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My top 10 of favorite restaurants

Posted on 25 August 2019

By foodie Wendy Serter

  1. ROOF 16 – SWISS HOTEL ROOFTOP (only open in summer season)

Swiss Hotel The Bosphorus, 16th floor. Tel: 0212-326 11 00

Most fabulous view of Istanbul. All food are culinary art. Great cocktails. Vibrant atmosphere with live DJ. One of the best places to spend your nights in Istanbul.

2. KISS THE FROG (Brasserie/Restaurant/Cafe)

Yahya Kemal Caddesi No. 4, Rumeli Hisari, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-287 73 20

Lovely restaurant, with nice seafood specialities.

3. KARAKÖY LOKANTASI (Mehyane)

Kemankes Karamustafapasa Mahallesi, Kemankes Caddesi No. 37A, Karaköy. Tel: 0212-292 44 55

Family owned restaurant, homey feeling with beautiful blue tiles on the walls, always fully booked, so reservation is required. Great appetizers, always good quality and good service.

4. FIORE ITALIAN RESTAURANT (Italian home made dishes and pizza’s)

Gümüssuyu Mahallesi, Miralay Sefkibey Sok. No. 8, Beyoglu, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-243 98 99

Perfect small family owned, very homey and lovely restaurant. Gluten-free and vegan friendly. (For the gluten-free, you need to contact the restaurant one day beforehand).

The owner bakes the pizza’s himself and especially his spinach/cheese pizza is to die for! He serves fantastic quality wines as well. The service is fantastic and you never go home feeling hungry. The portions are big. During weekends reservation is advised. For us by far the best Italian restaurant in Istanbul.

5. SET BALIK RESTAURANT (Fish)

Kireçburnu Mahallesi, Misir Caddesi No. 2B, Sariyer, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-262 04 11

Great fish restaurants with great appetizers (according to the season). Reservation required. Note: THEY DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS!

6. SEORABEOL KOREAN RESTAURANT (Famous for it’s Koran BBQ)

Esentepe Mahallesi, Kore Sehitler Caddesi No. 57/B, Sisli, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-275 25 95

Fantastic authentic casual Korean Restaurant. The BBQ is to die for. They serve porkmeat (porkbelly as well). Many nice appetizers, seperate room for a group. Reservation required. NOTE: Closes at 22.00 hrs!

7. SANS RESTAURANT (Turkish/Mediterranean)

Haci Adil Caddesi, Palmiye Sok. No. 1, 1. Levent, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-280 38 38

Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant since 1992. Member of Chaine des Rotisseurs. Perfect quality in a chique ambiance.

8. LIMONLU BAHÇE (Cafe/Brasserie/Restaurant)

Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarsi Caddesi No. 74, Beyoglu, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-252 10 94

Fantastic hidden garden in the middle of Istanbul. Mostly visited by university students and other youngsters.

9. 1924 RUSSIAN RESTAURANT (Russian food)

Asmali Mescit Mahallesi, Olivya Geçidi 7A, Beyoglu, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-243 83 60

Fantastic restaurant in a beautiful surrounding. There is always one table reserved for the founder of the Republic of Turkey Atatürk. Do not forget to visit the beautiful bar upstairs.

10. ASITANE (Ottoman Food)

Dervisal Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sok. No. 6, Fatih, Istanbul. Tel: 0212-635 79 97

NOTE: Closes at 23.30 hrs. Nice restaurant which serves a menu served to the sultans.

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