There's nothing like that new-restaurant energy to enliven a dining experience. And, in Istanbul when that restaurant is a trendy spot like Nisantasi or Levent, that energy doubles up. Such that even Monday nights need in-advance reservations.
Forget waiting till the buzz dies down-head to the hot spots that have got the critics buzzing and the locals lining up. For a see-and-be-seen experience full of flavor, don't miss Istanbul's latest restaurants.
Be ware also that in Istanbul, there is something called seasonality. That is more than few restaurants also have different summer and winter venues. Each seasonal opening is also something long-awaited for the locals. Therefore, when you look at the list below, keep in mind that some of those restaurants are not necessarily latest (they are legendary!); but you would do well to catch their seasonal openings (June for summers and September for winters).
Siraselviler Caddesi No:55/a Cihangir
Soon to become the 1st Michelin rated restaurant of Istanbul... read more
12 Levent Mah. Buyukdere Caddesi No:2 Kat:1 Levent
Character finds itself in the ex-HSBC local HQ -once victimized by a terrorist attack... read more
Abdi Ipekci Caddesi Zati Apt. No: 36 Nisantasi
New Italian on Abdi Ipekci in Nisantasi -rezervations must... read more
Buyukdere Caddesi, Kanyon Shopping Mall, Levent
Istanbul's first mozzarella bar is in Kanyon...
Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi 38/1
New Italian that replaced Mezzaluna... read more
Mim Kemal Oke Cad. No. 18, Nişantaşı
Ilk Belediye Caddesi 5, Sishane
Friendly and cozy tapas bar serving genuine samples of Spanish tapas... read more
W Istanbul Süleyman Seba Caddesi 22 Kat 3
Sair Nedim Sokak 5, Akaretler
Local wine brand Corvus' sophisticated wine&bite house in Nisantasi... read more
Muallim Naci Caddesi 44
Lunch, dine and club under the bridge, over the sea... read more