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Istanbul’s Top 10 Michelin-starred restaurants

Michelin-starred restaurants
For the first time, Michelin chose 53 Istanbul restaurants to create its Istanbul City Guide. It’s a huge event for Istanbul and Turkey. Michelin is recognized as the preeminent institution for fine dining and recognizes gastronomical achievement worldwide. 

  • In addition to the 53 restaurants, some earned even more prestigious honors from Michelin. Turkish chef Fatih Tutak won Turkey’s first Michelin 2-Star award.
  • There were four other restaurants with 1-Star ratings. 
  • One of them was Neolokal. 
  • A pioneering approach to sustainable gastronomy earned this group the lone Michelin Green Star. 
  • Ten other restaurants got Bib Gourmands for affordable fine dining.

TURK Fatih Tutak

Fatih Tutak has had a phenomenal international culinary career leading up to this. After working in world-class restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, Tutak’s career blossomed in East Asia. TURK Fatih Tutak made CNN Travel’s “20 of the World’s Best New Restaurants” list in 2020.

Turkish flavors are explored and celebrated at TURK. It’s in the perfect spot for Chef Tutak to collect and introduce foreigners to high Turkish cuisine in Sisli on the European side of the Bosphorus. With every dish, Chef Tutak tells a story so rich in history and substance that you can’t help but fall in love with Istanbul and Turkish culture.

Views from 53 Michelin-starred restaurants

  • There are hundreds of different options to navigate this most prestigious list of restaurants. After all, their the best Istanbul’s gastronomical tradition has to offer.
  • Ideally, we should all make our way to each establishment and enjoy what they offer.
  • When deciding where to eat in this incredible city, we at PropertyTurkeyFinder think the location is extremely important. Our goal is to make your experience unforgettable. 

Our Michelin-starred chefs have worked hard to ensure your sense of taste is well taken care of; now, let’s pair those incredible meals with spellbinding views. Here are the top ten Michelin-starred restaurants:

1.Mikla | Beyoglu

Although it’s nice to be suspended above the fray on the postcard, Mikla only requires you to leave the city center to enjoy the full glory of the best view of Istanbul.

  • The Mikla restaurant is on the rooftop of “The Marmara Pera” hotel, and it’s urban, sleek, and stylish, with food to match. You’ll get it many, many times over. 
  • It would take a lot of work to get your head around the 360-degree views from the heart of the European side. As you try to experience each of Istanbul’s 53 masters, we won’t blame you for double-dipping at Mikla.

2.Feriye | Besiktas

To many, the “best view” means being suspended above the fray and set back adjacent to the action.

  • Others like to be right in the middle of the action.
  • Frye has the best views in the city for these people.
  • Frye sits right next to the iconic Grand Mecidiye Mosque in the shadow of the Bosphorus Bridge.
  • What does it mean to be set in Central Park, with such an awesome view? It means it won’t be a meal you’ll soon forget. Oh, and the food is some of the best.

3.Octo | JW Marriott: Beyoglu

Despite how charming many of these views are, there’s something different about a fine dining experience framed by the Bosphorus delta. In this one-of-a-kind metropolis, Octo is the ultimate fine dining experience. Any traveler coming to Istanbul for the first time will find it a luxury seat, from the view to the amenities to the location. 

4.Park Fora | Ortakoy

Park Fora will keep you entertained for hours. With front-row seats to the Bosphorus, you’ll never get bored wistfully watching all sorts of marine vessels come and go. 

Sitting at your table with the smell of the sea breeze and the floral park right next to you. You’ll feel at ease when you hear waves crashing and trees whistling. Don’t take a nap at the table.

5. Eleos | Beyoglu

You’ll feel like you’re back in a mystical dream with Eleos. Eleos opens its curtains to a view of Istanbul that can’t be seen from tour boats or hotel windows. There’s one that feels so special it has to be found. It’s a secret you shouldn’t share.

6.29 | Besiktas

From Taksim, you can get a taste of Turkish cuisine a bit deeper into the Bosphorus channel. The most wonderful way to stay true to tradition and be adventurous. Instead of showing you Istanbul from the outside, 29 gives you a local perspective.

7.Topaz | Taksim

It’s an oasis of calm in the crowded tourist center of Taksim, thanks to Topaz’s contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. One of the best things about Topaz’s views is its multifaceted, layered angles. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll be soaking in combinations of greens and blues. In an unexpected location, one can find a real natural landscape.

8.Atolye | Ritz-Carlton: Sisli

As part of their on-site vegetable garden, Atolye offers guests a taste of Turkish cuisine. The Ritz-Carlton’s impeccable reputation and reliable service make for an exquisite atmosphere. Ritz-Carlton would only be Ritz-Carlton with some top-notch real estate. Located on the Bosphorus-facing facade of the building, Panoramically Atolye stretches so you can see the fabulous, mystical Istanbul skyline from every angle.

9.Azur | Yenikoy

You’ll want to walk out and catch your dinner at Azur, which is right on the Bosphorus. We’ll provide delicious seafood and a quiet corner in Istanbul. It’s perfect for a romantic sunset over wine.

10.Spago by Wolfgang Puck | Nisantasi – Sisli

Not only is the world-famous chef great, but he’s also a great real estate developer. It’s no different in Istanbul. With great views of the Bosphorus, Spago is the perfect getaway from the busy center of the European Side.

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