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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Turkey

Destination(s): Istanbul

If you want to find the perfect romantic restaurants in Turkey, you have to look somewhere in between the finest Michelin rated cuisine and the locals' favorites. This journey is quite fascinating, as it takes you through the most inciting Ottoman and Mediterranean flavors, the most incredible settings and the finest candle lit atmospheres. One of the best, award winning restaurants in Istanbul is Topaz, which has been recognized for food, service and wine list (twice!), which comes as a strong guarantee for its overall quality. Mimolett, on the other hand, is the baby of multiple Michelin star chef Murat Bozok, who truly turned this place into one of the most the popular gourmet destinations in Turkey. If you fancy a dinner with a view and a cheesy, but authentic serenade player under the window, Zenger Pasa Konagi in Ankara will provide them all. read more about Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Turkey

Çiçek Izgara

Çiçek Izgara

  • Belediye Cad. (just after Orhan Camii on the left, 2nd floor)
  • tel:0224/221-6526
  • Bursa
Divan Çengelhan Brasserie

Divan Çengelhan Brasserie

  • Sutepe Mah. Depo Sok. 1
  • Altindag (opposite the entrance to the Citadel)
  • tel:0312/309-6800
  • Ankara
Zenger Pasa Konagi

Zenger Pasa Konagi

  • Doyran Sok. 13
  • In the Citadel
  • tel:0312/311-7070
  • Ankara
Ulus 29

Ulus 29

  • Ahmet Adnan Saygun Caddesi
  • Ulus Parki No.1, Ulus
  • tel:90 212 358 2929
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  • Istanbul

Despite a fairly good French-influenced menu, most of the moneyed clientele come here to be seen rather than eat. The well-heeled customers enter through a narrow corridor -a.k.a VIP-, walk over colorful old carpets and bright kilims (traditional Turkish rugs) into a wide saloon with an incredible view of the Bosphorus. Ulus 29 is located right above, on the same hill as the, Sunset Grill Bar & Restaurant. The two restaurants share the same aura, clientele and the view; and have slightly influenced menus, yet differ by the fact that Ulus 29 is a bar, restaurant and club. Even though dinner may end around midnight at 29, the 29 club is usually just starting by that time. The ostentatious dcor of both restaurant and the club area makes the whole place resemble a gigantic Bedouin tent. In summer, everyone prefers to dine on the open-air garden terrace with fabulous views of the Bosphorus. The menu covers a wide array of cuisines, but is fairly influenced by French, Ottoman Classics and Italian.
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Mimolett

Mimolett

  • Siraselviler Caddesi No:55/a Cihangir
  • tel:+90 212 245 98 58 / 99
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  • Istanbul, 34433

Mimolett is yet a new born baby in the upscale-bohemian neighborhood of Cihangir. Nonetheless, since its opening in Dec. 2009, it has been getting very good attention for the gourmet population of Istanbul. Mimolett's owner/chef Murat Bozok describes Mimolett as his one and only dream: a place of his own at home. After years of training and working abroad, Murat Bozok always meant to come back to his home country and find his own place and to earn himself those Michelin rates that he had worked and earned for others abroad. He studied administrative sciences at the Istanbul University here in Istanbul and then took of to the United States to study culinary arts to become a chef. He started working for Gordon Ramsey first at Ramsey's one and only restaurant with three Michelin Stars. Later on he moved to Paris and started working under Jo Robuchon in L'Atelier. Few years later, he went back and teamed up with Ramsey again, working as sous-chef in Ramsey's new restaurant Petrus and as head-chef in Devonshire Pub. When he finally moved back into Istanbul, he did what was always on his mind: opened his new place, his little pearl the Mimolett. Mimolett takes after a cheese variety, traditionally produced around the city of Lille, France. Murat Bozok is also trying to produce this cheese variety at the same time as he tries to establish his new restaurant. Check out his personal blog for latest information on both his restaurant and other initiatives, such as making cheese: /2009/12/mimolett-aciliyor.html

Entering this fine place, one walks through a thin and short aisle into an elegant bar accommodating about10-12 people, serving fine apertives. Below the first level are three levels of restaurant section, with only a slight hymn of music and finely covered tables. The interior decor is aesthetically designed. The service is attentive and polite; yet also pretty slow. If you are one of those customers, who wants to be tended for at all times, you will be annoyed at Mimolett. The sommelier service is top of the menu. With over 250 choices of wine, unless you have a pretty good knowledge of wine, do ask for direction from your sommelier. The menu is a refined interpretation of South France, South Italy, Greece and Turkish cuisines and consists of seven / eight startes, eight / ten main courses and five to six desserts. The menu will be changing seasonally to make available seasonal ingredients and delicacies. There are two tasting menus: one of meat and the other of fish based meals. Risotto with aged balsamic vinegar, chestnuts and truffles and ravioli with crayfish, smoked lobster and scallops of the starters are highly recommended. The baked duck with orange sauce served with dough was tremendous, even for someone not into red meat. Keep your radar open for visiting chefs in near future: Robuchon and Ramsey are first on the list.
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Topaz Restaurant

Topaz Restaurant

  • Omer Avni Mahallesi Inonu Caddesi 50, Gumusuyu
  • tel:+90 212 249 1001
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  • Istanbul

Opened in 2007, Topaz Restaurant is a serious and elegant place established inside a tall residential building up on the hills of Gumussuyu. One side of the establishment, that is looking directly over Bosphorus, has been covered entirely by window panes, creating a mystifying atmosphere, an illusion that you may be reigning over the Bosphorus. Sitting by the window panes on this side makes you also feel as if you are hovering over the beautiful city of Istanbul. The food, as well as the atmosphere, is also overwhelming. It is not cheap, but worth every penny. the menu is diverse with samples of Ottoman Cuisine and World Cuisine. Bursa Gazipasa Artichokes with black rice, Tortellini with pate, Vegetable risotto with beef, Istanbul Seabass with Agean grassroots are highly recommended. There are also two degustacion menus: one on Ottoman cuisine and one on Mediterrenean. Good variety of wine, very good service.
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Port Sedef

Port Sedef

  • 1 No'lu Sokak 1, Sedef Adasi
  • tel:0534 671 6048
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  • Princes' Islands, Istanbul

A beautiful getaway place to relax and to chill. Sedef Port is owned and managed by families that know the business of hospitality, leisure and true, down-to-earth catering. Located on the smallest of the Princes' Islands, Sedef Port started off an a first on the islands: a remarkable place to get away, to chill and to relax. Whether you arrive early and sunbathe whilst sipping off your Vodka and tonic or Rose wine; or you arrive late for a romantic dinner, this is the type of place that is going to take your mind "off" things without taking you too far away from the city. Ferries depart back and forth from the city between the hours of 10:00 and 19:00. If you want to stay later than that you could make use of the sea taxi. read more about Port Sedef

A Jia Hotel

A Jia Hotel

  • Ahmet Rasim Paşa Yalısı Cubuklu Cad. No 27 Kanlica
  • tel:+90 216 413 9300
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  • Istanbul

A'jia Hotel Restaurant offers its customers finest samples of Italian and Mediterrenean dishes from the hands of an award-winning chef. A flawless service, unbeatable location on the Bosphorus, bewildering delicacies define the A'jia dining experience. Asparagus and mascarpone risotto with truffles, octopus carpaccio, sea bass filet with vegetables in olive oil and the pomegranate soup with champagne drops or the hazelnut souffl are only a few of the tasteful delicacies that this experience encompasses. Aside from lunches and dinners, A'jia also offers breakfast everyday between 7:30 - 10:30 and brunches on Sundays between 10:30 and 15:00. Reserving a table on the shore front would the best.
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El Beso Alacati

El Beso Alacati

  • Yeni Mecidiyeköy Mahallesi Çamlıkuyu Sokak No:2 Alaçatı
  • tel:+90 (232) 716 8590
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  • Çeşme, İzmir

Owned and managed by one of the high society foreign wives to one of the high society Turkish businessmen, El Beso is surprisingly and remarkably good. The food and the menu are delicately prepared, service is kind and polite, prices hefty; yet the price for value is well maintained. A nice option for you in-town dinner or informal get-together with friends over tapas; or a romantic dinner with a romantic partner.
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La Brise

La Brise

  • Asmalı Mescit Caddesi 28
  • tel:90 212 244 48 46
  • Istanbul