From fine dining restaurants to modern meyhanes, there are many places to enjoy a romantic meal with your valentine in this glamorous city.
One of the best fine dining restaurants in Istanbul, Nicole is known for its appreciation of seasonal ingredients and new culinary ideas served to diners with each menu change. Enjoy the exclusive contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a magnificent view of the old city. Tomtom Kaptan Sokak No.18, Tomtom; T: 0212 292 44 67
Located at the top floor of SALT Galata, chef Maksut Aşkar’s Neolokal presents innovative Anatolian cuisine by adding his own twists. The historic Ottoman building offers a stunning view of the Golden Horn. SALT Galata, Bankalar Caddesi No.11; T: 0212 244 00 16
Experience Istanbul-style romance at Firuze meyhane while watching the sunset. Şişhane Sokak No.5, Nejat Eczacıbaşı, Şişhane; T: 0212 238 50 50
Boasting both a fine dining restaurant and a street food bar, Alaf is the city’s new favorite choice for a romantic date. Try the tasting menu for 150 TL per person, or the à la carte menu featuring purslane with burnt yogurt, cold tuna, fish roe paste, pide, meatballs, and more. Arnavutköy Kuruçeşme Caddesi No.19, Kuruçeşme; T: 0532 015 94 19
Start your romantic evening by eating French cuisine in a stylish atmosphere with jazz music at Neni Brasserie. The special menu can be tasted from February 14–20. Haldun Taner Sokak No.7/1, Caddebostan; T: (0216) 407 10 43
Located on a quiet street in Arnavutköy, Antica Locanda is one of The Guide Istanbul’s favorite places for Italian cuisine. Enjoy chef Gian Carlo Talerico’s exquisite menu in a warm, cozy atmosphere. Satış Meydanı No. 12, Arnavutköy; T (0212) 287 97 45
With its elegant and relaxing atmosphere, Escale at Kanyon servers great food with excellent service and music. Its iconic bar is especially popular for evening cocktails. Kanyon, Büyükdere Caddesi, Levent; T: 0212 353 51 10
Glens is popular for its cocktails as well as for its Mediterranean cuisine. The rooftop terrace with a Bosphorus view makes it an ideal place for romantic dates in Nişantaşı. Nish Palas Istanbul by Hyatt, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Nişantaşı;T: 0212 803 77 77
Exotic tastes: plates to share
If you want to try some exotic flavors, many Pan-Asian restaurants serve delicious dishes that are ideal for sharing. Visit Isokyo at Raffles Istanbul or İnari Sushi Omakase in Kuruçeşme. With its izakaya-style dining, Zuma in İstinye Park offers contemporary Japanese cuisine, including a robata grill to cook on an open fire.