Dining in Istanbul

Turk Fatih Tutak

Turk Fatih Tutak

As Istanbul’s only two-star restaurant, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best restaurants in the city. The eponymous Turkish chef-owner works with local suppliers to create a restaurant that’s not only sustainable, but also reflects Turkey’s natural surroundings and ingredients. The dishes are inspired by traditional Turkish cooking methods and flavors, but there’s also a modern, international twist. Each day, a one-off tasting menu is prepared and served to each guest, accompanied by a carefully chosen wine pairing.

Gallada

Gallada

Still riding the high of his first Michelin-star restaurant just a few months ago, Chef Tutak opened Gallada in July of this year, a Turkish-Asian restaurant perched atop the brand new Peninsula Istanbul hotel. Just like Turk, Gallada will focus primarily on Turkish ingredients with a strong emphasis on hyperseasonality. The dishes will reflect the traditional tastes, flavors and traditions of Silk Road’s Eurasian trade routes and will be served in a stylish, design-led environment. Above the restaurant will be a stylish bar serving signature cocktails and small

Mikla

Mikla

Mikla, which is perched atop the chic Marmara Pera hotel, offers breathtaking views of Istanbul, including the Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia. Mikla is a chic, urban restaurant that features wooden railroad tie bar stools and classic chrome furniture. It was recently awarded a Michelin star, making it one of the few in Istanbul. Mehmet Gürs, the chef and owner, is of Turkish-Scandinavian descent and his menu represents this heritage. Gürs was a pioneer in Istanbul’s modern restaurant scene. Gürs creates exquisite dishes like raw grouper with olives and lemon and a Turkish coffee vanilla slice with raspberry sorbet by deftly fusing Turkish and Scandinavian cooking methods. Mamara Pera’s rooftop bar is a great place to grab pre-dinner cocktails.

Ulus 29

Ulus 29

Ulus 29, which opened in 1993, is the ideal location to enjoy summertime views of Istanbul’s bridges and Bosphorus from the restaurant’s terraces. Ulus 29 offers local cuisine that is fresh from the season by combining traditional cooking techniques with culinary concepts. When looking for a genuine dining experience in Istanbul, the restaurant crafts its own ice cream, pasta, and dry-aged meats. Choose from gourmet meals, traditional Turkish cuisine, or sushi. Labels are included on a list of about 4,500 bottles of wine.  On weekends, spend a fun-filled evening dancing to international DJs at Ulus Club 29 or enjoying cocktails at Teras Bar.

Rana by Topaz

Râna by Topaz

The greatest of Ottoman and Mediterranean food may be found at Râna. With its modern decor and geometric design evoking the stone it is named after, Râna’s tranquil ambiance overlooking the Bosphorus is reminiscent of that stone. The restaurant serves both classic and innovative tasting menus. While the latter features traditional fare such Turkish ravioli with meat and strained yogurt, the former features inventive dishes like goose liver terrine with cranberry marmalade and walnut. The local magazine Gusto has recognized Râna’s wine list nationally with an award, and the staff is willing to create pairings upon request.The greatest of Ottoman and Mediterranean food may be found at Râna.

Banyan

Banyan

The Asian fusion cuisine served at Banyan, which has Istanbul sandwiched between Eastern and Western influences, is well described by its tagline, “food for the soul.” On the top level of a historic building, enjoy Asian-inspired healthy food with breathtaking views of the city below. A selection of dishes that may be enjoyed with tea, fresh juice, or a cocktail include duck satay, dim sum, and Sichuan pepper beef. Whether dining indoors or outside, this neighborhood staple will wow you with views of the surrounding Istanbul lights.

St Regis Brasserie

St Regis Brasserie

Regis Brasserie in Istanbul is the only place to get quality French food. Situated within the opulent St. Regis Istanbul hotel, this cozy eatery features indoor and outdoor seating sections adorned with sophisticated details such as brass, onyx, and wood. The cuisine, which features modern French-inspired dishes with a Turkish twist, is seasonal. A wide range of salads, freshly made pasta, and sandwiches are available along with appetizers and main dishes on a large menu. Sample the pan-fried black bream or the meatballs from St. Regis Brasserie while sipping on a custom Bloody Mary from the drink menu. Make sure to save space for dessert, since the restaurant serves mascarpone cheesecake, rice pudding, raspberry cake, and tiramisu.

Maidens Tower

Maiden’s Tower

At the meeting point of the continents of Asia and Europe, the Bosphorus, Maiden’s Tower is a prominent landmark of Istanbul. The tower has a 2,500-year history, and there are many myths about it and its significance in this remarkable city. Today, the tower doubles as a restaurant and café, drawing people from all around for a business meeting, a special dinner, or even a wedding. Maiden’s Tower offers delectable breakfasts as well as foreign lunch and supper menus that are perfect at any time of day. Your lunch will be accompanied by live music and a welcoming atmosphere, and the views of the Bosphorus on all sides are breathtaking.

Feriye Palace

Feriye Palace

Feriye’s structure, which was formerly an Ottoman police station, is a unique specimen of classical Ottoman architecture from the 19th century. Feriye, a supporter of Turkish cuisine, hosts frequent lectures and unique culinary demonstrations. The restaurant serves specialties including spicy cured meat and manti (stuffed dough pockets), drawing inspiration from Ottoman cooking methods from the 12th to the 19th centuries. Feriye can handle a variety of events: cocktail parties and sit-down dinners can be hosted in the à la carte restaurant, and up to 2,000 people can be seated on the expansive terrace during the summer.

16 Roof

16 Roof

The 16 Roof restaurant, which is perched atop the Swissôtel, offers breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. The simple, contemporary décor has gentle blue hues that mimic the river’s own. The chef creates delectable desserts and modern international food with distinctive flavors, such as scrumptious caramelized banana and cinnamon tart with caramel ice cream and refreshing lemongrass and ginger sorbet. A suitable Turkish wine is served with each meal on the tasting menu. For a more private meeting, there is also a private section that may accommodate up to 12 people.

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