The culinary scene is one of Istanbul’s main charms, new openings pop up anytime and anywhere in the city. Here are our picks of the best latest restaurants and bars, keeping you up-to-date with the city’s latest food trends.

Ringa

Ringa is a waterfront seafood restaurant in Kuruçeşme, offering eye and taste bud-pleasing options. The menu at Ringa takes diners on a culinary journey around the Mediterranean, from Turkey and Greece, all the way to France and Spain. Before jumping right into ordering from the menu, take a quick trip to the mezze display to get visually inspired for the meal to come: you might suddenly feel the need to choose something you hardly ever go for. Oligark Istanbul, Muallim Naci Caddesi No.58, Kuruçeşme; T: 0532 066 03 03

Kun Society

Although Kun Society opens in the morning, its true personality fully blooms after dark, as the all-day restaurant and lounge transforms with a magnetizing blend of private club-like vibe and sensational food. The star of the evening food service is the sushi menu crafted by Chef Hiroki Takemura, which boasts exclusive signature rolls alongside the well-known classics. Haydar Aliyev Caddesi No.204/A, Tarabya; T: 0542 616 34 34

Leblon Burger 

Arda Türkmen transformed the dining area on the ground floor of the Haze Hotel in Karaköy into a comfort food wonderland, Leblon Burger. As the name suggests, burgers are the center of attention on the menu and are offered in two sizes, with two bread options (classic and focaccia) and two sauce add-ons (red, with spicy notes, and white–on the acidic side) to mix and match according to personal preference. Catching the eyes of passersby is the ice cream fridge by the entrance—if you want to try something you haven’t had before, go for the chef’s special flavor with candied pumpkin. Maliye Caddesi No.8/A, Karaköy

Muutto

Carrying Chef Umut Karakuş’s signature style, Muutto in Moda provides refined options, particularly with the mezze selection, available to eat in or grab-and-go. The dürüm menu is the backbone of the offering, including original takes on local street food staples like söğüş (boiled sheep’s head) and kokoreç (grilled sheep’s intestines), as well as other popular quick snack options like falafel, liver, and ribs. Within the selection of mezzes, you can find tasty dishes like eggplant salad, hummus, and Aegean greens, among several other options. Cemal Süreya Sokak No.57/2A, Kadıköy; T: 0216 515 62 45

Muutto

The Townhouse

At Suadiye’s newest gastropub, The Townhouse, Drinks are the centerpiece of the menu. You’ll be amazed by various beers and top whisky tables from Scotland, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan displayed on the rack. The food menu is comprised of modern pub dishes, as well as brasserie classics that hit any diner’s sweet spot around lunchtime. We enjoyed the idea of mac and cheese from the starter menu turned into mac and cheese bombs to share. Plaj Yolu Sokak No.13, Suadiy

The Townhouse

RustyFork

A taste of the American South can now be savored at RustyFork in Etiler. Don’t miss the nachos and brisket spring rolls with bourbon BBQ sauce. The ribs are an absolute must-try, offered in both beef or pork, marinated, and cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Alluring ambiance, great décor, and ample outdoor patio space make this newcomer a must-visit. Nispetiye Caddesi No.64, Etiler

RustyFork

The 47

Spend a summer night drinking in front of the Bosphorus. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul’s collaboration with Monkey 47, The 47 is a waterfront bar offering fun cocktails and snacks, and renowned DJ performances on the weekends. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Çırağan Caddesi No.32, Beşiktaş

Patio

Patio opened in Bebek to provide local gastronauts with another colorful dining alternative in the area. The seasonal menu is Mediterranean-inspired, hence light and healthy, ensuring plenty of choices for all tastes and dietary regimes. For a quick lunch, there is a wide variety of homemade pasta and a moist chocolate cake for dessert. Cevdet Paşa Caddesi No.15/A, Bebek

Patio

Tiraje Teras

Tiraje Teras is a new meyhane located at the rooftop terrace of the Nish Palas Istanbul hotel in Nişantaşı. Visit the restaurant in spring and try the artichoke hearts and wild Aegean greens—culinary staples of the region. Other than that, Girit ezmesi (cheese spread) and lakerda (pickled bonito) are go-to dishes to bring the excitement to your table. Nish Palas Hotel, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No.12, Nişantaşı

Tiraje Teras

Loco de Pera

At Loca de Pera, unique cocktails are served with a side of tapas-style plates in revamped interiors of the historic Passage des Petit Champs, while some of the hottest DJs in town keep the night going till way past midnight. Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.67, Tepebaşı

Alta Nişantaşı

The location is divided into three dining areas, making the space ideal for private celebrations that don’t interfere with Alta’s main program. The best way to approach the food is by ordering plates to share—as the menu changes approximately every three months, you might find yourself adding dozens of dishes to your all-time favorites’ list. Süleyman Nazif Sokak No.5/2, Nişantaşı

Sade Lokanta

Adnan and Deniz Şahin’s Sade Lokanta might be the only reason for you to ever consider going to Güneşli. But when you do go, you won’t regret it for a second. This new restaurant offers rare Anatolian dishes, as well as dishes from Georgian, Azarbaijani, or Israeli cuisine that are otherwise impossible to find in Istanbul. Koçman Caddesi No. 54-1, Güneşli; T: 0212 709 36 58

Sade Lokanta
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