Places to eat in Istanbul

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    Moda Teras: Great view

    by Tdiver Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Lovely food with an even better view out across the bay towards the Princes Islands.
    Parking is next door which is a bonus around the area,and if you've forgotten flowers for the wife then there is a garden centre next door.
    Fish is a good choice.

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    Tres - Galata Bridge: Tres - Galata Bridge

    by ophiro Updated Dec 4, 2006

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    Tres is a restaurant on the Galata bridge with amazing view to Topkapi palace and the water.

    When we came to the bridge the waiter called us and gave us the card of the restaurant and we came to sit a few days later.

    The table was on the sea and it was very relaxing and atmospheric - especially the moon that was almost full and was orange.

    The food was good , i ordered meat Kebap that was good , very spicy (they gave it with spicy green pepper) , the french fries were good and the sallad was ok.

    My wife ate a fish and enjoyed it very much.

    The price was ok - 75 YTL for 4 Persons with 3 Fish dishes , big mixed sallad , my meat kebap , 4 diet coke , fruits , coffee and of course water and bread (you can see my warning and dengers tip about it).



    Favorite Dish: The Kebap was very good , spicy.

    Tres
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    Starbucks Coffee: Starbucks Coffee

    by ophiro Updated Dec 4, 2006

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    If you miss the taste of coffee that is not turkish - Starbucks Coffee is the best option for you.
    Jazz music , comfort sofas and good coffee.


    Favorite Dish: I took a coffee called Frapuccino which was a cold ice coffee with cream on top.

    Starbucks Coffee

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    Brasserie Nisantasi: "to see and be seen" place, day and night

    by Alikatt Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    It is a well-crafted, fine establishment with indoor/ourdoor seating in the most fashionable district/corner in Istabul - Abdi Ipekci Caddesi in Nisantasi. In winter 2004 and last summer, I stayed right acrosss Beymen so it was so convenient to walk over for a cuppa, drinks in the afternoon or pre-party cocktails or just to watch fellow fashionistas and ladies who lunch and hang out in between their shopping pursuits. Beymen, Istanbul's answer to Neiman Marcus can be accessed by a door at the back of the restaurant. Be warned since you will be tempted to shop once you walk in there...

    Favorite Dish: Their menu is continental but leaning toward French. I like the salad nicoise or the steak with frites. I also like to have brunch there in the summer weekends. Sitting al fresco is preferable. Drinks are around $12 and breakfast is $15-20. Lunch, $25-35 without alcoholic beverage.

    I guess I came too early
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    360: great view , good ambiance

    by Alikatt Updated Nov 11, 2006

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    The buidling is grand and the attending doorman that let us to the elevator was very courteous. The lounge floor is reached via an elevator then another walk-up to the top where the dining area is and the terrace with views to die for. I actually only had drinks on all my 4 visits there so I can't say much about the food. I hear it's good though. The most striking feature of this place is the almost 360 degree-view (hence the name) of Istanbul from this vantage point from the open terrace. Wine was good (Doluca of course) and was well presented by a considerate male staff member when I first went there in Aug. 2005. It would have tasted better if Ferrari won the F1 Turkish Grand Prix then.

    In late June 2006, I went once for drinks with the girls and a late night pizza. I ran into a friend who used to live in San Francisco outside! What a small world indeed! The pizza was decent but not great.

    I went again in late July 2006 for an industry party and it was awesome! The organizers also had a guest DJ from NY and dancing was definitely on the agenda.

    Seriously, 360 is a place to go to in summer or winter whether you have an occasion to celebrate or not. The women's bathroom was so hot since the pendulum style lamps hang low from the ceiling which produces a good amount of heat.

    Favorite Dish: Unfortunately, the only thing I had with late night drinks is pizza - not worth writing about. It was ok but I can personally make better pizza than that to be honest. Drinks were good though.

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    Starbucks coffee: Starbuck..

    by Erkmen Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    Starbuck cofee chains are increasing their investments in Turkey also.. I have first seen a Starbucks in Dubai and was wondering how people were staying there all day long. This American coffee giant has opened 4 shops in Istanbul in the first phase and now there is almost no corner, no mall without a Starbucks ..

    Starbuck at Bagdat str..

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    Turk Is (pronounced Turkish): Cheap place to eat in Taksim

    by midnight_mike Written May 14, 2006

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    If you are going to Taksim to indulge in the local nightlife, stop at Turk Is before or after. The prices are cheap and the food is great. They make their own bread, which is awesome. This is a very basic eatery, but I really enjoyed the food.

    Favorite Dish: The Adana Kebob is good and so is the Turkish pizza.

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    Yusuf's: On-the-Go

    by 1sa Written Apr 6, 2006

    Right beside the Ilkay Hotel is a small grocery/deli named Yusuf's. They have a lot of local canned goods (I had to resist bringing home bag after bag of lentils and stuffed grape leaves), soft drinks (though my stomach really doesn't agree with Cola Turka) and make sandwiches as well. They sell absolutely heavenly sausages, and were nice enough to lend us masking tape when, while packing our bags when headed home, the zipper gave up the ghost.

    Favorite Dish: A simple cheese-and-tomato sandwich. So good!

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    mezzaluna: Superb italian

    by Tdiver Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    Been to the Mezzaluna in Nisantasi but this one is on the Anatolian side and just as good and popular.Big car park just below the site so parking is not a problem just a walk back up the hill 3 minutes.Cinema at the club with other things so you can catch a film before or after.
    Web site is under construction but gives addresses and telephone numbers as it's a good idea to book before hand especially Fridays and Saturdays.

    Favorite Dish: The pizzas are great.

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    Rosario: If you can drag yourself over the bridge

    by Tdiver Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    Stuck on a hill seems a bit wierd but you don't notice it or the passing traffic if you're sitting outside and the food is the best Italian iv'e had since living here for 2 years.The last time i went was with my Sicillian brother in law and as the owner is also Sicillian it proved a great night with plenty of vino.Vongole was to die for.
    Menu and prices on the web site.
    Been here a few times since then now.

    Favorite Dish: I love vongole ever since my first taste in San Fruttuso near Portofino and this didn't disappoint me,simply lushious.

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  • Ikbal restaurant: Have you ever taste kadayif before?

    by infinitys Updated Nov 21, 2005

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    Ikbal restaurants are quite famous in all around Turkey because of their high level of service quality,qualified smiling staff,and their delicious desserts. The picture that you have seen is one of the classical dessert example from Turkish kitchen so called '' Ekmek kadayifi '' in Turkish. If you want to taste something different,ikbal is one of the best in this issue.
    The white thing that you saw in the upper side of the dessert is called '' Kaymak '' in Turkish,made from yogurt originally and gives an unbelievable taste to the dessert.Dont miss it out when you will be here.! :)

    Favorite Dish: - Traditional turkish desserts
    - Doner
    - Sweets,delights

    Ekmek kadayifi from Ikbal restaurant
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    Enjoyer Cafe: Western and Turkish Menu

    by ogb4619 Written Nov 4, 2005

    While it may be called a "Cafe", it is of restaurant quality.
    The menu contains a good selection of local foods and western and the prices, though cheaper than many of the similarly styled and decoured restaurants in the area, the quality is as good or better than we tasted at other restaurants.

    Of the several medium priced restaurants that we visited, this one stands out for its quality, price and quantity.

    A small selection of reasonably priced local wines is also available from YTL30 to YTL60.

    Favorite Dish: We shared a calamari entree and I had a beeaf steak adorned with well presented vegetables while my wife had a well cooked and presented chicken dish. Total was YTL56 (US$42).

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    Stret Fish: Fresh fish sandwiches

    by cfuentesm Written Oct 21, 2005

    If you are not affraid to try it, do. I personally hated the flavor. Local fishermen fry the fish right there at their boats and serve them to you in some kind of bread. I thought it was disgusting but it seemed that everyone enjoyed it.

    Bosphorus fish sandwiches Bosphorus fish sandwiches
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    Nu Teras: Fantastic house music, views, crowd

    by Alikatt Updated Oct 20, 2005

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    Reservations are a must, at least two weeks in advance in the summer time for this rooftop restaurant in Taxim. This is in the same league as Reina where the Istanbulites and expats like to frequent. It caters to my taste and the ambiance to me is divine. Although the food is on the pricey side, it is excellent. Prepare to spend around $120 for dinner for two with two drinks. The apres dinner party is a couple of steps down from the dining deck. The Bosphorus and the lights from the Asian side behind it beckons. It is only open from June to mid-September.

    Favorite Dish: Just about everything there is good since the chef is trained in continental cuisine. They have an excellent wine list as well plus a fully stocked bar for the discerning dining clientele. Service is nearly at par with a 5-star hotel. Jeans are acceptable. The guest list is restricted to thier own VIPs and those whose names appear on the dinner reservations list. Usually, you must dine to get in althought we just walked in on a Saturday night this past summer. They seem to have relaxed their rules or maybe they just recognized me from my previous visits. (ha ha)

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    gerek serinlik burade: Local Cafe

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 10, 2005

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    This little café is situated to the left of the St Sophie Ayasofya museum, try one of their kebabs with freshly cooked bread, and also offer a good photo opportunity.

    Favorite Dish: Freshly cooked breads, and doner kabab

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