Many luxury hotels with beautiful views of the Bosporus offer rich iftar menus featuring Turkish, Ottoman and world cuisines
The restaurants of Istanbul's five-star hotels offer the finest examples of Turkish, Ottoman and world cuisines to their guests during Ramadan. Breaking fast at a restaurant of a five-star hotel with the company of live music and a unique Bosporus view on a traditional iftar table enriched with appetizers, main courses and exclusive desserts from Turkish and Ottoman cuisine costs TL 59-TL 250 ($22.18-$93.97) per person. Apart from hotels, first-class restaurants that make special preparations for Ramadan offer iftar menus for TL 35-TL 155 per person.
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel
Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel will offer feasts featuring exclusive examples of Turkish and Ottoman cuisine to Istanbulites at its Tuğra and Laledan restaurants throughout Ramadan.
Presenting delicious and classical meals from Ottoman cuisine with a different and modern approach, Tuğra Restaurant turns iftar tables into feasts with its six-course iftar menu or optional a la carte menus. An iftar menu in Tuğra Restaurant, including open buffet desserts, juice, tea and coffee, costs TL 250 per person. The restaurant serves dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. during Ramadan.
Laledan, the other restaurant featured at the palace, offers its visitors tastes of various open buffet menus exclusively prepared for Ramadan. Apart from traditional iftar meals, the open buffet also offers appetizers, main courses and one-of-a-kind desserts. It is also possible to order from the restaurant's a la carte menu. Breaking fast with Laledan Restaurant's iftar menu, including juice, tea and coffee, costs TL 185 per person.
Four Seasons Hotel
With a magnificent view of the Bosporus, the Four Seasons Hotel offers an open buffet to Istanbulites at its Aqua Restaurant during Ramadan. The open buffet features appetizers unique to Turkish cuisine, grilled meat, doner kebab made from white and red meat, main courses, desserts and ice cream, sherbet and stewed fruits. Aqua Restaurant's iftar menu costs TL 245 per person.
Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel
The Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel offers its guests the best examples of Turkish desserts during the month of Ramadan. Winner of the International Academy of Gastronomy Award, the hotel's Safran Restaurant offers its visitors a rich iftar menu featuring examples of Turkish and Ottoman cuisines from sherbets to olive oil dishes, various soups and desserts. Safran Restaurant's iftar menu costs TL 150 per person.
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus' new establishment, Manzara Restaurant, welcomes Ramadan with an exclusive fixed-menu. Guests of Manzara Restaurant will have a chance to taste various flavors, from olive oil dishes to traditional meals, and numerous desserts while enjoying the unique view of the historical peninsula. The Manzara Restaurant's fixed iftar menu costs TL 150 per person. The guests of the restaurant can use the hotel's parking area free of charge and the management of the restaurant offers a 10 percent discount for groups of 10 or more. While the meals for children under the age of 6 are free of charge, the meals of children between the ages of 6 and 12 are 50 percent off.
Swissotel The Bosphorus
Swissotel The Bosphorus revives Ramadans of the past with elite flavors of Turkish cuisine, live music and a unique Bosporus view. The hotel welcomes "The Sultan of 11 Months" with the open buffet of the Cafe Swiss Restaurant. The iftar menu of Swissotel includes salads, olive oil dishes, Turkish appetizers, local dishes, cheese, bread, Ramadan pide, lahmacun, meat and fish dishes and kebabs. The iftar menu at Cafe Swiss Restaurant costs TL 135 per person.
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus
The Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus hotel offers two different options to guests who want to break their fast surrounded by a special atmosphere. Those who prefer to be hosted at the Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant are able to taste the unique flavors of Turkish and Ottoman cuisine in the company of live music. The iftar menu of Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant, including non-alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee, is TL 135.
On the other hand, Al Bushra Restaurant takes its visitors to the eastern Mediterranean by offering them the finest examples of Lebanese cuisine. Located within the garden of the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, Al Bushra presents special menus that go for TL 135 per person. If special iftar menus are not for your taste, both Al Bushra and the Bosphorus Terrace Restaurant offer a la carte menus during Ramadan. Large groups of 10 people or more will enjoy a 10 percent discount. Moreover, the meals for children under the age of 6 are free of charge, the meals of children between the ages of 6 and 12 are 50 percent off.
The guests of the restaurant can use the hostel's parking area free of charge, and guests staying at the hotel are also able to order a special sahur menu instead of breakfast.
Hilton ParkSA Istanbul
Hilton ParkSA Istanbul hosts visitors at its Cloud 7 Restaurant on the hotel's top floor. The guests of the restaurant will be able to eat breakfast in the open air facing the breathtaking Bosporus. The elaborate iftar menu of Cloud 7 Restaurant begins with olive oil dishes and various appetizers and continues with starter entrees and main courses. The menu is completed by the serving of desserts, cold drinks, tea and coffee. The iftar menu of Cloud 7 Restaurant costs TL 125 per person, but large groups will enjoy a 10 percent discount. While the meals for children under the age of 6 are free of charge, the meals of children between the ages of 6 and 12 are 50 percent off.
Apart from luxurious hotels, restaurants affiliated with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality are also offering iftar menus to Istanbulites. Iftar menus of these restaurants cost TL 35 per person. Additionally, restaurants operating in Istanbul's well-known historical mansions managed by Beltur offer iftar menus for TL 55 and TL 70.