7 Restaurants With The Best Views In Istanbul

With the stunning Bosphorus River running through three different sides of landmass, Istanbul has nothing but views on views.

There’s no shortage of restaurants, bars and rooftops on every corner displaying a different iteration of Istanbul’s skylines from every angle. We’re here to give you the low-down on all the restaurants with the best views in Istanbul where you can feast both your eyes and your stomach!

Akdeniz by Esra Muslu at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Yıldız, Çırağan Cd. No:32, 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye

Akdeniz Bosphorus views
Akdeniz Bosphorus views. PHOTO NADIA CHO

When it comes to the best views in Istanbul, it’s extremely hard to beat the glamorous promenade right on the Bosphorus River at Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. And at the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, Akdeniz by Esra Muslu, you can get front row views of the promenade and the Bosphorus. Whether you’re seated outside on the romantic terrace or inside the elegantly appointed restaurant, you’ll get to enjoy stunning views of the glittering Bosphorus when dining at Akdeniz by Esra Muslu.

Akdeniz terrace
Akdeniz terrace. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Akdeniz roasted pumpkin
Akdeniz roasted pumpkin. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The menu consists of dreamy modern Mediterranean dishes with a tendency to be shared. There’s a plethora of scrumptious plates to start with like oven-roasted pumpkin with yogurt and tahini sauce with pine nuts and pomegranate or jumbo prawns with garlic butter and Ezine cheese. Our favorite was the roasted beetroot marinated with orange and balsamic with dukkah. The restaurant also offers the most gorgeous Butterfly Seabass lightly seasoned with garlic, lemon and prawn butter, as well as a juicy Dry-Aged entrecote with green apple and chermoula sauce. Akdeniz by Esra Muslu also hosts a fabulous brunch buffet on the weekend.

Akdeniz Jumbo garlic prawns
Akdeniz Jumbo garlic prawns. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Akdeniz by Esra Muslu
Akdeniz by Esra Muslu. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Akdeniz by Esra Muslu offers a sumptuous dining experience while overlooking the most stunning Bosphorus views at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, which are a must-see for any visitor to Istanbul. Make a reservation for that special night when you want a gorgeous meal with views to match!

Akdeniz Butterfly Seabass
Akdeniz Butterfly Seabass. PHOTO NADIA CHO

360 Istanbul

Tomtom Mah. İstiklal Cad. No:163 K: 8, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

360 Istanbul is one of the most legendary spots in the city where trendy patrons come to dine, drink and party while soaking in 360 views of Beyoglu and the Bosphorus. From the top of the swanky rooftop terrace, you can catch panoramic views of everything between Taksim and the curve of the Golden Horn.

360 Istanbul Beyoglu views
360 Istanbul Beyoglu views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
360 Istanbul creative mezzes
360 Istanbul creative mezzes. PHOTO NADIA CHO

360 Istanbul is a forever trendy restaurant and bar which turns into a club with live shows and DJs at night. The venue is known for hosting the most legendary New Year’s Eve parties in the entire city. Dining at 360 is a must as the menu offers tons of delicious dishes, many of which are familiar mezzes with an international twist. The duck and lentil samosas which you dip in a tangy tamarind and dried fig preserve are addictive, as are the crisp shrimp puri spheres with tarama aioli. Plus, you can’t leave without trying the zucchini flower dolmas with radish and dill yogurt are a house signature. For mains, there’s a long list of 360 Legends to choose from, which include beautifully prepared upmarket items like the 360 Lamb Rack Confit, Slow Roasted Cherry Duck and Glazed Octopus with Sumac Molasses.

360 Istanbul rooftop
360 Istanbul rooftop. PHOTO NADIA CHO
360 Istanbul lamb rack
360 Istanbul lamb rack. PHOTO NADIA CHO
360 Istanbul signature cocktails
360 Istanbul signature cocktails. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Whether you’re looking for a swanky ambience for dinner and drinks, or a hopping club spot to party all night, 360 Istanbul is an essential stop during any trip to Istanbul.

360 Istanbul dining room
360 Istanbul dining room. PHOTO NADIA CHO

16 Roof at Swissotel The Bosphorus

Vişnezade, Acısu Sokaği No:19, 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Türkiye

16 Roof is the swish rooftop at the top of Swissotel The Bosphorus, where the double-deck rooftop feels like it’s suspended in air. From 16 Roof, you get extensive views of the eastern end of the Bosphorus facing the Asian side on one side, then the bright lights of the cityscape leading to Dolmabahce Mosque on the other.

16 Roof Dolmabahce Mosque views
16 Roof Dolmabahce Mosque views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
16 Roof Strawberry Crash
16 Roof Strawberry Crash. PHOTO NADIA CHO
16 Roof sushi and cocktails
16 Roof sushi and cocktails. PHOTO NADIA CHO

The rooftop restaurant bar is a vibe with sexy mood lighting and DJs spinning eclectic beats into the evening. The menu offers tasty sushi rolls, our favorites being the Ceviche and Volcano rolls, as well as a range of snacks and finger food. The signature cocktail menu is divine with a long list of refreshing and colorful drinks to die for. There’s an entire list of signature martinis like the Bosphorus Passion with Absolut, passion fruit and lime, or the Strawberry Crash with gin, strawberry, basil and balsamic. Everything is fresh, fragrant and guaranteed to make your tastebuds tingle. Climb up to 16 Roof for a chic and scenic night out at the top floor at Swissotel The Bosphorus.

16 Roof Swissotel the Bosphorus
16 Roof Swissotel the Bosphorus. PHOTO NADIA CHO
16 Roof Bosphorus Passion
16 Roof Bosphorus Passion. PHOTO NADIA CHO
16 Roof dragon roll
16 Roof dragon roll. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Firuzende Galata

Bereketzade, No:5, Büyük Hendek Cd., 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Türkiye

If you want views of Galata Tower, there’s no place better to get them than Firuzende. The outdoor rooftop at Firuzende literally puts you next to Galata Tower. The tower is so close to the rooftop that you feel like you can practically touch the stones the make up the tower. Not only do you get the full-frontal view of Galata Tower, but you also get sweeping views of the Bosphorus facing Galata Port and the hills on the Asian side. The views somehow get even better when you go inside the dining room to the restaurant side. If you’re lucky enough to snag a table by the window at Firuzende, you’ll get jaw dropping floor-to-ceiling views from Ataturk Bridge to the entire skyline of Fatih and the mosques on the Suleymaniye side.

Firuzende Galata
Firuzende Galata. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Firuzende Galatadining room
Firuzende Galatadining room. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Firuzende Galata Fatih views
Firuzende Galata Fatih views. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Those who want a sit-down meal should definitely reserve a table inside for the panoramic views, while the outdoor rooftop is better for those stopping by for a drink. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu of fresh international fare and the vibrant drinks on the cocktail menu are perfect for a midday pitstop with views.

Firuzende Galata Bosphorus views
Firuzende Galata Bosphorus views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Firuzende Galata Golden Horn views
Firuzende Galata Golden Horn views. PHOTO NADIA CHO
Firuzende drinks
Firuzende drinks. PHOTO NADIA CHO

Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe

Demirtaş, Fetva Ykş. No:34, 34134 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

On the Suleymaniye side, it’s very difficult to top the views at Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe. Mimar Sinan Teras Cafe is located right under the majestic Suleymaniye Mosque. From the open-air terrace, there are unfettered views of Suleymaniye Mosque in its entirety, as well as everything along the curve of the Golden Horn, including Ataturk Bridge, Galata Tower and Camlica Tower on the Asian side.