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Restaurants in Turkey

From abundant mezze platters to succulent meat dishes, from fresh seafood to mouth-watering deserts, Turkey's culinary culture is a rich and diverse as its history. Restaurants in Turkey serve a variety of specialties to please all tastes, and vary from region to region. If you're along the water, you can't go wrong at the seafood restaurants located in all the coastal villages. Don't skip a visit to the Bodrum fish market, where you can select morsels from the day's catch and have it cooked to order in the adjacent restaurant.

Some of the best restaurants in Turkey—and in the world—are located in Istanbul. Join locals as they savor specialties like lahmacun—a thin, minced meat-topped flatbread that diners top with veggies—kebab platters, pide (flatbread pizzas), and more at the beloved Tatbak, or head into the hills above town to indulge in the chef's tasting menus, European-influenced fine dining, and panoramic views at Ulus 29. Another Turkey restaurant creating a buzz is the trendy eatery at the Istanbul Modern Museum, where you can choose to enjoy thin-crust pizzas, salads, and Turkish dumplings in the contemporary dining room or on the riverside terrace.

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  • 360 Istanbul

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    It may be one of the hottest restaurants in town, on the old embassy row, but 360’s modern-fusion cooking isn’t the only reason to come. The other ... More
  • 5 Kat

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    From the outside, it’s just another soot-streaked, film-noirish Istanbul apartment building. But once you enter and take the tiny elevator to the f... More
  • Abracadabra

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    In the waterside Arnavutköy area, Dilara Erbay dishes up grilled fish at Abracadabra, housed in a wooden mansion. More
  • Asitane

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Thirtysomething owner Batur Durmay speaks fluent English and guides diners through his extensive list of dishes. Durmay’s family funded painstaking... More
  • Aşşk Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Set right on the Bosporus, this relaxed Mediterranean eatery recalls the waterfront cafés of Mill Valley and Sausalito. (The resemblance is no acci... More
  • Atika

    In a neighborhood filled with snootily fashionable terrace cafés—where the waitstaff seem to make a special point of ignoring you—Atika stands out ... More
  • Babylon Lounge

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Babylon concertgoers gather at the music venue's sister site for smoked-salmon pizzete and pan-Mediterranean salads. More
  • Balikçi Sabahattin

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Grab a seat in the garden of this Sultanahmet seafood restaurant. The mezes, small appetizer plates of roasted red peppers and marinated octopus, m... More
  • Bebek Balıkcı

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Most visitors don’t make it to the northerly, beautiful neighborhood of Bebek, though they should (it’s like the Marin County of Istanbul). The bes... More
  • Bizim Ev Hanimeli

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Few travelers know about this family-run gem where Mom cooks the traditional dishes, including moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and lamb chops, usin... More
  • Bogaziçi Borsa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    In Turkey, the Özkanca family is synonymous with premier restaurants and cuisine. One of their best-loved ventures is located in the Istanbul Conve... More
  • Bonçuk

    The meyhane (drinking house) is the Turkish version of a tapas bar, where small mezes and fish are washed down with glasses of raki, a bracing anis... More
  • Cercis Murat Konaği

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    After a 35-minute ferry ride from central Beşiktaş to Bostanci, on Istanbul’s Asian side, you can walk along the water to this modern restaurant wi... More
  • Cevat'un Yeri

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Changa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Siraselviler Caddesi leads to one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Cihangir, where much of Istanbul’s expatriate community lives. Many of them hav... More

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