The charm of Istanbul’s Bosphorus has reached its peak as summer arrives. What could be better than a combination of food, breeze, and seaview in this cheerful season? Check out the best restaurants where you can dine with the Bosphorus view.

On the European side

Tuğra Restaurant

Dining in a palace is no longer a dream. Tuğra Restaurant truly makes you feel like royalty. As you set foot inside Çırağan Palace, where the restaurant is located, your dining experience reaches a new level. Everything is grand; from the entry that takes you through the palace interiors to the breathtaking view of the Bosphorus. Tuğra’s menu offers Ottoman cuisine with a modern twist, which usually lies in the presentation. Among the must-tries one can find a whole sea bass baked in rock salt dough, a method which has been used in Anatolia for centuries. Open daily, 7pm-12pm. Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul, Çırağan Caddesi No.32, Beşiktaş; T: (0212) 326 46 46

Tuğra Restaurant

Mikla

Being number 44 of the World’s Best 50 Restaurants in 2018, Mikla has been Istanbul’s top contemporary Turkish restaurant in recent years. With a menu based on research conducted within the scope of the New Anatolian Kitchen project, chef-owner Mehmet Gürs and his restaurant successfully stand out from the city’s culinary scene. From the rooftop floor of The Marmara Pera hotel, the restaurant’s sleek interior is only heightened by the stunning view of the Golden Horn as well as the Bosphorus. Open: Mon-Sat, 6pm-2am; The Marmara Pera, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 15; T: (0212) 293 5656

Mikla

Mangerie

Tucked away on the terrace of an unassuming three-story building in the trendy neighborhood of Bebek, Mangerie is a hot breakfast spot offering both delectable Turkish breakfast platters and more western breakfast dishes like pancakes and freshly-baked pastries. In warmer weather, make sure to score a coveted place on the terrace to have a great view of the Bosphorus. Booking is strongly recommended. Open: daily, 8am-midnight. Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No.69, Bebek; T: (0212) 263 51 99

Mangerie

Sunset Grill & Bar

Located on a hilltop in Ulus Park, Sunset Grill & Bar is awe-inspiring both for its food and a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. This long standing fine-dining venue offers international and Japanese cuisines at their finest, along with a few select Turkish dishes. The sushi bar specials are unquestionably outstanding and are the highlight of Sunset’s menu. All items from the restaurant are also available at the bar, while a special bar menu with such delicacies as duck spring rolls or grilled lamb satay is also available. Open: Mon-Sat, noon-3pm, 6pm-2am; Sun, 6am-2pm; Yol Sokak No.2, Ulus; T: (0212) 287 03 57

Sunset Grill & Bar

On the Asian side

Waterfront

Located in a restored nineteenth century Ottoman distillery, Waterfront is part of the boutique hotel Sumahan on the Water. Situated on the Bosphorus waterfront in Çengelköy, this stylish restaurant has a refined interior and a cobbled terrace sitting at the water’s edge, offering a lovely view of the Bosphorus bridge. The serving starts with a breakfast buffet and is followed by an all-day menu featuring some unique twists on modern Aegean and Turkish cuisines. It is also a great place for afternoon tea, evening drinks, and private events. Kuleli Caddesi No.43, Çengelköy

Lacivert

Known for its relaxed and family-orientated atmosphere, Lacivert is set up directly on the waterfront on the Asian side of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (the second Bosphorus bridge), and has a stylish terrace complete with the open-air Quay Bar. The menu features a wide array of seafood and international dishes. A boat shuttle service is available. Open: daily, 10:30am-midnight; Körfez Caddesi No. 57/A, Beykoz; T: (0216) 413 42 24

Lacivert