Istanbul Dinner Venues for Private Evenings
Fully justifying its reputation, Turkish cuisine is
always a pleasant surprise for the visitor.
The cuisine is a mixture of the culinary tradition of an
essentially pastoral people originating from Central Asia and the
acquisitions made though contact with the Mediterranean world.
In addition to being the refined product of centuries of
experience Turkish cuisine has a very pure quality. This stems from
the superb freshness of the fruit, vegetables, meat and fish
utilized in a country that produces all its own foodstuffs. The
variety and simplicity of the recipes and the quality of ingredients
are the guarantees of delicious meals.
You may find information about some special restaurants below.
The tradition of Beyti dates back to 1936 along with Beyti
The restaurant carries a unique reputation for its meat
specialties, always using prime choice meat, applying special
marinating techniques, instant serving from the charcoal grill in a
traditionally Turkish architecture.
An open air terrace allows people to enjoy lunch and dinner
outdoors during the summer months. It can hold up to 210 people. The
indoor capacity is 400 in the different dining rooms.
This is traditional mansion that was restored and is used as a
hotel and restaurant.
Yesil Ev is located in Sultanahmet, which is the heart of the
sightseeing area thus making the restaurant very popular with
The back yard of the Mansion, beautifully set with plants and
fountains is indeed a retreat for lunch or dinner during the summer
The yard can seat up to 180 guests and offers Turkish and
During the winter months lunch and dinner are served in the
hotel's two dining rooms, which are vivid examples of Ottoman
The style of an exclusive club in Istanbul with a magnificent
view of the Bosphorus.
This very fashionable and elegantly decorated restaurant serves
gourmet French dishes prepared by a French Chef, not to only local
clientele, but further appeals to foreign businessmen and to the
Located on a hill below the Ulus Park, Sunset offers a wonderful
view of the Bosphorus. The restaurant offers an excellent Turkish
and International cuisine. Sunset has an extensive international
wine list as well as a rich selection of cigars.
Nice outdoor setting with a capacity of 50 persons, indoor
capacity 100 persons.
Sarnic Restaurant (The Cistern)
Just beside St. Sophia and with a history as old as St. Sophia
itself - this is a Roman cistern originally built more than a
thousand years ago. Restored in 1987, "Sarnic" ("The
Cistern") is now a place where you can enjoy a nice dinner,
while the flickering candles provide a mysterious illumination.
Mavi Balik Restaurant
The restaurant is offering the magical deliciousness of fish and
meat specialties in its spacey dining rooms and open terrace right
in the heart of Bosphorus.
Elegant seafood restaurant in a romantic seaside setting on the
Asiatic side of the Bosphorus. A private boat travels guests across
the Bosphorus from Rumeli Fortress by appointment. Restaurant open
Tuesdays to Sundays.
Tugra Restaurant is located in a loft at the breathtaking Çiragan
Palace with a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. Serves Ottoman
cuisine. Excellent service. Live traditional Turkish (fasil) music.
Terrace open during summer months.
Housed in a historical building (the Feriye Police Station) right
next to the Çiragan Palace, with outdoor dining available during
the summer , when you are literally sitting right by the Bosphorus.
The restaurant is open daily and serves both International and
Café du Levant & Halat Restaurant
These two restaurants are situated in the new wing of the Rahmi
Koç Museum. Their indoor capacity is 100 persons
Café du Levant
The Café du Levant, nestling in the grounds of the Lengerhane,
serves the finest French cuisine in an authentically Parisian
brasserie atmosphere. This well-established restaurant is just the
place for a very special occasion.
This beautiful restaurant offers a real gourmet experience on the
shores of the historic Golden Horn. Operated by the same chef as the
Café du Levant (itself situated just opposite the Lengerhane
building), Halat serves outstanding Mediterranean food, complemented
by a wide choice of local and imported wines. For a magical
experience, come for a summer dinner on the waterfront terrace and
listen to the myriad muezzins' calls to prayer echoing all around
the Golden Horn…
The restaurants are open Tuesday to Sunday.