Summer is in high gear, which means as many meals as possible should be enjoyed with sparkling views of the water and breezes kissing the nape of our necks. Here are a handful of favorite spots to enjoy Istanbul’s epic straits and seas.
Contemporary Italian cuisine served on a relaxed, picturesque terrace overlooking the Bosphorus. Taking a lead from it's name, the interior features blue tones throughout, and is set in the beautifully kept hotel gardens with excellent views. The restaurant also serves a brunch on Sundays (12:30pm-3:00pm) in the form of a special buffet with traditional Turkish and continental breakfast favorites. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, Çırağan Caddesi No. 28, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 381 40 59
The Mediterranean-inspired seafood restaurant Capricorn boasts two bars on both sides of the venue that turn it into the place ideal for chilling after work. The bar menu offers a wide range of signature cocktails. You will also find a perfectly composed wine list, offering a varied selection of local and foreign blends with a great brand-to-price ratio. Salhane Sokak No.7, Ortaköy; T: (0212) 259 41 00
Dubb Indian at Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus offers a casual atmosphere against a splendid Bosphorus view, along with pages-long choices of delicious curries. Vegetarians will also appreciate the rich selection of non-meat dishes. The place also has a seasonal garden with cozy outdoor seats in the shade for summer evenings. Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, Cumhuriyet Caddesi No.50 Harbiye; T: (0212) 343 80 81
Blessed with Bosphorus views, this long-standing restaurant has recently undergone a renovation of space and menu, offering up settings and pan-Turkish food that fits the royal views. On top of being right by the Bosphorus, the restaurant features a spacious garden, which also can host parties and events. Çırağan Caddesi No.44 Ortaköy; T: (0212) 227 22 16
Known for its relaxed and family-orientated atmosphere, Lacivert is set up directly on the waterfront on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and features a stylish terrace complete with the open-air Quay Bar. The menu features a wide array of seafood and international dishes, as well as brunch on Sundays from 11am-2pm. Boat shuttle service is available. Körfez Caddesi No. 57/A, Beykoz; T: (0216) 413 42 24
Sur Balık is a very popular seafood restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and original dishes. The restaurant offers a range of classic Turkish dishes, like mantı and köfte, with an added seafood twist, as well as a number of unusual items unlikely to be found anywhere else. Bebek Arnavutköy Caddesi No.5 2, Arnavutköy; T: (0212) 257 27 43
With views of the Marmara Sea, this restaurant combines cuisine from both sides of the Aegean sea, for food and scenery that enchant. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends. Wyndham Grand Istanbul Kalamış Marina Hotel, Fener Kalamış Caddesi No. 38, Kalamış; T: (0216) 400 00 30