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Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Istanbul
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Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Hi folks,

Lots of times visitors ask for restaurant recommendations and mostly Old City restaurants are recommended. Most (not all) of the locals in fact do not patronize the better Old City restaurants thinking that they are too much tourist oriented. I have decided to gather a list of currently good and popular restaurants at the other (95%) areas of the city where more locals and some visitors alike enjoy the fine/casual dining. The list is by no means exhaustive and the ordering is totally at random. There are wide price ranges for these restaurants, most of which are fine dining. TA reviews, by their own nature, are subjective also, as one person may not like what the other reviewer prefers. If you want to add your restaurant recommendation to the list, please make sure it is outside the Old City.

1. Nicole, at Beyoglu, "http://www.nicole.com.tr/index.php/en/", and "https:/…nicole-tomtom-suites-taksim-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d2…".

2. Fenix, at Etiler, "https:/…87stanbul-etiler-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d6…".

3. Yeni Lokanta, at Beyoglu, "https:/…9Fhane-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d4…"

4. Lokanta Maya, at Karakoy, "https:/…B6y-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d1…".

5. Topaz, at Gumuşsuyu, "https:/…9Fsuyu-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d1…".

6. Mama Shelter, at Beyoglu, "https:/…mama-shelter-taksim-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d6…".

7. Mikla, at Pera, "https:/…B1mescit-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d8…".

8. Gile, at Besiktas, "https:/…9F-merkez-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d4…".

9. Eataly, at Zorlu Center, "https:/…eataly-gayrettepe-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d5…".

10. Ulus 29, at Ulus, "https:/…ulus-29-ulus-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d9…".

Enjoy some of these very good restaurants.

good luck,

enigma...

Toronto, Canada
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1. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Dear enigma,

What a wonderful list! Thank you for sharing. I loved Yeni Lokanta, on your list as #3. :-)

Meze by Lemon Tree was pretty good but not as creative as Yeni Lokanta. It's near Pera Palace Hotel.

How about Set Balik Lokantasi in Tarabaya? tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d62…

Edited: 4:35 pm, February 11, 2015
Istanbul
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2. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Gigis_Mum, I knew you went to a few of these excellent restaurants. The first response was from you. Set Balik is one of the best fish restaurants in Istanbul and I highly recommend it to everyone. Have a look. "https:/…A7burnu-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d6…".

cheers,

enigma...

Toronto, Canada
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3. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Thank you for thinking of me, enigma! Actually I went to only 1 restaurant on your list but next time, I would like to try more. Glad you gave the link to Topaz. I think it was featured in Jonathan Phang's "Gourmet Trains" but he said the name too quickly for me.

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4. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

bumping up for poster geom.

enigma...

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5. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Hello,

Thanks for the post !

We live in London, so will be paying in pounds. Visiting Istanbul in March for 5 days.

Have read the reviews on all the 10 restaurants you listed and they all look amazing for that one special vacation dinner night were ones budget can stretch to about £150 max for two. Nicole seems the best option for this.

But can you recommend a few really good mid-priced restaurants between the 30 - 50 pounds (for two) range where we could visit for lunch and dinner during our stay.

Thanks in anticipation !

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6. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Emjacaca C, Sure, I will list 2 very good restaurants at the Old City and 2 outside the Old City for you in price range up to £50 for two. 1 £ is 3.79 TL today (daily fluctuating in small increments up or down)

1. Imbat Restaurant (Old City), "imbatrestaurant.com/index.php/menu/a-la-cart…", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d8…".

2. Matbah Ottoman Palace Restaurant (Old City). "https://www.zomato.com/istanbul/matbah-ottom…", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d1…".

3. Fıccın (Circassian cousine) at Beyoglu, "https:/…B1mescit-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d7…".

4. Mid Point at Beyoglu, "https:/…midpoint-taksim-istanbul", and "tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d3…".

Note in the first list you can definitely dine at a few of those restaurants for less than £50 for two.

good luck,

enigma...

West Kelowna, Canada
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7. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

I am storing away these recommendations and will use them when we get to Istanbul.

Thanks for sharing them!

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8. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Istanbuleats has an app, a book and a great website for food resources. Most places listed are NOT on the expensive side. Hmmm... this thread is going off-topic.

http://istanbuleats.com/

Edited: 12:50 pm, February 15, 2015
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9. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Gigis_mum, discussing food and places to eat can never be wrong!

Doha, Qatar
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10. Re: Ten Very Good Restaurants Outside The Old City

Amazing list. I'll be checking them all out on my next trip to Istanbul