Luxury dining, after-hours entertainment, fine wines and some of the best views of the Bosphorus are just a few of the reasons why Sunset Grill & Bar is among our favourite Istanbul restaurants. We explain why it should be top of your list of places to eat in the city
You may have already heard of Sunset Grill & Bar as, since it opened in the 90s and receives over 100,000 guests a year, its reputation precedes it. Many chefs and restaurateurs have founded successful steak houses in Istanbul, and when Sunset Grill & Bar initially opened, the founders aimed to offer the best steaks in Istanbul, alongside Californian cuisine – setting the bar high for others who followed.
Today, Sunset’s menu goes far beyond steak. Its beef offerings remain second to none, but now you’ll also find an entire sushi menu, created by Hiroki Takemura, formerly master sushi chef at acclaimed London restaurant Nobu. His ‘New Japanese Cuisine’ shares space on the menu with a selection of traditional Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, which cater for those wishing to try both local and international flavours. Dishes include shrimp tempura, octopus risotto, Peruvian-style ribs, roast duck and an authentic kebab served with yoghurt.
In addition to bringing the foods of the world to one table, Sunset boasts one of the most extensive wine collections in Turkey, and has won several awards for its cellar. Guests can enjoy fine wines from Europe and beyond, and connoisseurs will enjoy the expansive range, from Château Latour to Château d’Yquem.
Food aside, possibly the most impressive aspect of Sunset Grill & Bar is the view. Breath-taking from the moment you enter, the panoramic vista of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge and Asian shoreline is arguably the greatest of any establishment in the city. Sip an excellent cocktail, watch the sun set over supper, and let dinner turn to drinks, which often lead to dancing until the early hours.
From its electric atmosphere that buzzes from dusk until dawn to its impeccable service and world-class chefs, Sunset Grill & Bar is an establishment that has evolved with the times and will no doubt continue to serve the city’s most sophisticated crowd for many years to come. Food that delights gourmets, an elegant interior and views like no others make Sunset Grill & Bar the place to be.
Sunset Grill & Bar, Kuruçeşme Mahallesi, Yol Sokak 2, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 287 0357