Best Restaurants in Istanbul
Istanbul not only bridges the cultural and geographical gap
between Europe and Asia, but also blends its culinary offerings.
Eating out in Istanbul restaurants gives diners a taste of the
splendid fusion that can be created by combining the traditional
cuisine of these two vast continents. Dining options abound in
Istanbul and if in doubt, head for the Sultanahmet area which has
the most restaurants. Traditional Turkish fare such as turbot with
saffron and raspberry, or cinnamon flavoured chicken kebabs, can be
enjoyed at restaurants in the Edirnekapi and Ortaköy areas, while
the best seafood is in Kanlýca. Istanbul restaurants serving a
fusion of Turkish, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine are found in
Beyoglu and Sisli, while Taksim and Ortaköy are home to some
excellent cafés. With so many restaurants in and around the city,
diners will find somewhere to eat any time of any day. Menu prices
are generally quite fair and essentially you get what you pay for!
A tip of at least 10% is customary. At most Istanbul restaurants,
reservations are either required or strongly recommended.