6 Go-To Kebab Places in Istanbul

6 Go-To Kebab Places in Istanbul

Istanbul is a famous destination for people who love meat, especially kebab lovers. The next time you find yourself in Istanbul, here are some of the best places where you can enjoy mouth-watering kebabs.

Siirt Şeref Büryan Kebap Salonu

Siirt Şeref Büryan Kebap Salonu

The Siirt Şeref Büryan Kebap Salonu is a restaurant that is famous for the büryan kebab. This kind of a kebab is made from the meat of a side of a young lamb. The meat is cooked slowly over coals that have been put in a deep hole that is dug in the ground. This cooking process makes the meat very tender with a thin layer of crispy fat. This restaurant is open daily from 10.00AM to 11.00PM.

Zübeyir Ocakbasi

This is a cozy grill house that is located close to the Taksim Square. It is famous for its great tasting Turkish foods. Its visitors are allowed to sit on a few grill side seats and watch the chefs do their thing.

This joint is famous for their Adana kebab, which is made from minced meat and red pepper. You can also try out their delicious pirzola (lamb chops) and kanat (chicken wings). It opens daily from 12.00PM to midnight.

Çiya Kebap

The Ciya is one of the most famous joints in Istanbul for making great Turkish kebabs. The Fistik and the Hashasli kebabs are two of their best. The fistik is made with minced lamb meat and chopped pistachios. The latter is made from minced lamb and poppy seeds.

You can also try some of their divine seasonal kebabs such as the once grilled with garlic, loquats, cloves or quince. The place is open daily from noon up to 10.00PM.

Kebapçi Enver Usta

The Kebapçi Enver Usta is located in the serene Beyoğlu alley in Turkey. Due to their tasty kebabs, this joint is usually packed with meat lovers most of the time. It is famous for making a variety of kebabs and it does not disappoint on any of them.

The must-try is the Adana kebab, which they make from minced meat that is spiced with red paper. Their chicken kebab is also great not forgetting the appetizing ezme salatasi. This is a salad that is made from parsley, red onion, red pepper and tomatoes. This hotel is open from Monday to Saturday, from noon up to 4.00PM.


inside the Antiochia restaurant

Antiochia, which is famous for its tasty dishes is a small restaurant located in the Hatay Region in southern Turkey. Its meat dishes are rather simple but they do not compromise in flavors; they are tender and savory.  

While in Antiochia, be sure to try out their Şiş et, which is a dish of marinated beef cubes that are grilled over charcoal. The dürüm is also among their best dishes. It is a minced meat wrap that has tomatoes and onions. This restaurant is open from Monday to Friday, from noon to midnight and on Saturday from 3.00PM to midnight.


The Dürümzade is best known for serving a dürüm, which is also known as a Turkish wrap. They make their dürüm by wrapping a lavash (a flatbread) over a chicken or minced meat kebab creating a crispy drape for the meat. The lavash is further covered with onions, tomatoes and parsley. This eatery is open every day for 24 hours.

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