of the topaz stone, they have created an oasis of tranquillity for diners wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.

The stone also influenced the restaurant’s distinctive contemporary decor. Internationally renowned designer Koray Ozgen adopted topaz’s geometrical shape to establish a striking interior, where strong lines divide and form an inspiring inner space, while at the same time framing the spectacular view of the Bosphoros’ crystal clear water and the landscapes of the city.

Address : İnönü Cad. No:50

Tripadvisor Score : 4,5 / 5