Best Turkish Restaurants in Istanbul


Those wishing to feel the oriental atmosphere should definitely look into Kervansaray. It takes pride of place in the ranking of the most popular establishments. Visitors note the luxurious decoration of this place. Here, every element of decor is thought out to the smallest detail.

Another advantage of Kervansaray is the entertainment program in the evenings. Here you will see the famous belly dance and other traditional oriental entertainment. The menu is based on Turkish dishes, but there are also European snacks to choose from.

Food prices are considered average. A hearty dinner will cost 50-60 euros.

If low prices are not your main criterion, then take a closer look at one of the most expensive restaurants in Istanbul. Mozaik is located in the historical part of the city and is one of the top famous establishments.

Its popularity is associated with the historic building in which the Mozaik is equipped, as well as the exquisite expensive interior. In summer, a playground with outdoor tables opens here.

As for the menu, here you will find the famous masterpieces of Turkish and international cuisine. Visitors note the high quality of food and service, as well as a decent portion size.


Another place that will envelop you with oriental charm. Neyzade is located in the Sultanahmet district. The establishment is decorated in the best national traditions, and also offers visitors to book a table on a spacious terrace. The main focus is on Turkish cuisine. The menu has a decent variety of meat dishes, as well as oriental sweets.

A feature of Neyzade is the presence of a gluten-free menu. This is one of the few places where each guest can order a gluten-free portion of food.


One of the most expensive restaurants in the city, the prices of which are fully paid off thanks to colorful show programs and delicious national cuisine. “Mikla” is located in the Beyoglu district and has a summer terrace, from where you can see the Bosphorus, Sultanahmet and almost the entire business center of Istanbul.

This place is more suitable for celebrating important dates than a regular lunch.

The bill for dinner here ranges from 110 to 200 euros.

Bab I Hayat

Decided to arrange a walk through the spice bazaar? Then be sure to check out Bab-I Hayat. It is here that a colorful restaurant of oriental cuisine is located. Keep in mind that finding it among the shelves is not so easy. You will find the establishment to the left of the eastern entrance to the market, next to the fast food buffet.

The interior of Bab-I Hayat is made in Turkish style and resembles an old palace with painted ceilings and window frames. The menu pleases visitors with national dishes at loyal prices.

Hamdi Et

This is a spacious three-story restaurant equipped with a rooftop veranda. From here you can admire the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn. On the ground floor of Hamdi Et there is a sweet shop where you can buy fresh baklava, halva and other oriental goodies.

The establishment was opened back in 1970 and has since become a popular place among locals and travelers. They serve excellent Turkish food with an excellent selection of salads, soups, meat and fish starters. In the evening, in the Hamdi Et program, you will find colorful performances.

It is better to book a table in this place in advance, as it is crowded at any time of the year.


Located on Eminonu Square, the restaurant impresses guests with a decent variety of oriental dishes, including lamb, poultry, fish dishes, as well as a vegetarian menu. Smoky perch, eggplant in spicy sauce and lamb skewers are considered signature dishes.

But the main pride of “Pandeli” is a unique interior. Its walls are decorated with blue ceramics and lamps, while the ceiling is decorated with ornate ethnic patterns.

The prices here are relatively low. For dinner you will pay 50 euros.

Don’t forget to visit the main sights of the city between restaurants. During Istanbul sightseeing tours, you will see Topkapi Palace, Miniature Park, Hagia Sophia, Blue and New Mosques and much more.