Restaurants With a View in Istanbul Featured

Discover the best restaurants with a view in Istanbul. 

by Lisa Morrow

One look over the Bosphorus says it all: beauty and chaos, antiquity and technology, the East and the West have blended into a delicious mix here. Dine at one of these restaurants featuring the stunning views that characterize the city in Turkey where continents collide.


Neolokal’s stunning views over the Istanbul hilltops are equally matched by the landscapes they create with food. Hummus is the arid Anatolian interior shimmering at dusk, artichoke the cotton candy of Pamukkale. They respect the essence of traditional Turkish food while reinventing it in new ways to guarantee its relevance in the future.

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5. Kat

True to its name, 5. Kat combines five elements to make dining memorable. Spectacular views, great food, warm Turkish hospitality, live music and an incomparable ambience. Founded by actress and director Yasemin Alkaya, it’s a favourite of actors, directors and artists participating in Istanbul’s international festivals.

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The two tasting menus at Cordon Bleu-trained chef and owner Aylin Yazıcıoğlu’s rooftop restaurant Nicole offer seasonal delights that showcase her creativity and passion. Along with intelligent wine-parings, the pristine year-round smoke-free environment of Nicole provides the ideal setting to sample, contemplate and extract the flavours.

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For more inspiration on Do, Dine and Spend in Istanbul, visit our Destinations page.