Where do Celebrities Go in Istanbul? – Top 16 Restaurants

Istanbul is the most crowded city in Turkey, and a good proportion of this population consists of celebrities. This makes it inevitable to encounter a celebrity there, especially if you visit one of the famous places celebrities tend to visit.

It is possible to talk about a pattern in which celebrities prefer to go when it comes to restaurants. Today, we are here to share with you the top 16 restaurants in which celebrities love to hang out, eat, and spend time.

The reason why those restaurants are celebrities’ favorites is simple. The common point of all those restaurants includes high quality and delicious food, good interior design or extraordinary architecture, friendly and expert staff, and in some cases, luxury.

All the restaurants I will mention today are top choices by both local and universal celebrities.

Beymen Brasserie

The first restaurant on the list is Beymen Brassiere, which is located in Şişli district of İstanbul. The interior architecture of the restaurant is modern and fresh. The menu of Beymen Brassiere is defined as “world cuisine,” which means there are all kinds of foods served.

The restaurant also includes soft drinks, different kinds of coffee, tea, in addition to alcoholic drinks. Most of the visitors are pretty satisfied with the quality and taste of the food. Even though there are many options in Beymen Brassiere, it is famous for its desserts.

Address: Harbiye, Abdi İpekçi Avenue 23/1, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul

Phone Number: (0212) 373 48 00

Nusr-Et

Nusr-Et is another popular restaurant among celebrities. Given that the owner of the place is a celebrity himself, it is safe to say that Nusr-Et is a typical celebrity favorite. The restaurant’s most popular product is the meat of all kinds.

The environment, service, and quality in Nusr-Et are quite loved, which is one of the reasons why it is such a popular destination.

Nusr-Et has many branches all around Istanbul and the world. In Istanbul, some Nusr-Et branches are more preferred by celebrities than other branches, such as Nusr-Et Steakhouse Etiler, Nusr-Et Burger Bebek, and Nusr-Et Kanyon.

Moreover, the restaurant offers a wide range of desserts. Turkish cuisine desserts are the most popular kind of dessert. 

Many people visit Nusr-Et for the chance of being served by Nusret (the owner of the place) himself. Of course, Nusret is not in the restaurant all the time. (since there are many restaurants in Istanbul and around the world)

Address (Etiler): Etiler Neighborhood, Nispetiye Avenue No:87, 34337 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Bebek: Cevdet Paşa Avenue 69-63, Bebek, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Number:  (0212) 568 77 38

Lucca

Another frequented restaurant by celebrities in Istanbul is Lucca. Lucca is famous for its delicious food and wide range of options. You can find breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes in addition to snacks, alcoholic beverages, and non-alcoholic beverages.

The interior design of Lucca is fresh and modern, and the staff is knowledgeable and nice. The restaurant also accepts all kinds of pets. Moreover, Lucca plays a role in Istanbul’s nightlife, too. In other words, Lucca is also a place where you can have fun in the nighttime.

Address: Bebek, Cevdet Paşa Avenue 51/A, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 257 12 55

Zuma Istinyepark

When it comes to Asian food and sushi, Zuma is the most frequented place by celebrities. The interior design of Zuma is luxurious and extraordinary. According to many people, Zuma is the best sushi place in Istanbul. The restaurant also includes alcoholic beverages. The staff is known to be friendly and knowledgeable.

Address: İstinye, İstinye Neighborhood Bayır Çıkmazı, park No:461, 34460 Sarıyer

Number: (0212) 236 22 96

Frankie Istanbul

Frankie Istanbul takes place in the penthouse part of the Sofa Hotel. The chances of you encountering a celebrity in Frankie Istanbul are pretty high, especially someone from the art world.

The food in Frankie Istanbul is famous for being high-quality and delicious. Additionally, the restaurant offers live music at certain hours of the day.

Address: Teşvikiye Avenue 8-16, Teşvikiye, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul

Number: +90 212 239 66 66

Tuğra Restaurant – Çırağan Palace Kempinski

In general, Çırağan Palace Kempinski is a popular place to go among celebrities, and Tuğra Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants there. The restaurant offers a different Bosphorus view which is a reason for celebrities to chose this restaurant.

Additionally, the restaurant is known for its nightlife. You can go to Tuğra restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or to have some drinks, or have some fun at night.

Address: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, Ciragan Avenue 32, 34349 Besiktas/İstanbul

Number: (212) 236 73 33

Dragon Restaurant

The next frequented place by celebrities on our list is Dragon Restaurant. The restaurant offers a wide range of dish options from far east cuisine and offers a whole far east restaurant experience with its interior design and kitchen tools.

The restaurant takes place in Hilton Hotel and starts serving around 6:30 PM. The food is famous for being delicious, fresh, and high quality.

Address: Harbiye, Cumhuriyet Avenue No:50, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul

Number: (212) 231 62 00

Café Smyrna

Café Smyrna has been a celebrity favorite for quite a while. Even though it is known as a café, the place also is a restaurant. The interior design of Café Smyrna is cozy rather than luxurious, which makes it a comfortable and enjoyable place for celebrities.

Moreover, Café Smyrna has a wide range of alcoholic drink options. You can find different kinds of wine bottles as well as beer, tequila, or whisky.

Address: Kılıçali Paşa, Neighborhood, Akarsu Ykş. Street. No:29, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Number: (212) 244 24 66

Nobu Restaurant

The Nobu restaurant belongs to chef Nobu Matsuhisa himself. The restaurant is well-designed and luxurious. The service, Bosphorus view, and the quality of the food make this place a frequented restaurant for both celebrities and free livers.

A restaurant is commonplace for romantic dinners, business meetings, or fancy afternoon drinks. The menu is quite comprehensive for all kinds of tastebuds. The dessert menu is also wide and extraordinary as well.

Another reason why celebrities prefer Nobu Restaurant is the service quality. The staff there is highly professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.

Address: Askerocağı Avenue No:6. Elmadağ, Süzer Plaza, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 334 30 34

Cecconi’s Istanbul

Cecconi’s Istanbul is an Italian restaurant and a frequented place by celebrities. It is famous for being a luxurious place. You have to make a reservation earlier to be able to go to Cecconi’s Istanbul.

The interior design and garden of Cecconi’s Istanbul are some of the main reasons that make it a celebrity favorite. Of course, food is known to be quite delicious and of high quality. The wide range of alcoholic beverage options makes Cecconi’s Istanbul a frequented place.

For fancy dinners, romantic lunches, or nighttime drinks, Cecconi’s Istanbul is known to be quite a convenient place.

Address: Evliya Çelebi, Meşrutiyet Avenue No:56, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Number:  (0212) 377 71 80

Eataly Istanbul

Another celebrity-favorite Italian restaurant is Eataly Istanbul, which takes place in Zorlu Center. Eataly Istanbul is famous for being one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Istanbul.

Beyond the dishes, Eataly Istanbul is famous for its Italian desserts, especially tiramisu. The ambiance and interior design are quite chill and well-designed.

The restaurant also offers a wide range of alcoholic beverage options.

Address: Levazım, Koru Street No:2, 34340 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 336 66 00

Wu Bomonti

With its cocktails and sushi options, Wu Bomonti is one of the highly preferred places by celebrities. Many visitors state that the interior design of Wu Bomonti is stylish, unique, and aesthetically pleasing.

Wu Bomonti is a kind of place where you can eat a 6-course meal at any point of the day. The place is famous for its fancy cocktails, sushi, and expert staff and is a popular place for group meetings and events.

Address: Cumhuriyet, Düzoğlu Street. No:2/B, 34380 Şişli/İstanbul

Number: 0544 632 90 84

Momo Bebeköy

Another favorite celebrity restaurant in Istanbul is Momo Bebeköy. The restaurant follows the “speakeasy” concept, which basically means a “secret place.” The challenge of finding the restaurant and entering makes it a more valuable and elite restaurant.

Momo Bebeköy is a highly preferred destination for dining, but it is also a popular place for nightlife entertainment too.

The “secret place” theme might have been gone a little too far since there is no contact information of Momo Bebeköy anywhere on the internet. The only way of making a reservation is having the number of one of the staff in Momo Bebeköy, but how to do that is entirely up to you.

The restaurant is live and full of guests until the sunrise. Moreover, many visitors state that the view of the restaurant is worth seeing.

Address: Bebek, Bebeköy, No:1, 34342 Beşiktaş/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 263 76 63

Spago Istanbul

Spago Istanbul is the restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Wolfgang Puck. Given that such a successful chef owns the restaurant, the menu is full of high-quality and elite dishes.

In addition to fancy dishes, starters, and sushi, Spago Istanbul is famous for its desserts. Many people recommend the Apple Crumble of Spago Istanbul. The restaurant also has alcoholic beverages and breakfast options.

The staff in Spago Istanbul is highly knowledgeable and professional. The location of Spago Istanbul allows a broad and unique view of Istanbul, which is one of the main reasons why celebrities prefer this restaurant.

Address: Harbiye, Mim Kemal Öke Avenue No:35, 34365 Şişli/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 368  08 08

Lokanta 1741

Another restaurant where celebrities go in Istanbul list is Lokanta 1471. The restaurant can be described as a balance between Turkish culture and western values. The open area of the restaurant is well-designed and offers a full Turkish dining experience.

The menu of Lokanta 1741 is known to be limited in comparison to other restaurants. However, visitors state that the taste of the dishes gets the better of this limitedness.

Address: Alemdar, Prof. Kazım İsmail Gürkan Avenue No:34, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul

Number: 0533 145 17 41

SoHo House Istanbul

While SoHo House must have been the first place in the celebrity favorites list, it is at its end due to its “members-only policy.” SoHo House is one of the most popular restaurants that celebrities visit in Istanbul; however, you cannot go there unless you are a member, and being a member is not easy at all.

However, if you do know someone who is a SoHo House member, you can visit with them and enjoy the highly luxurious SoHo House restaurant.

Address: Evliya Çelebi, Meşrutiyet Avenue No:56, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Number: (0212) 377 71 00

İsmail Çamönü

Hi! I am Ismail. I am a digital nomad from Turkey. I lived in many cities around Turkey during my life and I am passionate about traveling. At Nomad's Guide to Turkey, I share travel tips for nomads, expats, and tourists who would like to visit Turkey.

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