15 Restaurants with Beautiful Bosphorus View


Bosphorus is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. More recently it’s been called the “Istanbul Boğazı” or “Karadenız Boğazı”. You can take a cruise by “Dentur” “Avrasya boat”, Turyol boat, or traditional “Şehir Hatları ferry”, a self-guided tour of the European shore, or to relax at a tea-houses or restaurants along its shores.

This 32 km (20-mile)-long north-south strait joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul and separates the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. It runs right through the heart of Istanbul, past the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, several Ottoman palaces, at least two fortresses, forested hills, and shore villages with Ottoman architecture.

It holds lavish and splendidly designed restaurants, cafes, and Turkish traditional bars “Meyhane” serving authentic food and drinks, with amazing exclusive views of the “Bosphorus” sea. In this article, I’ll present to you some of my favorite places to spend a day and enjoy international cuisines.

1- Sunset Grill & Bar

Located on a hilltop below “Ulus Park” in the upscale neighborhood of “Ulus”, a spectacular view of the Bosphorus, the bridge and Asian shoreline. Initially specializes in “California” cuisine and also preparing the finest-grilled steaks in Istanbul and different authentic dishes from Turkish cuisine.

Sunset Grill/Facebook

Sunset Grill & Bar has spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas with enduring decor and a separate indoor and outdoor bar where you can enjoy cocktails pre and post-lunch or dinner. It is open Monday-Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm for lunch and daily from 7:00 pm to midnight for dinner.

Starters

  • Bisque of the day
  • Golden Osetra Caviar served with lemon blinis 
  • Artichoke in olive oil
  • Platter of Mediterranean-style of olive options
  • Buffalo milk Burrata with tomato, arugula and pesto sauce
  • Beef Carpaccio scented with white truffle oil served with parmesan&red capsicum emulsion, arugula and lime salt 
  • Alaska King Crab Tartare with yuzu, tobiko, coriander, avocado, capers, and lime
  • Octopus Carpaccio with daikon, cucumber slices with ginger, celery stalk and ponzu soy sauce
  • Escargot in herbs garlic butter 
  • Pan-fried Duck Foie Gras with teriyaki miso sauce 
  • Sea Snail with light soy broth and shiitake mushroom

Main Courses

  • Grilled Free-Range Chicken Breast in homemade BBQ sauce with mashed potato and seasonal vegetables
  • Slow Braised Beef Cheek & Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • Beef Tenderloin “Sunset” with seasonal vegetables  and Asian red wine sauce
  • Oven-baked Duck with mushrooms and teriyaki sauce risotto, kumquat oil, lemongrass dust, and hoisin sauce
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Yuzu mustard sauce
  • Peru style slow-cooked Beef Ribs with aji Amarillo
  • Peking style Crispy Duck, cucumber and green onion juliennes, warm pancakes, lime, coriander, and hoisin sauce
  • Yogurt Kebab, prepared with beef tenderloin chunks and meatballs on a bed of pita bread with yogurt sauce
  • Lamb Shank braised “natural” with olive oil, lemon zest, shallots, rosemary, cherry tomatoes served with smoked eggplant

It also serves side dishes, plates to share, pasta and risotto, steaks and seafood courses such as grilled lobster, grilled jumbo shrimp, grilled Norwegian salmon and plenty more of appealing dishes.

Address: Kuruçeşme Mahallesi Ulus Park, Yol Sokağı No:2, 34345 Beşiktaş/Istanbul

2- 5.Kat Restaurant & Cafe Bar

The hypnotizing adventure of the “5th Floor Restaurant” filled with art, taste, and luxurious style began in 1993, in Beyoğlu’s historic “Cihangir” neighborhood. The “5th Floor” also made a name for itself with its unique parties, “Full Moon” ceremonies, the 70s themed parties, concerts, and international jazz festivals.

5 Kat restaurant/Facebook

It’s the favorite spot of Turkish celebrities to dine, meet fans and enjoy a selection from the world cuisines with 5th Floor touch. It’s a kind, friendly and energetic service in Istanbul’s oldest civilian cultural center that has hosted many cultural events, talks, and art workshops.

Main Courses

  • Seafood Linguine Sautéed seafood with fresh garlic and basil sauce
  • Baked Sea Bass Oven-baked Seabass with fresh vegetables white wine and light cream sauce, served with sautéed fresh potatoes sauteed with Leek
  • Cambodian Style Shrimps with Coconut Milk Shrimp in coconut milk, seasoned with Far East spices, served with julienne vegetables and basmati rice or noodles
  • Salmon Teriyaki Served with a teriyaki sauce with sautéed spinach served with fresh potatoes sauteed with leek
  • Beef Ribs Cooked in the oven for 12 hours with fresh spices served with vegetables and french fries
  • Lamb Shank Oven-baked Lamb shank with fresh herbs, served with mashed potatoes
  • Shaslik Kebab Slices of sirloin  in honey&soy sauce served with sautêed  mushrooms and vermicelli pilaf
  • Indian Chicken Madras (for spice lovers) Cooked with curry sauce, fresh ginger, coconut milk and served with tortilla and saffron rice
  • Chicken Marbella Chicken thighs marinated in wine, green olives, and dried plum sauce, served with vermicelli pilaf

Starters

  • Hot Starter Plate Fried halloumi cheese, quesadilla, falafel, and crispy chicken fingers served with special sauce
  • Sautéed Shrimp Tomato-garlic sauce, served with garlic bread
  • Goat Cheese with Avocado Served with rocket, tomatoes and basil sauce
  • 5th Floor Quesadilla (homemade) Prepared with corn, cheese, basil and roasted peppers served with a special sauce
  • Baked Aubergine Aubergine baked with mozzarella, served with a tomato and basil sauce

Drinks

  • Campagnes
  • Beer
  • Wines
  • Coffee with alcohol
  • The 5th-floor cocktails
  • Raki (Turkish drink)
  • Hot drinks
  • Vermouth
  • Liqueurs and …

Address: Cihangir, Soğancı Sk. No:3, 34427, 34433 Beyoğlu/Istanbul

3- Turk Art Terrace Restaurant

You can enjoy the fascinating 360 panoramas of “Bosphorus”, “Prince Islands”, “Hagia Sophia”, “Blue mosque”, and “Marmara” sea while you are spending time and enjoying the dazzling meals and specialties of Turkish, Ottoman and seafood as well as many examples of international cuisines at the Turk Art Terrace restaurant.

Turk Art Terrace/Facebook

The restaurant holds a romantic and intimate ambiance with an excellent and friendly service. a wide selection of drinks and cocktails as well as seafood, Medeterian dishes, and vegetarian and vegan-friendly options plus gluten-free choices. It also provides a full bar selection.

Starters

  • Hummus
  • Spicy tomato salad
  • Haydari
  • Stuffed grape leaves
  • Shrimps cold cuts
  • Grilled red pepper
  • Fish soup
  • Octopus in butter
  • Fried calamari
  • Oyster
  • Cheese roll pastry

Main Courses

  • Adana Kebab
  • Lamb chops
  • Grilled meatballs
  • Lamb şiş Kebab
  • Chicken şiş Kebab
  • Filet mignon steak
  • Thai curry
  • Marble steak
  • Turbot fish
  • Natural sea bass
  • Red Mullet
  • Vegetarian Casserole
  • Stuffed eggplants
  • Moussaka (Vegetarian)

Address: Cankurtaran, Tevkifhane Sk. No:12, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

4- My Terrace Cafe & Restaurant

A wonderful quaint place with an insatiable sea view and live Turkish music playing by nationally well-known artists. It provides European, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines created by sophisticated international chefs as well as vegetarian and vegan-friendly, Halal, Kosher, and gluten-free options.

My Terrace/Facebook

You can take an outdoor table on the terrace which is heated in the winter or a private dining lounge based on your preference. There is a full bar menu and drink choices and more importantly very hospitable and helpful staff.

Starters

  • Fish salad
  • Grilled Halloumi
  • Sauteed eggplant
  • Tomato soup
  • Fried vegetables
  • Greek salad

Main Courses

  • Spaghetti
  • Sausage Pita
  • Mushroom Pita
  • Turkish Ravioli (Manti)
  • Urfa Kebab
  • Pistachio Kebab
  • Eggplant Kebab
  • Chicken cutlet
  • Hamsi platter
  • Salmon
  • Shrimps
  • Chicken schnitzel
  • Lamb casserole
  • Vegetarian casserole

Breakfast

  • French toast
  • Cheese omelet
  • Muesli
  • Veggie omelet (Menemen)
  • Sausage omelet
  • Scrambled eggs with milk
  • Yogurt & honey and…

Address: No:9،Küçük Ayasofya Mh, Şht. Mehmetpaşa Ykş., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

5- Panoramic Restaurant & Cafe

Panoramic Restaurant, located on the seventh floor of  “Adamar Hotel”, offers a scenic view of the city. Sitting at your table, and savoring a meal in the purest Ottoman style, you will be able to contemplate the dome of “Hagia Sophia”, the minarets of the “Blue Mosque”, the “Topkapi Palace”, the “Princes Islands”, the “Bosphorous”, and the “Marmara” sea in all its majesty and beauty.

Panoramic Restaurant/Facebook

Enjoy fine Anatolian cuisine and exquisite service by highest quality ingredients according to traditional recipes freshly interpreted and served. They handpick the fresh and healthy vegetables, herbs, meat, and other ingredients at the best in the area Farmer’s Market, to create special dishes.

Appetizers

  • Vegetables in olive oil
  • Smoked Salmon plate
  • Turkish Mezze
  • Crepe with spinach and walnuts
  • Battered squid
  • Chicken & mushroom crepe
  • Cheese puff pastry (Börek)

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken with barbeque sauce
  • Mushroom risotto
  • Vienna beef pie
  • Roasted lamb chops
  • Grilled beef medallion
  • Grilled entrecôte
  • Grilled trout
  • Grilled sea bass
  • Lamb skewer on Gannuş eggplant
  • Mahmudiye (Chicken cooked with apple slices, dried apricots, and raisins, served with mashed potatoes flavor basils)
  • Sahan Köfte (Beef meatballs, tomatoes, and peppers served with rice and special sauce)
  • Vegetarian crepe (Stuffed with sauteed zucchini, eggplant, carrot, tomatoes and green pepper on Neopolitan sauce)

Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:37, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul

6- Summit Bar & Terrace

Located on the 14th floor of Conard Hotel, Summit offers impeccable aperitifs, classic cocktails, appetizing food menu, and a spectacular view of the Istanbul skyline. Every Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.Summit Bar & Terrace offers a sumptuous Turkish breakfast that combines delicious local flavors, complemented by Turkish tea, coffee, and fresh-squeezed juice.

Summit/Facebook

Join the expressive rhythm of Bosphorus, with live DJ performances every Friday night 9:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. and hit the dance floor or enjoy the buzzing weekend crowd blowing off some steam in style. Every Saturday from 9:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Enjoy the lively jazz tunes of Pelin Güneş Trio with the magical Bosphorus views surrounding you.

Food

  • Za’atar (Marinated olives and grilled halloumi cheese with garlic bread Potato wedges sour cream and sweet chili)
  • Deep-fried falafels (yogurt and sesame sauce)
  • Indian butter chicken (Curry with chicken, basmati rice, papadom, and raita)
  • Summit sampler (Samosas, chicken shish, mini lamb kofta, wine leaf dolmas, yogurt with mint, artichoke with hummus, vanilla smoked salmon, pita bread)
  • Baked pasticcio (Ground beef sauce, thyme, and parmesan bechamel)
  • Cuban salmon a la plancha (pineapple and chili pepper, potato purée)
  • Beef paillard (pita bread and tzatziki)

Drinks

  • Cocktails (Cactus, Spicy Strawberry, Japanese Iced Tea, Smoked & Dynamite)
  • Wines (Moët & Chandon Imperial, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, Vodina, Chardonnay)
  • Beers
  • RAKI
  • GIN (Monkey 47, Hendrick’s)
  • Vodka (Beluga Gold, Grey Goose)
  • TEQUILA (Avion Anejo)
  • Rum
  • Digestives ( Hennessy XO, Jägermeister)
  • Whiskey (Johnnie Walker Blue Label)
  • LIQUEUR
  • American Bourbon and…

Address: Cihannüma Mahallesi Saray Caddesi No:5, 14th Floor, 34353 Beşiktaş

7- Cihannuma 360° Panorama Restaurant

A magical gem of a restaurant! From the fast and professional service and a staff who treat you like friends, to the extraordinary food options, the exclusive view of Istanbul and the soothing jazz music playing in the background. It’s only a few minute’s walk from the “Blue Mosque” in the most historic neighborhood in Istanbul.

Cihannuma 360°/Facebook

Starters

  • Hummus Sauteed eggplant
  • Stuffed vine leaves
  • Octopus salad
  • Cheese platter
  • Stewed shrimp
  • Pastrami and cheese rolls
  • Sailor pastry village (Cheese, carrot, honey, peas, and parsley)

Main Courses

  • Tandoori lamb
  • Islim Kebab
  • Lamb chops with begendi
  • Mürdüm Erikli Papaz Yahnisi (Stew cow meat, shallots, plum)
  • Chicken Fajita
  • Harem Kebab (Beef, lamb, and chicken, rice, nuts, dried apricot, and grapes)
  • Seafood (Grilled salmon, Seabass grilled with chard, Gilthead seabream grill)
  • Pasta & Spaghetti
  • Mushroom Casserole (Vegetarian)

Drinks

  • Soft drinks
  • International cocktails
  • Beer
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Gin and…

Address: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:18, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul

8- Hanzade Terrace Restaurant

A warm, welcomıng atmosphere and exquisite authentic Turkısh cuisines. Enjoy the stunning views of Istanbul and the “Bosphorus” sea with an outdoor terraced dining experience. The meals are prepared with fresh and innovative ingredients from the local farmers market. The chef is very friendly and super attentive to make sure you have the best experience!

Hanzade Terrace Restaurant/Facebook

Appetizers

  • Carrot filled yogurt
  • Chili cold salad
  • Mushrooms with garlic and butter
  • Spinach pastry with cheese
  • Shrimps with sauce
  • Vegetarian Casserole

Main Courses

  • Vezir Kebabi (Marinated slice of meat on charcoal stuffed with Turkish lavash served with rice, potatoes, and greens)
  • Sadrazam Kebabi (Sliced grilled meat and vegetables)
  • Zibrit Kebabi (Marinated chicken breast grilled on charcoal served with rice,papatos, and greens)
  • Naziri fish Kebab (Daily fresh grilled fillet fish served with potato and greens)

Drinks

  • Turkish Rakı
  • Hanzade special cocktails
  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Wine

Address: Emin Sinan Mahallesi, Piyer Loti Cd. No:35, 34126 Fatih/Istanbul

9- Sultanahmet Ottoman Terrace Fish House

Beautiful cozy restaurant with a fantastic panoramic view! Tender flavorful food and excellent service with local freshly caught fish types that you can view and decide which fish you want to try. The staff are very knowledgeable and will explain all the seafood options if you need suggestions and tips.

Sultanahmet Ottoman Terrace/Facebook

Starters

  • Eggplant salad
  • Grilled red pepper
  • Russian salad
  • Chicken soup
  • Cheese pastry rolls
  • Shrimp fried in butter
  • Turkish omelet (Menemen)

Main Courses

  • Osmanli Kebab
  • Tuzda Tavuk (Salted chicken)
  • Steamed fish
  • Fish on skewers
  • Jumbo shrimps
  • Mixed fish platter
  • Spaghetti
  • Chicken steaks
  • Gilthead bream

Address: Cankurtaran, Kutlugün Sk. No:49, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

10- Marbella Cafe Restaurant

Located in the historic “Peninsula” of Istanbul, this culturally delightful dining experience is surrounded by the “Hagia Sofia”, “Topkapi Palace” and “Bosphorus” sea view. There are simple, comfortable settings on the terrace provided by the heating system in the winter and friendly helpful staff who are mostly fluent in English.

Marbella Cafe/Facebook

Appetizers

  • Anchovy
  • Stuffed pepper
  • Spicy salad
  • Fried rice and shrimp
  • Paçanga Pastry (Fried pastrami with cheddar cheese and greens
  • Soup of the day
  • Sauteed mushrooms

Main Courses

  • Adana Kebab
  • Beef Shish Kebab
  • Iskender Kebab
  • Mushroom steak
  • Tai curry chicken
  • Lamb shank
  • Vegetables with saffron
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Three colors tortellini
  • Jumbo shrimps
  • Mushroom casserole

Drinks

  • Soft drinks (Juice, lemonade,…)
  • Hot drinks
  • Cocktails
  • Digestives (Johnie Walker red label, Jameson, Dimple,…)
  • Beers
  • Wines

Address: Küçük Ayasofya, Çayıroğlu Sk. No:32, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul

11- Lotiz Lounge & Hookah

Lotiz Lounge would be a great choice to relax while watching the view of the “Marmara” Sea, and the “Old Town” by day or night. Enjoy the splendid view of the city while spending time on the rooftop. Lotiz Roof Lounge offers a wide range of Turkish and international cuisine with an extensive selection of hookah, beers, wines, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

Ovidiu Carp/Facebook

Starters

  • Carrot tarator
  • Spicy tomato dip
  • Potato salad
  • Dried tomato with olive oil
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Smoked beef
  • Octopus marine
  • Dry meat

Main Courses

  • Rib steak
  • Liver pan
  • A La Turca Forci
  • Eggplant with yogurt sauce

Address: Balabanağa MahallesiVidinli Tevfik Paşa Caddesi Kat:7 No:1434134 Fatih/Istanbul

12- Deluxe Golden Horn Hotel

Located on the terrace of Golden Horn Hotel where you will travel in time to the “Byzantine” and “Ottoman” era as you enter the rooftop. The magic touch of this ambiance will cast a spell on your amusement and peace with magnificent views of “Hagia Sophia”, “Blue Mosque” and “Topkapı Palace”.

Deluxe Golden/Facebook

You can enjoy the view of Istanbul “Golden Horn”, “Bosphorus”, and the “Marmara” Sea while sipping on a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and grab a bite of delicious meals on this unique terrace.

Main Courses

  • Tomato Kebab
  • Grilled meatballs
  • Clay pot Kebab
  • Fish clay pot
  • Eggplant Kebab
  • Pistachio Kebab
  • Grilled steak
  • Curry Chicken
  • Pasta and Spaghetti
  • Lahmacun (Turkish pizza)
  • Grilled Salmon

Starters

  • Season salad
  • Spring rolls
  • Buttered mushrooms
  • Fresh beans with olives
  • Potato croquet
  • Cheese platter

Address: Binbirdirek, Binbirdere Meydanı Sk. No:1, 34400/Fatih/Istanbul

13- Sed Hotel Terrace Restaurant

Sed Hotel Istanbul, located in “Taksim” square, one of the most important cultural centers of Istanbul, has a distinctive atmosphere and a new, individual palate experience for travelers, with its concept based on the Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine under the management of talented chefs.

Sed Hotel/Facebook

With an elite service, a delightful and bright design this place brings out a different and unusual flavor to those who want to have a pleasant meal.

Starters

  • Veggie rolls
  • Falafel
  • Buttered shrimps
  • Fried calamari
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Mixed appetizer platter

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken with mushrooms
  • Mexican steak
  • Dallas steak
  • Pene and spaghetti
  • Mushroom casserole
  • Vegetable crepes
  • Adana Kebab
  • Seafood

Address: Ömer Avni Mh. Muhtar Leyla Ildır Sk. No:6 Ayazpaşa 34427 Beyoğlu/ Istanbul

14- Tuğra Restaurant

Located on the first floor of the historical “Ciragan Palace” with a breathtaking view of the “Bosphorus”. The restaurant has specially designed platters incorporating the elegant motifs of the historic Istanbul. Go to Tuğra Restaurant for an original and unforgettable experience.

Zeynep Kayhan/Facebook

It provides Ottoman and Turkish cuisines to accompany sparkling “Bosphorus” scenery with professional and helpful staff.

Ottoman Bites

  • Tuğra’s Signature Cold Mezze Platter
  • Seafood “Dolma” Platter
  • Stuffed “Tokat” Vine Leaves with Cherry
  • Sautéed “Edirne” Lamb Liver on Hummus

Main Courses

  • Duck Tandir ( Oven-roasted duck strips wrapped in phyllo dough with rice, roasted red pepper green pistachio, almond, raisin served with seasonal fruit & linden honey sauce
  • Pan-fried BlackSea Turbot Fillet
  • Tuğra Ottoman Grilled Kebab
  • Lamb Shankin Vine Leaves

Address: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, Ciragan Caddesi 32, Çiragan Cd, 34349 Besiktas/Istanbul

15- Nicole Restaurant

Contemporary Mediterranean cuisine served at a chic terrace with a magnificent view of the “Old Town”, “Prince Islands” and beyond. Restaurant’s wine cellar includes chateau-style local wine producers from Aegean, Thrace and Anatolia regions as well as imported varieties.

Nicole Restaurant view/Facebook

Nicol Menu

  • Amuse Bouches (Caramelized Onion Brioche, Homemade Sourdough Bread)
  • Bonito (Cavia, Green Tomatoes)
  • Beef tongue
  • Gazpacho (Apple, Ginger)
  • Red mullet
  • Lamb
  • Mulberry (Yogurt, fig)
  • Chocolate (Pear, Almond)

Address: Tomtom, Tomtom Kaptan Sk. No:18, 34433 Beyoğlu/Istanbul

There are way more restaurants in this region all of them unique in their own way, so just take a walk and explore these beautiful places on your own, grab a bite or just chill and drink, either way, this is gonna be an adventure you’ll always cherish. Have fun! 🙂

mahni

Hello, everyone, this is Mahni. I'm originally from Iran and I moved to Istanbul a couple of years ago. Here I mostly write about Istanbul and its fascinating aspects as a local and traveler to help you plan your trips and learn more about this city. Have fun! :-)

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