Did you ever feel unsure and overwhelmed when picking up a restaurant in Istanbul? Yes, I bet you did. We all did! With tens of thousands of restaurants serving all kinds of both Turkish and international food, the chances of finding the RIGHT restaurant for your special dining is just so minimal.
In this guide, I have listed restaurants that I have tried myself or received a trusted recommendation to try. So, here are the 10 best restaurants you must try in Istanbul. Happy eating!
10 BEST RESTAURANTS YOU SHOULD TRY IN ISTANBUL
Choosing one favorite restaurant in Istanbul is not easy at all. That’s why we have chosen 5 different restaurants that stand out for their delicious menu, amazing vibes, and excellent service.
1. Zoya’s house, Nişantaşi
A place that feels like home, this Boho-styled restaurant is one of my favorites in Istanbul. Their rich menu offers a variety of delicious meals to all kinds of eaters. They have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Personally, I could not get over the taste of their Filet Mignon steak yet.
Zoya’s house is located in Nişantaşi, and it is very close to a metro station. They have both smoking and non-smoking areas. While the restaurant doesn’t require a reservation, it is better to call in advance to save a nice spot in the main section.
Service options: Dine-in · delivery · No-contact delivery
2. Pokémate, Şişli
Done with traditional Turkish food? Pokémate is a Hawaiian restaurant in Istanbul with incredible and freshly made Poke bowls. With Pokemate healthy menu you can make your own bowl by choosing the ingredients you want to have.
It’s definitely a restaurant to try not only once or twice. And the restaurant’s lovely staff will make sure you do come back for another Pokémate bowl every week.
The restaurant is located in Şişli, so, it’s easily accessible with public transportation.
Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery
3. IL Cortile Istanbul, Beyoğlu
Wanna get a glimpse of Italy in the heart of Istanbul? Sure, IL Cortile Ristorante Pizzeria is one fine example. With its typical Italian inspired interior and food, IL Cortile has impressed the diners with the variety of dishes and the cozy atmosphere.
Even though Italian food is the focus,don’t let that stop you from ordering the other excellent treats.
IL Cortile is located just around the corner of Galata tower_two birds with one stone.
Service options: Dine-in · No-contact delivery
4. Zennup1844, Fişekhane
You can’t visit Turkey without tasting the authentic Turkish food. We’ve chosen one of the worth-visiting restaurants in Istanbul for real Turkish food. Zennup 1844 restaurant offers a taste menu where you pay a fixed price and taste almost everything Tukrish dish they have. Good deal right?
Zennup is located in Fişekhane, a newly developed area in istanbul. The restaurant is a great dining location for families, travelers and even business lunch/dinner meetings.
5. Grey Food & Drink, Nişsantaşi
Finding a good pasta in Istanbul isn’t an easy task but I really loved Grey’s pasta. The restaurant offers a variety of international dishes from healthy salads and meals to mouthwatering meat dishes and seafood.
Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway · Delivery