10 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Istanbul, Turkey

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The captivating city of Istanbul, Turkey, is not a destination to be missed. History buffs will be enchanted by Hagia Sophia, a historical monument and the most famous landmark in the country, as well as the Blue Mosque, which also has a rich history and is tiled with gorgeous, picturesque, blue tiles. Shoppers will be thrilled by the exciting Turkish bazaars and exotic products that they can find there. And foodies will be chuffed to find a smorgasbord of street and gourmet food alike. From the spectacular architecture to the unique bazaars and cuisines, this is one truly fabulous city to visit. The only thing that would make your trip even more magnificent would be having a lovely meal at one of Istanbul’s rooftop restaurants, where you can soak in the scenic views and admire the historical architecture all while enjoying a scrumptious meal. Check out this article to find out which rooftop restaurants in Istanbul, you should visit during your trip.

1. Panoramic Restaurant

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Panoramic Restaurant offers authentic Ottoman and Anatolian cuisines from a diverse menu with up to 50 different choices. The ingredients used in every meal are handpicked at the farmers’ market by the chef, to ensure that the food you eat is of the highest quality. Not only that, but the service is known to be top-notch.

The views at the Panoramic Restaurant are as promising as the name implies. The historic Hagia Sophia, spectacular Blue Mosque, and the Marmara Sea are all in view from this rooftop restaurant, which is sure to make it an unforgettable meal. With an amazing view, amazing food and amazing service, there’s nothing not to love about this rooftop restaurant. Visit at sunset for the best experience.

Panoramic Restaurant

Address: Yerebatan Caddesi No. 37 Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Website: Panoramic Restaurant

Opening hours: 9am - 11pm (daily)

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2. Istanbul

360 Restaurant view, Istanbul, Turkey, May 2007
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Though pricey, dining at 360 Istanbul is worth it. The food and the view already serve as a wonderful experience, but the enchanting music and the friendly and helpful staff top it all off to make it a meal to remember. 360 Istanbul prides itself on its artful fusion of cuisines, design, entertainment and atmosphere. On weekdays, 360 Istanbul is a posh, award-winning restaurant. On weekends, 360 Istanbul is transformed into a nightclub, Club360, with DJs, live dancers and performances. So whether you’re into a quiet dining experience or a thrilling evening, 360 Istanbul is for you.

360 Istanbul

Address: Istiklal Street Misir Apt. No: 163/8 Beyoglu, Istanbul

Website: 360 Istanbul

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 4am

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3. Roof Mezze 360

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Rated the number one Istanbul Rooftop Restaurant by Oneistanbul, Roof Mezze 360’s vast menu with ottoman, Turkish and international cuisine ensures that there is a delicious meal for everyone. From delicious steak to just as delicious vegan gluten-free options, there is sure to be something for every diner. Visitors rave about the atmosphere, food, and gorgeous views no matter the season. Notable landmarks that can be seen from Roof Mezze 360 include Hagia Sophia, Golden Horn, Bosphorus Bridge, Galata and the Marmara Sea. The staff is also extremely attentive and friendly to make sure you have the best dining experience possible.

Roof Mezze 360

Address: Hoca Paşa Mahallesi, Hüdavendigar Caddesi. No:25 Sirkeci, Istanbul

Website: Roof Mezze 360

Opening hours: 1pm - 11:30pm (daily)

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4. VUE Rooftop Istanbul

Vue Rooftop stands out from the rest with its menu with options of French, New York and Turkish cuisines. Their main courses blend perfectly with their side dishes, and their bartender has been said to be extremely skilled. This rooftop restaurant offers unparalleled views of the Marmara Sea. With a drink in your hand, you can sit back and soak in the luxurious ambiance coupled with the glorious scenery.

VUE Rooftop Istanbul

Address: Ataköy 2-5-6. Kısım, Rauf Orbay Caddesi Sahil Yolu No:2/1, Bakırköy, Ataköy 2-5-6., 34158 Ataköy Sahili/Bakırköy/İstanbul

Website: VUE Rooftop Istanbul

Opening hours: 5pm - 2am (daily)

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5. Turk Art Terrace Restaurant

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Turk Art Terrace Restaurant specializes in seafood, with vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options. It is a cozy restaurant with delectable food and friendly staff. Though it takes a bit of effort to access the restaurant—visitors have to climb 69 steps to get there—this is totally worth it, as diners will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Bosphorus Bridge, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Marmara Sea.

Turk Art Terrace Restaurant

Address: Cankurtaran Mahallesi Tevkifhane sokak no:12 Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Website: Turk Art Terrace Restaurant

Opening hours: 9am - 12am (daily)

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6. Seven Hills Restaurant

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Seven Hills Restaurant offers the freshest of fish from the Marmara Sea, on their menu, with the tantalising Mediterranean, European and authentic Turkish cuisine. Mouthwatering food aside, the view from Seven Hills Restaurant alone is enough to make your visit worth your while. Overlooking the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Marmara Sea, this rooftop restaurant with its breathtaking views is a favorite among photographers.

Seven Hills Restaurant

Address: Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Tevkifhane Sokak No: 8, Kat:3 34400 Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Website: Seven Hills Restaurant

Opening hours: 7am - 11pm (daily)

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7. Leb-i Derya

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Leb-i Derya prides itself on being the epitome of the Istanbul spirit. Indeed, this restaurant’s magical atmosphere and timeless charm give visitors a dining experience that’s one for the books. The Anatolian and Rumelian cuisine is rich and savory, with a diverse wine list, only adding to the delight. Though on the more expensive side, the spectacular view at Leb-i Derya makes up for the cost. Visitors can enjoy a drink or two while looking out over the city and Marmara Sea with Bosphorus Bridge.

Leb-i Derya

Address: Şahkulu Mah, Kumbaracı Ykş. No:57 Tünel/Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Website: Leb-i Derya

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 4pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 3am

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8. Olive Anatolian Restaurant

Olive Anatolian Restaurant’s classy ambiance, combined with gastronomic delights, all at an affordable price, make this rooftop restaurant a must-visit. Diners will enjoy a magnificent 360-degree view of Istanbul, including Galata Tower and Bosphorus Bridge, as well as the iconic Hagia Sophia. Every Friday and Saturday night, the restaurant has live music, and they even have cooking classes for reservation, if you want to learn how to recreate delicious Anatolian cuisine at home.

Olive Anatolian Restaurant

Address: Ebusuud Cad. No:12 Sirkeci, Istanbul

Website: Olive Anatolian Restaurant

Opening hours: 7am - 10:30am, 12pm - 10:30pm (daily)

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9. Balkon Restaurant & Bar

Posted by Balkon Restaurant & Bar on Friday, 27 May 2016

For those seeking the most authentic Turkish experience, Balkon Restaurant & Bar is for you. Popular with locals, this rooftop restaurant serves international cuisines alongside Italian pizza and cocktails, all without breaking the bank. The atmosphere at Balkon Restaurant & Bar is lively and charming, with jazz and soul music to accompany the stunning views over Istanbul.

Balkon Restaurant & Bar

Address: Sehbender sk. No:5 Kat 6 Asmalı Mescid Beyoglu / Istanbul

Website: Balkon Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 2am; Fri - Sat: 11am - 3:30am

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10. Panorama Restaurant

Tucked away in the Sultanahmet district, this rooftop restaurant offers diners tasty food, a sublime atmosphere, and impressive service. It is truly a hidden gem. On top of that, the views from 360 Panorama Restaurant are magnificent, no matter the weather. You can see the magical city of Istanbul from multiple angles, enhancing the overall dining experience.

360 Panorama Restaurant

Address: Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi No:18, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul

Website: 360 Panorama Restaurant

Opening hours: 7:30am - 11:30pm (daily)

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A delightful experience in Istanbul

Rooftop restaurants in Istanbul engage and excite all the senses: from appetizing meals to dazzling views, a meal on a rooftop in Istanbul is an experience not to be missed. Make good use of this list in choosing which rooftop restaurant suits your fancy!

Matbah Restaurant

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Prepare for an exquisite gastronomic experience at the Michelin-starred Matbah Restaurant, which serves Ottoman cuisine.

The Ottoman Empire reigned over many territories, and these in turn influenced the people’s cuisine, making it develop its own unique taste. Central Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, the Mediterranean have all contributed to this wonderful style, developed in the Ottoman Palace. So it’s no wonder that the palace is where people go for an authentic experience. If you wish to feel like royalty, do stop by this gorgeous restaurant.

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