What to Eat in Taksim

You are visiting Taksim and have a hunger to appetize, or you want to try out some food from this beautiful land of İstanbul? There are many restaurants and flavors to try. One can choose between many options and have a tasty experience in Taksim.

There are many restaurants in Taksim where you can have a tasty dinner in a splendid ambiance with good service quality. You may reserve a table that gives a beautiful view of Istanbul, or you can go to a cafe that cooks authentic Anatolian food.

Just BBQ

Just BBQ is a smokehouse for meat-lovers. With its classy environment and service quality, it is a place where you can feel the respect for the customers and the value that they give to their jobs.

The menu consists of not only the main course options but also gives you a chance to taste its burgers and sandwiches. If you cannot decide between those tasty options, you can always order a mixed plate called “Just Combo” that includes Cherry Wood Smoked Ribs, Brisket, Hot Dog, Potatoes, Cole Slaw, and Demi-Glace Barbeque Sauce

  • Dana Brisket (Calf Brisket) 11.71 USD
  • Just Kombo XL 33.72 USD
  • Brisket Burger 6.36 USD
  • Çarkıfelek Limonata 2.28 USD

Address: Vişnezade Mah. Şair Nedim Cad. Akaretler 33/A, 34357 Beşiktaş

Phone number: +908502551378

Otantik Anadolu Yemekleri

Otantik Anadolu Yemekleri (Otantik Anatolian Food) offers its customers a taste of Turkish cuisine. With its rich menu, it attracts customers that are both new to Turkish Cuisine and that already tasted and loved it. 

You can order local Anatolian food, maybe a soup, or you can have pastries such as mantı and gözleme. Also, you can order a vegetable with olive oil. Furthermore, grills and kebabs are on the menu.

  • Otantik Yuvalama Çorba 1.78 USD
  • Keşkek 2.80 USD
  • Mantı 3.56 USD
  • Patatesli Gözleme 2.16 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, No 80/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122938451

360 İstanbul

360 İstanbul, located in the Historical Misir Apartment in Beyoglu, is a restaurant with a unique view of İstanbul, in the middle of Taksim. It offers food from various cuisines such as Turkish, Japanese, and many more. If you have the budget for it and want to have an evening where you can watch the sunset while enjoying delicious food, this is the place for it.

A menu with much quality food and a wide range of white and red wines awaits you from 4 pm to 2 am on Sundays until Thursdays and from 4 pm to 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant also includes a bar that opens at 2 pm every day.

  • Asma Yaprağında Çupra 11.32 USD
  • 360 Kuzu Kafes Konfi 19.72 USD
  • Safranlı Risotto 7.63 USD

Address: Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:163 K: 8, İstiklal Cd., 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Phone number: +90533 691 03 60


With a 23 year history, Faros Kebab is a meat restaurant in the middle of Taksim. The menu consists of various kebabs such as Adana, Urfa, Şaşlık, and Kallavi. One can also taste a steak in this restaurant. One can take a look at the menu, the place, and make a reservation through its website faroskebap.com.

  • Adana Kebap 4.58 USD
  • Urfa Kebap 4.58 USD
  • Beef Steak 5.85 USD

Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, No 31/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122976077

Meze by Lemon Tree

Meze by Lemon Tree is a place to experience a classical İstanbul night off with authentic Turkish drink rakı. The menu consists of various savory appetizers, salads, and main courses. 

For the main course, you can either have meat such as different kebabs or lamb steak. Also, you can choose to eat seafood such as anglerfish, sea bass, shrimp, and many more.

  • Izgara Kuzu Lokum 10.85 USD
  • Kağıtta Levrek, Kayısı ve Badem ile 8.27 USD
  • Fındıklı Muhallebi, Tahin ve Dut Pekmezi ile 2.93 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No 83/B, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122528302


Eleos Restaurant is a Greek tavern located on the 2nd floor of a historic building near İstiklal. After the cold starters, you can order a savory appetizer among shrimps, calamari, and many more.

For the main course, you can have fish depending on the season, and then you can order “ouzo” which is a traditional Greek drink. Also worth mentioning that this place offers its customers a beautiful view of the Bosphorus.

  • Midyeli Lahana Sarma 1.27 USD
  • Somon Füme 2.42 USD
  • Fish prices depend on the season

Address: Tomtom Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Hıdivyal Palas, Kat 2, No: 231, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122449091 and +902122449090

No: 19 Dining

With its cozy design and rich menu, No: 19 Dining welcomes its customers to have a tasteful experience in a home-like atmosphere. The menu consists of different food from various cuisines.

For the main course, you can have local food like İslim Kebabı or İmam Bayıldı. If you like, you can experience dinner in faraway by picking one among the food from various cuisines of the world. If you are a vegetarian, they have many options for vegetarian food on the menu. Are you interested? You can make a reservation from no19dining.com.

  • Kişnişli Tavuk 1.53 USD
  • İmam Bayıldı 1.91 USD
  • İslim Kebabı 2.54 USD
  • Vegetarian Option: Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi 10$

Address: Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Faik Paşa Caddesi, No 6, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122927348


Fıccın is a tavern that takes its name from a famous Circassian dish. The restaurant is known for its Circassian food also offers its customers a dinner with Turkish drink rakı and various starters that goes well with rakı. If rakı is not your favorite, that is also fine because the menu includes wine, tequila, vodka, and many more.

For the main course you can have Circassian or Turkish food; meat, fish or vegetable cooked in olive oil. If it all sounds attractive to you, you can take a look at their menu and contact them to make a reservation through their website ficcin.com.

  • Yaprak Ciğer 4.83 USD
  • Fırında Kaşarlı Sütlü Kabak 2.54 USD
  • Ispanak Kavurma 2.16 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Kallavi Sokak, No: 13/1, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122933786


İstanbul’s gastronomic restaurant Nicole with menus that consists of fresh and authentic ingredients, chateau-style wines, and experienced staff are appealing to visitors with a taste that is selective and refined.

Nicole is a luxury restaurant that offers its customers a classy atmosphere. The menu includes contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.

The name of the restaurant comes from Agnes Marthe Nicole, who healed numerous patients in the historic building that it locates in. The building was a Franciscan monastery until the 20th century. There is also a bar alongside the restaurant where you can continue the night.

There exists 2 menus:Nicole and Celebration that worth different prices:

  • Nicole 66.16 USD
  • Celebration (Kutlama) 83.97 USD

Address: Tomtom Suites, Tomtom Mahallesi, Boğazkesen Caddesi, Tomtom Kaptan Sokak, No 18, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122924467

Pera Antakya

Here is a restaurant that serves dishes from Antakya cuisine. Antakya cuisine makes use of all ingredients that are made use of in typical Mediterranean cuisine. The fact that 200 out of 400 recipes of Antakya cuisine are original shows us that it is a significant one. 

Although tasting the food in Antakya would be the best you could do, you can try some of it at Pera Antakya. Once you appease your hunger with some delicious meal, you can give Kunefe, the famous dessert of Antakya try.

  • Meze Plate for 2 9.16 USD
  • Pera Antakya Wrap 4.45 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Balyoz Sokak, No:14, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +905334341886

Sabırtaşı Restaurant

Founded in 1987, Sabırtaşı Restaurant offers its customers sincerity and warmth alongside delicious food from Kahramanmaraş cuisine. In Sabırtaşı Restaurant, you can have the menu of a local household in Kahramanmaraş.

You can try the famous İçli Köfte, the fist-sized burghul balls filled with seasoned minced meat and then you can have Ev Burması, a special kind of baklava, as a dessert.

  • Kahramanmaraş Ekşili Çorba 1.27 USD
  • Kuzu Şiş 5.34 USD
  • Izgara Köfte 4 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, No: 112, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122519423, +902122448226 and +905422604611

Hacı Abdullah Lokantası

Hacı Abdullah Lokantası established in 1888 in Karaköy dock. Sultan Abdülhamid the 2nd gave the business license to the restaurant. After that, the restaurant transferred from master to apprentice, and today it is located in Taksim as Hacı Abdullah Lokantası.

The menu is rich, consists of kebabs, vegetables, pastries (börek and pasta), desserts, and more. As a dessert, you can try local Turkish desserts such as Tavuk Göğsü and Sakızlı Muhallebi. Also, you can try the special Hacı Abdullah Poppy Seed Dessert.

  • İçli Köfte 3.2 USD
  • Elbasan Tava 6.1 USD
  • Hacı Abdullah Poppy Seed Dessert 2.42 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Atıf Yılmaz Caddesi, No 9/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122938561

Asmalı Cavit

Asmalı Cavit is a classical İstanbul tavern (meyhane) that is in Asmalımescit. The menu consists of cold appetizers, hot appetizers, meat, fish, and desserts. You can also make a choice of alcohol from their alcohol menu.

Asmalı Cavit is famous for its eggplant salad and grilled anchovy. One advantage of Asmalı Cavit is how cheap it is for the quality of food and the service. You can safely take your guests to Asmalı Cavit and satisfy your appetite on a budget. 

  • Köz Patlıcan (Eggplant Salad) 2 USD
  • Şakşuka (Eggplant with Yogurt) 2 USD
  • Kuzu Pirzola (Lamb Chops) 8.3 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Asmalımescit Caddesi, No 16/D, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122924950

Cezayir İstanbul

Spreading over three floors in a historical building in the center of Istanbul’s urban life, Cezayir offers a unique dining and event experience with space alternatives of different content, function, and scale.

The large and evergreen garden, which has become a classic for Beyoğlu, and the stylish bar section with high ceilings and fireplace on the garden floor, is undoubtedly the most striking point of Cezayir.

The menu consists of starters, main course, kinds of pasta, wraps, and snacks. An advantage of the menu is that it has vegan options for their vegetarian and vegan visitors.

  • Muhammara 2.8 USD
  • Kavurmalı Humus (Hummus with Roasted Beef) 4.6 USD

Address: Firuzağa Mahallesi, Hayriye Caddesi, No 12, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122459980

Pano Şarapevi

Founded in 1898 by Panayot Papadopulus, Pano Şarapevi is a classical Winehouse in Taksim. With its historical ambiance, Pano Şarapevi offers its customers a unique dining experience. 

The menu consists of cheese plates, cold appetizers, hot appetizers, salads, red meat, various seafood and fish, chicken, pasta, and drinks. There also exists a wine menu with a wide range of options.

  • Chicken Fajitas 5.7 USD
  • Kalamar Tava (Fried Squids) 5.45 USD
  • Spaghetti Napoletana 3.9 USD
  • Fettucine Di’ Pano 5.1 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Hamalbaşı Caddesi, No 12/B, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122926664

Müşterek Meyhane

Opened its doors in March 2014, Müşterek Meyhane is a tavern in Taksim. With its warm environment and good quality service, it welcomes its visitors to have dinner in peace.

The menu includes some warm and cold starters such as mezes for rakı table. One advantage of this place is that you do not have to use alcohol to have dinner. You can always choose to have a drink with no alcohol. This flexibility makes it more than a tavern.

  • Köfte Izgara 4.45 USD
  • Çoban Kavurma 6.4 USD
  • Sebzeli Karides 5.7 USD

Address: Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak, No 15, Kat 2, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +905557186559

Limonlu Bahçe

Abidin Doğan, Vildan Erozan, and Murat Şeker established Limonlu Bahçe in June 2001. The cafe takes its name from the lemon garden that it resides. According to the information on their website, Limonlu Bahçe is the first ‘chill-out zone’ of İstanbul.

In the mornings, the cafe offers its customers a range of breakfast menus, and in the evenings, it becomes a place where you can have dinner and with or without alcohol.

The menu includes red meat, vegetables, seafood, and pasta as the main course. You can also take a look at the particular part of the menu called Lemon Fest. For the dessert, you can choose between Tiramisu, Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce, and many more.

There also exists a drink menu where you can pick an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Frozens made with seasonal fruits, lemonade, and cocktails made with the lemon from the garden, rich wine list preferred with the meal or separately, afternoon or evening drinks are the options of drinks one can try.

  • Kırmızı Etli Dürüm ( Red Meat Wrap) 4.7 USD
  • Lİnguini Piliçli (Chicken Linguini) 4.3 USD
  • Bonfile Izgara (Fillet Steak) 9.3 USD
  • Romlu Bitki Çayları (Herbal Tea with Rum) 3.9 USD

Address: Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi, No 74, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122521094

More from Taksim

Once you stop for an eat at Taksim, there are more to try and visit that you should not miss. Try some local Turkish drinks and food and see the historical places.

Taste Ayran

I suggested you try rakı, the local alcohol drink from Turkey. Now I have a suggestion that one must try once they visit Turkey. If you are from abroad and have never tried ayran, the cold drink made from yogurt, you must give it a try.

Eat Turkish Delight

Turkish delight is one of the most famous local delicacies one should taste. Try to taste a variety of kinds of Turkish delight, and don’t forget to make it a gift to your loved ones.

Experience the Night Life in Taksim

While you are traveling, listen to the music of the street and see some street art. You can even take a picture in front of a wall full of art.

Street Music and Graffiti 

While you are traveling, listen to the music of the street and see some street art. You can even take a picture in front of a wall full of art.

Visit Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM)

Founded in the 1960s, AKM is a cultural center and an opera house that hosts magnificent stage shows such as theaters, musicals, operas from Turkish State Opera and Ballet.

Take a Walk in İstiklal Avenue

There are a whole bunch of things that you can do in the most famous street in İstanbul. You can visit the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Pera Museum there

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum:

The museum consists of 4 different areas where you can find wax statues of many famous people. These areas are Music, Sport, VIP Party, and Film.

You can book a visit from their website https://www.madametussauds.com/istanbul/ and buy a ticket for a reasonable price. The prices for online tickets are starting from 62 Turkish Liras (7.89 USD). You can buy a 2 Attractions Ticket for 95 Turkish Liras (12 USD) and visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center or Sea Life. If you want to see all of those places, then you can buy a 3 Attractions ticket for 113 Turkish Liras (14.4 USD).

Address: Hüseyinağa, Grand Pera, İstiklal Cd. no: 56 D:58, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

St. Anthony of Padua Church:

Being the largest Catholic temple in İstanbul, the church was originally built for the Italian people that live in İstanbul in 1725.

Address:  Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:171, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Pera Museum:

Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation established the Pera Museum in 2005 to provide wide-scale and quality cultural and arts services.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

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