Istanbul Ili Restaurants

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Istanbul Ili Restaurants

  • Fish Sandwiches- Eminonu

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 grilled on the boat and then put in a half-bread together with some salad and onions. It costs 5 TYR. In front of the boat you can take a seat at one of...

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  • Turkish Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 delicious if it is consumed while it's still warm. If you are hanging around Eminönü and perhaps had a fish from the fish boats, this could be a good...

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  • Local Eating

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 thing I remember is the drink - Ayran (reasonable drink out of the meals, acceptable with that things that we eat). I promise to forget the place. As...

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  • Haci Abdullah

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 Turkish food is delicious, but no alcoholic beverages are served. This is a great place for women traveling alone to dine undisturbed.Credit cards are...

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  • Doy Doy

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 filled on the terrace, a large group of Japanese tourists and another couple that was clearly not Turkish. Downstairs I think there were a few more...

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  • Hamdi

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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, you will enjoy the delicious kebabs while you fall in love with the Istanbul silhoutte. Leave some room for the desserts too. Fistikli Kebap (Kebab...

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  • Kumkapi District

    3 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 order were not available to try and get me to order something more expensive! Long wait for food which came without anything except half a raw onion...

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  • Haci Baba

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 dining rooms like the garden salon at the back. The restaurant is in business since 1921; some of the wall paintings originates from that year. The Kunefe...

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  • Saray Muhallebicisi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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. Compared to what we had yet experienced about turkish cuisine this place was probably the worst. Especially considering the fact that they advertised...

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  • Ciya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 fantastic.Taste all of them:))

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  • Pierre Loti Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    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. The coffee and tea are fine plus the house was a good way to escape from the rain outside. The view out over the Golden Horn is spectacular and it was...

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  • Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 because of the grilled formed meat patties, served with yellow peppers (10 NTL), but you can also get lamb kabob for 15 NTL. I enjoyed a starter of...

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  • Cicek Pasaji

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 lira. Kebabs are great There are restuarants and bars around Arbiyik Caddesi, near the blue mosque, this is the area where theres loads of hostels.

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  • Karakoy Gulluoglu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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, Karaköy Güllüoðlu is one of our favorite places for an authentic baklava experience. Located a stone’s throw from the Bosphorus, this baklava emporium...

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  • 5Kat

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 it is known for their savoured meals. You can permanently encounter with the foreigners of city if their regular customers devolve empty tables. It...

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  • Kanaat Lokantasi

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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 bread. The place is close to Istanbul University so it can get very crowded at times. Excellent place to try some traditional food in a great...

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  • Konyali

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 views over the sea are brilliant. Only went once, and I remember it all looked good.

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  • Sampiyon Kokorec

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 cooked the lamb intestine is cut up and mixed with tomato, paprika and spices and placed on a fresh crusty roll. It is very tasty. And filling. And...

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  • Cibalikapi Balikcisi

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 difficulties in chosing where to spend my only dinner in Istanbul. It is near the sea, not so close from Sultanahmet area where I was staying but it was...

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  • Cafe Mesale

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 described in many guide books as "very touristy" so, if we hadn't come upon it by accident, we might not have tried it. However, on the cold Istanbul...

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  • Simit Sarayi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 cappuccino of the day (4TL) and a tea (1,5TL). We ate some simit (bagel with sesame, costs 1TL but there are also simit with cheese, sausage, olive etc,...

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  • Borsa

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Recommended by a friend whose family lives nearby, Borsa is considered one of the musts in Istanbul. It is located in the upscale Nişantaşı neighbourhood within a modern building used as a convention centre, and has a huge terrace for warmer weather. The food is excellent traditional Turkish cuisine and is well worth the trip here...

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  • Doga Balik

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 rooftops below. A few local friends highly recommended this place to me, and it met, if not exceeded my expectations in sense of food choices,...

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  • Buhara 93

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 - avoid. This place is actually packed with both. ;) I had my best meal in Istanbul at this restaurant with an ambiguous sign. :) Simply delicious....

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  • Sultan Pub

    3 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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. avoid this place

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  • Kizkulesi - Maiden's Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    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 with istanbul once again. I suggest an evening dinner with romantic atmosphere. Check out the website for the history, pictures and details.

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  • The Pudding Shop - Lale

    3 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Established in 1958, the Lale is possibly one of the most famous restaurants in the world. Known to hippies the world over as 'the pudding shop', it became THE meeting place on the overland-to-India trail, where people could stop off, get something to eat, and find other people going their way to share a ride. A bulletin board was set up in the...

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  • Asitane

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Founded in 1991, Asitane has developed a menu from recipes served at the royal palaces 500 years ago. We enjoyed our dinner on the outside patio, accompanied by the sounds of birds, the laughter of the kids playing at the church next door and the cats looking for a handout. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Dinner for two with a...

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  • 360

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    One of the biggest restaurants in Istanbul, the 360 ISTANBUL was founded to bring together the Mediterranean Cuisine with Istanbulites and the entire world. The restaurant is located on the top of an Egyptian apartment block dating back to 20th century and with its 120-people capacity it is hosting big organizations as well.

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  • Cosy Balik

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    As I went past this restaurant for the second time in one evening and said politely 'No, thank you, I don't want to come in' the man outside, whose job it is to drag people in, shouted at me 'You big liar'. I said 'Excuse me?'. He became very agitated, saying that I had previously promised to come and that I had lied to him as I had not gone in. I...

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  • Beyti

    5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    In existence for more than 50 years, the award winning Beyti Restaurant is an establishment in Istanbul. Its reputation and delicious cuisine has made it a destination restaurant for many, among them celebrities and politicians, including Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Chirac and Jimmy Carter. By far, this is the best and most authentic Turkish meal one...

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  • Starbucks

    3 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    I cant believe we visited Starbucks in Istanbul and I even make a tip about it! But the truth is that we were happy to find them open at Istiklal at 7.00am when the hotel told us we had to wait for the check in because our room wasn’t ready yet. The comfortable couches, the clean WC and the peaceful atmosphere was good enough for us to stay here...

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  • Canim Cigerim

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Canim means “my dear” and “cigerim” means “my liver”, but actually it is an expression for describing the beloved one. Liver is very common food in Turkish cuisine. It is eaten fried, grilled or cooked. Canim Cigerim serves it on the shish as grilled. If you do not eat liver –like me-, they also have lamb shish. But there is not any other...

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  • Cigdem Pastanesi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    This famous dessert shop is "the" place to go to get your sweet fix while in the Sultanahmet area. There are enough pastries, cakes, and sweet breads available here to drive you mad! The place has been open since 1961, and is still run by the same family. Apparently they have perfected the art of making peoples mouth's water, because you see the...

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  • Set Balik Lokantasi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    If you are a fan of seafood, you should definitely try this place. Fresh fish and seafood is served. A wide selection of appetizers would be enough to make you feel full, but don't hurry and think about the main coarse and the dessert. Make a reservation before you go. No credit cards accepted, take cash. The prices are reasonable compared to other...

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  • Zazie

    5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Selective tastes, professional service and an inviting atmosphere...Zazie was founded in May 2007, to achieve these goals, and captured a balance between quality, design and price performance, which was approved by the VIIth Time Out / Miller F&B Awards: Zazie has been selected The Best New Restaurant of 2007! Whit its warm ambiance, created by...

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  • Hos Seda Balik

    5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    The restaurant was recommended by the hotel and we didn't regret going there. It is located in the historic fishers district of Sultanahmet where many fish restaurants are located. They offer a free shuttel from the hotel and back, thats just awsome! We had a wonderful night, there was a band playing all the time and people were dancing at their...

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  • Bolulu Hasan Usta

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Bolulu Hasan Usta, easily recognized by its ubiquitous "BHU" logo and modern decor, is a great chain of Turkish dessert places serving primarily, as its advertisies, sut tatlilari or "milk sweets," meaning milk-based puddings. They have chicken-breast-based tavuk gogsu and kazandibi; sutlac rice pudding; muhallebi; ekmek kadayif (bread cooked and...

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  • Tarihi Moda Iskelesi

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    While walking around Moda, my friends and I stopped into this restaurant/cafe for some Turkish coffee. It's in a distinctive location at the end of a pier that jets out into the sea. The inside decor was very old-fashioned, and gave it a unique charm, but that fit right in with the feel of Moda as a whole. We tried to sit outside by the water,...

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  • Ismet Baba

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    This is the restaurant where I ve spend my youth ...Most fish restaurants are mere caricatures of places like Ismet Baba, where traditions have been kept sacred for more than fifty years. This may not be the best restaurant in the city, but it’s got something most of the others have lost, keeping rhythm to an old school style of Istanbul charm and...

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  • Rumelihisari Iskele

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Iskele restaurant is build on a old boat pier (stop) on the bosphorus.Its also situated in european side very near to Rumeli Castle. You can enjoy your fishes or any other favourite foods sitting on the water of bosphorus literally.. fishes according to the season ,grilled calamari

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  • Aloran Cafe & Restaurant

    Istanbul Restaurants

    The aloran cafe and restaurant was just around the corner from our hotel. The staff we friendly and we stopped by for a light lunch. They were very accomodating, probably because they were slow and wanted people in the "out front" tables. Our thin crust pizza with mushrooms was delish.. as well as the hummus. Washed down by a couple of Efes brews....

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  • Daruzziyafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    This was the imaret – kitchen for the poor - part of the Süleymaniye mosque complex. As things get a bit mixed up with the times, it was used as a banquet room in the later Imperial years, finally becoming the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. In 1992 it experienced another re-birth. Darüzziyafe is a place where Ottoman Turkish cuisine is the name of...

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  • Mercan

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    This is everything I've always wanted from a Turkish seafood restaurant - fresh, lots of choices, convivial. Loved everything we had -- from the calamari, sardines, chicken kebabs to the couple of meze of beans in olive oil and aubergine in tomato sauce. Really really good! The service was superb! Even though they didn't speak English that well,...

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  • Assk Kahve

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Istanbul Restaurants

    Written as Assk Kahve and pronunced as Ashk Cafe is one of the best places that I have been during my Istanbul trip. My local friend took me there which is located at Bosphorus with an breatntaking scenic view. Altough we waited around 25 mins to be seated the view and food worth the wait. There is both a romantic and relax ambience with tasty...

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