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Top 5 seafood restaurants in Istanbul

It is no surprise that Istanbul, surrounded by water, is home to some incredible seafood restaurants. From freshly caught fish at pier-side restaurants to fine dining experiences on rooftops overlooking the Bosphorus, we explore some of the city’s finest seafood establishments

Emily Scrivener,

Fish Suada Club
Located in the fashionable Suada Club on Galatasaray island, Fish offers an informal mix of contemporary and traditional Turkish dining. Small sharing dishes are available, an update to the traditional Turkish meze, alongside fresh, seasonal fish specials.

Fish Suada Club, Galatasaray Adasi, Kuruçeşme, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 265 0158

Mavi Balik
As well as providing one of the most magical views of the Bosphorus, Mavi Balik also offers some of the city’s freshest seafood. Skilled chefs prepare a host of seafood from swordfish to lobster, and will helpfully recommend cooking options. Dining on the large open balcony and rooftop is a must for summer.

Mavi Balik, Muallim Naci Caddesi 64A, Kuruçeşme, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 265 5480

Rumelihisarı İskele
Located under the bridge that connects the city’s European and Asian sides, Rumelihisari İskele offers glittering views of the Bosphorus by day and spectacular views of the bridge lit up at night. Popular among locals and visitors alike, this eatery owes its reputation to its extensive list of fresh fish and to its safeguarding of the city’s culinary traditions. Start with a cold meze followed by hot starters like the stuffed mussels. For the main event, choose the sea bass covered in salt.

Rumelihisarı İskele, Yahya Kemal Caddesi 1, Sariyer, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 263 2997

Named after an ancient city on Crete, Kydonia specialises in Turkish family recipes. Enjoy over 70 different meze dishes, including must-try items such as grilled octopus tentacles and calamari stuffed with walnuts. Dine on meze alone or choose from substantial main courses, all while enjoying the clear view of the Bosphorus and friendly chatter of the restaurant regulars.

Kydonia, Muallim Naci Caddesi 107, Kuruçeşme, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 257 1132

Tarihi Karaköy Balıkçısı
One of the oldest fish restaurants in Istanbul, Tarihi Karaköy Balıkçısı offers diners a dazzling display of historic architecture, with views including the Egyptian Bazaar and Topkapı Palace, and serves a variety of fish dishes using the freshest herbs and ingredients. Try the restaurant’s speciality, sea bass, accompanied by bread freshly baked in the wood-fired oven.

Tarihi Karaköy Balıkçısı, Tersane Caddesi 30, Karaköy, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 243 4080



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