Istanbul Restaurants

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  • 1. Fish Sandwiches- Eminonu

    4 out of 5 stars

    One day at around lunch time we decied to have a fish sandwich (Balik ekmek) at the Eminönü pier near the Galata Bridge. At the stall "Tarihi Eminönü Balik Ekmek" the fish (mackerel) is directly...

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  • 2. Local Eating

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In Siçli, really "Out of the beaten path", I was taken to this restaurant and offered a vegetarian meal. Well, that's not exactly my kind of food, it was not awful, but didn't impress me. The only...

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  • 3. Turkish Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Lokma is a turkish dessert which is basically fried dough soaked in sugar syrup. At the top of this round shaped doughs, cinnemon, ground coconut or pistacchio may be put. This dessert is even more...

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  • 4. Haci Abdullah

    4 out of 5 stars

    Haci Abdullah a half block northwest off Istiklal Caddesi at Sakizagaci Caddesi 17, is among the city's famous old dining places. The ambience is bright and lively rather than quiet and dark, the...

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  • 5. Doy Doy

    4 out of 5 stars

    We asked at the hotel where to get a good Turkish meal and Doy Doy was his recommendation, he said that it was a local place, not a tourist place. For lunch there were only a couple of other tables...

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  • 6. Hamdi

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hamdi is one of the well known kebab restaurants in Istanbul. The menu provides a variety of specialties. If you can find a place in the terrace (reservation suggested) which overlooks Galata Bridge,...

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  • 7. Kumkapi District

    3 out of 5 stars

    We had a similar bad experience as those posted below. puchy, rude waiters that bring you food you didn't order and make faces when you say you don't want it. I was told that 2 of things I wanted to...

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  • 8. Haci Baba

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Haci Baba is an original Turkish restaurant at just 100 meters from Taksim square. At the first floor there is a cosy dining room with a view onto the busy Istiklal street below. There are more...

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  • 9. Ciya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    You can't even guess how fantastic and delicious food they make.Go there don't miss.It's in Kadikoy.You can take a ferry from Eminonu,Kabatas or Besiktas.Easy to find .Go go go!!! The salat bar is...

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  • 10. Saray Muhallebicisi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Last week, attracted by the front window of this restaurant (the Kadikoy branch) my friends and I we decided to have a desert. The place looked clean and professional so we thought it would be good....

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  • 11. Pierre Loti Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    While not exactly on the beaten path, this coffeehouse shows evidence by the number of outside tables that many do make their way here. On the day that I visited, rain kept all but us diehards away....

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  • 12. Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta

    4 out of 5 stars

    This is a great little place of simple, but down home Turkish character right on the main drag, Divan Yolu by the Sultanahmet tram stop. Highly recommeded by several locals, known as a meat ball resto...

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  • 13. Cicek Pasaji

    4 out of 5 stars

    This place is on Cicek Pasaji, a side street off Istiklal Caddesi. Its a local restaurant that does nice food, incl lamb brain as a starter! For two to eat well with a beer each, it costs 34...

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  • 14. Kanaat Lokantasi

    4 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant gives you a first hand look at the magnificent Süleymaniye complex. The dish of choice is the traditional kuru fasülye which are white beans in a tomato sauce served alongside rice and...

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  • 15. Karakoy Gulluoglu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Güllüoðlu Baklava, the flaky, phyllo-dough based pastry, has long ago stopped being a Middle Eastern regional specialty. Baklava is actually not a dessert, but rather an event in itself. In Istanbul,...

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  • 16. Sampiyon Kokorec

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you are a foodie you really can't come to Istanbul and not try a kokorec sandwich. You'll see the street carts all over with the sheep intestine wrapped around a skewer being slow-grilled. When...

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  • 17. Konyali

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    It is in the Topkapı gardens, so great for a break from trekking around in the heat. Get there early tho'. It has been there since 1897, so I guess it has a pedigree. Locals recommend it. The...

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  • 18. 5Kat

    4 out of 5 stars

    The 5. Floor is located at the Sıraselviler Caddesi ( street ) near Istiklal street and it is operated by the actress Yasemin Alkaya. The venue doesn’ t comprimise from quality for years and also...

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  • 19. Cafe Mesale

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We were made very welcome at this charming, picturesque place in the very touristy Sultmahamet district, at the end of the Arasta bazaar. I guess it gets packed with sightseers 'in season' and it was...

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  • 20. Simit Sarayi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    After a tiring night bus trip from Ankara we arrived at 6 o’clock in the morning right at Taxim square. Most of the cafes were closed except Simit Saray where we desperate went to drink the first...

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  • 21. Sultan Pub

    3 out of 5 stars

    food was cold, service slow. When asked about the restaurant by the manager on departing we told him the truth. he became aggressive and threatening and started shouting in front of dining guests....

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  • 22. Doga Balik

    4 out of 5 stars

    A big favorite among locals is Doga Balik, a friendly restaurant in Cihangir, located on the rooftop of Villa Zurich hotel. The resraurant also has a commanding view of the Bosphorus and the Istanbul...

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  • 23. Buhara 93

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Besides reading about it in travel books, do you know how can one tell if the place is good or not? Type of a customer. If there are many locals there, go in. If it`s crowded but only with tourists -...

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  • 24. Kizkulesi - Maiden's Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    It is an elegant and expensive restaurant serving fish and seafood. You can reach Kiz Kulesi (Maiden tower) by boat from varous locations. It has such a fantastic panaroma that you will fall in love...

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  • 25. Cibalikapi Balikcisi

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This restaurant was reccomended to me by a friend (call_me_rhia on VT) that uses to stop there when she is in town. Having had many dinners with her and knowing her good taste for food, I had no...

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